An Ode to Overnight Oats + 2 Recipes

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I very distinctly remember the first time I tried overnight oats and the feeling of “HOW DID I NOT KNOW ABOUT THIS?” that came with it. A few reasons that I am so head-over-heels:

a) They take a few minutes to prepare before bed and zero in the morning
b) They travel really well and require nothing but a spoon
c) They’re nourishing to boot
d) They taste really dreamy

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Just in case you’re in the dark about the overnight oats trend like I was, it’s really just oatmeal that you let sit for a few hours or overnight instead of cooking. I always put chia seeds in mine, which soak up the liquid like nobody’s business while also packing a serious punch of omega-3s.

Here are two recipe variations I’m a fan of but I can’t encourage you enough to play around and have fun coming up with combos you love! I must admit that I’m partial to the first recipe because um CHOCOLATE, but the second is a nice change and great for times when you don’t have a ripe banana lying around.

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Vegan Chocolate Cake Batter Oats

  • 1 medium banana
  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 Tbsp sun butter or nut butter of choice
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • big pinch sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup almond milk (you can add more to thin out if desired)

Mash the banana in a bowl or tupperware. Add all remaining ingredients and stir together until well-combined. Refrigerate until ready to eat (at least a few hours).

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High-Protein Tangy Strawberry Overnight Oats
(17 g protein/serving when made with 1% milk) 

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 Tbsp strawberry jam (more for topping if desired)
  • 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup milk (you can add more to thin out if desired)

Stir all ingredients together until well-combined and then refrigerate until ready to eat (at least a few hours).


If you happen to be wondering, I put more oats in the second recipe simply because it has no banana and ends up being about the same volume! And lastly, the two recipes have very different textures; the first is light and airy while the second is much denser and more stick-to-your-ribs. All to say that if you’re not a fan of one, definitely consider giving the other a try before you throw out the idea of overnight oats for good!

Have you ever tried overnight oats? How do you prepare yours? 

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