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Overnight Oats. Wake up to a delicious ready-made breakfast.

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Overnight Oats., Honest Fare by Gabrielle Arnold

I wake up starving every morning. The growl of a hungry demon in my stomach jars me out of bed on the weekends. If it wasn’t for the demon, I might actually sleep in every once in a while. So skipping breakfast is not even a consideration. Problem is: I just took a new full time job (for the first time in 3 years) and it’s really getting in the way of my breakfasting ritual. So here I am, among the millions of people scurrying out the door with the sunrise, a to-go cup of coffee in one hand and a burnt piece of toast in the other. What a miserable start to the day. I refuse. Which is why a satisfying breakfast is at the top of my list as I work to restructure my life around this new gig. Oh, and did I mention that I have to drive almost an hour to get there? The hungry demon does NOT do well in morning traffic.

Solution: Overnight oats. They take a quick two minutes to prep the night before. Just combine oats, milk (almond, soy, regular, coconut, etc.), some nuts and fruit or whatever you’re into…

overnight oats batches
…let them soak and do their thing overnight, and wake up to a ready-made breakfast in the morning. Maybe top it off with some fresh fruit and you’re all set. I don’t know, it’s kind of brilliant.

overnight oats mix
This particular time, I made a couple different varieties to get through the week: Vanilla Almond Cherry. Walnut Coconut Date. Both contained chia seeds, but I happen to also really like the addition flax seed (instead of chia). You just have to be careful not to overdo the chia or it’ll get gooey on you.

overnight oats fried fruit and nuts
There’s no concrete recipe so play jazz! The measurement for milk/oats is basically 1/1, but add more or less milk depending on the consistency you prefer your oats. Less milk = firmer oats. Add yogurt for extra creaminess and protein. Oh, and I definitely recommend adding a pinch of salt and either cinnamon or vanilla, which just makes it a little extra special.

milk and salt measured
You can use fresh fruit or dried fruit, but keep in mind that the fresh fruit will get weird and mushy after a couple days, whereas the dried fruit is fine for a few days. For this reason, I prefer to just add fresh fruit on top before eating. The possibilities are pretty endless with this and it’s a really convenient option if you’re the kind of person who tends to have nuts and fruit and stuff in the cupboard anyway. You can individually portion your overnight oats into lidded jars so they’re ready to grab and go in the morning if you’re rushing out the door.

overnight oats ready-made jars
Or you can make a larger container to scoop from if you’re sharing or plan to eat at home…like a civilized person.

almond cherry vanilla overnight oats
Give it a try. You deserve a real breakfast!!

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Recipe makes about 2 portions. Keeps for up to 4 days in the fridge. There’s no concrete recipe so play jazz with your favorite fruits and nuts! Sweeten with honey, agave or maple syrup. Use less milk if you like firmer oats. Here’s a recipe for a combo I really like.

You need:

  • 1 cup rolled oats (not quick oats)
  • 1 cup milk of choice (soy, regular, coconut, almond)
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1-2 Tbs agave or honey
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp chia seeds
  • tiny pinch of salt
  • 2 Tbs shredded coconut
  • 2 Tbs chopped walnuts
  • 3 medjool dried dates cut into small pieces
  • Fresh fruit (bananas, or peaches) for topping


  1. Place everything except the fresh fruit in a lidded container or jar. Mix together and cover. Place in fridge over night or for a few hours at a minimum.
  2. In the morning, check the consistency and add a little more milk if desired and top with fresh fruit and/or nuts.



  1. Posted March 25, 2014 at 6:36 PM | Permalink

    I definitely need to try this immediately! What a fabulous breakfast!

  2. Posted March 26, 2014 at 5:27 AM | Permalink

    Love overnight oats and love your walnut, coconut, and date trio!! And very happy to see someone else take a stand for breakfast and show it can be done with a busy schedule!!

  3. Posted March 26, 2014 at 5:45 AM | Permalink

    What a great idea! I need to try this.

  4. Tabitha
    Posted March 27, 2014 at 1:53 PM | Permalink

    I love overnight oats! My little ones love them too :) The date coconut combo sounds fantastic.

  5. James
    Posted March 27, 2014 at 1:54 PM | Permalink

    Have you tried these with fruit juices and water instead of milk? I like apple or orange mixed with some water. Really nice.

  6. gabi
    Posted March 27, 2014 at 1:59 PM | Permalink

    I haven’t tried it that way, but it sounds interesting! Thanks James.

  7. Posted March 27, 2014 at 10:36 PM | Permalink

    I love overnight oats, and they’re so versatile! I make a version of overnight oats at least twice a week!

  8. Posted March 31, 2014 at 4:52 AM | Permalink

    All of these bowls are beautiful… nourishing, delicious and wholesome for a hungry tummy in the morning. I am the same. I wake up ravenous every day… plus I am just one of those weird people who goes to be whilst thinking about what I can eat when I get up in the morning!!! I would be very, very happy with these delicious breakfast oats. Gorgeous recipe xxx

  9. Christina
    Posted April 1, 2014 at 1:56 PM | Permalink

    Love the addition of yogurt! Never thought of that for some reason. :)

  10. Arti
    Posted June 26, 2014 at 3:37 PM | Permalink

    Can’t wait to try this! Can this be given to a 9 month baby as well without the nuts?

  11. Posted July 1, 2014 at 2:06 PM | Permalink

    I love how versatile overnight oats are. I can have a different breakfast almost every day. And to top that off they are very tasty and nutritious!

  12. gabi
    Posted July 12, 2014 at 11:47 PM | Permalink

    I’m no expert on baby food, but I’d say that if the little one already eats oats, they should be fine. No problem leaving out the oats either.

  13. Posted September 3, 2014 at 1:58 PM | Permalink

    Over night oats are awesome! I usually eat it during the summer time soaked in orange juice and vanilla or with some yoghurt, bananas, berries and chia seeds. Versatile, nutritious and delicious!

  14. Trang
    Posted October 30, 2014 at 6:05 PM | Permalink

    This’s so awesome ! I definitely will give it a shot. Thanks.

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