Overnight Oats

Most of my morning routines cannot be done the night before.  Making lunch the night before would produce a rock-hard sandwich.  Shaving before bed would move my five o’clock shadow to just around noon.  And relying on yesterday’s hair care is simply laughable.  But breakfast – that works.

Overnight oats are best done, well, overnight.  Soaking the oats for several hours softens them to the perfect consistency.  In addition, the oats are nice and cold by the time you wake up.  No one is clamoring for hot oats in mid-June. Finally, uncooked oats do not mean raw oats.  Quick-cooking oats have been steamed and rolled before packaging, so they are perfectly safe to eat.

The next time you want to save some time in the morning, but still want a great breakfast, I suggest

Overnight Oats

PREP TIME: Requires soaking overnight
COOK TIME: No Cook Time!
YIELD: 2 Servings

1 cup quick-cooking oats
1 ½ cups milk
1 banana, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
2 tablespoons chopped pistachios


Combine the first five ingredients in sealed tupperware or a large bowl covered with foil. Place in the refrigerator overnight. The next morning, divide the oats between two bowls, top with the chopped pistachios, and serve!


9 responses to “Overnight Oats

  1. I wonder who gave you such a marvelous idea! 😉

    “[R]elying on yesterday’s hair care is simply laughable,” says the man who owns nary a comb or hairbrush.

  2. This looks like such a fabulous idea…and I’m totally a breakfast lover…maybe it will get me to eat oatmeal more! Also, what kind of camera do you use for your photos?

  3. OMG…looks sooo delicious! Fiber and crunch=yum!! Your photos are perfect 🙂

  4. I recently tried overnight oats. I’d been avoiding them because cold oats in the morning sounded gross. I was SO wrong! They’re delicious and I wish I’d tried ’em years ago! I’ve quickly become addicted and will be eating them often.

    Love your post, and your photos. YUM!

  5. Hi! I met your friend Rebecca at an Austin event last night, and she directed me to your blog after seeing overnight oats on mine. 🙂

    They are the perfect summer breakfast.

  6. Just put some of these in the fridge for tomorrow morning. Looking forward to trying them! I don’t have pistachios, so I will try it with Pumpkin seeds instead and I substituted the brown sugar for a heaping tablespoon of honey. We’ll see how it goes…. 😀

  7. They were delicious. My 3 year old daughter loves them too (minus the pepitas). Thanks for the recipe. We sometimes need to make snack for her whole preschool and this recipe was so easy and tasty that I think we might just try this the next time around for 40 toddlers! 😉

  8. Gretchen, so glad you liked the oats! I’ve been making them every day for breakfast recently and they are the perfect way to start the day!

  9. i was searching a recipe for oats, which were at my home from 2 weeks!!!!!!!!!!!!!! no one in our house likes oats but this recipe has made us fan o oats!!!!!!!!

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