Tired of your usual oatmeal and looking for something sweet (and portable) to bring for breakfast? Give these 5 overnight oats a try!

To make, first: add in your base of oats, milk or milk substitute (I use almond milk!), and plain nonfat Greek yogurt for an added protein punch. Learn how to do this here.

Then, add toppings galore…

Peanut-y Apples and Honey

  • ½ apple, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. peanut butter
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • Cinnamon, to taste

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Pumpkin Pecan

  • ¼ cup pumpkin puree (just pumpkin, not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 Tbsp. dried cherries or craisins (tip: try and buy the ones with the least added sugars or fruit juice)
  • 1-2 Tbsp. chopped pecans
  • Pumpkin spice (or cinnamon and nutmeg)
  • Optional added sweetener, such as agave nectar

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Chocolate Cherry

  • ½ cup frozen dark cherries
  • 1 Tbsp. slivered almonds
  • 1 Tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Optional added sweetener or a smattering of chocolate chips

OR if you like protein powder, I think this tastes great just with:

  • 1 packet chocolate milkshake protein powder (I used Quest brand)
  • ½ cup frozen dark cherries
  • 1 Tbsp. slivered almonds

Banana Cinnamon

  • ½ banana, sliced
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped pecans or almonds
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon, or to taste

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Peanut Butter Chocolate

  • 1 Tbsp. peanut butter
  • 1 Tbsp. cocoa powder

OR if you like protein powder, I think this tastes great just with:

  • 1 packet chocolate milkshake protein powder (I used Quest brand)
  • 1 Tbsp. peanut butter
  • (adding bananas in this one would taste great as well!)

These are just a few ideas – but your oats could turn out even better than mine! Try experimenting with different ratios and your own add-in ideas. And while you’re at it, share them with us! (I’m always on the lookout for new and fun combinations) 🙂 Happy eating!

About The Author

Holly is a senior at Northeastern University from Boca Raton, FL, where she is a double major in English and Mathematics. She loves books, math, and all things nerdy, as well as fitness. Holly is a group fitness instructor at her school's gym and at BURN Fitness Studios. Her favorite classes right now focus on HIIT training and cardio boxing.

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