By Vanessa Greaves

Overnight sensation!

Starting the day with a healthy breakfast doesn't get much easier than overnight oats. I'll show you how to make easy overnight oats and how to customize overnight oatmeal with flavorful add-ins.

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When you keep nutritious oats in your pantry, you're on your way to easy, healthy, hearty breakfasts that offer so many solutions on so many levels. Seriously, what's not to love?

5 Reasons to Love Overnight Oats

Easy to make. Throw it together the night before, no cooking needed.
Simple to take. Prep individual servings in grab-and-go containers.
Customizable. Change up ingredients to suit even picky eaters.
Nutritious. Make every serving as healthy as you want it to be.
Filling. Stay satisfied and energized until lunchtime with the right balance of protein and fiber.

How to Make Overnight Oats

All you need are uncooked rolled oats, a glass jar with a lid — or other leak-proof container — and add-ins to plump up the oats and infuse them with flavor. Here's a basic recipe to get you started, plus ideas for flavor change-ups. What new combos will you invent?

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Get the recipe for No-Cook Overnight Oatmeal.

Overnight Oats Tips:

  • If you like thinner oatmeal, stir in more milk in the morning.
  • You can microwave overnight oatmeal for a minute or two in the morning if you prefer hot oats.
  • To save even more time, prep individual bags of dried ingredients once a week, then put them in jars with liquid ingredients as needed.

WATCH: How to Make Easy Overnight Oats:

How To Customize Your Overnight Oats

Start with the basic recipe for No-Cook Overnight Oats and try these overnight oats add-ins:

1. Chunky Monkey Overnight Oats

Stir in: 1 tablespoon cocoa powder, 1 tablespoon shredded coconut.
Substitute: Coconut milk for regular milk, banana yogurt for plain yogurt, omit berries.
Morning toppers: Sliced banana, 1 tablespoon Nutella or peanut butter.

2. Classic PBJ Overnight Oats

Stir in: 2 tablespoons mashed berries or low-sugar fruit preserves, 1 dash vanilla extract.
Substitute: Almond milk for regular milk.
Morning toppers: 1 tablespoon peanut butter or other nut butter, fresh berries or more fruit preserves.

3. Pumpkin Spice Overnight Oats

Stir in: 1/4 cup pumpkin puree, 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin spice.
Substitute: Maple sugar or maple syrup for honey, almond milk for regular milk, omit berries.
Morning toppers: Chopped toasted pecans.

4. Apple Pie Overnight Oats

Stir in: 2 tablespoons applesauce.
Substitute: Brown sugar or maple sugar for honey, omit berries.
Morning toppers: Chopped apples, chopped walnuts.

5. Cranberry Orange

Stir in: 1 tablespoon dried cranberries, 2 tablespoons orange juice.
Substitute: Brown sugar or maple sugar for honey, omit berries.
Morning toppers: Slivered almonds, dried candied orange peel.

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