Breakfast in 10: Easy Overnight Oats

August 7, 2015

When I first started my blog, my friend Alexis asked me to give her a recipe for “breakfast in 10.” I absolutely love that she asked me to talk about this, because it’s a need I hear all the time from friends and family.

“I don’t have time to eat breakfast” is like hearing nails on a chalkboard to me. Starting off your day with a good meal is so important, but many times does not get prioritized due to a hectic morning routine.

When you need to be up and out the door quick, having a breakfast that is portable and requires little to no morning prep can be a lifesaver.

One of my favorite things to make when I know I’m going to be in a rush is overnight oats. All of the prep is done the night before, so in the morning all you have to do is take them out of the fridge.

Plus they’re the perfect trifecta of carbs, protein, and healthy fat that will keep hanger at bay until lunchtime.


To make overnight oats, here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup of oats
  • 2/3 cup milk of choice (I use almond or cashew)
  • 1 tbsp of chia seeds
  • 1/2 scoop of protein powder (optional, or can sub for 1/2 cup greek yogurt, just use a little less milk if you do so)
  • 1/2 of a banana chopped (optional, but suggested for sweetness)
  • Cinnamon
  • An airtight container

First things first, you’ll need to find an airtight container. This could be a tupperware, a mason jar, or my personal favorite, an almost empty jar of nut butter.

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This lets you make use of all those delicious little stragglers that get stuck on the side of the jar.


Once you have your container, mix all your ingredients and stir them up until everything is combined.

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It will look a little bit like sludge at first. Do not be alarmed. 😉

After everything is combined, seal your container and stick it in the fridge. As they sit overnight, the contents will absorb and lose the soup-like consistency.


In the morning when you’re ready to go, simply take out your jar, stir, and enjoy! The portable container even allows you to take it on the road if need be.

Though the required steps end there, I encourage you to add some fun toppings like berries, nuts, nut butter, granola, or cacao nibs before digging in. These will add an extra punch of color, texture, and nutrients to get your morning going.


Overnight oats in an empty sunflower seed butter jar with cacao nibs & blackberries


Boom! Breakfast in 10. 🙂

A couple of other good options for breakfast on the go are:

  • 2 hardboiled eggs + a piece of fruit + nuts or nut butter
  • Greek yogurt + fruit + nuts or nut butter (and Purely Elizabeth granola)
  • A smoothie prepared the night before and kept in the fridge
  • Avocado & harboiled egg toast with red pepper flakes + fruit

Question of the day: What are some of your go-to’s for breakfast in a rush?

xo, Bailee

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  • Reply Kimberly Garwood August 7, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    Cannot wait to try the overnight oats! No more excuses for not having time to make a healthy breakfast! Thanks for the great ideas!

    • Reply Beets Me August 7, 2015 at 12:26 pm

      Please try and let me know if you like them! It takes 5 minutes the night before and then its ready to go. I’m sure dad would like them too!

  • Reply Emili Travis October 22, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    Mine was still kinda soupy still in the am…maybe bc I used 2% milk? Also do you heat them up? Otherwise tasty!

    • Reply Beets Me October 22, 2015 at 2:00 pm

      I should update the recipe because I’ve been adding 2/3 of a cup instead of 1 cup and the consistency is much thicker!! Try that next time 🙂 I don’t normally heat them up but will from time to time.

  • Reply Emili Travis October 22, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    Thanks! I will def try them again 🙂

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