Skip the drive-thru & empty belly, take a few minutes to prep these easy overnight oats with Greek yogurt to spend NO time making breakfast in the morning.
I’m a breakfast eater. A good breakfast energizes my day, fuels my brain, and makes me nice. But, sleep does the same. The thought of waking up 10 minutes earlier to pour a bowl of cereal and eat it….. that was too much. Hence easy no-time breakfasts. A breakfast I can grab and save for work.
I bring oatmeal or yogurt to eat while I get started working. It’s the best.
Here’s one of my favorite and easiest breakfasts-overnight oats with Greek yogurt. It takes less than 5 minutes, is chalk full of good for your body fiber, protein, and fruity nutrients. It’s got no added sugar, and is so good in the morning.
How overnight oats with Greek yogurt fits into my lifestyle
I want to spend zero or nearly zero minutes putting together breakfast in the morning. I’d rather sleep in longer than prep food, so something made ahead of time or that can be thrown together in 2 minutes are the only breakfasts I can do in the morning. Good thing I’ve got a couple options between different types of overnight oats, yogurt with fruit, microwave eggs, or an eggy casserole.
How overnight oats with Greek yogurt will fit into your lifestyle
Whether you would rather sleep in, you have to get to work really early in the morning, you have a long commute, whatever your reason-zero effort breakfasts are the way to go. You just need a couple minutes the night before (or one day to prep a few days’ worth) and you’re ready to save yourself 5-10+ minutes in the morning.
Quick Notes on This Recipe
What toppings are best?
- Here are the ingredients I ALWAYS add to my overnight oats:
- oats (steel cut or old fashioned rolled)
- Greek yogurt (use your favorite flavor)
- some kind of fresh or frozen fruit
- milk of choice to hydrate and soften the oats
- sliced or mashed banana. I use this for a touch of sweetness that also tastes delicious
- I always add milk, it’s not pictured because a) I drank the rest that morning & didn’t have time/desire to run to the store (food photographer probs) and b) I thought they’d photograph better dry
- You can seriously add any fruit, chocolate, nut butter, chia/flax seeds, or warm spices to these overnight oats. I love overnight oats because they take no time in the AM & the topping options are endless.
does it matter how the ingredients are layered into the jar or bowl?
Honestly there are only a few ingredients that should go in first- oats first, then yogurt, then everything else. Just make sure you’ve got enough milk in there to mostly cover the oats. I don’t mix it together until I am sitting down to eat it. You definitely can mix the overnight oats with Greek yogurt together beforehand, but it’s not necessary! Might as well save you 30 seconds of stirring! haha
do you have to store them in mason jars?
I never use jars for overnight oats or layered salads. They’re pretty & fantastic for photography & idealism, but in reality they’re heavy. I’m just not going to heave a jar or 2 up the hill to my bus stop each morning. But if you like using glass vs any other container, go for it!
that’s all… a little reality check 😉
Do you eat them hot or cold?
I eat my overnight oats cold, but you can definitely pop a microwave safe bowl in to the microwave for traditional hot oats.
- 1/2 cup dry oats rolled, steel cut, whatever you like!
- 1/2 cup Greek yogurt use flavored, plain, or whatever you like!
- 1/2 small banana sliced or mashed
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon peanut butter powder
- 1/2 cup frozen berries
- 1/2 cup milk or more if desired
Add oats to a mason jar or travel bowl, then Greek yogurt, then layer in rest of the toppings (in no particular order). Cover oats with milk.
Refrigerate at least overnight. Grab in the morning, and enjoy hot or cold.
Other great toppings: Fresh fruit, nut butter, flax seeds, chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla, jam, anything else you like!
Here are a few of my other favorite quick or make ahead breakfasts:
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Let’s get chatty-
- Do you make overnight oats often? What do you love to add?
- What would you add to these overnight oats with Greek yogurt?