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Waking up late and struggling to squeeze in a legitimate breakfast? Take five minutes to prep the night before and you’ll avoid running on fumes in the morning. Overnight oats are one of our favorite make-ahead staples and are perfectly portable for when you’re bolting out the door to catch the bus.

Just throw a few ingredients into a jar or tupperware, refrigerate overnight, and boom: You’ve got a healthy, delicious, (and did we mention chocolatey?) breakfast waiting for you when you wake up.

Step 1, Overnight oats in a jar

Yogurt contains calcium and healthy bacteria for your digestive system.

Ingredients in jar, top view

The protein in rolled oats, nut butter, and Greek yogurt will help fill you up in the morning.

Step 3, oats after they have sat overnight

Bananas and raspberries both provide Vitamin C and potassium.

Finished product with raspberries

Ingredients

  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • ½ cup almond milk
  • ½ cup vanilla Greek yogurt
  • ½ very ripe banana, mashed
  • 1 Tbsp. cocoa powder (optional)

Toppings

  • Raspberries to garnish
  • 2 Tbsp. almond butter
  • Cinnamon

Alternatives

  • Substitute almond milk with any type of milk (dairy or non-dairy).
  • Choose plain or flavored yogurt (but check the sugar content).
  • Use rolled oats or steel-cut oats.
  • Vary the toppings. For example, add blueberries and flaxseeds, or pineapple, coconut, and mango.

Directions

  1. In a container that you can cover, combine the mashed banana, oats, almond milk, yogurt, and cocoa powder.
  2. Stir until all ingredients are well mixed.
  3. Seal your container and refrigerate overnight.
  4. In the morning, garnish with your favorite toppings (berries, nut butter, cinnamon, etc.)

Prepared and photographed by Joanna Carmona

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