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Prepare These Healthy Dessert-Like Breakfasts the Night Before So You Can Just Grab-and-Go

July 6, 2017

Whether it’s wolfing down a convenience store hotdog or a vending machine candy bar, we’ve all had desperate moments of hunger and the urgent need for energy that these food items served as our breakfast for the day. Many of us lack the time to wake up an hour and a half before leaving the house to throw together something both delicious and healthy, AND clean up the dishes so we don’t come home to a stinky sink. We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but is it more important than those extra 30 minutes of sleep? Or getting to work on time? It’s not fair to make you choose between your sanity, career and health, so why not aim to have them all?

We’ve become ardent advocates of the overnight oats movement. Heck, our editor never comes to a meeting without a jar in tow that she gleefully snacks on between talk points. More than just a pretty Instagram picture, overnight oats are actually both a healthy and easy breakfast you can prepare the night before so that all you have to do in the morning is grab-and-go. Pop it in an easy-to-transport jar also makes it easy to throw in your bag and eat on your commute, during meetings, or in between sending emails at work.

The ingredients are easy to find, and a lot of them can easily be stored for several months (some of them you likely already have sitting in your pantry). The base of overnight oats is essentially a cup of oats (we prefer whole rolled oats but it works with other types depending on the texture you’re looking for) that has been soaked overnight in any type of milk—yes, you don’t need to cook it, and yes, it’s safe to consume! The oats base is rich in essential minerals like iron, protein, phosphorus, B1, magnesium, and of course fiber (plus points for being cholesterol-free), making it a healthy first-meal that gives you the boost of energy you need to go about your day.

In this article, we have a recipe that brings a favorite fruit into the spotlight, another that adds a dollop of a superfood to bring you an even bigger dose of energy, and another that features our favorite non-nut (regardless of its current controversial status, coconut is still delicious, refreshing, and rich in nutrients) in an ode to a beloved Filipino dessert—three recipes to suit your morning needs and preferences. Each recipe should take you less than 30 minutes to prepare the night before. And one of the best parts is that you can prepare multiple jars so you’re good on breakfast for daaaays.


Maja Blanca Overnight Oats

Time: 10 minutes + overnight
yield: 2 servings

ingredients

  • 1 cup Quaker oats
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • ½ cup and 2 tbsps corn
  • ¼ cup and 2 tbsps dried coconut, diced
  • honey, to taste

Procedure

  1. In a clean jar, combine all ingredients.
  2. Allow to sit in fridge overnight or for at least 4 hours.
  3. Top with reserved corn and coconut.

Matcha Overnight Oats

Time: 10 minutes + overnight
Yield: 2 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Quaker oats
  • 2 cups almond milk
  • ¼ cup matcha
  • honey, to taste
  • ¼ cup red bean
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds

Procedure

  1. In a clean jar, combine the oats, milk, and matcha. Stir until fully combined.
  2. Allow to sit in fridge overnight or for at least 4 hours.
  3. Top oats with red bean and sesame seeds.

Banana Split Overnight Oats

Time: 10 minutes + overnight
Yield: 2 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Quaker oats
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup strawberry yogurt
  • 2 tbsp chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp chopped almonds
  • 2 tbsp granola
  • 1 banana, sliced

Procedure

  1. In a clean jar, combine oats, milk, and strawberry yogurt. Stir until fully combined.
  2. Allow to sit in fridge overnight or for at least 4 hours.
  3. Top oats with chocolate chips, almonds, granola, and sliced banana.
Bea Osmeña SEE AUTHOR Bea Osmeña Bea Osmeña is a healthy-ish eater who is just as likely to take you to a vegan joint as she is to consume a whole cheese pie to herself. A former picky eater, Bea has discovered the joys of savory fruit dishes, but still refuses to accept pineapples on her pizza. On the rare occasion you catch her without food in her mouth, you are likely to find her looking at books she can't afford, hugging trees, or talking to strange animals on the street.
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