Overnight oats recipe

Martha Morrissey/Staff

If making instant oatmeal in the morning is too much of a struggle — we all know the rush of waking up at 8 a.m. for our 8 a.m. class (thank you, Berkeley time) — you might want to try making breakfast the night before. We at the Clog recommend overnight oats. While you’re sleeping, your overnight oats will magically mix and be ready to go in the morning! Not only are overnight oats easy, but they’re also versatile. We at the Clog have definitely regretted choosing the apple cinnamon flavor after twelve straight days of artificially flavored once-deliciousness. With overnight oats, your breakfast will never be dull again because of the different combinations of spreads, fruits and nuts. Below is a basic recipe with some suggestions to spice things up. We encourage you to try as many as you can.


The Basics:

  • 1/3 cup old-fashioned oatmeal
  • 1/3 cup yogurt (pick any flavor or type that you want!)
  • 1/3 cup milk (pick any flavor or type that you want!)
  • 1/2 tablespoon honey or agave nectar


Note: If you choose your basics carefully, you can easily have a vegan breakfast!

The Fruit:

  • 1/4 chopped apples
  • 1/4 cup frozen or fresh berries
  • 1/4 cup frozen or fresh mangos
  • 1/4 dired cranberries
  • 1 banana


Getting Fancy

  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup Nutella


  • 1/4 nuts such as walnuts or almonds 


  1. Choose the container for your overnight oats. Some good options are a regular bowl (if you’re feeling lazy), a mason jar (if you want a portable option that shows off your trendy side), an empty small container of peanut butter or Nutella (if you’re into spreads) or an empty yogurt jar (if you’re into recycling).
  2. Combine the oatmeal, milk and yogurt in your jar of choice and stir.
  3. Cover and place the jar in the refrigerator overnight (or for at least 5 hours).
  4. Right before eating, add any combination of the suggested fancy and fruit  ingredients.
  5. Enjoy!


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