All the Ways to Do Overnight Oatmeal

We’re all better with a little beauty sleep, and the same goes for oatmeal, if you’re asking us. For those arriving late to the overnight-oats craze, let us tell you one thing: A little magic happens when unassuming oats are left to soak in milk (or whatever milk alternative you fancy) overnight.

While you’re sleeping, they soften up just right, laying the perfect foundation for whatever fruits, spices or nuts you’re looking to throw in there too. They also are a total godsend in the make-ahead department, making mornings easy-breezy.

If you’ve never tried making Overnight Oatmeal before, or if you’re looking for new ways to prep yours, we’ve got creative, easy-to-make assemblies that’ll change your morning routine in all the right ways, whether you take your oats cold or hot.

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Stephen Johnson, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All rights Reserved

Crack open a jar for our simple No-Cook Blueberry Almond Oatmeal whose deliciousness is all in the details. Almond and vanilla extracts, plus lemon zest, add a little complexity, while a teaspoon of brown sugar and a drizzle of honey or agave nectar brings on a subtle sweetness.

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Min Kwon, 2015,Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

First thing in the morning might not sound like the time for apple pie, but this spiced concoction has all of that sweet fall flavor without all the baking (and bad decision making). Plus, this walnut-topped Apple Pie Overnight Oatmeal is healthy, and it’s made with ingredients like coconut yogurt, chia seeds, cinnamon and a little maple syrup for sweetness.

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EA Stewart, 2015, Television Food Network, G. P. All Rights Reserved.

That glass of orange juice doesn’t always have to go on the side of your breakfast. This zippy Citrus Overnight Oatmeal comes together with the stuff mixed right in, and it’s topped with fresh orange too.

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Min Kwon, 2015,Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

You might have been reserving pumpkin puree for your pie baking, but it also lends a distinctive creaminess to Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats. They taste just like the real thing, thanks to cinnamon, nutmeg and maple syrup.

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Food Network Kitchen’s Healthy Overnight Carrot Cake Oats for Year of Oats/Drunk Pies/Diners, as seen on Food Network.

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Renee Comet, 2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Apple and pumpkin pies aren’t the only desserts that you can replicate in overnight-oat form. These Healthy Overnight Carrot Cake Oats feature finely grated carrots, of course, plus all the good stuff: raisins, shredded coconut and toasted walnuts.

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Min Kwon, 2015,Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

And if you’re really living life right, prepare yourself Pumpkin Cheesecake Overnight Oats. It comes with a little softened cream cheese stirred into the mix for a creamy consistency and a tangy bite.

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