Our Best Overnight Grains for Breakfast to Make Your Mornings Easier

Fruited Irish Oatmeal
Photo: Andy Lyons

Healthy overnight breakfast grain recipes like overnight oats, overnight cereal, overnight bulgur, and granola are easy to love because they are so customizable. You can sub in any of your favorite fruits, yogurts, nuts, or other toppings to suit your taste. Many of these recipe ideas are packed with protein and satiating fiber too, keeping you full throughout the morning. Besides, who doesn't love overnight grains recipes where your refrigerator does all the work? Bookmark this page to keep track of your new favorite overnight grains.

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Carrot Cake Refrigerator Oatmeal

Carrot Cake Refrigerator Oatmeal
Karla Conrad

Why wait until after dinner to satisfy your sweet tooth when you can wake up and start your day with these overnight oats, an easy twist on classic carrot cake. Maple syrup and cinnamon serve as sweeteners, while shredded carrots and walnuts add crunch.

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Slow Cooker Steel-Cut Oatmeal

Slow Cooker Steel-Cut Oatmeal with raisins and apricots
Kritsada Panichgul

Make your breakfast ahead of time so you can savor your morning instead. Simply add your steel cut oats to a slow cooker with water and a little salt, then cook on low heat for up to 6 hours (or on high for 3-3.5 hours) until tender and delicious.

Buy It: Crock-Pot Slow Cooker ($25, Target)

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Blueberry Cereal Bars

Blueberry Cereal Bars
Jacob Fox

Instead of picking up a box of cereal bars at the store, make your own with ingredients you likely already have in your pantry, like rolled oats, crisp rice cereal, almond butter, and dried blueberries. Toasting the oats ahead of time adds an extra layer of toasty flavor to these bars.

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Overnight Oats with Fruit

Ridiculously Easy Overnight Oats
Matthew Clark

This overnight grains recipe made with simple ingredients like rolled oats, milk, apple juice, and honey makes four jars, which means it's easy to whip up a healthy breakfast for your whole family. Top with yogurt, nuts, and your favorite fruit right before serving to keep them fresh.

Buy It: Ball 8-Ounce Jars ($18, Bed Bath & Beyond)

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Fruit, Nut, and Brown Sugar Freezer Oatmeal Cups

Fruit Nut Brown Sugar Freezer Oatmeal Cups
Andy Lyons

With only about 15 minutes of prep time, you can have a healthy breakfast ready to go for a few days. Portion out the oats mixture into muffin cups, freeze them overnight, then pop one in the microwave when you need a fast breakfast. They will keep in the freezer up to six months.

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Raspberry-Java Overnight Bulgur

Raspberry-Java Overnight Bulgur
Blaine Moats

Sweet-tart cherries and rich toasted hazelnuts make this overnight cereal made with bulgur feel fancy. With just a hint of coffee flavor thanks to ½ teaspoon of instant espresso powder, it will pair perfectly with your morning cup of joe.

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Cherry-Java Refrigerator Oatmeal

Cherry Java Refrigerator Oatmeal
Karla Conrad

Love coffee? Infuse that enticing flavor into these overnight oats made with protein-rich Greek yogurt by adding a little espresso powder, plus brown sugar for a hint of sweetness. Try adding chopped hazelnuts for a crunch that pairs perfectly with sweet cherries.

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Orange-Honey Overnight Oats

Orange-Honey Overnight Oats
Helen Norman

This no-cook orange and honey overnight grains recipe tastes restaurant-quality when topped with strawberry preserves, coconut, orange zest, and fresh thyme. Feel free to substitute coconut milk for the regular milk in these overnight oats.

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Peanut Butter-Banana Refrigerator Oatmeal

Peanut Butter-Banana Refrigerator Oatmeal
Karla Conrad

Sweet meets salty in this Elvis-inspired breakfast recipe, which has earned rave reviews from our readers. To make these addicting overnight grains, simply combine Greek yogurt with rolled oats, milk, sliced banana, honey, chia seeds, and peanut butter, then top with crispy bacon.

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Banana-Oat Breakfast Cookies

Banana-Oat Breakfast Cookies stacked
Jason Donnelly

Everyone will love these delicious and filling cookies for breakfast. Peanut butter, oats, and bananas star in the breakfast treats. Customize the breakfast by adding your favorite mix-ins, like cranberries or raisins.

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Blackberry-Ginger Overnight Bulgur

Blackberry-Ginger Overnight Bulgur
Blaine Moats

This no-cook overnight cereal recipe made in a jar features fresh blackberries, toasted almonds, and crystallized ginger, making it certifiably delicious. You can also use whatever berries you have on hand for a change-up to this morning meal.

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Overnight Apple-Cinnamon Oatmeal

Overnight Apple-Cinnamon Oatmeal
Andy Lyons

Roll out of bed to this comforting, hot overnight steel-cut oats recipe that does all the work for you in your slow cooker. Before serving, top with pecans, chopped apples, and honey for a bowl of crunchy, gooey goodness.

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Slow-Toasted Granola

glass jar slow toasted granola next to pitcher of milk
Andy Lyons

Make this crunchy, fiber-filled granola the night before so it's ready to grab in the morning. Tossed with protein-rich peanut butter and sweetened with honey, this versatile treat is great on its own, sprinkled onto oatmeal, or layered with yogurt as a parfait.

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Fruited Irish Oatmeal

Fruited Irish Oatmeal
Andy Lyons

Steel-cut Irish oats made in the slow cooker are a time-saving breakfast for a crowd. Dried cranberries, golden raisins, and dried apricots add fiber, while chopped and toasted walnuts or pecans add a toasty taste. For easy cleanup, use a liner in your slow cooker.

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