savory overnight oats quick easy breakfast

New Recipe: Savory Overnight Oats

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Let’s talk about breakfast for a minute, shall we? I’m not here to lecture you on how it’s the most important meal of the day, the jury is still out on that, but for those of us who like an a.m. meal, the struggle to fit it into a busy morning is real. That’s why I’m constantly on the hunt for easy recipes for those days when my standard Greek yogurt and fruit combo is giving me the icks.

An Easy Breakfast Idea

One recipe that always comes up in my search is overnight oats. But honestly? Yawn. In my experience, overnight oats is pretty much my yogurt and fruit, plus oats. After trying it once or twice, I just didn’t see the point in adding the extra step of preparing the oats for basically an identical breakfast experience. When I deviate from my standard dish, I want something different.

savory overnight oats quick easy breakfast

Enter savory overnight oats, a concept so foreign to me I expected it to have a passport. Has everyone else heard of this? Am I the only one living in the dark here? I thought oatmeal was always paired with something sweet, but apparently you can put delicious savory things on it, like a fried egg. Who knew? Again, not me.

I may have been late to the party, but once I stumbled upon this easy breakfast idea, I knew I had to try it. And while I may have originally thought “savory overnight oats” was an oxymoron, I am pleased to report that I was dead wrong. This breakfast was warm, satisfying, and delicious. And it only took 7 minutes to make. That’s a morning miracle.

Savory Overnight Oats Recipe

Much like regular overnight oats, this recipe is all about customizing the toppings to your tastes, so it wasn’t perfect the first time I made it. It took a bit of experimenting and tweaking other recipes until I landed on a combo that I absolutely love, and here it is.

(What, were you expecting the recipe to be buried at the bottom of a loooong page under a story about how my ancestors milled oats? Nope.)

savory overnight oats easy morning recipe


  • The night before, mix oats, water, garlic powder and onion powder in a container (I’m cutting back on plastic, so I like these) and store in the fridge
  • In the morning, set a frying pan on medium heat and fry up an egg to your preferred level of doneness (this smaller pan is so pretty and makes flipping your egg a breeze)
  • While the egg is in the pan, pop your overnight oats in the microwave for 30 seconds to one minute until they are warmed through
  • When the egg is done, set it on top of the oats and garnish with your sliced avocado, sriracha, and sesame seeds

One more note: if you’re looking for a sriracha upgrade, this version from Weak Knees is chef’s kiss.

Make It Your Own 

This is the flavor combo that makes my tired morning palate perk up, but there are dozens of ways you can mix it up by simply changing your toppings. Here are just a few:

  • Simply Rustic: parmesan cheese, chopped baby spinach, poached egg
  • Mediterranean: cherry tomatoes, diced cucumber, crumbled feta
  • Mexican: cheddar cheese, diced bell pepper, black beans
  • Caprese: cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, fresh basil, drizzle of balsamic
  • Tuscan: chopped sun-dried tomatoes, drizzle of pesto, crumbed feta

The Cherry on Top

So obviously that is a bad metaphor, since we are not doing sweet, but my point is that there is a real bonus here. Not only is this recipe delicious and satisfying, it’s on your table in seven minutes flat. On those days when every minutes counts, making savory overnight oats means your can nourish your body with a good breakfast and still have time to nourish your spirit with a meaningful morning routine.

Let me know if you try this recipe in the comments below!

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  1. I never thought of making them savory instead of sweet.
    Great idea. I found you in the Smart Blogging group.

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