This is less a recipe than a method for simplifying your morning routine and getting a healthy start. I started doing it maybe two years ago and it’s all I eat for breakfast. -JRS

You’ll see similar recipes elsewhere as “Overnight Oats”: layers of oatmeal, berries and yogurt, ladled lovingly into mason jars and left to linger in the fridge all evening.

Charming. But, realistically: it doesn’t need a whole night; you’ll probably forget about it before you fall asleep; and you don’t have a mason jar, anyhow.

This is also genuinely affordable and should be accessible to most; if you have the means to purchase food at all, this you can eat. Buy in bulk and breakfast won’t be an issue for weeks.


Once you’re up in the morning, head into the kitchen and grab a bowl.

To it, add:

  • 1/2 cup of quick oats
  • Half a handful of raisins
  • 3/4 cup of water, maybe a bit more (or nut/soy milk)

Place bowl in the fridge. Go about your morning for twenty or twenty-five minutes (if you’re really rushed, ten or fifteen is fine). When you’re ready, showered, dressed, caffeinated, etc, remove bowl from fridge.

To it, add a sweetener, if you like (sugar, brown sugar, honey) and whatever toppings you want and have (banana, berries, nuts, seeds). Or, nothing.

Consume. Clean bowl. Continue your day.

That’s it—and no sticky pot to soak in the sink in the hope that someone else will see to it.

My oats: These days, I’m using 1/2 cup more oatmeal (gains, bruh), to which I add: maple syrup (when I have it), cinnamon, ground flax, hemp seeds, walnuts and a Brazil nut. So: additional protein, omegas, minerals, etc.