I’m Not Sure Why I Shied Away From Overnight Oats

In true runner fashion, I love a good oatmeal. And as a breastfeeding runner, the oats are a good food to promote lactationโ€”fun fact. But whenever I saw an “overnight oats” recipe, I thought it was too involved and too hard. Full disclosure: I neverย actually read the recipe. I’d see “overnight oats” and keep flipping or scrolling. Until a friend of mine sent me her favorite recipe and told me how easy it was.

In this new-mom-runner game I like easy; I like convenient; I like recipes that can be doubled or tripled. I tried it, and now I’m hooked.

Oats never photograph well. But they taste great.

I’ve modified my friend’s recipe slightly and encourage you to do the same, with whatever mix-ins you like. I usually make a double batch on Sunday, and it lasts me through most of the week for a quick breakfast.


1 cup rolled oats
1 1/2 cups milk (I use soy because the little man may be sensitive to dairy in my diet)
Cinnamon (Just shake in what you think is appropriate)
Ground ginger (ditto, but remember: It has a kick!)
1 Tbsp. ground flax seed
Berries (Frozen also works, but the oats will be a little soupier because of the thaw)
Drizzle maple syrup


Mix together. Cover. Refrigerate overnight. Microwave 45-60 seconds. Voila!

Runner's World editor by day, mom by night (and day, let's be honest). Sub-20 5K, seven-time marathoner, track-workout lover. Always in search of a great burger.

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  1. Ha, I don’t even microwave them (especially in summer)! #extremelylazyrunner
    Other fun variations, of which there are infinite: dollop of yogurt, dollop of jam, chia seeds, hemp hearts, nut butter or sunflower seed butter, nuts, seeds, fresh or dried fruit, cacao nibs/ chocolate chips – just keep that 2:3 oats:milk ratio. Or 1:2 if you use chia seeds or like it soupier. Cheap, delicious, fuels entire family all morning ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I totally got strong on my oatmeal game after having Hannah. I recommend mixing in brewers yeast- it helps boost milk supply but even now not nursing/pumping anymore I keep putting it in there still because it’s got lots of good nutrients and benefits otherwise.