Your New Overnight Oats Recipe, According to Your Ideal Vacation Destination

Overnight oats are an easy breakfast solution for busy mornings. But let’s be real — waking up to the same generic oats each morning is a certain reminder that it’s just another day at the office. What if every morning could be a mini-vacation? Just close your eyes and choose your destination; these overnight oats will take you from Hawaii to Paris and everywhere in between.

Classic Overnight Oats Recipe

For each of these vacation-inspired recipes, start with your classic overnight oats recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2  cup rolled oats
  • 2/3 cup milk of choice
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • pinch of salt
  • up to 2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup (optional)

Mix the ingredients together and secure in a container with a tight-fitting lid, then pop your oats into the fridge for at least four hours. Obviously, letting your oats sit overnight is ideal. This base will provide a platform for each destinations’ flavor profile — consider it a one-way ticket to your breakfast vacation.

Japan-Inspired Overnight Oats Recipe

Okay, I’m not really on my way to Japan – like I said, I’m more of a camping kinda gal – but if you wish you could catch a glimpse of Mt. Fuji or enjoy authentic sushi made by masters, I’ve got breakfast planned for you.

First, skip over the matcha flavoring and save it for your tea. Instead, look to classic Japanese desserts for inspiration. Prep your overnight oat base as usual then add adzuki bean paste, also known as red bean paste, and fresh persimmons. Though this recipe calls for maple syrup, I recommend adding it in the morning if you want more sweetness. Red bean paste is historically used to sweeten foods in Japan before processed sugar arrived, so you may find this oatmeal plenty sweet without any maple.

The beautiful thing about food is that, if you know a little about global cuisine, you can travel the world without ever leaving your kitchen. So whether you’ve got elaborate vacation plans this summer of will have to settle for a staycation, you can enjoy the tastes of your dream destination – and it all starts with a cup of oats.

Photo via The Oatmeal Artist

Ingredients:

  • 1/2  cup rolled oats
  • 2/3 cup milk of choice
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • pinch of salt
  • 6 tablespoons red bean paste
  • 1 to 2 ripe Fuyu persimmons
  • up to 2 tablespoons maple syrup (optional)
  • optional toppings: diced persimmons, shredded coconut, sesame seeds, lychees, nuts, fresh berries

Get the recipe on The Oatmeal Artist.

Paris-Inspired Overnight Oats Recipe

French women are known for their ability to stay slim without dieting, yet enjoy croissants, cappuccinos, and macarons — but what’s their secret? According to people who’ve actually spent time in France, it’s all about portion control and moderation. That means starting out with a balanced breakfast. Oats, which are high in fiber and help control blood sugar level, are a solid start.

If you want to feel like you’re people watching at a cafe in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, this recipe for chocolate-cherry overnight oats is worth bookmarking. Taking a cue from that French classic, chocolate mousse, this oat recipe calls for pumpkin puree for added vitamins and fiber, plus cocoa powder, which keeps this breakfast dish from being too sweet. With so many healthy ingredients, this elegant preparation is squarely in the moderation camp — just indulgent enough to fulfill your Parisian dreams.

Photo via Breakfast Drama Queen

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree or yogurt
  • 1/2  cup rolled oats
  • 2/3 cup milk of choice
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup frozen cherries
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons shredded coconut
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons chocolate chips
  • coconut yogurt (optional)
  • fresh cherries (optional)

Get the recipe on Breakfast Drama Queen.

Yellowstone-Inspired Overnight Oats Recipe

Yogi Bear may have preferred Jellystone Park to our national treasure Yellowstone, but regardless of your preferred camping destination, there are a few must-haves, like burgers and hotdogs or the perfect gluten-free s’mores. At breakfast time, though, I recommend channeling those childhood memories with peanut butter and jelly overnight oats.

For this sunrise-ready breakfast, start with the basic combo of oats, milk, and yogurt, and then choose your favorite jelly or even whole fruit for added nutrition — I like a combo of whole raspberries and raspberry jam. You can also opt for other nut or seed butters, such as almond butter or sunflower seed butter. No matter how you like your pb&j, these oats will take you on a trip down memory lane with a picnic basket in hand, plus no risk of poison ivy. That’s my kind of vacation.

Photo via Slim Pickin’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2  cup rolled oats
  • 2/3 cup milk of choice
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons nut butter
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons jam of your choice

Get the recipe on Slim Pickin’s Kitchen.

Iceland-Inspired Overnight Oats Recipe

It seems like everyone is vacationing in Iceland these days, and for good reasons – it’s considered a very affordable place to visit. One thing you’ll rarely hear about Iceland, though, is that the food is amazing. Because of the climate, Iceland has limited fruits and residents have to supplement their diet with to get enough omega-3s and vitamin D. So if you’re trying to envision a trip among the fjords and Northern Lights, what exactly are you going to eat?

Basic overnight oats are actually a great start if you’ve got Iceland on the brain since hafragrautur (aka oatmeal) is the basic breakfast in the country. To spruce up their generally bland take on the meal, though, I recommend replacing the typical yogurt in overnight oats with Iceland’s traditional dairy, skyr, or filmjölk. You can also add some bananas. If you actually had the time to travel to Iceland, you might discover the country is home to the largest banana plantation in Europe. They’ve been growing bananas in special greenhouses since 1941!

Photo via Serious Eats

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup Icelandic yogurt
  • 1/2  cup rolled oats
  • 2/3 cup milk of choice
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • pinch of salt
  • 0 to 2 tablespoon honey or maple syrup (optional)
  • 1 or 2 bananas (optional)

Get the recipe on Serious Eats.

Hawaii-Inspired Overnight Oats Recipe

Clear beaches, luaus, and sweet-scented flowers: who hasn’t dreamed of a trip to Hawaii? If you’re a beach babe (or at least wish you were), Hawaii is the perfect getaway and home to a variety of delicious, exotic fruits, such as coconut, pineapple, banana, and mango.

Your Hawaiian-themed overnight oats start like any other but instead, swap out the plain yogurt for a pineapple variety. Mashed banana and mango enhance the fruit flavor, while nuts bring the crunch. Though this recipe calls for almonds, I recommend adding macadamia nuts for a more authentic take because — fun fact — 90 percent of the world’s macadamia nuts are harvest in Hawaii. Just grab a jar on the way out the door and enjoy the sand and surf from the comfort of your desk.

Photo via Iowa Girl Eats

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup pineapple Greek yogurt
  • 1/2  cup rolled oats
  • 2/3 cup milk of choice
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 mashed banana
  • 1 chopped mango
  • macadamia nuts

Get the recipe on Iowa Girl Eats.