Even if you lack the time or inclination to cook in the morning, you can have a hearty and healthful oatmeal breakfast ready to go with minimal labor the night before.

Hot old-fashioned rolled oats will cook overnight in an insulated beverage container, rworange has found. “Using Quaker rolled oats (not quick), I put 2/3 cups boiling water in a thermos and add 1/3 cup rolled oats,” she says. “The next morning I open it and … hot oatmeal.” Sometimes she adds dried fruit and cinnamon when she sets it up. This works best with a stainless steel thermos, rworange notes.

With just a bit more initial effort, alanbarnes makes steel-cut oats overnight in a thermos: Bring oats and water to a rolling boil in a saucepan, and pour the mixture into a preheated insulated container. Alan notes that using a short, wide thermos seems to be key to the steel-cut oats fully hydrating (he likes this model).

The Dairy Queen makes a cool breakfast dish by layering 1/3 cup yogurt, 1/4 cup uncooked steel-cut oats, and some fresh or frozen berries in a container, covering, and refrigerating overnight. “The yogurt softens the [steel-cut oats] to the point where they are chewy and delicious,” she says. “It makes an easy and healthful breakfast ‘on the go,’ especially when it’s hot in summer.”

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