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This Is The Cool Summer Snack You’ve Been Waiting For

Overnight Trail Mix Oatmeal Bars
A filling, from-the-fridge snack bar that literally makes itself while you sleep? That’s the ticket. MORE+ LESS-
By Stephanie Nero

I am 100 percent a creature of habit: I’ve worn and replaced the same Converse low-tops since the seventh grade (if we were still keeping track, I think I’d just be finished with twenty-sixth grade). I park in the same part of the lot every time I go to Target. And I eat the same oatmeal-and-yogurt desk breakfast at work every morning.

Boring? No way. I just know what I like!

But even with the office AC cranked so low I can’t feel my nose, hot oatmeal can be a little much during the summer. So I’ve given my usual yogurt and oats a fridge-friendly, snack-worthy twist. And these DIY overnight oatmeal bars are just the thing:

Overnight Trail Mix Oatmeal Bars

Just combine your oats and favorite yogurt (I used original-style yogurt instead of the Greek) with a few mix-ins in a food processor, and press into a foil-lined loaf pan.

Oatmeal and yogurt in a food processor bowl

The mixture magically firms up into chewy DIY granola bars in the fridge overnight, giving me days’ worth of grab-and-go breakfasts and filling afternoon snacks. (White chocolate drizzle optional, but definitely encouraged.)

Overnight Trail Mix Oatmeal Bars

And I’m not the only one making my old favorites even better this summer: original Yoplait yogurt now has 25 percent less sugar, so these DIY bars just got even more wholesome.

Try some of my favorite yogurt and mix-in flavor combos, and you’ll be hooked, too:

  • Mountain Blueberry yogurt + pecan chips 
  • French Vanilla yogurt + cinnamon and raisins 
  • Cherry Orchard yogurt + mini chocolate chips