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Overnight Oats

How to make overnight oats, for a super healthy and filling breakfast you can take on-the-go!

Overnight Oatmeal Recipes

Breakfast Overnight Oats

1 recipe + 15 flavors = endless healthy breakfast possibilities

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All of the prep work is done the night before, giving you an instant healthy breakfast the next morning whenever you’re ready. With fifteen different flavors to choose, breakfast will never be boring again!

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Overnight Oatmeal Flavors

Overnight Oats In A Jar

Any small container works here. I bought these adorable Le Parfait Overnight Jars specifically for this recipe – and now I’m obsessed and use the jars all the time for everything! To make the recipe, simply add 1/2 cup oats and a pinch of salt to a mason jar or tupperware container. Stir in everything else, put the lid on the jar and shake well, then refrigerate overnight. The next day, just stir and enjoy.

Do You Eat Them Hot Or Cold?

They are delicious either way! Just make sure to prepare the oats in a heat-safe container if you plan to microwave or warm them in the oven the next morning. You could also transfer the prepared oats to a small saucepan and heat them up that way. If using yogurt, it’s best to not cook them; and especially in the warmer months, I like to eat them cold.

Are They Good For Meal Prep?

Stored covered in an airtight container in the fridge, the overnight oatmeal will last about five days, so it’s great to meal prep in advance for the week. You can also portion out extra servings of the dry ingredients into ziploc bags for your own homemade instant oatmeal packets like Quaker. The original version has 6 Weight Watchers SmartPoints. Overnight oats are the perfect healthy solution if you’re one of those people who like to have breakfast as soon as they get up in the morning.

Can You Make Overnight Steel Cut Oats?

You can! The results will have a chewy texture that some might even prefer to a version made with quick or rolled oats. They’re less chewy if you make them more than a day in advance.

Can You Make Vegan Overnight Oats?

Yes, they make a great vegan breakfast. Feel free to try out different plant-based milks in the recipe – almond milk, coconut milk, ricemilk, cashewmilk, soy milk, or even oat milk – to find your favorites. Technically, you could use water instead of milk, but the results will be much less creamy. Most regular grocery stores will sell at least one brand of nondairy yogurt, and some even have vegan Greek yogurt. Or you can skip the yogurt and just add more milk in its place. The recipe is suitable for many gluten free diets as well and is super versatile!

Strawberry Overnight Oats Recipe
Blueberry Overnight Oatmeal

Overnight Oatmeal Flavors

  • Peanut Butter Overnight Oats: Add 2 tbsp peanut butter to the recipe. Throw in a handful of mini chocolate chips if desired.  
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie: Use vanilla yogurt or add 1/8 tsp pure vanilla extract. Stir in 3-4 tsp chocolate chips, optional crushed walnuts, and a dash of cinnamon.
  • Nutella: Use your favorite brand of chocolate hazelnut spread or my recipe for Healthy Nutella as the nut butter. Add 1 tbsp regular and 1/2 tbsp dutch or additional regular cocoa powder. Top with toasted hazelnuts if you want.
  • Blueberry Overnight Oats: Use fresh or frozen blueberries as the fruit. You can also use blueberry yogurt if you wish.
  • Monkey Oats: Substitute mashed banana for the yogurt. Add 1-2 tbsp peanut butter and a handful of mini chocolate chips.
  • Banana Bread: Add 1/4 tsp cinnamon and 1-2 tbsp crushed walnuts or pecans with the dry ingredients. Use sliced banana as your fruit of choice.
  • Cinnamon Apple: Add 1/4 tsp cinnamon or apple pie spice. Use diced apple as your fruit of choice, and add 1-2 tbsp raisins and some crushed walnuts if desired.
  • Mint Chocolate Chip: Add 1/8 to 1/4 tsp pure peppermint extract, depending on desired strength. Stir in 2-4 tsp mini chocolate chips. If you wish, you can also add a little spirulina powder for color and added nutrition.
Vegan Overnight Oats

Of course there’s also a chocolate version – just use this recipe for Chocolate Overnight Oats.

  • High Protein Overnight Oats: Stir 1 scoop of your favorite protein powder into the base recipe. Add extra milk if needed.
  • Pumpkin Pie: Substitute canned pumpkin for the yogurt. Add 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon and a few drops of pure vanilla extract.
  • Carrot Cake: Add 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 2-3 tbsp shredded carrot, and optional 1 tbsp almond or coconut butter. You can also stir in a handful of raisins, shredded coconut, or chopped walnuts.
  • Piña Colada: Use coconut yogurt and coconut milk. Add a few drops pure vanilla extract, and use diced pineapple as your fruit of choice (or skip the pineapple for plain coconut oatmeal).
  • Creamy Coffee: Add 1 tsp instant coffee to the recipe. For an even creamier result, substitute nondairy creamer for half the milk of choice. You can also add 1/8 tsp pure vanilla extract if desired.
  • Strawberry Shortcake: Use strawberry yogurt, and replace the milk of choice with either canned coconut milk or nondairy creamer. Use strawberries as your fruit of choice, and stir in some strawberry jam at the end if desired. The same idea can be applied to raspberries, blackberries, peaches, or cherries.
Overnight Oats, with 15 different flavors for breakfast

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How To Make Overnight Oats

How to make overnight oats at home for a healthy breakfast you can take on-the-go!
4.96/5 (225)
Total Time 5 minutes
Yield 1 serving

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats or quick oats
  • 1/2 cup milk of choice
  • 1/2 cup yogurt or additional milk of choice
  • sweetener of choice, as desired
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • optional 1/2 cup fruit of choice
  • optional 1-2 tbsp nut butter
  • optional 1 tbsp chia seeds, or add-ins of choice

Instructions

  • *This recipe is easily vegan if you choose nondairy yogurt and milk. Options include almond, cashew, soy, rice, oat, or coconut.
    Combine all ingredients in a lidded container or mason jar. Shake well, then refrigerate overnight. The next morning, simply stir and enjoy! If you make the recipe, don’t forget to rate it at the bottom of the post or leave a review. And if you come up with any other flavors, please do share!
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Published on March 7, 2019

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  1. Ellen @ My Uncommon Everyday says

    These look awesome! I’ve actually never made overnight oats, but I love these flavor combos.

    So with you on brunch! On Christmas my family has a big brunch, and it’s delicious (one of my top 5 favorite meals every year), but I can’t for the life of me understand how they make it through present-opening, etc. before eating! I can work out before breakfast, but that’s about it. Any idle time and I realize how hungry I am. Naturally, I eat breakfast AND brunch on Christmas 😀

    • Sarah says

      Yes!!! I am with both of you. Brunch is always lunch for me, even if it’s at 11 am. I’ve never tried overnight oats. Somehow I’ve always thought of it as intimidating, but this post makes it look anything but!

  2. Ann says

    So funny, I’m actually the opposite and have had to make a real effort to eat breakfast in the morning because I know you’re supposed to eat breakfast, but I’m just never hungry when I wake up. I do love breakfast food though. And I like the step by step process photos. Would love to see you do more posts including them.

    • Jack says

      Look up intermittent fasting. If you’re not hungry in the morning, just don’t eat! You don’t actually need to!

      • Olivia says

        Actually you do! Eating breakfast gets your metabolism going! You’ve been fasting all night and if you don’t eat in the morning, the body will store those calories into fat.!

        • Firefly says

          This is called “starvation mode” and it has beed debunked. You can’t create extra energy out of thin air. I lost 30lbs and kept them off by doing intermitrent fasting & skipping breakfast and lunch because i truly wasn’t hungry in the mornings. The idea that you store any food as fat if you don’t eat for a bit longer is more than ridiculous. Weight gain and fat storage occurs at a calorie surplus and if you eat less than you need, you can’t gain weight.

          But you have to be honest about it too. You can’t say you’re fasting and then gulp down 4 Starbucks coffees.

          • Vivian’ says

            My husband at one time skipped breakfast and lunch often and would eat a big dinner. After being diagnosed with diabetes, we discovered diabetes is often linked to individuals who skip meals. His endocrinologist has told us not eating, especially carbs, puts your liver into “starvation “ mode and causes it to react in an unhealthy way. Just FYI

  3. Diana says

    Love the photos! My kids can’t get enough of your breakfast oatmeal cupcakes. As soon as we finish this next batch, I will have to try this recipe on them.

  4. Tiffany says

    Hi Katie!

    Do you know of a vegan yogurt you can recommend? Since whole soy went out of business I haven’t had much success in finding an alternative that I like as most taste very sweet or artificial. So far I’ve tried Kite Hill, Nancy’s, coconut grove, so delicious ( almond and coconut) and o’soy. Thank you so much!!

  5. Anna says

    This is perfect! I just tried my first overnight oats a couple days ago (a peanut butter version yum) and loved them and was looking for new variations. These flavors look incredible! Oh and you are definitely not the only one who is thinking of breakfast when they go to bed! I must do that every night lol

  6. Lucie says

    Haha 😀 I totally do that! Good to know I’m not the only dreaming of breakfast. Sometimes I manage to squeeze some yoga in before devouring some oatmeal or whatnot but that’s pretty rare. And I always eat at least a piece of chocolate or a spoonful of peanut butter before the workout anyway 🙂

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    • Stacey says

      I was invited to an early yoga class once and woke up late so I had to skip breakfast. Maybe my energy was lagging from that, because I ended up falling asleep at the last pose! Luckily no one noticed!

  7. Jackie says

    So timely! I ran out of steel cut oats this morning and I was wondering what to make for breakfast for the rest of the week. I do have rolled oats and yogurt! And blueberries! This will be awesome. Thank you!

    And I am right there with you about breakfast. I need to eat something in the morning. I guess if I ate a huge dinner, or if I snacked, it wouldn’t matter so much. But I stick with 3 meals per day and I do look forward to each one!

  8. Stacey says

    I saw this recipe yesterday and made it right away with the banana bread version, and now I am eating it this morning and it is delicious! I think you will approve of my decision to add chocolate chips 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • MaryAnn says

      Don’t the bananas turn brown sitting in that overnite? That is why I’ve been hesitating trying a version with bananas……thanks!

      • Hol says

        “brown” isn’t bad, just a reaction with oxygen. If you put the banana in the night before it will be submerged in your milk and covered, or you could just put it in in the morning. Easy fix for those kids who won’t eat something if it isn’t perfect looking!

  9. Emily says

    Thank you for sharing – I definitely needed this. My work day starts at 7 am, so when I get up at 5 am, I’m not yet awake enough to be hungry. So I like being able to take something to my office that I can eat at my desk that’s still healthy – not always an easy task. This fits the bill, though! http://www.enchantinglyemily.com

  10. Rina says

    I love all of your blog posts, but I really love when you post non dessert recipes like these, since I do not eat dessert every day.

  11. Heidi Kokborg says

    I love overnight oats! It’s one of my favourite breakfasts. & I am with you on the whole breakfast thing. I just don’t understand how some people can go without breakfast. Like you I need it my breakfast before I can do any work or get moving 🙂

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  12. Hannah says

    Yay thank you for sharing this with us! I love overnight oats. Its so nice to already have your breakfast made when you wake up.

    Also, I saw the clip of you on the Dr. Oz show! You looked absolutely beautiful and really comfortable. Up next : CCK cooking show?! :))

  13. Kayla S says

    Hey 🙂 While I love the idea of the yogurt in this recipe, I don’t usually have it in the house and I’m wondering what you think could be a good replacement for it in this recipe… fruit puree (like banana) maybe?

    • Emily says

      Thank you for posting these! I have been making overnight oats for the past couple months from a recipe I clipped from a newspaper article and have been trying to think of new combinations to put in it. These are perfect! Overnight oats are so easy to just grab out of the fridge and eat right when I get to work, no prep or thinking involved in the morning rush to get ready. 🙂

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  14. Nina says

    So delicious. I made the banana bread. Easy and great to wake up and have a wonderful start to my day.

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  15. Hannah says

    Thank you so much for your positive attitude towards food! I used to be extremely obsessive about what I ate. Although I ate plenty, it was constantly on my mind and that kind of attitude is so unhealthy and hurtful. Now I’m free from that, and thoroughly enjoy my food! I don’t think guilt should ever have anything to do with what you eat. I’m always so happy to see blogs like yours!

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      • Laney says

        You should really add that to the article. I was leaving it out on the counter and my roommate argued it should sit in the fridge. Had she not said anything I would have left it out! I specifically checked to see if you mentioned refrigeration or not, so I defaulted to countertop when it wasn’t mentioned.

        Some people may get sick, it’d be better to state it.

        • Alanna says

          No offense, but why would you think it’s okay to leave dairy products out at room temperature overnight? 😮 The only dairy that’s okay at room temp is the stuff that is purchased in a shelf-stable form (like some of Blue Diamond’s almond milks), and even that goes in the fridge after opening. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a yogurt that’s okay out of the fridge.

  16. Alison says

    Love the idea for overnight oats, it looks super easy. The flavor combos also looks really good and different.

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  17. Dani K. says

    Yes, it basically moistens the oats, which is much better than raw oats. It doesn’t cook them exactly, but definitely improves them! 🙂

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  18. Kiera says

    I made this last night and am eating it cold this morning. It’s very tasty but I’m not sure how I feel about cold oats, can this be heated, or is it meant to be eaten cold?

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  19. Debbie says

    What size mason jar do you use? I love overnight oats, especially in the warmer weather. So refreshing! I usually use a Tupperware container, but the jars make a pretty presentation and could be used for a brunch!

  20. Traci says

    Question: do you refrigerate overnight or let it sit on counter?

    This looks yummy and easy. Great for quick breakfast for my hubby although I would probably have to double the portion for him 🙂

    • Alanna says

      Refrigerate!! Dairy is not safe to leave at room temperature (unless it’s an unopened shelf-stable product like some almond milks and coconut milk).

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