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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.
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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 (259)
Prep Time 5 minutes
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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Notes

Also be sure to try these Breakfast Oatmeal Cupcakes To-Go.
 

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Published on March 7, 2019

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  1. myhappinesstriangle says

    Oh my goodness, I can’t believe I actually haven’t thought about doing nutella overnight oats before??!! Thank you!

  2. jennifer says

    in the nutritional analysis it only says it used strawberries for the fruit. It doesn’t specify what milk choice was used and which type of yogurt. Can you please specify?

  3. Kelly says

    Amazing! My daughter and I are coeliac. We made this with GF oats, coconut milk, maple syrup, Chia seeds, almond butter, grated apple and cinnamon. The next morning we warmed it up with a teaspoon of coconut oil each and more yoghurt. Yum ? easy make ahead breakfast for busy mornings. x

  4. Brittney says

    I made a cinnamon peach for this morning!
    1c oats
    1c almond milk
    1 individual container of peach yogurt
    Couple dashes of cinnamon
    1 crushed graham cracker

    (My toddler boys are always begging for bites so I upped my oats, milk and yogurt to more than directed so I still had plenty for myself)

  5. Supriya Kutty says

    This recipe looks so amazing and tasty before even preparing I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and got to know so much that I can include in my oats recipe, will surely share it with my friends and family as well for their future reference.

  6. Simone Adams says

    Loved your base recipe. I made a banana split, half mashed bananas/half vanilla yogurt, add strawberries and dark chocolate chips.

  7. Grandma says

    Thank you for all these recipes. I have never tried overnight oats. I’m interested to try the strawberry or blueberry oats. I don’t know about chocolate overnight oats. It might be too strange.

  8. Kendall says

    PSA: YOU CAN MICROWAVE QUICK OATS FOR 1 MIN 30 SECS AND SKIP THE OVERNIGHT OATS!!

    Overnight oats are pointless. They are a time-sink concocted by bloggers to take advantage of people who aren’t super comfortable in the kitchen. If you like to eat your oats warm–and really who doesn’t, because cold oatmeal sounds just awful–then just make them in the morning. Add any toppings or plant milk you like after microwaving. In other words, if you were planning to heat up your overnight oats anyway, then just skip the overnight part. It is a waste of time and energy.

    1/2 cup quick oats + 1 cup water, microwave for 1 min 30 secs and you have warm, delicious oats with NO silly jars or wasteful single-serve packets. It is the quickest, cheapest, healthiest, easiest breakfast. If you have old-fashioned oats, you can microwave those too, just up the time to 2 mins.

    The overnight oats craze is a really annoying, instagram-fueled way of making healthy eating more complicated and expensive for people.

    • Lailah says

      As a current student who has to catch the bus at 6:30 am, I prefer to make overnight oats as I can make it and clean up the night before. It most definitely saves me time in the kitchen. I don’t have any single serve packets or anything like that, I rolled oats that come in large packs. I don’t do it for health, I do it for the speed. It saves me time and energy. They aren’t pointless, it’s just something I prefer.

  9. Lesley-Anne says

    Hi! I know I am coming in late in the game but has anyone made these for their toddlers? My 1 years old is not a fan of oatmeal but I really want him to get the fibre and iron he needs to I look for ways to spruce it up! Also, how long can these be kept in the fridge and can I use frozen fruit?

  10. Natalie says

    Hi, what size of the le parfait jam jars did you purchase to use for your overnight oats? I see there are 11, 13, and 15 oz options on amazon. Thanks!

  11. Sarah says

    Just in my opinion, the ratio of ingredients is off. All I can taste is yogurt. It overpowers any add ins. The consistency is nice but the flavor is not.

  12. Carla says

    Made the Mint Chocolate Chip ONO for my breakfast this morning and I did half semi sweet chocolate chips and half white chocolate chips and oh my word! it was so good! I can’t wait to try out the other flavor combos!

  13. Christina F says

    ABSOLUTELY ADORE THIS OVERNIGHT OATS RECIPE! It has become a staple breakfast in our home. Thank you for sharing

  14. oatmeal_lovin_gal says

    Pretty decent recipe. Just make sure you use 1/2 cup milk of choice and 1/2 cup yogurt of choice and probably also chia seeds for a thick and creamy result. If I use only milk it turns out kind of watery.

  15. Kelsie says

    What a great variety of choices!
    Is the nutrition information that states it’s for the strawberry version include the chia seeds and nutrition butter? I need to know the calories.

  16. Christian Brito says

    Awesome recipes, just love all of them.
    I started my passion for Healthy desserts with her recipes, love to have such a great variety of options.

  17. Jackie says

    Katie, these overnight oats are so good! I’ve always believed breakfast is the most important, and more importantly most fun, meal of the day. I found this by googling overnight oats, and now I’m excited to try more of your recipes. 🙂

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