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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

Be sure to bookmark this post, so you can try a new flavor every day of the week!

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 (210)
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. Cristy Hofer says

    Hi, I’m excited to try these out. Is there really a need to shake it at night? I kinda like the way it looks arranged in a mason jar.

    Would it really last 3 days in the ref? Was planning to offer this as a snack at our school.

    Thanks,
    Cristy

  2. Corey says

    Wow… I tried this for breakfast this morning and I am hooked. I did the oats, chia seeds, dannon low fat toasted coconut yogurt, bananas and blue berries and unsweetened vanilla almond milk. The flavor I got out of this is amazing. It tastes like cinnamon which I didn’t put any cinnamon in and after eating half of it, I was stuffed. This will be a must have breakfast in my house. Thanks so much for sharing… great recipe!!!!

    • Jason Sanford says

      They sell things like almond milk yogurt, soy yogurt, coconutmilk yogurt, etc. It’s in the same area at most grocery stores as the dairy yogurt and is a good sub for people who are lactose intolerant, vegan, or just want to try something new.

  3. Nene says

    I am not a fan of oatmeal, I want to like it for the health benefits. So I am going to try this recipe and I hope I like it.
    Are most people eat this cold or hot?

    Thank you!

  4. Mary says

    How many days in advance can I make this? Does it keep for a few days? For instance, can I prepare 4 jars and eat on it for four days? Thank you so much

  5. Rebecca says

    Katie,
    I love the idea of making a hearty, healthful breakfast the night before, but I have a few questions: can you heat the oatmeal in the microwave in the morning? I really love nice warm oatmeal but don’t know how this would do. Also, can you make several containers ahead of time and eat them throughout the week, or would they get too mushy/thick?

    Thanks!
    Rebecca

  6. Tia Thomson says

    I love the overnight oats, but I have a question. Can you make up a week’s worth and leave them in the fridge and they won’t spoil? If you can is it only certain types. My Dad needs a healthier breakfast but I am not there every day. So these would be great for him if they won’t spoil or get mushy. Thank you.

  7. Tia Thomson says

    Can you use something in this besides oatmeal? It seems to be making me sick. So I was just wondering. Thank you love a lot of your recipies.

  8. Christina says

    Hurray! I was hoping that you would do another oatmeal recipe and you did 15! One word of caution is not to heat oatmeal made with yogurt. Yogurt turns unpleasantly sour when heated. That is true for dairy and non-dairy yogurt.

    Also, did you know that it is possible to make your own vegan yogurt using a can of coconut milk and a couple probiotic capsules? There is no cooking required — you put everything into a mason jar and wait a few days. If you haven’t heard of that method of making yogurt, I recommend looking it up and sharing your own rendition with your readers.

  9. Cassie Autumn Tran says

    To be frank, I needed overnight oats to grow on me. However, ever since I started experimenting with it and customizing different flavors, I was converted into a fan! My favorite overnight oats recipe includes rolled oats, almond milk, water, vegan protein powder, cacao powder, peanut butter powder, cinnamon, a little turmeric, a teensy but of black pepper, and some flax seeds!

  10. Alexa says

    Hey Katie! As a calorie-conscious thin girl, I appreciate you including the calorie/nutrition information. Many times, people don’t realize how caloric oatmeal can really be. Sticking to 1/2 of rolled oats helps the calorie count stay down,
    Also, love the topping ideas! Do you use carob chips, or do you use regular? I would feel SO naughty if I ate chocolate for breakfast, but to each her own. Anyways, props to you for showing versatile, delicious ways to keep oatmeal within the reasonable calorie limit, with creative flavors to boot.
    Thanks!
    Alexa

    • Jason Sanford says

      Carob would definitely work, and that sounds like a wonderful way to use them! I am always trying to think of more ways to use carob 🙂
      Jason

  11. Jenny Ngoc Nguyen says

    I made the Blueberry overnight oats and the strawberry shortcake oats over the weekend. They turned out great! My first time making overnight oats and I am so happy the way they turned out. So quick and easy to make!

    Thank you for sharing. Can’t wait to try all the other variations. ?

  12. ASF says

    Katie,
    You noted that instead of the 1/2 cup of yogurt, additional milk can be used. I thought that meant 1/2 cup of additional milk, but when I tried it that way, it came out much too liquidy. Can you edit the language in the instructions so it’s clear that if additional milk is used in place of yogurt it should not be a full half cup?
    Thanks!

    • Jason Sanford says

      Hi! It actually IS a full 1 cup milk if not using yogurt.
      I rarely make mine with yogurt anymore just because then I don’t have to keep yogurt on hand. What type of milk did you use? The oats should soak up the milk overnight in the fridge. How liquidy was it, and what type of oats did you use?
      Jason

    • Chocolate Covered Katie says

      I personally don’t like the taste of oatmeal without salt, which makes it taste less flat. But if you are used to the taste of oatmeal without salt, please feel free to omit! You can always add a little if you think it tastes flat.

    • Jason Sanford says

      Hi Mandy! You can definitely use steel cut oats here 🙂
      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.

  13. J says

    I am NOT a breakfast person, usually can’t face anything in the morning (other than hot chocolate) even if I’m very hungry! But… along came overnight oats :):):):) I’m a fan 🙂
    However I do find that a serving size as per the recipe is quite huge… I do a half serving and its about right for me 🙂 thank you

  14. Melissa says

    I made the chocolate chip cookie flavor and it was delicious! I used plain Greek yogurt and added the vanilla. So yum.

  15. Christina Walter says

    I love breakfast puddings and have found that the first recipe in the link below is a great alternative sometimes to overnight oats. I noticed you don’t use tapioca in many (any?) recipes – is there a reason for that? Anyway, I guess you’d have to skip the bee pollen since you’re vegan. This recipe is delicious, filling, beautiful, and unlike anything else I’ve ever eaten. You have to try it!
    https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.wsj.com/amp/articles/recipes-that-start-with-seedsfrom-sunflower-to-poppy-11553627603

  16. Tonya says

    I have been saying the last couple of years I am going to try to make overnight oats. I purchased my chia seeds and other ingredients and never made any….specifically because I’ve never been a fan of oatmeal, although I’d settle for it a few occasions. Nevertheless, I just took a leap and printed these overnight oats varieties and made a week’s worth. OMG!!! Yummy. Already, I’ve fallen head over heels with the first two flavors I’ve tried. Can’t wait to make all of the other variations over the next few weeks. THANKS SO MUCH!

  17. Drake T. Porter says

    So glad I found you on IG Katie! I made the brownie batter oats you mentioned in another post and they were delicious! Know with this post I can try multiple flavors now! Got my monkey oats in the fridge ready for the morning! 🙂

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