Looking for a healthy breakfast option that doesn’t require much effort? Then overnight oats are the perfect option. All that’s needed is to stir together some ingredients in a jar and let it sit in the fridge overnight. In the morning, you’ll have a delicious breakfast that requires no cooking or baking.

The overnight oats recipe is very versatile. You can make it as simple or creative as you’d like by adding a variety of toppings and mix-ins. These toppings can include fresh fruit, nuts, seeds, spices, jams, and more.

We love overnight oats because they’re healthy and can be made ahead of time. They’re also whole grain and packed with fiber!

What are Overnight Oats?

To make overnight oats, soak oatmeal in milk or water for at least 2 hours or overnight. This will make the oats soft and easy to eat without cooking them.

What is the texture of overnight oats?

After a few hours, the oats become soft and chewy, similar to classic oatmeal.

Do you eat overnight oats cold or warm?

Overnight oats are traditionally eaten cold, but some people like to heat them up and that’s okay too.

Base Overnight Oats Ingredients

For ultra creamy and tasty overnight oats, in addition to rolled oats and milk, add chia seeds, yogurt, and a smidge of maple syrup to your base recipe.

  • Rolled oats: Make sure to use old-fashioned rolled oats for the best texture. And remember to look for certified gluten-free oats if you’re gluten-sensitive or celiac.
  • Milk: You can use dairy or dairy-free milk (like almond milk, oat milk, or cashew milk), and yes, even water works. It just depends on how creamy you’d like it.
  • Yogurt: A simple Greek yogurt or dairy-free yogurt makes provides extra creaminess, protein, and that perfect touch of tangy flavor.
  • Chia Seeds: These magical little seeds will gel up in the oats to make them creamy and thick. Plus, they’re loaded with health benefits and give a nutrient boost.
  • Maple Syrup: Natural sweeteners like maple syrup or honey blend in beautifully. You can always add as little or as much as you’d like.

Health Benefits of Overnight Oats

A bowl of oatmeal is a healthy breakfast option, and overnight oats are even better for gut health. Resistant starches and prebiotics help keep your gut healthy, and this recipe is a great way to get them.

Oats are a great source of fiber, protein, and antioxidants. They also contain a wide range of vitamins and minerals that promote a healthy gut.

If you are struggling with digestion, fear not. Overnight oats can help by breaking down the starches and reducing the amount of phytic acid. This will make the oats easier to digest and allow your body to absorb the nutrients more effectively. This is especially useful for those who have gluten sensitivities.

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Oats are a great way to eat healthy without spending a lot of money. You can have them ready in less than 5 minutes by preparing them the night before.

We love the flavor and texture of overnight oats, but did you know they’re a healthy breakfast idea perfect for any time of year? Here are some health benefits of overnight oats:

  • 100% Whole grains: oatmeal is a whole grain and a nutritious way to start your morning.
  • Fiber-packed: per serving, oatmeal has 4g fiber.
  • On-the-go breakfast: prep your overnight oats in a jar or meal-prep container and take it with you.
  • Meal prep: double or triple a batch of overnight oatmeal and you’ll have breakfast ready all week long.
  • Lower in sugar: Our healthy overnight oats recipes are made with all-natural sweeteners and fruit.

What Is in Overnight Oats?

The three types of oatmeal you can use in overnight oats are old-fashioned rolled oats, quick oats, and steel-cut oats. old-fashioned rolled oats are the most common type of oatmeal. They are also the least processed, meaning they have the most fiber. Quick oats are made from whole oat groats that have been steamed and rolled flat. They cook more quickly than rolled oats but have a more blended texture. Steel-cut oats are made from whole oat groats that have been chopped into pieces. They have the most texture of the three types of oatmeal and take the longest to cook.

  • Rolled oats: rolled oats (or old-fashioned oats) are the most common oat to use in overnight oats and become thick and creamy after soaking in liquid.
  • Quick-cooking oats: quick-cooking oats end up more like cold porridge, but they’re still chewy and flavor super well.
  • Steel-cut oats: your steel-cut overnight oats will end up best if you use a quick-cooking steel-cut oat and give it a quick microwave before letting it soak overnight. The texture of these has more of a bite to it, but it’s so good!

Other Common Ingredients

  • Milk: milk is our preferred liquid to make overnight oats and is very essential. You can use any kind of milk you want such as cow’s milk, almond milk, coconut milk, oat milk, etc.
  • Chia seeds: Chia seeds are not only a great source of antioxidants, fiber, and omega-3s, but they help thicken your overnight oats and make them extremely creamy and satisfying.
  • Greek yogurt: Greek yogurt is such an amazing, tangy add-in for overnight oats that enhances the flavor and makes them extra creamy. Oh, and it’s a great post of extra protein.
  • Vanilla extract: You can’t go wrong with vanilla. We almost always add a teaspoon of vanilla extract to all overnight oatmeal recipes!
  • Honey or maple syrup: All natural sweeteners are key when it comes to overnight oats. Ditch the table sugar or brown sugar for something more natural like honey or maple syrup.
  • Fresh/Dried Fruit: In many of our recipes you’ll find the oats flavored with fresh and dried fruit. Try blueberry, banana, or lemon!

How to Make Easy Overnight Oats

To make one serving of overnight oats, simply place the desired amount of oats in a jar and add your favorite toppings. Then, add enough milk to cover the oats and stir. Cover the jar with a lid and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, enjoy your delicious oats cold or warmed up, whichever you prefer!

  • Stir it all together. In a small jar, stir together the oats, milk, yogurt, chia seeds, and maple syrup.
  • It’s soaking time. Place the jar in the fridge to let the oats soak for at least 2 hours, though overnight is best.
  • Add toppings and serve. The next morning, add your favorite toppings and enjoy! Alternatively, you can scoop the oats out into a bowl and add toppings from there.

You can make more of this recipe by doubling, triple, or quadrupling it.

  • Stir together. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the oats, milk, yogurt, chia seeds, and maple syrup.
  • Cover and soak. Cover the bowl with a lid or plastic wrap and let it soak overnight in the fridge.
  • Serve individually. Scoop out a portion (1-cup) from the bowl into a serving glass or bowl. Then add your favorite toppings!

Oats Too Thick or Too Thin?

  • Too thick: add more milk and mix to thin things out.
  • Too thin: add more oats and let sit for at least 30 minutes.

Overnight Oats Recipes

Maple  French Toasts Overnight Oats

You can have your french toast and oatmeal too by making Maple French Toast Vegan Overnight Oats. This is an easy, make-ahead breakfast that’s packed with maple and cinnamon flavor! This healthy vegan overnight oats recipe is high in fiber and whole grains.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Overnight Oats

This six-ingredient breakfast dish combining peanut butter and jelly with oatmeal is an excellent way to start your morning! It is full of fiber, protein, and will leave you feeling loved and satisfied.

Moose Tracks Overnight Oats

Do you love Moose Tracks Ice Cream? Try this overnight oat recipe for a healthier version that includes a vanilla base with a fudge swirl and cookie dough pieces. This overnight oatmeal recipe is perfect for meal prep throughout the week if you are looking for something sweet.

Neapolitan Overnight Oats

If you’re looking for a healthy and flavorful breakfast option, Neapolitan Overnight Oats is a great choice! This recipe features three delicious flavors – chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry – in every bite, and is also packed with protein, fiber, and healthy fats.

Coconut Latte Overnight Oats

In only five minutes, you can make these delicious vegan overnight oats with coconut latte flavor. They are full of fiber, so they will keep you full all morning long. This recipe only requires five simple and healthy ingredients.

Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Overnight Oats

Would you like to have chocolate-covered strawberries for breakfast? This recipe for chocolate-covered strawberry overnight oats will let you have a delicious breakfast that tastes like dessert! These oats are full of fiber and whole grain, making them a healthy option for breakfast any day of the week.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Overnight Oats

Thirteen year old Gerta convinced her family to switch from traditional dairy milk to oat milk. If you’re looking for a delicious and nutritious breakfast that will keep you full until lunch, try making these peanut butter chocolate chip cookie dough overnight oats. They’re packed with 15 grams of protein and a ton of fiber!

Vanilla Strawberry Overnight Oats

If you’re looking for an easy and delicious breakfast option, these Strawberry Vanilla Overnight Oats are a great choice! Simply add all of the ingredients to a jar, let them sit overnight, and you’ll have a nutritious breakfast ready to go in the morning. These overnight oats are not only tasty, but they’re also rich in fiber and protein, which will help keep you feeling full until lunchtime.

Other Overnight Oats to Try

  • Peanut Butter Banana Overnight Oats
  • Vegan Overnight Oats
  • Carrot Cake Overnight Oats
  • Chocolate Chia Overnight Oats
  • Peanut Butter Overnight Oats

Ways to Make Overnight Oats Exciting

Now it’s time to add toppings and mix-ins! You can add anything you want to overnight oats, so be creative. Here are some of my favorite flavor combinations to give you some ideas.

  • Fresh fruit: Make the most of seasonal fruits, including blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, bananas, peaches, pears, and apples. You can also blend them into a puree or make a chia seed jam to stir in.
  • Dried fruit: Raisins, cranberries, goji berries, and chopped dates lend a chewy texture and fruity flavors.
  • Nuts and Seeds: Sliced almonds, chopped pecans or walnuts, hemp seeds, sunflower seeds, pepitas, and toasted sesame seeds add a subtle crunchy texture.
  • Extra Flavor: Sprinkle on coconut flakes or cacao nibs. They’ll taste amazing with banana, strawberry, or tropical flavors.
  • Spices: Stir in cinnamon, nutmeg, turmeric, cardamom, or ginger to spice things up a bit!
  • Yogurt: Mix in any type of yogurt for extra creaminess. Plus, it’ll add extra protein and a probiotic boost.
  • Nut Butter: Choose your favorite nut butter (I always love almond butter), and stir it in or drizzle it on top. It too will provide a protein boost.
  • Protein Powder: Still want an even bigger protein boost? Feel free to add protein powder or collagen powder.

Overnight Oats FAQ

Do you eat overnight oats Cold?

If you prefer your oats warm, you can always heat them up. Overnight oats are soaked overnight, making them soft and easy to digest – perfect for eating cold!

What is the texture of overnight oats?

I like to eat my oats thicker and chewier with more of a bite, though you can always add more milk to make it thinner.

Can you make overnight oats with milk? 

The ratio of milk to rolled oats for our standard recipe is 1.5 cups of milk to 1 cup of rolled oats.

You can keep your overnight oats in the fridge for up to four days.

As long as you follow the recipe, your oats should last in the fridge for 3-5 days.

Can you make overnight oats without milk? 

You can make overnight oats without milk by using any kind of dairy-free milk or even water.

Is eating oats good for weight loss? 

Eating oats can help you lose weight because they are high in fiber and 100% whole grain. They help regulate your digestive system and will make you feel fuller for a longer period of time.


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