Easy Overnight Oats

5 from 23165 votes

This easy overnight oats recipe is a healthy simple breakfast that you can make ahead for busy mornings and customize with many add-ins and toppings!

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This recipe will teach you how to make a basic overnight oats recipe for beginners. You’ll also find some tips for meal prepping them in batches, and some topping inspiration with four popular overnight oatmeal flavors

Easy overnight oats - 4 ways

This overnight oats recipe is a great healthy breakfast that you can prepare in advance and it can last all week. So it makes it a great meal prep idea for Sunday night to prepare for the work week.

What are overnight oats?

If you’ve never had overnight oatmeal, they’re basically a no-cook method of making oatmeal. So, instead of cooking oatmeal on the stovetop or in the microwave, you soak the raw oats with milk. That soaking process allows the oats to absorb the liquid and soften them enough to eat uncooked. You only need to let the oats soak and rest in the fridge for 2 hours. But, it’s ideal if you soak it overnight…hence the name overnight oats!

The next morning you have a ready-to-eat, delicious, creamy bowl or jar of “oatmeal.” The consistency is like a porridge or pudding. It makes for an easy convenient breakfast that has a more dense and creamy texture than warm oatmeal.

Best of all, you reap all the healthy benefits of oats in a fun grab-and-go breakfast:

  1. They contain more protein than most grains (5g per serving).
  2. They’re a rich source of fiber, which helps you feel fuller longer (4g per serving).
  3. They are a nutrient dense food, which makes your feel more satiated.
Peanut Butter & Jelly Overnight Oats with other glasses of overnight oats in the background

What ingredients do you need for overnight oats recipe?

  1. Oats: This is really the only ingredient that’s non-negotiable. Make sure to use plain old-fashioned oats and not quick oats because the consistency is best with rolled oats. You can also use gluten-free oats. Do not use steel cut oats.
  2. Milk: For the liquid part, you can actually make this with water! But it’s more common to use milk. You can use full fat, 2% or low-fat milk. You can also use plant-based milk like almond milk, coconut milk, cashew milk or oat milk.
  3. Chia seeds (optional): These seeds are packed with tons of nutrition, and they help give the oats a pudding-like texture. So I always like to include them in my base recipe.
  4. Greek or vegan yogurt (optional): This gives the oats a tangy flavor, creamy texture and boost of protein.
  5. Vanilla extract (optional): This enhances all the flavors that go into the overnight oatmeal as well as giving it sweetness without any sweetener.
  6. Sweetener (optional): Use honey or maple syrup to sweeten the mixture, especially because oats can be somewhat bland on their own.
  7. Toppings: This is where you can have some fun with fresh fruit, dried fruit, nut butters, nuts, seeds and spices (like cinnamon, nutmeg or cardamom). There are so many topping ideas and combinations, and I think that’s what makes this such a great versatile recipe!
Ingredients needed to make easy overnight oats

How to make basic overnight oats?

It’s all about the ratios to get the consistency you like. So try this suggested ratio below and then add more milk or use less milk until you find what works perfectly for you! Once you nail down the ratio of the basic overnight oats recipe, the sky’s the limit with the flavor combinations and toppings.

Here’s our simple ratio:

1 part oats + 1 part milk + ⅛ part seeds

To start, combine old fashioned oats and chia seeds. You can use a bowl, a mason jar or just some glass cups.

Collage showing step by step making of overnight oats: oats + chia seeds

Next add the Greek or vegan yogurt and vanilla extract.

Collage showing step by step making of overnight oats: oats + chia seeds + greek yogurt + vanilla extract

And then add the sweetener of choice and the milk. Then mix the overnight oats together until you see no clumps. Next, seal or cover with a lid, and chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours or overnight.

Collage showing step by step making of overnight oats: oats + chia seeds + greek yogurt + vanilla extract + maple syrup + milk

The next morning, grab a spoon, add your favorite toppings and dig in!

Almond joy overnight oats in a glass cup with other overnight oats in background

overnight oats Video tutorial

Overnight Oatmeal Recipe Ideas

Peanut Butter Jelly: It’s like having a peanut butter jelly sandwich in overnight oats form. Layer peanut butter, strawberry jelly, fresh cut strawberries and crushed peanuts. It has a sweet and salty taste that’s irresistible.

Peanut Butter & Jelly Overnight Oats

Apple Pie: With the combination of chopped apples, pecans, maple syrup and ground cinnamon, this variation is a great fall recipe that has a warm sweet taste and satisfying crunch from the fruit and nuts.

Apple Pie Overnight Oats

Banana Nutella: The name of this recipe says it all – bananas and Nutella – match made in heaven, and a great flavor for kids to try! The banana and Nutella together have a rich decadent taste that makes it feel like you’re enjoying dessert, instead of a nutritious breakfast. Try also adding crushed hazelnuts and chocolate chips to enhance the flavor.

Banana Nutella Overnight Oats

Almond Joy: This recipe is a play on the popular chocolate bar. Use shredded coconut, crushed almonds, mini chocolate chips and maple syrup.

Almond Joy Overnight Oats

Tips for making the best overnight oats

  1. Make it inside of a jar or a mason jar (with measurement lines on the side). This way you can measure, mix, chill, carry and eat the overnight oats all in one convenient container.
  2. Use plain old fashioned rolled oats, not quick oats. Quick oats will get too soggy when soaked with milk. And do not use steel cut oats because they won’t soften enough to eat just with milk unfortunately. Try this steel cut overnight oatmeal instead.
  3. Warm it up if you prefer warm oats in the morning. Although overnight oatmeal is typically served cold, you can definitely eat them warm. Just place them in the microwave for one minute and be sure to use a microwave-safe jar.
  4. Make a bunch for the week. Because overnight oats typically stay good in the fridge for up to 5 days, try making a batch on Sunday and having it on hand in the fridge for the whole week. Be careful if you’re adding fruit beforehand because they will typically not remain fresh for more than a couple days.
4 ways to make overnight oats

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Easy Overnight Oats

This easy overnight oats recipe is a healthy simple breakfast that you can make ahead for busy mornings and customize with many add-ins and toppings!
5 from 23165 votes
Servings 1 serving
Course Breakfast
Calories 378
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins

Ingredients
  

Base

  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • ½ cup milk of choice
  • ¼ cup non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon sweetener honey or maple syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

Peanut Butter & Jelly

Apple Pie

Banana Nutella

  • ½ banana sliced
  • 1 tablespoon Nutella
  • 1 tablespoon hazelnuts crushed
  • 1 tablespoon chocolate chips

Almond Joy

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients into a large glass container and mix until combined.
  • Cover the glass container with a lid or plastic wrap. Place in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or overnight. Toppings can be added the night before or immediately before serving.
  • Uncover and enjoy from the glass container the next day. Thin with a little more milk or water, if desired.

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Notes

Storage: Overnight oats can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days. This makes it an ideal breakfast meal prep to make on Sunday night for the week.
Substitutes: For best results, follow the recipe as is. However here are some common substitutes that would work well in this recipe.
  • Make it vegan: Use plant-based milk, plant-based yogurt, and maple syrup for sweetener
  • Make it gluten-free: Use certified gluten-free oats
  • Make it sugar-free: Omit the sweetener all together or used mashed or pureed fruit in the base recipe
* Please note the nutrition label does not include any toppings.

Nutrition

Calories: 378kcal, Carbohydrates: 54g, Protein: 17g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 15mg, Sodium: 80mg, Potassium: 485mg, Fiber: 8g, Sugar: 21g, Vitamin A: 198IU, Calcium: 322mg, Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.

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    1. Thank you so much, Sam! The 378 is for the base recipe only. Anything additional added is not taken into account. Hope you enjoy it!

      1. This is by far the most delicious breakfast I’ve ever had never thought oatmeal would actually taste so delicious this way specially cold. I can’t wait for more easy quick recipes. My most 2 favorites are the *Banana Nutela* and *Almond Joy*

  1. Well I ‘ve tried lots of overnight recipes before, mostly for my son wich is Gymfreak, but I found yours simple, easy to prepare & delicious. So I think I’m gonna stay here for long.
    Thanks & greetings fron Athens Greece & thanks again for honnoring our traditional Greek yogurt..
    (plz excuse my English folks, I’m self educated)

    1. Hi Kostas! Thank you for making my recipe! It’s always so nice to hear from people all over the world. (You did a great job with your English!)

  2. Be careful! These are over 100 more calories than is stated, the base overnight oats is 300 on its own!
    Some of the addons can almost double the calories in the meal!

  3. Hello!
    Would you have any recommendation on how to make this savory? Not a fan of eating anything sweet first thing in the morning.
    Thanks in advance

    1. Sure! My first suggestion would be to remove the sweetener and vanilla and then try shredding some vegetables in there like carrots or beets and add some nuts on top. You can also try my savory oatmeal instead…I think you’d love that one!

      1. I made them with blueberries, and coconut…exactly like your recipe and it turned out great! Will try the savory one another day.
        Thanks!

  4. Thanks for the recipe, I tried overnight oats in the past but never really got the taste or texture. Just the base recipe was nice, looking forward to trying out the topping suggestions 👍

    1. Happy to hear that the recipe worked out for you! I love overnight oats; it’s so versatile you can do so much with it!

  5. I just tried this last night w/whole milk, standard vanilla yogurt, vanilla extract, honey, blueberries & lemon zest & my husband loved it. I’m so happy to have found this – thank you!

  6. This is the best recipe for over night oats I have found, even better one of the simplest and straightforward recipes too. Absolutely delicious. I need look no further for other morning recipes 😊

  7. okay, I’m obsessed. I never had overnight oats until these but wanted something easy to ensure I eat after having my 4th baby. I just make the base recipe and it’s soooo good I’ve made it at least 6 times now. Even my kids love it. I am dairy free for my breastfed infant so I use silk next milk and dairy free yogurt.

    1. Hi Nikki, so glad you like the overnight oats! I totally get wanting to have something ready to go in the am, especially with a baby in the house and three other kiddos. We, Moms, need to eat too! lol

  8. This is a great recipe that I use as a blank canvas to flavor many different ways. Today I used Irish oats, oat milk, Siggi’s non fat vanilla yogurt, Penzey’s Pie Spice, and 1/4 cup of homemade vanilla apple sauce, and a touch of maple syrup. The smell alone is making me swoon!! I can hardly wait until tomorrow morning.

    1. I loved this, i appreciate the versatility for making the recipe and the substitutes I ended up using this made a great dairy free meal. I always appreciate tips when people offer recipes.

  9. This was so yummy! I made the mistake of using quick oats, the container said steel cut but I didn’t see the quick cook part. They still came out good but I’m thinking they might get more soggy as the days go on. I made 3..chocolate chip peanut butter banana, strawberry banana and banana walnut with cinnamon! I also used agave instead of honey and almond milk, very tasty!!

    1. Yay! Thank you so much. I am so glad you like the overnight oats. It’s possible to run into texture issues with the quick oats, but even so, they should still be yummy.

  10. SOO good! I can’t remember where I saw this, but adding a little sprinkle of vanilla pudding mix into this overnight is adds some extra flavor as well! I’ve never liked oatmeal before this!

    1. Thank you!! I am so happy to have helped bring you to the oatmeal side… lol Great tip with the pudding mix!

  11. This was my first time making overnight oats and they turned out great. I made the almond joy version without the chocolate. I love the simple prep for this recipe. It takes 2 minutes! I’m looking forward to experimenting with other flavours and topping now that I know how to make the perfect base.

    1. Yay! I am so glad to hear that they turned out great! It’s such a great, easy meal-prep option for breakfast you really can’t go wrong with overnight oats.

  12. Just made this recipe today. Absolutely delicious 🤤 I used chaboni zero sugar yogurt and lakanto sweetener as substitute for the syrup. Not surprised this had all five stars reviews

  13. Hi, I’m making for my athlete daughter.
    Can I sub flax seed for the chia seeds, or would that not work well soaking overnight?
    Also, I’ve read (somewhere) to add toppings in the AM instead of soaking all night. Do you agree?
    Thanks!

    1. You can definitely do that! I think it comes down to preference for the toppings. If you don’t want the topping to get soggy, definitely add it when you’re ready to eat.

  14. LITERALLY THE BEST!!!!! This is the best recipe ive EVER used. Absolutely delicious every single time. Perfect consistency, and tastes SO GOOD.

    I always make the mistake of not bookmarking this recipe and then I regret it a few days later when I want to make it again and cant find it thus ending up following another recipe that results in horrible oats…

    Nothing can top this recipe! I make it so often. I don’t think words could describe how delicious these are and how much I love them!!!!!!!

    1. For this recipe, do not use steel cut oats. They won’t soften enough to eat just with milk unfortunately.

  15. The absolute best recipe for overnight oats (and I have tried so many) the taste and texture is so good. Love the options you give for flavors. So filling, delicious and healthy! Thank you!

      1. Been doing overnight oats for a long time.
        In addition to this recipe, I also use powdered collagen, flaxseed meal and a PB peanut butter powder, with a touch more almond milk.
        Turns out real well

  16. Thank you so much for posting this recipe. This has been my go to breakfast meal prep for a couple of months now. The only thing I changed is I use 2 tablespoons of chia seeds instead of one as I like mine to have a thicker consistency. I add fruit, a little muesli and some nut butter and I look forward to it every day. I have shared this with so many people. Thanks again.

  17. This was my first attempt at overnight oats and the first recipe I looked at, I love the ratios for the base! For toppings I tried banana, chunky peanut butter and chopped up Trader Joes chocolate chunks. I had good luck mixing the base before adding the toppings and mixing in.

  18. Wow. Thanks a lot for your great ideas.

    For the past few weeks, I just cut a banana into small thin pieces, then I pour some oats on it, then add some honey on top of the oats and finally soak everything into milk. I leave it into the fridge for the whole night.

    The whole preparation takes around 2 minutes 😛

    This has been the perfect/consistent breakfast for me. I feel energetic during whole morning. I am fitter than ever 😀

    Next week, Insha’Allah, I’ll buy some chia seeds and Greek yogurt to experiment. Thanks again and God bless!

    1. Always happy to share! That combination sounds delicious. I love how quick and easy it is to make! Hope you enjoy it with Greek yogurt too!

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  20. Thank you for sharing, easiest recipe I’ve found with pics and without forcing me to watch videos… Also, for sharing how long can hold for in fridge and variations for adults, kids and gluten free

  21. This helped me soooo much. I made it a few times for work and it just never tasted right. I couldn’t figure it out. I was using quick oats🤦🏽‍♀️. Thank you for all the variations also. I was so tired of sliced strawberries and agave I was about to give up on this breakfast altogether.

  22. Awesome recipe! I prefer it warm on cold mornings but makes a good lunch too. I’ve never been a fan of oats or milk, but I’m totally coverted! The ease of preparation and oh so many add in options keeps it fun! Thanks!!

      1. Wonderful recipe. I am now addicted. I love coming up with creative add ins. It’s a great grab and go breakfast. Keeps me full, at least till lunch 🙂 Thank you for sharing!!

  23. Omgoshhhhh, I just put one in the fridge! I don’t like yogurt at alllll, so I tried one cup…will let you know in a couple of hours….

    1. Let me know how it turns out for you! Also, next time, you can leave out the yogurt because it is optional.

  24. These look so delicious – I will try them out soon! May I ask where the jars are from? Perfect size and shape for oats – do they come with a lid by chance?

  25. The BEST overnight oats – I dislike them cold and I’ve been having these every breakfast at work for a month straight. I make a double batch and I keep it cold and it lasts me all week and keeps me super full. My upgrades include sultanas while I’m making them (they go all nice and plump), cinnamon. When I prepare it every day, I mix in strawberries, biscoff spread or stewed apple.

    1. I am so glad to hear it! It’s such a great breakfast to prepare ahead of time. Those toppings and mix ins sound delicious!

  26. I would like to make enough of the base recipe for a few days worth. If I don’t have a glass container that’s big enough, can I make it in a plastic one?

  27. Best overnight oats!! I was struggling to find a ‘regular’ breakfast that I like – now I have this 3-4 times a week especially with warmer weather coming and this nicely replaces porridge.

  28. Love this recipe; has helped me a lot with my switch to a healthier food lifestyle (rhythm and balance). Also easy to adjust to my taste.
    And the multiplier is fantastic!

  29. Do you mix the toppings together with the base ? I’m looking to make this for my kids and layering it likely means they’ll eat the top separate from the base !

      1. Do you mix the toppings together with the base ? I’m looking to make this for my kids and layering it likely means they’ll eat the top separate from the base!

        1. You can if you want! I think it depends on what toppings you’re using and how soon you’re going to be eating it.

  30. The rating on this is well deserved. First time for me trying overnight oats. So simple, easy to assemble and tastes great. I’ve had the apple pie and the PB & J one. Will make the others for next week.

    Excellent and thank you 👏🏻

  31. You can also try this with store-bought yoghurt infused with fruits. I can’t stand the taste of pure yoghurt so I tried it like that and it tastes just as great! I didn’t know the recipe was that easy, thank you!

  32. These overnight oats are delicious! They solidified perfectly and had a great texture. The flavors were intense with the added ingredients and provided a healthy/balanced breakfast. I highly recommend and will be using other recipes on this website.

  33. Wow! I didn’t know if I was going to be a fan of this, I didn’t really like the idea of cold oats, but this turned out really good! This recipe is tasty, time efficient, and healthy! I decided to use banana and nutella as my toppings and they added a very nice touch to these oats. I was surprised how well the oats soaked. I’m definitely using this as my go to breakfast, thank you!

    1. I’m so happy to hear you decided to give it a try and enjoyed! Those toppings sound delicious. I hope you continue to enjoy it!

    2. I’d had a variant of overnight oats years ago. Thankyou for the inspiration to remake it. I’d forgot how easy, healthy and delicious it could be

  34. Can’t wait to try these recipes. They look great! Just curious, would an 8oz mason jar fit a serving, or would I need something larger? 🙂

    1. I wondered about the size of my Mason jar too. I bought 2 Ball Mason jars in 16 oz
      size with the screw-on type plastic covers from Amazon. Tried the base recipe
      last night and the 16 oz. jar worked perfectly. I had plenty of room to add the
      topping this morning. Yum!

  35. Prepped my first batch of your recipe last night, and wow, my kids and I loved them! We all used different combinations of toppings this morning (banana and Nutella for one, peanut butter and berries for another, and just berries for me), and we all can’t wait to have them again tomorrow. I used maple syrup last night when I prepped them because I really wanted to like them, but now I know that for us the added sweetener was not necessary.

    Thanks so much for putting your recipe out there for us to find! Just forwarded it to my adult son as well. Such a great option for anyone pressed for time in the morning because of work or school.

    I agree with the person who commented that these overnight oats have changed their life. I have to agree…these are a total game changer!! Thanks again!

  36. First time trying overnight oats, tried blueberries and strawberry jam and fresh strawberries on one delicious can’t wait to try again and play around with toppings

  37. Honestly, as someone who tried oats and didn’t like them, I was skeptical about these recipes. But, this morning, I had my first jar. I made the peanut butter & jelly.

    Honestly, without hyperbole, these weren’t just the best oats I ever had, but one of the most delicious things I have ever eaten.

    Honestly, thank you so much for these recipes. They are wonderful.

    You’ve just changed breakfast for me, forever.

  38. Hello! I’d love to try this! Can you tell me if the Greek yogurt in the base is plain or vanilla?
    Thank you!

  39. These are DELICIOUS! I added a tsp of sugar free vanilla pudding to mine. I am in love with this ingenious idea!

  40. First time eating overnight oats the other day and loved it. Thanks for sharing how to make it – they all look delicious and I can’t wait to try them!

  41. First time making overnight oats and they are delish! I cut the recipe in half because I only needed 2 oz of carbs so I only used 1/4 cup and I used Silk Zero Sugar Oat Milk. It was very satisfying and almost like a dessert!

  42. I’ve tried overnights oats before but wasn’t too keen. Came across this recipe and thought I’d try again – loved it 😀 I made the base recipe (no vanilla) and added ground pumpkin seeds and chopped strawberries. This made a healthy breakfast for me but also a healthy breakfast for my dogs too. Thank you.

  43. Tried the Nutella banana overnight oats and I can safely say it’s one of the best I’ve ever had! I’m obsessed 😍 thank you so much! Do you have any other topping ideas? Would love to know more!!!

    1. That makes me so happy to hear! Yay! Did you try any of the other topping recommendations in this post?

  44. I made one serving of your “Easy Overnight Oats” — very, very good! I even used plain yogurt (avoiding sugar) and I still thought it was very good. Thank you for a healthy recipe idea.

  45. Hi,
    Recipe looks lovely, can I check that the basic amount stated in your article is for one portion, and we increase it for the amount of days required?

    Thank you

  46. Hi! Thank you so much for the recipe! Definitely will try this because i’d have busy morning everyday so this would be perfect for my breakfast!

    Anyway may i ask something? As i never make an overnight oats before, let’s say if i make bunch of them on sunday to consume them at weekdays, should i eat them immediately after i take them out of fridge or can i bring the jar to my office instead? (it took me approx 1.5 hour from home to work)

    Once again, thank you and have a great day!!

    1. You’re so welcome! Can’t wait for you to give it a go. It should be fine on the way to work, but I’d probably keep an ice pack with it.

      1. Ahh, i see! Thank you for the answer, you’re so helpful, i hope you have a very great day! ^^

      2. As a UPS driver this would be a great lunch idea as well, thanks for clarifying putting them on ice to make them last.

  47. Absolutely loved these recipes. So easy to follow with clear measurements and alternative options. Breakfasts, sorted. Thank you.

  48. ITS SO SO GOOD TOTALLY RECOMMEND 💯 MY FAMILY LOVES IT ITS HEALTHY LIGHT FILLING AND CUSTOMIZABLE U NEED TO DO THIS ASAP 💗💗💗💗

  49. I made this last night and it was so good! I added in 1 grated apple to the oat and chia mix in place of sweetener and it worked out great. I added berries in the morning but I’m definitely going to try the different recipe toppings! So easy and healthy! Love it!

  50. Excited to try this recipe and give overnight oats another try! What size of mason jar would work best? Thanks!

    1. Excited for you to give it a try! I would use a half pin or pint mason jar (depending on how many toppings you add).

  51. I love these. It’s been my go to meal. And the different options. So far I love the Banana Nuttela, but I’m planning on trying the other two pb&j and the apple crisps.

  52. My go to meal 3 to 4 days a week! The endless topping options! The convenience! Love, love this recipe! Peanut butter and jelly is my absolute favorite!

    1. The chia seeds are optional! You can completely omit it without adjusting the amounts of the other ingredients in the recipe.

  53. Hi Yumna , I tried your overnight oats recipe , I am in love with it. I am on a weight loss journey and I keep looking for yummy and healthy food. This now is going to be on my meal plans for coming months 😋
    I am going to buy beautiful little Mason jar for making these oats because this recipe deserves to look beautiful 😍

  54. Thanks for sharing. I loved it as written. I did the Almond joy version and man was it delicious.

    I like the fact that I stay full longer. And that breakfast for the week is already prepared.

  55. Hi Yumna!! Your overnight oatmeal recipe sounds yummy, can’t wait to get started later today. Yet, can you please let me know – would it work if I doubled your above basic overnight recipe and place all the ingredients into 1 mason jar and store it into the fridge overnight? Many thanks again!!!

    1. When making the other ones (like peanut butter jelly) do you still need the yogurt from the base recipe, or would you sub that for the peanut butter?
      I LOVED the base recipe and can’t wait to try the others!
      Thank you! 🙂

      1. You can leave the yogurt in the base recipe or omit it because it’s optional. I would add the peanut butter top and not in place of the yogurt.

  56. Thank you for this recipe! I’ve tried several others out already, and the end result so far was less than desired. But the one I made based on your instructions is exactly what I wanted out of my overnight oats, so once again thank you, I will be using this from now on 🙂

  57. This recipe is so great! I tried the Apple Pie and it was so yummy and filling! I toasted my pecan and it definitely added great flavor to my oat. Thanks for sharing this and I can’t wait to try other flavors!

  58. I’m excited to try this!! For any of the flavor combos, do you add those ingredients the night before and let it soak or that gets added the next morning once it’s ready to eat?

    1. Can’t wait to hear what you think! You can honestly go about it either way. Toppings can be added the night before or immediately before serving!

        1. It’s easier to add the toppings the night before! However, if you strongly prioritize having really fresh fruits, I would add it the morning of.

          1. Do the bananas or apples brown if you do it the night before? Maybe a salt water rinse can prevent that?

          2. Depends how long you store it for! You can also add the toppings when you go to serve the dish, so it doesn’t brown at all that way.

  59. Oh my gosh, amazing!! Thank you! I have tried sooooooo many overnight oats recipes and I thought I hated overnight oats. But then I saw yours, and decided to give oats one more go. Oh my gosh I’m addicted!! Wow wow wow. Thank you, I love them cold but like you suggested, some days, I pop them in the microwave for 30 seconds, the chocolate chips slightly melt and it’s absolutely divine. I am LOVING your recipes, thanks so much.

  60. Great base recipe for overnight oats! I sub flax or hemp milk and this helps my husband hit his omega 3 requirements (82% of his doctor recommended amount). We add banana, fresh or frozen fruit depending on what we have on hand/flavor we want. Delicious, easy to grab and go breakfast.

  61. Such a simple and wonderful recipe. I use kefir instead of the yogurt, 1 tbs of shredded coconut, a full tsp of vanilla and 1 tsp of sugar free coffee syrup of whatever I am craving (usually hazelnut). A healthy and satisfying breakfast! Thanks for the recipe!

  62. Love, love, love this recipe! Even my husband who is not a fan of oats loves it and asks for it on a regular basis. I love the base with just some berries but I have yet to try the other combinations. Thanks for sharing!

    1. It was the first time I tried overnight oats and feel lucky that I found your base recipe, it tastes great. Thank you.

  63. Super easy, healthy, and yummy
    Tried many combinations but my go-to version is soaking couple of dates with it to give it the perfect sweetness…topped with nuts and bananas
    Even my 2-year old is now a fan!! Cant ask for more!!
    Thank you so much !!

  64. I made this today and what a hit!! The kids loved it and so did we!

    It’s easy, and healthy and very tasty!

    I made the Nutella version topped with blueberries, raspberries and chocolate chips!

    Will definitely make other flavors, thanks Yumna

  65. This has officially become my favorite breakfast! I’m focusing on protein so I’ll heat it up in the morning and add some protein powder. So good!!

    1. Hi,
      Tagging along here…I’m also trying to get a bit more healthy. Can you share at what stage you add the protein powder? and how much? Thanks 😊

  66. I love this! At the moment, I’m lacking the proper fruits (sadly, it’s winter) or ingredients to do the fancy flavours, so I just eat the base. I love how I can just take ~8m and have a meal ready for tomorrow! I can already Invision a couple more flavours I can make using the base… I just need to get the ingredients! Thank you for this easy to follow recipe. It fills you up quite a lot, in fact, I never get to finish it in one sitting!

  67. Amazing! Love that you can prepare the night before. It saves you a lot of time in the morning and not having to worry about what’s for breakfast!

  68. I love this recipe! I never thought of adding yogurt to overnight oats but now I’ll never go back! Can I ask where you got those gorgeous jars?

      1. Yes, you can add mashed banana to this! Although overnight oatmeal is typically served cold, you can definitely eat them warm. Just place them in the microwave for one minute and be sure to use a microwave-safe jar.

  69. Hey,
    Great recipe!
    Is it safe to heat up the overnight oats inside the Mason Jar in the microwave? If so what’s the best way to do this?
    Thanks.

    1. Thank you! You can heat up overnight oats in the microwave for 1-2 minutes. However, if you’re going to reheat it in a mason jar, make sure that the mason jar you’re using is microwave safe!

  70. I made one of each flavor. Never had overnight oats before and I really don’t like oatmeal. But these were awesome! I didn’t have any maple syrup so I used Yellow Label syrup instead. I’m sure they would have been even better with the maple syrup flavoring. Thank you for these recipes!

  71. Hi,
    I started following you on Instagram. I now receive you emails on recipes and videos everyday.
    I love making the overnight oats.
    This weekend I made the Banana Choc. Chip Cookies. (Made a double batch)
    I gave some to my best friend to bring into work (she works a High School)
    They all love them!! She said, tasted better the next day with coffee.

    Thank you,
    Patti 🙂

  72. I’ve read that you should soak oats in an acid overnight to break down anti-nutrients for 12-24 hours before using them. Do you have to do that step for overnight oats?

  73. Why will it not let me print out the recipe …when there is an print button to click on???
    If you do not wish for someone to print do not add that on the recipe page…smh

    1. Can you share with me what kind of error message you’re getting? Are you trying to do it on a computer or phone? The print function works normally and readers use it all the time. I use it all the time as well.

  74. Tried this for the first time today.
    And loved it!
    Shall be experimenting with all recipe’s on your post,
    I had rhe peanut hutter one this morning, and have emailed your page to,
    Several people!
    Thank you, love them!👍🌈

  75. Is this in cal because if it’s really in kcal that means it’s really 378000 cal which wouldn’t make this too healthy.

  76. Wow!! First time having overnight oats and it will definitely not be my last! Apple pie is phenomenal.

  77. I’ve tried multiple overnight oats recipes- this is the best one. The yoghurt adds a lot! Thank you!

  78. I altered the base to 1 teaspoon of chia seeds and 1/3 cup milk. This works better for my fiber needs and keeps the consistency/thickness that I like. Great recipe and super easy to adjust!

  79. Excellent way to start your morning! Toppings combinations are awesome and altogether very filling! Love that it lasts in the fridge so you can make them ahead of time ! Thanks so much!

  80. WOW. This is GREAT
    THIS IS THE GO TO BREAKFAST AT THIS HOME-COULD ALSO WORK FOR A HUNGRY PERSON IN THE EVENING
    THANK YOU
    P.S. SOMETIMES IT IS HARD TO FIND : rolled overnight oats-is there something else I can use?

    1. I use steel-cut oats. They don’t get as soft, but I like their chewy texture. I prefer them to rolled. They need a full 8 hours to soak, though.

  81. Thank you for this recipe! 🙂 can you make this in a normal porcelain bowl as well or does it need to be glass? Thanks!

  82. Hey yumna,
    This is mario from Beirut, Lebanon.
    Thank you for the healthy recipes that you’ve been giving and all the good work.
    If possible to know about over night oats;how can i prepare a big batch for the week,so i soak them in water and leave in the fridge for when i need them? Or how does it happen?? What about the toppings?? When are those added?? Thank you very much and keep the fantastic work

    1. Hi! Thank you so much. Because overnight oats typically stay good in the fridge for up to 5 days, I recommend making a batch on Sunday and having it on hand in the fridge for the whole week. Be careful if you’re adding fruit beforehand because they will typically not remain fresh for more than a couple days.

  83. OMG! So good. I used coconut yogurt and added berries in the morning….taste like tapioca pudding.

  84. Ramadan mubarak! Just want to say thank you so much for these recipes and suggestions, never tried over night oats before but I’m looking for more filling food and your suggestions are amazing! Have a blessed month and a lovely eid

    1. You’re so welcome! I love that you’re open to trying new things. Thank you so much! Ramadan Mubarak! 💛

  85. Do you have to use a glass jar? How about using the Ziploc Twist ‘N Loc Containers that are 8oz. with Lid which are Leakproof, BPA-free and perfect for on-the-go? Please let me know, thanks.

  86. I am going to try this, can I make a larger batch in a single glass container instead of individually? Thanks!

  87. Ramadam mubarak! I discovered your blog on Pinterest, with the pin “recipes for Ramadam” and I have already taken note that there is still a lot of Ramadam ahead. I am not traditional at this time of year (nor the rest of the year ha ha ha) and I like to put different dishes every day and I wanted to ask you that I have whole oats, I had always believed that oats had to be cooked. Am I wrong? I am in Spain, I am Spanish and I don’t think I can get another oatmeal, I buy it at the Lidl or Aldi supermarket, the first supermarket in Europe for their quality. If there is any special recipe, my ears plop! they are open ha ha ha
    Thanks in advance
    Do you know of a chicken soup that is made with lemon and cinnamon? I tried it once, delicious but I have never been able to find the recipe. I would appreciate it if you had it. Take care of yourself a lot 😂😂😂
    P. D. Google traductor 🤗🤗

  88. Made this last night and was an absolute hit this morning for brekkie!! Thank you so much. Can’t wait to try with different toppings 🙂

  89. These were absolutely delicious, loved all of them.
    Would love to see more topping ideas if you have them. This is so easy, healthy and very tasty. Thank you.

  90. Will try making this tonight. I only have flavoured yogurt not greek one. Can I use that? Or is the greek yogurt optional?

  91. Thanks for sharing your recipe of overnight grains. I’m Just beginning to learn to cook and eat at home. I typically buy the overnight grains from Starbucks which contains quinoa is that something I can add?

      1. I tried this recipe…
        Don’t use essence(instead of extract) in the recipe,it tastes acidic …I added few jelly squares, loved it thank you

  92. Delicious! Do you know what the service size is prepared? If I measured correctly, it appears to be about 1.5c but want to confirm. Thanks!

  93. Who knew? Overnight oats are simply, simple and absolutely delicious! Such a wonderful way for breakfast without cooking.
    I now have a new favorite breakfast. Thank you so much!

  94. I’ve never liked oatmeal, but I know it’s a healthy and filling breakfast so I kept trying it. Well, I am done choking down that hot, pasty, tasteless, congealed mass. Because this is SO much better. Has a great flavor and easy to customize based on what you feel like (and what’s in the pantry). I get bored with food easily, but I have no problems having this four days a week. And I love that there’s no rush to make something on busy workday mornings.

    1. ¼ cup non-fat Greek yogurt! The oats are optional, but they have a tangy flavor, creamy texture, and boost of protein.

  95. I made this recipe and the serving size looks significantly larger than yours, your pictures look like there are a lot less in the glasses, did you half the recipe or divide it amongst the jars? Is the calorie count based on the complete recipe(1/2C Oats, milk etc?)?

    1. I think the size of my glass could be misleading! The 378 kcal listed for this recipe is for one serving of the recipe (just the base and none of the toppings).

  96. I’m a college student and I often skip breakfast since I’m too lazy to make a proper meal in the morning, being busy and all, but I tried this recipe and it’s a live saver! So tasty, saves a lot of time, and easily customizable. Thank you!

  97. Prepped some last night and had it for breakfast this morning without any toppings. The texture was fantastic and it tastes great! I used 1 tablespoon of brown sugar instead of honey or maple syrup and the sweetness was just right for me. Definitely going to be having this for breakfast more often!

  98. These are sooo good! I didn’t have my hopes high and thought I wouldn’t like it but omg they’re delicious- my 10 y.o. daughter and I both loved it and are excited to prep them for the week!

  99. Hello! Do you know how many calories this would be if I used a mason jar instead of a glass? And do the calories lessen if you use water instead of milk?

    1. The calories would still be the same if you put the same amount of the overnight oats into the mason jar as you would into the glass. And, yes! If you use water instead of milk, there will be slightly less calories in the recipe.

  100. My husband and I started eating overnight oats as part of a 5 day cleanse. Our naturopath could not be more excited about everything oaty. I do not like oatmeal so I did not have high hopes but this was delicious! I used an almond milk greek yogurt and added pomegranate arils right before eating and it was a taste and texture sensation. Thanks to opening up my breakfast world to overnight oats!

    1. Yes, you can! Warm it up if you prefer warm oats in the morning. Although overnight oatmeal is typically served cold, you can definitely eat them warmer. Just place them in the microwave for one minute and be sure to use a microwave-safe jar. I do this for my daughter who hates cold food in the morning!

  101. Absolutely delicious. I’ve made this recipe a few times and it always delights. Quick, healthy, and easy to follow. Thanks for sharing.

  102. This easy overnight oats recipe is so good. I made the apple pie version and it came out really good. My husband loved it and he even said he can have it for breakfast everyday 🙂 Thank you for this recipe. I plan to try the other variations. I’m doing a 31 days of oatmeal this month so the different variations would fit the challenge 🙂

    1. Make sure to use plain old-fashioned oats and not quick oats because the consistency is best with rolled oats. You can also use gluten-free oats!

  103. This is my first shot with this recipe so I snuck a taste after two hours and it was excellent! In the past I have used agave nectar for a sweetener but I went with maple syrup this time around. On the menu for tomorrow is raisin, date and walnut—a childhood favorite! Another variation I have tried in the past and enjoyed is pumpkin pie (pumpkin pie spice, pumpkin puree and some chopped pecans and pepitas sprinkled on top).

    1. That sounds like such a delicious combo! I’m definitely going to have to try the pumpkin pie one!

  104. Hi,
    love your recipes, just a quick question, do you think maybe eventually you could add some topping ideas that are nut-free? also, can i use raspberry greek yogurt?

    1. Yes! Although overnight oatmeal is typically served cold, you can definitely eat them warmer. Just place them in the microwave for one minute and be sure to use a microwave-safe jar. I do this for my daughter who hates cold food in the morning.

  105. Delicious and family approved! Love all of the variations you gave us. I also did one for this week with Pineapple, banana chips, toasted unsweetened coconut chips and chopped walnuts for a tropical flare. My family does want it a bit sweeter, so I use a little maple syrup, Splenda (yes, I use Splenda occasionally) or coconut sugar for a sweeter touch
    Thanks so much for sharing your great recipes!!!

  106. Hi
    can you make this in plastic container with lids so they can be taken to work if so what size container would I need.

  107. It’s hard to get fresh fruits in my area during this time. How do I use frozen fruit like strawberries, blueberries etc? I prefer warm oatmeal. Please advise how to thaw and use frozen fruits. Thanks

    1. I would add frozen fruit in instead of fresh fruit as it is, and the next day, just place them in the microwave for one minute and be sure to use a microwave-safe jar.

  108. I really enjoyed these! I added a lil more milk, 3/4 cup. Did anyone calculate the calories for the recipes with toppings? I really would like to know to input into my app that tracks my calories. Thank you!

    1. That’s great, as this recipe can be altered to fit your preferences! I don’t have the exact nutritional information for the toppings because it will vary on how much you use and what type/ brand.

  109. This was my first attempt at overnight oats and I’m hooked! I love how simple and versatile the base recipe is. I get bored eating the same thing all the time, so this will be a great addition to my meal routines!
    P.s. I like mine warm, so I wait to add the yogurt and honey after in order to keep the beneficial goodies intact.
    Thanks for a great recipe!

  110. I made these with a couple frozen blueberries in it and some almond milk! It sat overnight for two nights and was delish!

  111. This is our new go to breakfast! Loave all the variations but the top fave has been brown sugar wth blueberries, and chocolate peanut butter this week. Thanks so much!

  112. I have tried all of these recipes myself and they’re great but my son only likes the chocolate chip one. Can you think of any other combinations for kids that include things like chocolate chips, peanut butter etc…?

    1. For sure! Cocoa powder can be mixed into the base with peanut butter as a topping. You could also switch up the toppings with some bananas or nuts to still retain that sweet and salty flavor.

    1. I added the yogurt because it gives the oats a tangy flavor, creamy texture, and boost of protein. You can omit the yogurt, but I’d add another tablespoon of milk in that case, so it isn’t as dry.

    2. I just threw some together today (Feb. 3rd, 2021.) Mine is strawberries, bananas, and chocolate chips. Instead of using vanilla extract, my non-fat Greek Yogurt was vanilla flavored to get both the yogurt and the vanilla. I can’t wait to try it in the morning

  113. This base was way too thick in my opinion. Even thicker than eating oatmeal. I was hoping for more of a creamy texture. I used soy milk and full fat Greek yogurt. I left it in the fridge overnight. What could I do to get that creamy/thinner texture?

      1. I just threw some together today (Feb. 4, 2021) and used strawberries, bananas, and chocolate chips. Also, instead of using vanilla extract, my non-fat Greek Yogurt is vanilla flavored to have both the yogurt and the vanilla. (Sorry for commenting a second time, I messed up the date the first time around.) I’m excited to try them tomorrow!

    1. Also try using less chia seeds if it still feels too thick, those little guys get more and more gelatinous and solid the longer they are in liquid.

  114. Never been a fan of oatmeal, but this recipe I grew to love it! I have more energy compared to my breakfast sandwiches and pancakes. It’s also very filling which caused me to lose weight instantly (2 weeks). It’s very flavorful and I like the many options to create a different taste

    1. The yogurt gives the oats a tangy flavor, creamy texture, and boost of protein. You could leave out the yogurt, but it will change the texture and taste.

  115. Hi, I’ve been looking for a good over night oats recipe and I think this may be the one! My only question before I make it is how is the texture? Is it really slimy like other recipes or is it more like actual oatmeal?

    1. Hi! I hope you love this one! It’s actually not slimy at all. I think it has the texture of oatmeal especially because the chia seeds absorb a lot of that liquid. Let me know how it works!!

      1. I made it last night and just finished it right now. It was the best over night oats I’ve ever had! I’ve already recommended it to a few friends. I will definitely be making this more often in the future!

  116. Hello, I think I would like overnight oats better without the yogurt. Is it there solely for the protein boost or is there some other reason it’s important to the basic recipe?
    Thank you

    1. Hi! The reason I like to include the yogurt, besides for a protein boost, is because it will also give it a tangy flavor and creamy texture.

    2. I have read that oats contain phytates, which if not neutralized, like through soaking or cooking, interfere with nutrient absorption. And that soaking with a little acid, like yogurt, really helps that process.

      That makes me wonder why there are so many no-bake oat cookie/energy ball recipes around!