Easy Overnight Oats

5 from 4062 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 4062 votes
Servings 1 serving
Course Breakfast
Calories 378
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins

Ingredients
  

Base

  • ½ cup old fashioned 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

  • 1 tablespoon strawberry jam
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • ¼ cup diced strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons peanuts crushed

Apple Pie

Banana Nutella

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

Almond Joy

  • ¼ cup shredded coconut
  • 1 tablespoon almonds chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chocolate chips
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup

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
Nutrition: Please note that the nutrition label provided is an estimate based on an online nutrition calculator. It will vary based on the specific ingredients you use.  This information should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice. The nutrition value is for one serving without 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

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  1. 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 🙂

  2. 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?

  3. 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.

  4. 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!👍🌈

  5. 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.

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

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

  8. 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!

  9. 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!

  10. 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.

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

  12. 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.

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

  14. 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! 💛

  15. 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.

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

  17. 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 🤗🤗

  18. 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 🙂

  19. 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.

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

  21. 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

  22. 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!

  23. 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!

  24. 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.

  25. 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).

  26. 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!

  27. 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!

  28. 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!

  29. 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.

  30. 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!

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

  32. 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!

  33. 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!

  34. 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.

  35. 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!!!

  36. 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.

  37. 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.

  38. 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.

  39. 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!

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

  41. 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!

  42. 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

  43. 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.

  44. 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.

  45. 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!

  46. 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!

  47. Love the recipe! I do have a random question: where did you purchase the glasses that are shown in the photos above? I love them!

    1. Thank you, Lisa! These are actually cups made by Lucky Brand, which are no longer available. But they are 16 ounces!

  48. Very delicious! I definitely recommend it! I put in one garlic clove in total otherwise it would have been to garlicky for me!!! I actually made it on the fire when we went camping and it worked so well!

    1. Sorry, this was meant for a lovely pie recipe not Overnight Oats!!!!!
      Here are the overnight oats comments:
      Very tasty and well flavored! I did the Apple Pie one and i will defiantly do it again! Thanks!

  49. My family has been enjoying this overnight oats recipe on a regular basis for over a year. Three people prepare 15 serving assembly line style in two cup containers. It is quick, satisfying and filling ❤️ Thank you for posting this!

  50. I used GF oats, omitted the yoghurt because I’m using a dollop of vanilla kefir yoghurt on top and then topping with cinnamon and coconut oil fried apples. I didn’t use sweetener but they still turned out excellent. I’m trying to lose a little of the weight I gained over the last year of lockdown so this is an easy and healthy breakfast that will keep me going until my evening meal. Looking forward to adapting my toppings in summer too! Thank you!

  51. Many thanks tips. Tried my 1st overnight oats love it 🥰😋…this is super easy for a lousy cook like me 😅 I’ll try out different topping too.

  52. Thanks for sharing recipe! I have tried making one for a week. But is it normal for it to taste like a bit acidic? The one I have made was soaked with banana. And separately is the one with strawvberry.

  53. I love this recipe! I am a single mom and needed something quick and healthy for me and my baby (EBF). This is so yummy, so quick, filled me up, and I felt good about eating it. There are so many ways to make them so it never gets boring! Thank you for sharing!:)

  54. I’m a high-school student who’s doing online school right now, so I like waking up as late as I possibly can before school, so I don’t usually have time to prepare breakfast. But your overnight oats recipe is so awesome because it’s SUCH a quick grab & go breakfast. It’s awesome! 🙂

      1. How many calories are in the Oat recipe extras? Like the PB and J? Is it 378 or 378 plus the toppings. I estimated 450?

        1. The nutrition value is for one serving without any toppings. The calories added on from the toppings will vary depending on how much of the toppings you add and what brand you use.

  55. I’ve been making the almond joy version of this almost religioisly every day, I love these so much! So simple and handy, particularly as someone with mental health issues who struggles with motivation and eating breakfast (and mornings in general!). Because I live in cold Scotland I like to give it a 60 second blast in the microwave as well and they turn out fab 😉 I don’t usually feel compelled to leave comments on recipe pages, but I just wanted to let you know you’ve truly helped me and improved my quality of life! <3

    1. This honestly made my day! I am so glad you came across this recipe and are loving it. Thank you so, so much!

  56. I love these recipes. I’m not a fan of oatmeal, but my husband is. I tried this to gain a love for oatmeal because I know they’re good for you. Immediately, I fell in love. They are delicious to eat while cold. This will become a part of my breakfast.

  57. I decided to give overnight oats a try and found this recipe! I followed everything except the chia seeds because I couldn’t find any at the store. Personally, I found I’m not a fan of the sourish tang added by the yogurt, so next time I might forgo that, but the Nutella* and bananas did mask it and make it a very yummy and healthy lunch! It’s good cold or warmed up, too.
    *(I want to disclaim I used a lower sugar Nutella alternative because normal Nutella is very high in sugar, and it was still delicious!)

    1. So happy you found this recipe! It may help to use a yogurt that is not Greek yogurt/ not as sour, so you can still get the texture.

  58. With adding in vanilla extract and honey, do you recommend using a plain greek yogurt, or should I get vanilla or honey flavored if I don’t care for the plain? Last I remember trying greek yogurt, I didn’t care for it, but it could have been the flavor, too. Who knows? 🤷🏼‍♀️ I just don’t want it to be toooo sweet. Thanks in advance!

    1. I would use plain Greek yogurt, add the honey will sweeten it! Some find that plain Greek yogurt with honey is too sour/ not sweet enough, so, in that case, I’d recommend a flavored Greek yogurt.

  59. Excellent blog you’ve got here.. It’s hard to find good quality writing like yours nowadays.
    I seriously appreciate people like you! Thank you.

  60. I absolutely love when I finish a jar of almond butter, because I always treat myself to some overnight oats the next day in the empty container – such a great trick! Also super quick and easy to make and modify to whatever toppings you’re in the mood for. One of my go-to’s!

  61. Just made the peanut butter and jelly one tonight. I didn’t read the how to before hand so I ended up mixing everything up together. Rather then layering the jelly and peanut butter on top. Hopefully it’s still ok! 🤞

  62. Awesome and so easy! I omitted the sweetener completely and it was still fantastic! The vanilla gives it great flavor. Can’t wait to try all the variations!

  63. I tried making these last night and they turned out extremely dry, to the point of being inedible. I only added the milk, oats, and chia seeds. Is there anything to help with the consistency?

  64. I eat my overnight oats 6 days a week, some weeks 7 days! I really enjoy them and feel better and have lost weight! I do not use mason jars, someone gave us a couple of small microwaveable Pyrex bowls with sealing plastic covers, I mix my oats in these, heat them in the microwave and eat them in the same bowl!

    1. Wow i love to hear that! So amazing to see how you’ve made it part of your daily breakfast and lost weight doing so! Thanks so much for sharing!

  65. I was surprised by how much I loved the peanut butter and jelly version. So incredibly yummy!! Didn’t have crushed peanuts on hand, but will definitely try next time. Thanks for a great recipe:)

  66. I wasn’t sure how I would like the taste of cold oatmeal, but, this recipe has changed my taste buds. This is an awesome recipe and I will definitely recommend it to my friends. It was not overly sweet. And the oatmeal did not have a “pasty” taste. I made four jars and I eat one jar per day, half in the morning with fresh fruit and then the other half later on as a snack. Add nuts and whatever else. Very delightful. Easy recipe to follow. Thank you for sharing this as I will do the same.
    Sincerely,
    Ms. Carmen Carter
    Mt. Juliet, TN

  67. I’m sitting at my kitchen table this cold, drizzly day, digging into the banana Nutella one I assembled last night. I’m really excited. Never owned a bag of chia before. I’m one of those breakfast-skippers who traditionally caffienates til 1 p.m. and then remembers to eat.. but I’d like to change that. This recipe helps. 🙂

  68. Hello 🙂

    These look so lovely and I cannot wait to try them. So I wonder, all the different types are 378kcal?

    1. That’s actually just the base recipe since it includes oats, milk, yogurt, chia seeds. Anything you add on top will be additional. Mine usually end up around 500 calories, but I have them after working out and they really fill me up for a few hours!

  69. I have tried peanut butter & jelly and this morning apple pie! I am in loveeeee! SO GOOD! I feel like I am eatin a dessert 😍 I am sharing the recipe with my friends! thank you!

  70. Do the old fashioned oats need to be cooked first? Seems like if they aren’t cooked, they would be hard to eat.

  71. Love it for those late night movies and early mornings.
    I have tried mashed banana, granola and maple syrup. Yummy

    1. Not really since they are coated with the yogurt and milk. They soften a little but I haven’t noticed they brown. You can also add them in the morning. Sorry for the late reply, I was moving 🙂

  72. I made the apple pie overnight oats on a whim the night before. I didn’t have any yogurt and vanilla so I didn’t add those to the recipe. The oats came out amazing! Best batch that I’ve ever made!! Even my kiddos loved it and have requested that I make them some for tomorrow’s breakfast! Looking forward to trying the other choices, thank you!

  73. Love, love, and overly obsessed. This is a lunch staple. I fast and eat this for lunch. Filling and tastes amazing. I did swop out the Greek yogurt for a low sugar 3g, high protein vanilla yogurt. Where did you purchase your glass cups?

    1. I always look at the ratings and comments before trying a recipe and this one is definitely a 5-star recipe! I’ve been breastfeeding for 4.5 months now and my poor mom would got through the lengthy process of boiling oats, adding milk, etc to help my milk supply. I wish we had known about this easy and delicious recipe earlier!!!

      I tried the apple pie combination which was absolutely delicious! I love the softness the chia seeds add to the recipe, I totally wasn’t expecting it to come out so deliciously moist. The only thing I did differently was that I added a bit of milled flaxseed to the base recipe to make it even healthier. I think nursing moms could probably even add debittered brewers yeast to this (I find the taste a bit too strong personally).

      This is definitely a go-to breakfast item for me from now on. Thanks!

  74. oh my goodness !! These overnight oats are delish ! My go to now. My husband loves them as well. Thanks for the great recipe.

  75. i used oatly oat milk for this recipe and it made it rich and oh so creamy! we’ve had an excessive heat wave and this was the perfect way to eat oatmeal. i added some frozen blueberries and it was the perfect amount of sweetness (i didn’t add any othet kind of sweetener). if anyone knows me, they know i can’t ever resist a set-it-and-forget-it recipe! will definitely be making this again. i want to try the almond joy version next!

  76. These are PERFECT for breaking my fast. It keeps me satisfied until my next meal, and the taste and textures are so fulfilling!

  77. Overnight oatmeal are the next lever of eating breakfast, omg so good This was my first time making overnight oats , I enjoyed it cold first time as well 👍🏻😋 and in a empty jar of mixed nut butter win win

  78. Hi Yumna! I really appreciate you sharing this recipe. I tried it and liked it a lot! Because of my picky little ones, I might need to take the yogurt out of the picture though. What would you suggest me to do in this case? How can I substitute the yogurt part?
    Thanks!

  79. Trying these this week! What size jar do you suggest using? I am going to order glass jars so my daughter and I can both have a healthy breakfast on busy mornings. 🙂

  80. Love this recipe. Can I ask where you got your jars or what brand they are? They are so aesthetically pleasing!

  81. Turned out great. I tried someone else’s recipe a while back and didn’t like it so much – it was like eating soggy cereal. I think the Chia seeds make a difference. I like to add strawberries and honey to mine, plus some hemp hearts. I am going to try a pina colada version next.

  82. I am on maintenance for Weight Watchers and heard others talking about overnight oats but didn’t have the recipe. I am going to try this!

  83. Assalaamu Alaykum Waragmatulahi Wabarakatu.
    I’m definitely gonna try this, as my mornings are very rushed, with preparing meals, starting with breakfast finishing off with lunch for an entire family of 5 and then having to rush to bath n clean n off to work. For me this is a gift… ALLAAH reward you Yumna for all ur efforts and sharing in making life easy for us as women and very simple for all the males out there Aameen.

  84. So that’s week 2 done of us making your amazing overnight oats for breakfast. My son loved helping me make the oats on Sunday evening and has a massive smile in the mornings as he comes into the dining room and sees today’s creations before school ( we live on Scotland, so schools back already and we have all 4 flavours throughout the week). And we both like it warm so 30s in the microwave, stir, then another 30s, stir again then we add the amazing topping! The Nutella is his favourite and the apple pie is mine ❤️

    1. Love that you made it for 2 weeks with your family. My daughter also likes to have it warm! Thank you so much for sharing!!

    1. Absolutely! You can skip the chia seeds, and if you want, you can decrease the amount of yogurt or milk by 1/4 up since there won’t be as much chia seeds to absorb the liquid.

  85. Thanks for this recipe! For some reason I had such a hard time finding basic overnight oats without bananas (allergy) or Greek yogurt (plant-based). These are perfect! I can’t believe how sweet they they taste with just a little maple syrup. I also add raisins and cinnamon and make it in a big Tupperware with a x6 recipe.

    1. Love that you made a huge amount! And yes, you don’t even need the banana…glad you tried it and liked it!

  86. It truly tasted like apple pie! I had never had overnight oats so I wasn’t sure about the texture. The delicious flavor encourage me to keep going. Yum and filling!

  87. Hi! I was wondering how long these last in the fridge? My husband wants them for breakfast before work so I was going to make 5 Sunday night, will they go bad?

    1. 5 days is perfect – you can even push it to 7 days, but 5 is preferable. Just note that if you add fruits like bananas, they may soften and get browned, but they’ll still be fine to eat 🙂

  88. I copied ur idea of overnight oats in a peanut butter jar except i used a lotus biscoff butter jar 😍 it was aaaaamazing

    1. Absolutely! Somethings like fruits and nuts will soften, but they actually end up flavoring it really well. I love adding bananas at night, they are sweeter in the morning!

  89. I’m making my first ever overnight oats this evening to try tomorrow morning & I’m excited to try it with chia seeds & banana or I’ll try one of Yumna’s delicious recipes.😊

  90. Tried overnight oats for the first time! Of course I went with the Nutella one! It was delicious! The serving size was a bit large for me though. I’m gonna half it next time and try to add more fruit on top! Can’t wait to experiment!

  91. I REALLY loved this idea, I went out and purchased mason jars specifically for this recipe! I must admit, I use this recipe with chocolate almond milk for a dessert like alternative with cocoa nibs and strawberry and/or banana, delicious!

    1. Hiya
      I was reading your comment and thought OH NO!!!
      I’ve not checked the cupboard yet for a suitable vessel to make my overnight oats in !!!
      I remember keeping a couple of nice jars for use as a spare vase so I went to my small kitchen cupboard and found 3 nice jam jars ⭐️😊⭐️/ overnight oat jars.

  92. This was so simple and fun to prepare and eat. I was so excited to eat in the morning, I couldn’t stop thinking in the night :D. Can’t wait to try the different combinations of toppings. Thanks!

  93. This is simple, quick & easy to do. I’ve been on protein shakes for the past 14 mornings ( which were gross by the way!) and I was hunting for a great Oat based breakfast recipe, that was quick and easy to do, for my next step on my weight loss journey.
    Thank you for writing up this easy to follow recipe as an alternative to traditional hot oat breakfast.

    1. I’m so glad that you’ve turned to overnight oats during your weight loss journey. Hope you continue to enjoy them and good luck!!

  94. My daughter tried the overnight oats and they were absolutely delicious! Thankyou.

    She always has in Dubai. I love nuts so I added lots of them along with chia seeds.

    Agree with the post above that’s it all ready in the morning no cooking involved.

  95. This was very nice! I used plain yogurt instead of Greek and sugar vanilin instead of extract for the base, and in the morning I drizzled an extra 1/2 tsp honey and some crisp green grapes and it turned out wonderfully! I’m excited to try out new combinations with this recipe, it worked great! Thank you! xx

  96. This is such a great recipe for breakfast! I used almond milk and a teaspoon of honey instead of maple syrup. I put a very small amount of peanut butter (half a teaspoon) in it in the morning with just a splash more of almond milk. Just delicious! You can tweak the recipe however you choose! So many options! Fabulous!

    1. And the best part?? You just grab it right out of the fridge in the morning! No cooking, no standing around and waiting. It’s just ready for you to eat and enjoy!!

  97. For the past few weeks my finance and I have been making these overnight oats for breakfast the following day. We have both loved being able to have breakfast prepped and ready for our busy mornings. My 1 year old son has now taken to eating half of mine! Absolutely love the easy to follow recipes and ideas!

  98. This is an odd sentence on your webpage: I literally learned to cook 2 weeks after I got married over the phone with my mom.

    Not only did you get married over the phone, but you married your mom. I think you meant to say, “Two weeks after getting married, I learned to cook by talking to my mom on the telephone.”

    1. Jim, you are so rude. Nothing better to do than “correct” grammar? Go teach English if you’re so concerned. And by the way, people know exactly what she was saying….

  99. Thank you for the recipe. I’ve been thinking about trying overnight oats for sometime. This stay-at-home forced my hand because I didn’t want to eat bread for breakfast and lunch. And it has grown on me. The variations and tips are great.

    1. Yay, I’m so glad to hear that you finally tried the recipe and enjoyed it. Thanks so much for the feedback!

  100. Thank you. I’ve enjoyed overnight oats from the farmers’ market frequently but this recipe had me making them on my own. So easy, so delicious and so versatile!

  101. I’d been looking everywhere for a basic ratio so I could customize toppings I already have instead of going out and buying extra stuff. Thank you so much for the fantastic explanation!!

  102. I look forward to eating these overnight oats several mornings each week…dried cranberries & chopped pecans are my favorite combo! Can I substitute ground flax seeds for the chia seeds I normally use?

  103. Omg thank you so much for the overnight oats recipe I’ve been doing it everyday and I’m in love! It’s perfect and very filling😁

  104. Love this basic recipe for overnight oats! I add homemade applesauce and Nutella to mine. Blueberries or strawberries if i have them. I use honey vanilla yogurt but had to substitute strawberry yogurt last night and it was so good. Plain and simple is how I roll with it.
    Thank you! Nancy

    1. So glad you love the recipe! I like the different topping ideas you use…they sound so good with the oats!

    1. Just wanted to say that i made ur overnight oatmeal last nite as a matter of fact just finished it up rite now- and its unbelievable! So so good! Thank u sooooo much 💜💜💜💜

  105. LOVE this recipe! Perfect for the whole family and I like that there are multiple options for topping/ flavors!

  106. I recently used this recipe and also shared it with a friend! I just use the base recipe and added some strawberries and it was amazing. Very filling and perfect for on the go!

  107. i made overnight oats with red fruit and small bits of white chocolate. loved it! overnight oats are perfect for people with busy morning schedule.

  108. This is awesome content. Thank you so much for this! I love the thoughtful (and delicious) approach.

  109. This was my first time trying overnight oats…and i loved it!!!
    It was delicious, creamy and i just couldn’t get enough of it!!!
    ❤❤❤

    1. You can do it either way. It will be more fresh in the morning but sometimes it can be more tasty if you do it the night before since the flavors set better, especially with something like bananas!

  110. Just tried out this recipe and it turned out amazing! Absolutely loved it and super easy too. 💕

  111. i just made mine with porridge oats and almond milk (i’ve just gone vegan so it’s hard to find quick breakfast recipes, but this helps a lot!) with chocolate powder mixed in topped with fresh bananas, i’ll update in the morning and let you know how it goes! thanks Yumna! 💚🌱

  112. Are you able to make this with porridge oats? And can you use a plastic container instead of glass? Thanks x

    1. Yes you can but it might be a softer consistency because of its texture. And yes, you can use a plastic container to make them in.

  113. I was a little nervous to try it this morning, but it tasted delicious! I added lots of cinnamon which definitely helped. I’ll definitely be making this a lot!

    1. It’s always weird the first time having this, but I’m glad you enjoyed it! And now you can play around with different toppings!

  114. Looks good! Can you use regular vanilla yogurt and less sweetener instead of Greek yogurt?

  115. so YUMMY and so so easy! I have never been able to like oatmeal but these hit so different especially with the toppings!

  116. I love this recipe!! I had been needing a healthier breakfast food! I tried this recipe with soy milk and it was amazing! Thanks so much!! 🙂

  117. Love this recipe so much! I did it in some leftover almond butter jars and topped it with fresh fruit. One of my favorites!!