No-Cook Overnight Oatmeal

No Cook Overnight Oatmeal

no cook oatmeal

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When I saw these over at The Yummy Life (which you’ll definitely want to check out) I knew I had to make them!  Now I make these often, mostly so that my daughter who has moved out comes home to pick up her supply and visit me!  Being a University student, these are a great breakfast that she can just grab and go…

While the Oatmeal Parfaits in the photo are in glass mason jars which I just stack in the fridge.  I purchase plastic containers for the “on the go” Oatmeals… I find the 1 cup jars too small, and the 2 cup container to be a little big… still looking for the perfect 1.5 cup container (why do I feel like Goldilocks here?).

This is an amazingly delicious, healthy and filling breakfast!  Chia seeds are little nutritional powerhouses and are a great addition.  While they seem to be a little pricey, a tiny bit goes a very long way!

You can use any combination of frozen fruit and yogurt flavors to create endless possibilities! Don’t be afraid to play with the flavors including different yogurt and fruit combinations (I often use peach yogurt and frozen mangoes).

You can also add in tons of other goodies like:

  • chopped nuts
  • coconut
  • raisins
  • chocolate chips
  • Nutella and more!

You can adjust the level of any of the ingredients in this recipe depending how thick you like your oatmeal to be!


No-Cook Overnight Oatmeal


  • 1 Cup Large Flake Oats (or any oats that are not quick-cooking)
  • 1 Large Container of Yogurt (2 cups) (any flavour)
  • 3 Tablespoons Chia seeds
  • 1 Cup Milk
  • 2 Cups Frozen Fruit (berries, mangoes, peaches etc.)


  1. In a large bowl, combine oats, chia seeds, yogurt and milk
  2. Place 1/3 Cup of yogurt mixture into a mason jar (or container)
  3. Add ¼ cup frozen fruit (or to taste)
  4. Repeat layers ending with yogurt
  5. Seal and refrigerate overnight
  6. Will keep about 4 days in the fridge


This recipe was inspired by The Yummy Life who also has some amazing fruit combinations so be sure to check her version out!


Holly Nilsson

27 comments on “No-Cook Overnight Oatmeal”

  1. How many servings does this recipe make?

  2. very interesting gonna have to try this out

  3. I am so so glad you shared this at ON THE MENU MONDAY! This is a wonderful grab and go breakfast!!!! And it is so pretty too!

  4. Really cool idea. I’m going to try this. Pinned!

    Consider yourself hugged.

  5. Thank you for this yummy and HEALTHY recipe! I printed it out and added one of your pictures. I am excited to try it.. Hope my kids will eat it too.. (I know I will…. A LOT!!!)

    Wishing you a healthy week… :)

    hugs x
    Crystelle Boutique

  6. Wow! That looks sooo good! Thanks for sharing it at Monday Funday!

  7. Looks delicious!! I will have to try this.

  8. Oh my goodness! This looks wonderful. Thanks for linking it up to my Monday Menu Plan last week. I’m featuring the recipe this week on my blog! Stop over Monday and see your feature and link up more tasty recipes!


  9. I will have to try this!! Love Chia, so you don’t cook the oats!?

  10. Found you on the On the Menu Monday link up … an interesting concept & I’m probably going to try it tonight. Sans the chia, though. Chia’s not really hit the shelves here in the UK. In fact, it hasn’t been approved for consumption outside of baked anywhere in Europe yet. They were talking about approving it last year but I’ve not heard any follow up on it, yet. Oh well, I’m interested in giving this a go anyway! Stop by my blog, Anyonita Nibbles sometime!

  11. does this recipe work for diabetics or are there any suggestions that would make it diabetic friendly?

  12. Do you think this would work with steel cut oats?? I love them but hate cooking them in the morning! This would be a great solution for me :)

    • I think the steel cut oats would be too crunchy still but that being said, I haven’t tried it! If you do try it, I would maybe soak them overnight one night and then make the overnight oatmeals the next day to sit overnight again. (Does that make sense? lol)

    • We love steel cut oats too and they are a hassle to fix. I make a huge pot of them, put the cooked oats in individual serving sized containers and pop them in the freezer. A tiny bit of water and a couple of minutes in the microwave and it’s good to go. I have to admit that I stole this idea after seeing them in the freezer section of Trader Joe’s

  13. So, you eat it cold?? I don’t understand.

  14. I’m wondering, is there a reason the quick cooking oats wouldn’t work?
    We have some on hand and we’re so anxious to try this :)

    • They may work, I don’t generally have those on hand so I didn’t use them! I’d love to hear how it works out if you give it a try!

      • Everyone loved it. The only issue was the texture (it was pretty runny) and I assume that was from using quick oats. I’ll have to get some real oats for the next batch. For the remaining servings we just added more oats to thicken it up. We also used flax seed because that was what we had on hand.
        My other interesting tweak was for my 11 year old son who recently discovered he was lactose intolerant, and was heartbroken that he couldn’t have these. So I researched and discovered kefir, which is 99% lactose free and the probiotics in it actually help the body digest the remaining one percent. So I made him a batch with kefir and vanilla soy milk. So far it seems to be sitting well with him. :)

  15. I’m going to make these with my daughter. I don’t have chia, but I have plenty of flax, so I’ll try it out. I think our whole family will love this!

  16. Hi!!! This is what I had:
    Instant Oatmeal, semi-skimmed coconut yogurt, soy milk, raisins, chia seeds and crushed cashews. It was the bomb!!!

  17. Going to give this a try, thanks

  18. Sounds really good!

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