This Overnight Oats Recipe is one of our go-to breakfast recipes. Hearty oats are infused with milk, yogurt, fruit and a touch of honey or maple syrup. Overnight oats are the perfect easy and healthy breakfast, lunch or snack on the go!
Change up the fruits, nuts, seeds and flavors to make new combinations to enjoy all week long!
Make Ahead Breakfast
Overnight oats have become very popular lately (although we’ve been eating them for years) and I’ve seen them featured everywhere from tv shows to magazines! All of my girls absolutely love these overnight oats so we’ve made them countless times and I thought it was about time I share them with you!
Spend a few minutes on a Sunday night prepping and by morning, the oatmeal has infused with the milk and yogurt, creating a silky overnight oats recipe you will seriously love.
We love adding fruit on these overnight oats in the mornings (or layering them beforehand). Raspberries, mango with berries, blueberries, and strawberries all taste amazing!
What are Overnight Oats?
Overnight oats are an easy make ahead snack, breakfast or lunch! Uncooked oats, milk and yogurt are combined with chia seeds and left to infuse together overnight. The result is a delicious fibre packed breakfast ready to eat on the go!
We mainly eat Overnight Oats cold out of the fridge (like a parfait) but of course you can warm them if you prefer.
How to Make Overnight Oats
Overnight oats are easy to make and very versatile. The variations are endless with different milks, fruits, nuts, seeds and even extracts or flavorings!
- Old fashioned oats or large flake oats are the best choice for overnight oats.
- Quick cooking oats or instant oats are not ideal for overnight oats as they can become mushy.
- You can make overnight oats with steel cut oats but they need a longer time to soak and will have a different (slightly chewy) texture.
Milk (or non-dairy milk)
- You can use any type of milk including regular milk, soy, or even nut milks such as almond milk or cashew milk.
- Adding fruit to your overnight oats is not only healthy, it adds so much flavor!
- You can use fresh or frozen fruit, frozen fruit is great for layering because as it defrosts, it releases juices.
- If you’re using fruit that tends to brown such as apples or bananas, toss them with a touch of lemon juice and/or place them at the bottom of the jar which will help keep them from oxidizing (turning brown).
- I most often use plain yogurt (or plain Greek yogurt) because it’s what I have on hand. Plain yogurt is tart so you can add a bit of honey or maple syrup to sweeten it.
- Adding a mashed banana is a great way to sweeten overnight oats.
- If using a flavored/sweetened yogurt like vanilla yogurt, you likely won’t need sweeteners.
- I always add chia seeds to my overnight oats because I love the texture they add (plus they’re so good for you). You can buy Chia Seeds online or at health food stores and lately I’ve been seeing them in our regular grocery stores as well. Other great additions are hemp seeds and flax seeds.
- I do love to add chopped nuts but always put a small handful aside to sprinkle on top right before serving so they keep their crunch.
- Nut butters such as almond butter or peanut butter are delicious additions too.
The consistency of overnight oats can vary based on additions as well as personal preference. Start with a ratio of 1:1:1 oats, milk and yogurt. Allow the mixture to set 15 minutes before adding over your fruit cups. The mixture will set up even more overnight. If you’d like a smoother consistency, add more milk.
How Long Do Overnight Oats Last?
Overnight oats will last in your fridge for about 5 days. We love making them alongside overnight egg muffins at the start of a busy week so everyone can grab a quick meal on their way out the door!
Leftover overnight oats can be blended, frozen into cubes and added to your favorite smoothie recipes! We love adding them to green smoothies or smoothie bowls for an extra health punch.
Are Overnight Oats Healthy?
Yes! Healthy Overnight Oats are one of the main reasons I love making these so much! It’s a great choice if you’re looking for a health kick, and these seriously couldn’t be easier.
Oatmeal is a great source of fiber, and the addition of fresh fruits, yogurt, and chia seeds helps your body absorb the fibre naturally. It’s win win! Be sure to double check that the yogurt you choose doesn’t have a ton of added sugars.
More Easy Breakfast Recipes
Oats Base Recipe
- 1 ⅓ cups large flake oats
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1 ⅓ cups milk
- 1 ⅓ cup yogurt or greek yogurt
- 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup or to taste
- Combine all oat base ingredients in a small bowl.
- Add in any extracts or flavorings (such as vanilla or mashed banana below).
- Place fruit/nuts in the bottom of 4 mason jars (or other containers). Top with yogurt mixture and seal.
- Allow to sit at least 4 hours or overnight.
- Pina Colada
1 cup pineapple
4 tablespoons coconut
Stir 2 tablespoons coconut into the yogurt mixture. Divide pineapple over 4 jars. Top with yogurt mixture and remaining coconut.
- Banana Nut
⅓ cup walnuts (or pecans), chopped
Mash one of the bananas and mix it into the yogurt mixture. Slice remaining bananas and divide over 4 jars. Top with yogurt mixture and nuts.
- Mixed Berries
1 ⅓ cup berries, fresh or frozen
½ teaspoon vanilla
Mix vanilla into yogurt mixture. Divide berries over 4 jars and top with yogurt mixture.
- Strawberry Banana
1 cup sliced strawberries
Mash one of the bananas and stir into yogurt mixture. Slice remaining banana and divide over 4 jars along with strawberries. Top with yogurt mixture.
- Apple Cinnamon
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon vanilla
1 granny smith apple
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon brown sugar
Chop apple and toss with lemon juice and brown sugar. Stir cinnamon and vanilla into yogurt mixture. Divide chopped apple over 4 jars. Top with yogurt mixture.
(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)