Easy Healthy Overnight Oats (The Best Lazy Breakfast)
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If you’re guilty of hitting the snooze buttons too many times and missing out on breakfast as a result, these overnight oats recipes are here to help!
I’ve included step by step instructions for the easiest overnight oats ever, and six of my favourite flavours to experiment with.
All the prep and assembly is completed the night before so they’re the best easy breakfast ever – all you have to do is remember to take the overnight oats out of the fridge the next morning.
They’re portable and can be eaten on the commute, in the office, or at home. You’ll never skip breakfast again!
Rolled oats work best, in my opinion, since they get softer more quickly than steel cut oats, which are generally thicker.
Use your milk of choice for overnight oats: dairy milk or non-dairy milk like oat milk, soy milk, almond milk, cashew milk or coconut milk.
Adding the nuts of your choice to your oats is a great way of getting protein into your breakfast.
Sweet and woody cinnamon perfectly complements overnight oats, but you can add any and all of your favourite spices like cardamom or vanilla extract.
Just a little honey gives these quick oats a sweet edge, but if you’re vegan you can use maple syrup, agave syrup or brown sugar instead.
Overnight oats can take any of your favorite toppings (peanut butter, greek yogurt, chocolate chips, flax seeds, fresh fruit or dried fruit), though I’ve recommended my favorite flavor combinations below.
How many calories are in overnight oats?
This recipe contains 350 calories per serving, and it contains 15g protein per serving.
Here’s an overview of what a single serving contains:
These quick breakfast recipes are packed with around 15g of protein per serving and are a great egg-free vegetarian breakfast (if you need more vegetarian breakfast ideas, try these).
This breakfast can also be dairy-free and vegan, and gluten free if you use gluten free oats!
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Health Benefits of Overnight Oats
Oats are packed with fiber, the main soluble fiber being beta-glucan. This is the magic ingredient which leaves you feeling fuller for longer thanks to the fact that they slow down digestion, suppress appetite and increase satiety.
Besides being super-filling, oats are a fantastic source of minerals and antioxidants including Phosphorus, Thiamine, Zinc, Iron and Magnesium.
There are numerous studies which have found that oats are associated with health benefits like reduced cholesterol, reduced risk of coronary heart disease and improved blood sugar control.
Plus, adding your favourite nuts to your overnight oats can really boost the protein content – for example, sprinkling your oats with a portion of almonds adds 7g of protein! This makes overnight oats perfect for a post work out breakfast to refuel and help build muscle.
The evidence for oats is pretty compelling, and I think overnight oats are one of the quickest and healthiest breakfasts for busy mornings.
How to make the best Overnight Oats
Preparation: Prep for overnight oats is pretty minimal, but if you’re using fresh fruit, you’ll need to cut it up into chunks, and may wish to chop large nuts into smaller chunks. Measure out half a cup oats and half a cup of milk.
Assembly: Pour the milk and oats into a jar and add your toppings. Place it in the fridge and leave overnight.
The morning after: Remove the oats from the fridge a while before eating to bring them to room temperature if you don’t want them cold.
Ta-dah! It really is that simple.
Overnight Oats FAQs
Can I make them ahead?
Make this recipe the night (or around 8 hours) before you intend to eat them, to allow the oats to absorb the milk and get soft. However, overnight oats also stay fresh for 2-3 days so they can be prepared further in advance.
How to store and re-heat overnight oats?
Store the oats in a mason jar, a reused food jar, or even a tupperware (basically any airtight container), and heat by placing them in the microwave for a couple of minutes the next morning – just be sure to check the container is microwavable. Of course, you can eat them cold, and I normally do!
What to serve with overnight oats?
Overnight oatmeal is the perfect, filling breakfast all by themselves, but follow them up with a protein smoothie for extra satiety!
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Are overnight oats healthy?
Overnight oats are a very healthy breakfast, since they’re full of fibre, protein and antioxidants – they’re also quick, simple and cheap to meal prep (check out our cheap vegetarian recipes for more ways to eat veggie on a budget)!
Are overnight oats good for weight loss?
These oats are the perfect weight loss breakfast because their high beta glucan fibre content leaves you feeling fuller for longer, and their 15g of protein per serving helps to build muscle.
How long do the oats have to soak before I can eat them?
Ideally let them sit for eight hours, but they should be fine after around four hours.
Can I use yoghurt instead of milk?
Sure! Just make sure you give it all a good stir or pop the lid on tightly and give the whole thing a solid shake.
Can I add protein powder to my overnight oats in a jar?
Definitely! You’ll want to add a little more liquid though and give them a good shake/stir to avoid lumps.
What’s the difference between rolled oats and oatmeal?
Don’t panic, they’re the same thing, and are ideal for making this breakfast.
Overnight Oats Variations and Alternatives
I have included a simple overnight oats recipe that is a perfect base recipe if you’re just trying overnight oats for the first time.
Once you’ve fallen in love with this easy and delicious breakfast, scroll further to see six flavourful toppings combinations that I love.
Using these, or experimenting with your own flavours will keep your overnight oats breakfasts varied and interesting.
- 1 clean jar with lid
- ½ cup rolled oats (½ cup = about half the jar)
- ½ cup milk (eg. soy milk, almond milk)
- 2 tbsp nuts of choice (and/or seeds)
- 1 tsp cinnamon (or other spices like cardamom or vanilla extract)
- 1-2 tsp honey (or your favourite vegan sweetener)
- ⅔ tbsp chia seeds
- some slices of fruit (again, any are possible. Well, maybe not avocado. Or tomato.)
- any berries (fresh or frozen)
- Throw everything in a jar, screw the lid on top, shake, and off it goes into the fridge.
- The next morning add a dash of milk, a sweetener (if you want) and enjoy 🙂
Our 6 favourite Overnight Oats Recipes
I’ve experimented a lot with different oatmeal recipes over the last couple of years.
Some results were amazing, some were not so good. But it was all worth it! Let me introduce you to our 6 favourite overnight oats recipes!
Peachy Blinders Overnight OatsCheck out the recipe here
What great combo of peaches, almonds, lemon juice and maple syrup. All goes really well together, refreshing and filling at the same time. Tip: once peaches are out of season substitute them for pears.
Chocolate Banana Bonkers Overnight OatsCheck out the recipe here
A beautiful mix of bananas, cacao powder and peanut butter. All three ingredients are known for their “affinity” to each other. You’ll taste what I mean!
Tropic Thunder Overnight OatsCheck out the recipe here
Get in a proper batch of tropical vibes every morning! Pineapple goes so well with coconut and vanilla, you wouldn’t believe.
An excellent choice of milk would be rice or coconut milk since it complements the other ingredients nicely as well.
Apple Inc. Overnight OatsCheck out the recipe here
This flavour combo just can’t go wrong. Cinnamon, apple sauce and oats work so well together, it’ll take a long long time till you get finally tired of it!
Blueberry Cheesecake Overnight OatsCheck out the recipe here
Who doesn’t like cheesecake? Nobody. And who doesn’t agree blueberry cheesecakes are the best of cheesecakes? Nobody.
And this is why I tried to recreate this delicious treat for breakfast. And I have to say it worked very well. Try out this delicious combination of blueberries, lemon, yogurt and maple syrup. You won’t be disappointed!
Grapes ‘N Roses Overnight OatsCheck out the recipe here
Another excellent combination of foods that match very well together: Grapes + Walnuts + Yogurt + Cinnamon = win! A true oatmeal beauty.
If you’re in need of more overnight oat inspiration, check out these 26 recipes below:
- Kat’s Vegan Overnight Oats in a Jar
- Key Lime Pie Overnight Oats
- Pumpkin Persimmon Overnight Oats
- Blueberry Lemon Overnight Oats Parfait
- Banana Blueberry Overnight Oats
- Cinnamon Apple Overnight Oats
- Almond Joy Overnight Oats
- Peanut Butter Banana Overnight Oats
- Raspberry Almond Overnight Oats
- Banana Bread Overnight Oats
- Salted Turtle Overnight Oats Chocolate Dates and Pecans
- Raspberry Almond Overnight Oats Recipe
- Tropical Overnight Oats
- Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Overnight Oats
- Peanut Butter Banana Overnight Oats
- Make Ahead Fruit Yogurt Breakfast Parfaits
- My Favourite Overnight Oats
- Recipe Coconut Mango Overnight Oatmeal
- How to Master Overnight Oats Chia Bowls
- Blueberry Muffin Batter Overnight Oats
- Healthy Breakfast Ideas Overnight Oats
- Vegan Overnight Oats
- Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats with Chia
- Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats
- Cinnamon Date Overnight Oats
- Cinnamon Roll Spice Oatmeal
Best flavours for overnight oatmeal
These include Blueberry Cheesecake and a Chocolate Banana flavour with cocoa powder that will have you actually excited to wake up and eat breakfast!
The basic overnight oats recipe is really the perfect blank slate for different flavors. I can’t even begin to list all the possible variations and alternatives because your imagination is really the limit!
I suggest using rolled oats (also known as old-fashioned oats) since they are flakier and get softer more quickly.
However, steel-cut oats are also a good option, just be sure to select a brand that aren’t too thick, so that they get nice and soft by the morning.
Are overnight oats good for people with allergies?
If you are gluten intolerant or Coeliac, be sure to buy oats that are labelled as gluten-free oats, as regular oats contain a protein called avenin, which is similar to gluten.
Also be sure to check the packaging on instant oats, as these often contain added sugars and sweeteners.
However, these oats are cut much more finely than other types of oats, so will get soft very quickly and may be a good option if you don’t have many hours to soak your oats.
If you prefer to make your oats with water, feel free to use this instead of milk. If you’d like to add an extra bit of creaminess to your water based oats, mix in a dollop of peanut butter or almond butter, which also happen to be great sources of protein.
More Oats Recipes
If you’ve got a sweet tooth and want a breakfast treat, these banana oatmeal cookies are for you!
Try oats another way with this homemade Swiss Bircher muesli.
This high protein oat bake is basically a really healthy breakfast cake – yes, really!
What our readers are saying
Thank you for sharing this! I have made this so many times. Everyone that tries it, loves it!Polly ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
This is a recipe for all ages! As a high school student I always find myself running to catch the bus before I could eat breakfast (and sometimes have embarrassing stomach growls right before lunch). I am so glad I found overnight oats so that I could make this before bed and eat on the way to school! Thanks so much, I loved the post. 😀Cindy ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
This looks tasty! These are absolutely mouth watering! It will quickly disappear in our house, very tasty and flavorful!Olga ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
If you enjoyed this delicious recipe, please leave a rating on the recipe card, and let us know your favourite toppings in the comments!
I love overnight oats and make them all the time! Have you seen the jar I created and sell on my site that makes for quick and easy overnight oats? It’s been a huge hit!
Yess, I did!! I thought it was a super smart idea!
Are there any steel cut oats recipes simalar?
Yes, you can also use steel cut oats for overnight oats, but they might be a bit more chewy than rolled oats. A trick to make them softer is to leave the overnight oats jar outside a fridge for a couple of hours. Room temperature makes them go softer more quickly. The rest of the recipes would be the same as with rolled oats, maybe a little more liquid 🙂
I used rolled oats and followed the recipe but the oats turned out flakey and not smooth or creamy. I used 2% milk. Was that the problem or the Red Mill extra thick whole grain oats? That’s what I had on hand. Would love to do it so it turns out right!
Hi Nancy! Yes, I’m very sure it was because of the extra thick whole grain oats. Did it taste bad though? You can always add a bit more milk to loosen up the texture. Otherwise instant rolled oats would definitely create a creamier texture.
I THINK IT WOULD BE GOOD FOR FOLKS TO KNOW THAT SOAKING THE OATS RELEASES THE LECTINS WHICH ARE BAD FOR US, SO IF YOU SOAK IN PLAIN WATER FOR A FEW HOURS AND POUR OFF THE WATER, THEN ADD WHATEVER YOU WANT AND THE TEXTURE IS YUMMY!
Hi Cheryl, we spoke to our nutritionist about this and he said while it’s true they do contain lectin it’s not anything to really worry about, and that the benefits of oats are more than potential drawbacks!
details for the jar please 🙂
you mean these ones? 🙂
Is these only new recipes because we had been doing these here in the Philippines for almost 2 decades and we don’t have a name for it but it’s called differently from Oatmeal Champurado to Oatmeal Flavored Milk. It is only done by mostly Upper Class to Upper Middle Class so it’s not a popular amongst the Mass but with the advent of much more affordable oatmeals recently, it also becoming a Food thing among the Millenials here.
How much and how do I order them?
They’re so pretty! Jackie Berridge
Hi Jackie! You’ll find them on her blog veggiesdontbite.com
From there it should only be a few clicks to go 🙂
hi can you put both almond milk and Greek yogurt in
Yes, I’m certain that would work! Just make sure it’s all stirred up nicely 🙂
Thanks so much for including me in this round-up! I love overnight oats, probably my most favorite breakfast ever, so I can’t wait to try some (or all of these)!
Of course! 🙂
hahaha, well I’m definitely also a muesli/oats/oatmeal fan. Since I stopped eating bacon, English breakfast isn’t as much fun anymore as it was before anyway.
I was an overnight oats kick for a long long time several months ago. Need to get back that so breakfast is waiting for me in the morning. Some delicious sounding recipes here!
haha, yes it happens sometimes. Probably you were just tired of them. 🙂
I don’t think I’ve ever skipped breakfast – lunch maybe – but never breakfast – I adore all breakfast foods so much! And one of those breakfast foods I adore are overnight oats! Love the tip to add in chia – I always forget to do that!
Deffo! I don’t know how people can skip breakfast, my body craves food so badly in the morning. I wouldn’t know how to work with that feeling haha 🙂
Scrambled egg and sausage (the precooked, frozen kind).
not bad, except the sizzlers 😉
Not a big fan of those
What an amazing idea for the oats lover; my mom will love it 🙂
Thanks for sharing so many options 🙂
thanks, you’re welcome! 🙂
Wow, Howie this tutorial is really awesome!! So helpful. I have never actually made mine like this because I always like to rinse the slime off of the oats in the morning after soaking all night, haha. But this is a great tutorial. Thank you so much for including my Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal recipe!
Interesting! Never thought of rinsing overnight oats. I guess you don’t like them “unrinsed” or is there a different reason you do that?
I love your step by step instructions! Can you believe that I’ve only made overnight oats once? So sad! all those recipes are such great inspiration. Making some tonight to enjoy tomorrow 🙂
Well, I started making them this year, so I can actually believe you, hahaha.
Alright I have no good excuse. You make it look so easy, easier than chopping a cantaloupe, which is what I’ve been having for breakfast lately. I love step 5, makes me think of bunnies…and breakfast 🙂 I’d definitely throw in the chia seeds, love those little guys! And all the flavors, #11 is sounding especially amazing. Heck I could start it in the morning and have it for dessert! Great post Howie 🙂
I’m sorry to say never chopped a cantaloupe, but I’ll give it a go to see if you’re right 😉
Great you could find some inspiration!!
Great step by step instructions and photos. So simple and convenient. Thanks for the list of other recipes too.
Thanks Ginny! 🙂
I love overnight oats and eat them at least 2 or 3 times a week. They are just perfect for grab and go breakfasts and keep you full for ages. I often take them to work with me for lunch too. Making them in mason jars makes them so easily transportable and perfect for eating at your desk. My favourite flavour combination is coffee and chocolate!
I like your style Mel! Good combo. Yep, it’s super convenient. The only downside is, I find me eating the jars that were supposed to be for the next day much earlier
Never heard of overnight oats before. Tried them this morning, and they were great. I like mine hot, so just 45 seconds in the micro. And just in time for the cold weather. Much thanks.
Great idea, Mark! Plus, I’m glad you liked that version of eating oats in the morning 😀
Great step by step tutorial. Overnight oats are one of my favorite breakfast choices. Thanks for all of the inspiration. 🙂
Thanks! And you’re welcome 🙂
I think I like warm oatmeal better than the overnight variety. But sometimes when it’s really hot, cold is nice too. I don’t really understand the obsession with the jars though. I feel like it is soo trendy to put all of your food in a jar, why? I guess it’s easy to transport, but there is also tupperware.
Hahaha, good point you have there! I guess it’s really more of a trend. Personally, I got those glasses for a couple of cents. I don’t think I’d get good quality tupperware for that price. I guess it would be possible to chuck them in the microwave, but i see your point, in that case the good old porridge would be the way to go! 🙂
Can you use Greek yogurt for the oats instead of milk
yep, that’s possible! But make sure you stir or shake everything well. Also, the next morning you probably have to add some water or milk to “loosen it up” a little 🙂
Using glass jars is also better for the environment. Plastic wont disintigrate basically ever.. jars an serve another purpose if not for food. and def cheaper. Grab em at a thrift store.
Amazing recipes BTW– Cant wait to try some
Its almst fall, makes me wanna exiriment w sweet potato and maple..hmmm gotta go 🙂
Yep, if you can use something again and again and again then you know you’re doing the best you can. Ha yep – it’s definitely that time of year – my sweet potato cravings have kicked in too 🙂
If you’re after sweet potato with maple syrup, look no further 🙂 https://hurrythefoodup.com/roasted-sweet-potato-cubes/
So you don’t heat the overnight oatmeal the next morning to eat?
Hi Jill! Nope that’s not necessary at all. You can though 🙂
I personally never heat them up in the morning.
I will admit that breakfast is not my most favourite meal. Makes it easier for my morning workout if I do eat. Oatmeal is such a great food source….and overnight oatmeal is the best. I don’t have to think about it in the morning…just open the fridge..grab and eat! AWESOME!!
Interesting, what kind of sports do you make in the mornings? For me it’s super hard to get me motivated to do anything sportive at that time of the day.
Hi, I’m sooo late, but I love oatmeal & all things good. In fact I have a brick oven I bake all my own breads, using ancient grains (modern gmo wheat contains toxic gluten) I fresh grind my grains & generally use starter instead of yeast. This is perfect for me. Does it heat up nicely, I love my oats warm. I hate sweets so I would have to adjust some recipes, not too much work, right?
Thanks for your effort, great tutorial. I’m glad I discovered your site, love ❤️ it!
Wow that sounds really awesome about the brick oven and using ancient grains only. I’m at my parents house on their farm now, I feel things are back to the roots as well here. Good feeling. Yes, I would say all recipes listed in this post work without the sweeteners. No problem there 🙂
I am so not a breakfast person, but, I love having 28 jars of inspiration. I think I will add some extra macadamia nuts.
hahaha, glad you found some recipes you like 🙂
Macadamia nuts are a little decadent, but deffo very delicious, haha
I was just looking for recipes for overnight oats. I would like to try them but haven’t made the jump yet….My only concern is the texture. Are they super chewy?
Hmm, I wouldn’t say so. They’re actually very soft. I recommend adding some more milk in the morning to loosen everything up a little 🙂
Overnight Oats are like my favourite thing in the world to make for breakfast! Just love how versatile they are, the flavour combinations are endless! Great tutorial and flavour ideas!
thanks Annie! 🙂
I’ve always loved oats but just recently discovered the delicious goodness that are overnight oats! And how neat to put them in a jar so I can take it to the office and have breakfast there if I’m ina hurry. Thanks for the many recipes! 🙂
You’re welcome, Stella!
Orange juice?! You’re crazy 😉 But i like it!
Recently i haven’t been having too many issues with getting my breakfast in in the morning, but as soon as winter hits I know i’m going to be hitting that snooze button way too much. I will definitely be turning to these babies for my breakfast! Have a great weekend guys!
Hahhaa, well it works! I’ve seen some people do it. I personally prefer some kind of milk 🙂
I stopped hitting the snooze button recently. But only because I finally gave up thinking I get up earlier than really necessary
I simply love overnight oats! Thanks for sharing this! 🙂
I have been wanting to try overnight oats here. I think you have me convinced!
Glad we could help 😉
I’ve never made overnight oats but I should consider doing:) Great tips!
Damn overnight oats and their easiness. I wish I could eat oats.
damn, you and your food allergies. Sorry to hear 🙁
I really love the convenience of overnight oats, the flavor combos are endless.
Love overnight oats in jar and your post looks so easy too 🙂
I’ve been interested in getting into the overnight oats game. It certainly beats preparing them in the morning or going the instant route. Love these tips and recipes!
yep, I think so too!
I just discovered overnight outs earlier this Summer, this is a great resource for me, thanks for sharing, pinning!
your welcome, Sara! 🙂
This is such a genius idea and I really need to start implementing it to make my mornings go smoother! It is my first year having kids in school and I always feel behind!
It’s such a time-saver, sounds like it’ll be perfect for crazy school mornings!
Ohhhhh, THIS is what overnight oats are! I actually never heard of it before. I’m making this to have for breakfast for my busy mornings! Friggen brilliant.
hahaha, glad we could inspire you a little 😉
What a great time saver! I have never tried this before, but I will now 🙂
One of my favourite time savers is to cut up a few pineapples into bite size pieces and put them in the same type of jars as the overnight oats. I love having the fridge full of grap and go snacks. I think this type of prep is life changing because if you are surrounded by healhty grab and go snacks it will keep you away from junk food.
Very true!! I should prepare a little more with those simpler things like just cutting up fruits and veggies! Thanks for your tip 🙂
Right, this is absolutely brill but I just cannot stomach cold breakfast like that. Howie, please,please put some recipes together that can be microwaved in the morning! X
Sounds like a good idea, will think of something.
Btw, this morning I felt the same and decided to just fill the oats in a bowl and microwaved them. Easy 😀
Oh wow! Thank you SO much for mentioning my jars! I totally appreciate your support!
Of course! Plus I think it’s a grand idea!! 😀
Ok..so a friend of mine told me about overnight oats and I was instantly intrigued. I am wondering about something and I hate to sound weird but, are people eating this straight out of the refrigerator or are they warming it up once they get to the office?
I eat them straight out of the fridge. But sometimes I fill the overnight oats in a bowl and heat them for a minute or two in the microwave 🙂
Yes I’m with you about eating it cold. Oatmeal has always been eaten hot in my family. Not sure if i could even tempt to eat it COLD. But guess i won’t know if I don’t try it : )
Can You put protien powder in this recipie? If you can- what stage? Thanks! Made overnight oats for my husband and he loved them <3
Excellent question! Didn’t think of adding protein powder to my overnight oats yet, but that deffo makes sense. I would add the powder just with the other ingredients. Then I would add enough liquid (eg. milk) screw the lid on and shake that glass for a couple of seconds to make sure I don’t get any lumps. Hope it works out! 🙂
Thanks for the recipe ideas.
My favourite is to add 0% fat flavoured yoghurt (my favourites are the banana custard and toffee Müller lights) and chopped banana.
Sounds delish, Toria!!! would love to try that yogurt too, never heard of it until now 😉
Love this kind of breakfast… thank you for amazing delicious recipes here…
Good reason to start a wonderful day with a big smile and be happy all day
yess!! A good breakfast can really start off the day with the right boost! I’m still going up and down these overnight oat recipes, love them hahaha 😀
Just had my first jar of overnight oats. And I loved it. I wonder why did I not figure it out earlier. This is so simple and perfect for my busy schedule. Thank you. 🙂
Hahaha, I thought the same just about a year and a half ago! Their so tasty and easy to make – excellent breakfast 😀
How does this work with frozen fruit? Does it thaw by morning, or do I need to thaw it first?
Works excellent with frozen fruit! I often throw in some frozen berries in the evening. The next morning they are fine to eat 🙂
how would steel cut oats work with this? Should I let it sit longer?
I’m not sure, unfortunately Eva, since I never used steel cut oats. But I don’t think it’ll work, also because I’ve never seen an overnight oats recipe with steel cut oats.
I made my first overnight oats with steel cut. They were great! I used 2:1 ratio milk and oats. Lotsa milk, which i like, but oats werent crunch y or tough…had a nice firm texture.
Why can’t we add avocado in the jar of overnight oats?
hahaha, nice idea but I’m not sure if that’s really the best way to use an avocado 😀
Hi! Can I use water instead of milk?
yes, but it won’t taste as much fun, of course 🙂
If not milk, I’d go for a vegan option, like soy milk, almond, rice or oat milk
Are we talking about Quick oats here, or rolled oats? Or maybe it doesn’t matter?
Yep, the oats should be rolled, not steel cut. They don’t need to be quick necessarily, a little more rough is fine 🙂
Hi, I just started looking up at overnight oats and ur recipe sounds simple and yum, definitely going to try it soon. A question though, does it have to go into the fridge overnight? Doesn’t keeping it outside but cool work?
Coolio, hope you like them. Yes, keeping them outside the fridge for one night would also work, but of course they are not likely to stay fresh for for three or more days.
I really want to do this right now this second but it’s 3 in the morning o.o guess i’ll have to wait another day. Instead of milk, could you add chocolate flavoured oatmilk? Or is it to much with oatmilk on the oats?
Hi Hanna! I think the oats will be “soggy” enough if you’d eat them at 8am. Yes, chocolate flavoured oatmilk would work just fine. I see your point: oats + oatmilk sounds too much. I tried it a couple of times and I think it’s tasty 🙂
Thank you for the answer 🙂 i made a batch of oats, chocolate oatmilk and some Nutella about 4 hours ago and i tried a little of it just now and it tastes a bit like chocolate and oat balls mixure (it is very popular in Sweden where i live) and i absolute love it! Can’t wait to eat it tomorrow morning before school 🙂 thank you so much for the recipe! 🙂
You’re welcome, Hanna!
I usually add some more liquid before eating them, especially if the mixture is too thick. Nutella is a smart idea, I like 😀
Hi , Can I use precooked oats? ( Oats that can be prepared in three minutos?
Sure you can 🙂
How much exactly is 0.6 cups? Google actually did not have an outright answer. Lol
Oh, sorry about that. 0.6 cups is about 2/3 of a cup. Depending on how much appetite you have in the mornings, half a cup of oats might actually be better. Especially for females who tend to eat less then the guys 🙂
Thanks so much! Purchased my jars yesterday and can’t wait to start tonight!
Hahaaa!! Awesome, Felicia!
I’m experimenting with overnight quinoa at the moment and I like it a lot I have to admit 😀
Have fun trying out all the different recipes
We cannot eat with a spoon at our desks in work can this be blitzed to be a drink rather… do you have any recipe ideas?
Oh, I’m sorry to hear that. Yep this definitely works as a smoothie kind of drink as well, but I’m 100% you need to use more liquid than indicated in the basic recipe 🙂
Can you make several in advance and freeze them (and maybe thaw in the fridge the night before)?
Hmm, interesting idea! I’m not sure how they would taste after they’ve been frozen to be honest. There’s only one way to find out I’t say 😉
Is there a reason why we put the fruit in the night before instead of having them freshly included the morning after?
Hi Charis, you can definitely put them in the next morning! We do it this way to save time, and as it’s sealed the fruit stays pretty fresh anyway 🙂
I think the oats have time to absorb liquid.
I do the basics…porridge and I use coconut milk or almond milk not so greasy and suprisingly nice in the porridge. In the morning I blitz it in my processor (no names mentioned) with random fruit, or frozen fruit, milled linseed, kale if it’s still fresh or spinach, maple syrup or agave and more milk so it’s thin enough to go through a thick shake straw, then some Chia seeds after its blitzed cause they don’t have to be cracked. And it’s like those expensive yogurt drinks you buy that are full of preservatives but fresh…
How cool is that idea Julie? It almost sounds like I should dedicate a whole recipe based on these directions. I’ll think about something, if find the time and you don’t mind 😀
Hi there I may missed anothoer comment on this but just wondered roughly what the calorie value would be…just on average thanks
Hi Louise! Ha that’s a funny coincedence. I just checked it myself:
Roughly estimated nutrition per serving for a 2/3 filled jar: 350 kcal, 10g fat, 60g carbs, 15g protein
To reach those numbers I filled my glass with the following:
1/2 cup oats
1 cup soy milk
2 tbsp chopped nuts
1/4 cup fruit or berries
Half a tbsp maple syrup or other sweetener
Hope that helps 🙂
Can you use frozen fruits in this recipe? We run a Bed & Breakfast in Newfoundland, Canada and it’s 1.5 hrs to the closest store with any type of good fresh fruits or produce (seriously, I’m not exaggerating). I can buy all type of frozen berries, mangos, peaches etc, but have a heck of a time finding fresh. I’d LOVE to serve this as a breakfast option since we’re in a National Park where hiking is the number 1 activity for tourists. Also, if I doubled the quantity would I have to adjust any of the ingredients? Thanks for any feedback,,, this recipe sounds amazing and can’t wait to try it for MY breakfast.
Wow, 1.5 hours is a lot! I just went over to trip advisor, such a cool place you have 😀
Yes, frozen fruits work absolutley fine, berries especially. I never tried frozen mango, but I can imagine it’ll taste sublime.
Yes, for bigger servings I’d just multiply all ingredients, no exceptions. Hopefully they’ll be a success at your BnB!
This does seem so easy. I must try it because it’s perfectly healthy and I bet it’s tasty as well. A really good idea 🙂
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hi! can i not put the jar in the fridge overnight??
Hi Shruti! Yep, you can just leave it in the kitchen, if its not more than one night. If you prep more they probably will go bad. 🙂
Greeting from Indonesia.Thank you for lots of variations to prepare overnight oats.Berries don’t grow in tropical climate.Can I use tropical fruits like pineapple?
Absolutely Ariana! But with pineapple you need to watch out! In combination with cow milk it turns bitter after a couple of minutes.
Either try vegan milk or pick a different tropical fruit. Ooor just add pineapple right before eating 🙂
Last time i tried overnight oats i didn’t like the texture. But I’m inspired to try again! At the very least, it may reduce the cooking time in the morning. Also a great way to use frozen fruit. I also have a hard time getting my daughter to eat in the morning, but she might like this without the added morning cooking (and cooling) time. Thanks!
Yes, I can understand that the texture isn’t for everyone. I personally reaaaaally enjoy oats soaked in that way 😉
Good look with a second try!
Cool recipe! Do you mix it all together before putting it in the refrigerator? Or do you mix it in the morning when it’s ready?
Hi Dennis! Actually, it depends on the ingredients. If I add chia seeds, I make sure to mix it as soon as I added the milk, because they loooove sticking everywhere. So, a good mix will make sure you won’t end up with a knob of chia seeds at the bottom of your glass in the morning 😉
I love overnight oats and I make them for my step-mom sometimes when she had early mornings. Though, she found that they had a little “bit” to them. So, her being a textual person, I’d pour over boiling water and cover for 5-10 minutes. Then prepare as regular – still using milk (any varient), but you probably won’t need as much.
When you make them, testing them to make sure the flavor’s on point, it’s hard not to eat the whole thing.
Good Mix: about 1/3 C milk, as much cinnamon as desired, about 1/2 – 1 T brown sugar, and any kind of fruit (berries pair very well with this).
Wow, awesome tip Crystal! My mom used to make them like that and it’s definitely a cool way to have oats like that. Now that you mention it I might have to give it a go right now, hahah
Love overnight oats! They have been my go to breakfast for a couple of years now. I, however, use equal parts oats, yoghurt and a smattering of anything fruity or crunchy that I have on hand that weeks. The oats take the liquid outs of the yoghurt and makes it super creamy. I make three or four and a time, put them in my work fridge and voila – winning at life!
Really amazing! these many types of oats recipes are there,Surely I can prepare it to reduce my weight. I am really shocking because i know only two type of recipe that also very bore to eat repeatedly. Thank you very much your post.
What a fantastic list of great recipes! So bookmark worthy. Thank you so much 🙂
Glad we could help Shannon, and thank you too for the compliment :). Enjoy!
I have steel-cut oats, not rolled oats, so I don’t know how this will affect overnight oats. Another recipe of yours, Cottage Cheese Pancakes, worked with steel-cut oats, after I ground the oats in a blender so it looked like flour, before mixing with the other ingredients.
My steel-cut oat container from Whole Foods gives a number of ways of preparing them, including regular stove top, crockpot, and overnight, but I only used the stove top so far. Their overnight instructions say that boiling the liquid first before mixing and putting in the fridge reduces cooking time but doesn’t eliminate it in the morning, although it says to use low heat the next morning, I am wondering if the instructions for heating the next morning are only if you want to eat it warm instead of cold.
Hi Susan! Thanks for trying out the Cottage Cheese Pancakes 😀
I hope they turned out good!
Yes, you can also use steel cut oats for overnight oats, but they might be a bit more chewy than rolled oats. A trick to make them softer is to leave the overnight oats jar outside a fridge for a couple of hours. Room temperature makes them go softer more quickly.
This may be a weird question, but can I use oatmeal packets to make this recipe? I have a lot of them on hand, but I don’t like to “cook” first thing in the morning….
Yep those packets would also work well 🙂
I am guessing that I wouldn’t need to season them, as they are mostly flavored packets, but how many packets will I need to make the overnight oatmeal? One? Two? I’m sorry if I seem a little frazzled, but I cannot afford to waste anything right now.
If they’re already pre-seasoned then you don’t. Luckily nothing is lost, if it doesn’t taste “just right” the next morning. You can always add cinnamon, a different spice or a sweetener when eating the overnight oats 🙂
Hi, I love all of your recipes for overnight oats but a couple of them are going to the wrong page. I clicked on Superfood Overnight Oats and Cinnamon Roll Spice Oatmeal and those links actually pull up the apple cinnamon oatmeal page instead. I then typed in the name of those oatmeal recipes and your page said the page was gone so I was hoping to see if those could be added again. Thanks for your help!! I can’t wait to make these for myself and my son for in the mornings.
Autumn, thanks a ton for the heads up!! Strange that I didn’t notice that mistake before. It’s fixed, the links lead to the correct pages now. I’m going to prepare myself some overnight oats for the work week too 🙂
I like your trick to make overnight oats and definitely going to try this .thanks for sharing this
Yeees, overnight oats are well worth trying out. In fact I have a jar waiting for me in the fridge right now 🙂
This is a recipe for all ages! As a high school student I always find myself running to catch the bus before I could eat breakfast (and sometimes have embarrassing stomach growls right before lunch). I am so glad I found overnight oats so that I could make this before bed and eat on the way to school! Thanks so much, I loved the post. 😀
Overnight oats are awesome, aren’t they? Hahaaaa, the good old stomach growl in the auditorium. I know that one too 😀
I just dicovered them and yes they are awesome. Thanks for the tips guys!
You’re more than welcome Rosana, enjoy! 🙂
I had no idea what rolled oats were so I just bought the regular oatmeal. Will that work?
Absolutely! Oatmeal = rolled oats 🙂
Thanks for the Recipes! 🙂 Will try this with the available ingredients I have.. Can’t wait to have my breakfast tomorrow.. 😉
You’re more than welcome, Bevs! Yes, you can always mix and match to create your own personal, awesome versions of course. Enjoy breakfast!
I’m starting a meal plan soon and this sounds like the perfect quick breakfast (which I struggle with in the am) Just to clarify, are these meant to be eaten cold? Also, will water still do the trick instead of the other liquids mentioned?
Ah interesting stuff; what kind of meal plan are you trying out if I may ask?
I usually eat them cold. But if you wanted to you could warm them up as well.
I have never tried these but just wonder if it is ok or good to heat them up in the morning? I would not like it cold. Would that work?
Absolutely, Rejeanne! The easiest way is a minute or so in the microwave (provided they’re in a suitable container of course). I almost always eat mine hot 🙂
Have always been the type who forgets to eat breakfast… tried these recipes out and it was awesome! Thanks so much!
Glad we could help you out Trish! 🙂
I love the sound of these, but will whole grain oatmeal work as well? I am trying to eat more whole grains for health reasons.
Well, as far as I understand are rolled oats always whole grain. I’t basically a grain rolled flat 🙂
Since several people mention they don’t care for breakfast foods or sweet things, I wanted to share this. I sometimes make steel cut oats (the regular way, on a stove top), but I make them savory: salt, pepper, basil, sun-dried tomatoes, grated Parmesan cheese. Maybe some people would like this idea as an overnight recipe, but take them for lunch if they don’t want something this savory for breakfast. I wouldn’t put the cheese in overnight, though. I would add it right before eating and would probably be better heated up. Also, would use water for this instead of milk. Can still add chia seeds, walnuts or slivered almonds, and a little olive oil.
Oh I like the sound of this savoury oats dish. Also a savoury Asian version I love… oats soaked overnight in water. Stir fry in a little oil, around a 1/4 cup of carrot, broccoli bits and the desired amount of finely chopped ginger (I use half a thumb). Add a soup spoon full of the oats and cook till thick. Add your favourite salt seasoning to taste and some chopped coriander if you like it, then garnish with 3 drops of sesame oil. Bliss.
As far as the savory recipe, if you make it the night before, and especially if you decide to make it for lunch, you can always saute a little spinach or kale and add to it or fresh arugula right before you eat it : )
Hi not sure if this has been asked yet but I was wondering if you can make a few up and keep in fridge or do you have to make them fresh every night
Hi Karen, yes absolutely – make them in advance! I’d stick to about three days max – keep them in the fridge and they’ll still taste nice and fresh (just keep the lid on nice and tight when storing) 🙂
You’re very welcome!
Just tried the basic recipe for the first time. So good! Made an overnight oats believer of me . I’m a dietitian; I’ve been referring clients to your site.
Here are my questions:
Some recipes suggest layering—so should you not shake those ones before putting in the fridge? Oats will still be fine?
Also, how come the basic recipe has 1 cup of milk but most of the 6 favourites have half a cup?
So glad you enjoy these overnight oats recipes!! Also thanks a ton for referring us, that means a lot to us actually. Good points: Yep, some photos suggest layering – and it’s basically to make the jar look pretty, nothing else. Though I always would soak the oats and chia seeds with milk. The other ingredients don’t have to be soaked, necessarily. About the half a cup vs one cup – good catch! Both works, but the more milk you use the “mushier” the oats get. So, I think it’s what you prefer really.
When I make overnight oats for myself and not for photos, I add all the ingredients, fill it up with milk until everything is covered and then shake everything. That’s how I like them best 🙂
Have you tried any using the flavored coffee creamers? I just found strawberry cheesecake flavored coffee creamer. I think I will try one of these using it. Also, with people that want to add water, couldn’t they put a bit of powdered milk in it? We do something similar for camping, using the powdered milk then hot water when you want to eat it.
Is it necessary to sweeten the oats in the morning? I use liquid stevia. Could it be added the night before?
I do like to sweeten the oats, yep! Actually, I prefer to add some honey or maple syrup in the morning, though you could also add some in the evo. Especially if you have brekki at work or on the go 🙂
must the overnight oatmeal be prepared only in a glass container?
Hi Sylvia, you could use various methods for storing (like a bowl with a cover) too, for example. We tend towards glass with a tight-fitting lid for ease of transportation 🙂
Great idea, tried it and I actually enjoyed oatmeal. Thanks,h
haha, great to hear your oatmeal turned out well! 🙂
Can you use cooking oats? My Doctor told me I need to eat the ones you have to cook on the stove, not the instant ones or anything like that. If I can use the cooking ones, do I have to cook them on the stove first, then do all this or do they also work the same?
Hi Chris! By cooking oats do you mean regular old fashioned oats instead of those instant cooking oats?
Yep, those old fashioned oats work fine as well!
Is it okey if I soaked all my week-mornings oats through sunday (8 hours), put them on their respective tupperware, put them on the fridge and each day i grab one and cooked it? Is the soaked oats of sunday next week (7 days in the fridge) gonna be okey? No mold?
Hi Tulio! We’d say probably three days, or maybe four, would be the most to make them in advance 🙂
Hello, in the program that is made for gaining muscle, it’s written that it’s 450 calories, but in this page it’s 350. What is the difference?
Hi Farid, thanks for asking. The 350 cals is the ‘basic’ version of the overnight oats. In the muscle building meal plan the extra 100 cals is to cover the chia or flax seeds we recommend adding. I hope that clears things up 🙂
Thanks for all the recipes. Trying to lower cholesterol and just going to eliminate fattening stuff.
You’re very welcome, Cindy Lou!
Do they have to be made in a jar? Can a plastic container with a lid be used?
Hi Diane! Yes, almost any container with a lid is fine. If it’s for transporting, do make sure the lid really sticks on tight!
I made overnight oats with almond milk and Greek yogurt. In the morning husband likes to add hot almond milk before eating, he can’t eat cold oats, is it safe to add hot milk to the yogurt mix??
Hi Lynn! Yes, to be sure you could add some hot milk. Just give it all a good stir so the yogurt doesn’t separate too much 🙂
There’s no instructions on the APPLE INC.” which I am just abouts to make I think a couple others had no instructions either but so far I’ve tried the banana and choc and the pineapple coconut I’ve never had over night oats before and first mouth I was a bit worried about the cold but I absolutely love them now more then when they are warm thank you for these delicious recipes! I’m trying them all out!
Hi Morgan! Cool to hear you like the sound of our overnight oats recipes 😀
Actually, kust today I convinced my girlfriend to try them as well. She was similarly surprised like you, haha. About the instructions: I left them out because I thought it was self-explanatory. What do you think?
Love all of the ideas for recipes. Can you use a vanilla protein shake as the milk substitute? Has anyone out here tried that? If so, how did it taste?
Hi Melody, I’m sure you could! I often use protein powder in my overnight oats and they come out great. Just to be sure, start with a small batch (as opposed to a week’s worth or something) to check it out. But I bet it’ll be very tasty 🙂
I’m very interested in the refrigerator oatmeal. I can never find exactly what i’m looking for at one site. So hopefully you come across and discover more options that I’m interested in trying so I won’t need to spend all day searching different sites to figure out a game plan.
I hope you enjoy these too, Alison! The ones on this page are definitely our favourites so far 🙂
Very easy breakfast recipe. Thanks.
I love oats. Thanks for sharing.
Happy to 🙂
Somtimes I eat them for lunch, sometimes fir dinner – think outside the box – oats are one of the
healthiest foods you can eat and ready right out of the fridge.
No time – no motivation to cook dinner – I eat one!
Haha, indeed! They’re a great snack for any time of day. I have some with me today and they’ll be a great brunch. Glad you’re enjoying them, Miguel!
Hello! I’m planning on doing this overnight oats later,but I just have one question left.Can you use something else other than a jar?
Hi Ashley, sure! Any container with a lid is ideal, really. If it’s to be transported then it should be leak-proof, too 🙂
awesome…i love adding in walnuts and blueberries 🙂
This looks tasty! These are absolutely mouth watering! It will quickly disappear in our house, very tasty and flavorful!
Haha yes, they do tend to get snapped up pretty quickly!
I sort of discovered this method myself a few years back. I make mine in a 550ml clip-lock tupperware pot (sold for soups mainly) and throw it in my commuter backpack. Takes only a minute in the evening and you can make endless varieties!
You were years ahead of the game, Hidde 😀
Yes, great though right? Soooo many different ways and varieties. And as you say, as long as it’s watertight then you can take them in pretty much anything 🙂
Thank you for sharing this! I have made this so many times. Everyone that tries it, loves it!
Thanks to you too, Polly! Glad you enjoyed it. Happy to help 🙂
WOW! so simple, yet SO tasty! This is fantastic, yum. Thanks for the recipe.
You’re welcome, Julia! Glad you enjoyed 🙂
Oh that’s nice you share the general instruction, also the detail recipes, I will make some for my breakfast. Can I use plastic jars? Thanks you in advance.
Hey! I’m glad you find it all useful :). Yes, definitely – as long as it’s leak-proof it’ll be fine!
hi, thank you your share.
i love oats, i usually drink milk oats on every morning.
now, i love your recipe.
CAN I ADD FLAX SEED OR GROUND FLAX?
Absolutely, Michele! I find most seeds work very well, in fact. I particularly like pumpkin seeds in mine 🙂
what size jar do you use
Hi Richard, we generally use half pint or pint jars here. For transporting, half pint jars are best, at home it doesn’t matter so much 🙂
Love all the recipe ideas and some questions and answers i learned from.I didn’t see anyone ask about quinoa.. Would that work??
Hi Marcia, good question! But nope, unfortunately not with raw quinoa. You have to cook the quinoa first, then it works. We actually have a recipe for that: https://hurrythefoodup.com/quinoa-breakfast-porridge/ – see, if that’s your thing. I’m a fan! 🙂
it is true that overnight oats are not good for break fast instead they are good to eat at dinner especially during post work out.
I’d say they’re good for both! Definitely a tasty post-workout meal, too 🙂
I love to cook and I am always looking for new recipes for my menu, which makes me always interested in my work. Today’s my lucky day, Overnight Oats in a Jar recipe is awesome, just follow the instructions and everything is easy, I like that. Thanks for your sharing
Can I use steel cut oats for the overnight oatmeal?
Hi Debbie! Yes, you can. We suggest leaving the jar outside of the fridge for a few hours at the beginning if possible – this will speed up the softening process and help the oats be a bit less chewy 🙂
Such healthy stuff was the thing I wanted to read and try, it is so easy to make and might taste awesome as well. I used to earlier prepare oats in milk with some sugar or honey depending on my mood but now I am surely trying out this recipe to know how it will taste.
They’re a breakfast delight :). Enjoy!
I added coconut milk in it, the taste is special and easy to eat. The boxes in the picture look cute
I should use unsweetened or sweetened yogurt? I like to eat with fruit, is there any problem?
Honestly, whichever you prefer! I would probably take slightly sweetened myself, but there are so many flavours in there (especially if you’re adding lots of fruit) so you could definitely get away with unsweetened. No probs with fruit, frozen is best added the night before so it has time to thaw, fresh can also be added the day before or just as you’re getting ready to eat 🙂
This dish is nutritious and easy to digest. I will try making myself 1 cup to enjoy.
I’m glad you like the look, Peter! Enjoy 🙂
Oats are very nutritious, I really like it. According to your recipe, Oats can combined with other fruits
thank you so much
I made a batch with Kefir and it was great!
Woop! Really glad to hear it, Joyce!
Awesome! Oats are my favorite food. It’s great to be able to make it yourself at home, really it’s not as difficult as I thought, just follow your detailed instructions, everything becomes so easy. Best regards!
Look yummy! What I love most about this dish is that it is very nutritious, I’ll try making it right this weekend. Thanks for your recipe
Awesome, hope it was good, James!
The most favorite meal of my day is breakfast, and daily, either I used to make a fried egg with bread, or jam with toast. Nothing exciting has happened since I popped up to your article. And I found what I wanted for so many days. I loved the Chocolate Banana Bonkers as I have tried only that recipe until now. The tasty mornings with these oatmeals have urged me to try every other variation too. Thank you for sharing. It was a delectable article. Lol
Overnight Oats recipe is great! I made it according to your recipe and the taste is great! Everyone in the family likes it, it makes me happy. thank you
SO many delicious options can’t wait to try and you make it look so simple. Quick question, how come the base recipe calls for 1/2 cup oats and 1 cup milk but the 5 sample recipes call for 1/2 cup oats and 1/2 cup milk? Thanks I don’t want to add too much milk and have it be too runny
Hi Heidi, thanks for the pointer!! You’re right, I need to fix that. It’s half a cup of milk with half a cup of oats 🙂
Feel free to have a look at our video. I’ve made all of these recipes in there as well.
Overnight Oats looks great! Loved your recipe, added to the menu for this weekend, hoping to enjoy my family’s delicacies. Thanks and have a nice day
Glad you like our oat recipes, Jamie! Love your porridge vid too!!
I’ve just discovered your recipes. I tried the grapes N roses this morning ( getting it ready yesterday evening) and wow it was delicious! I never ate oats this way, for me it was always eaten warm with sugar. For tomorrow i made the peachy blinder, cant wait to taste it! Thank you so much for all the recipes I will try each one
Instead of maple syrup i use honey.
Hi Patricia! Really happy to have you with us! Glad you enjoyed the first recipe so much . Yes, sooooo many tasty ways to eat oats! Enjoy the peachy blinder as well!
Love your oats recipes! Here’s an idea for the “roses” part of the Grapes N Roses oats. I had a pomegranate laying around and thought it would make good “roses”. Not only is it delicious but it’s a gorgeous color combo…very Grapes N Roses. Try it out!
Very cool idea! I bet that looked beautiful. I have some frozen ones actually, so I’ll add them next time I make it! Thanks 🙂
Can you have it in a dish without a lid.
Yes, but I wouldn’t shake it :D. I’d also cover it with something to leave it in the fridge, even if you just use plate or something.
thanks, Hauke Fox for recipe i will try this recipe
I tried the Blueberry Cheesecake Overnight Oats and it was so delicious!
So good to hear, Alisa!! One of my faves too! Though I have the applesauce one with me today 🙂
Wow! thank you for posting…..easy to make this recipes. I love it.
Happy you like these recipes!! 🙂