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Easy Overnight Oats Recipe (VIDEO)

Easy and creamy Overnight Oats are the best make-ahead breakfast. There is no cooking required, just stir the ingredients together and refrigerate overnight to get a creamy and enjoyable bowl of oatmeal.

It’s easy to make several servings at once for weekly meal prep. You can add your preferred toppings ahead or when you’re ready to enjoy them. 

2 jars of overnight oats with fruit topping

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Overnight oats have become crazy popular over the past couple of years. I first discovered this from Chungah’s Meal Prep Cookbook and from Lisa of Downshiftology, who were both inspirations for this version that we make on our regular breakfast rotation.

We love make-ahead breakfasts from Overnight Cinnamon Rolls to French Toast Casserole and of course Freezer Breakfast Sandwiches. If you are a fan of breakfast meal prep, this Overnight Oats Recipe is a must-try!

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What are Overnight Oats?

Oats overnight is a method of preparing oatmeal with no cooking required. Rolled oats are combined with your milk of choice which softens the oats as they rest in the refrigerator overnight. Overnight oats are typically served cold but can be heated if desired. Here’s why we love it:

  • Easy Meal Prep – they can be assembled several days ahead to enjoy throughout the week or to take with you wherever you go.
  • Scalable – this recipe takes under 5 minutes to make and you can make 1 or 10 jars at once. It’s so easy when you set it up like an assembly line.
  • Easy to digest – soaking oats rather than cooking them helps break down starches so your body can get the most nutritional benefit from the oats.
  • Versatile – you can add just about any milk, any yogurt, and any sweetener. There are also dozens of toppings and add-ins you can try. See our favorites below.
  • Save money – a single serving will probably cost about 50 cents to make, plus any toppings you want to add.
overnight oats varieties with fruit

Ingredients for Overnight Oats

  • Rolled Oats – also called old fashioned oats
  • Almond milk – or you can use your milk of choice
  • Greek yogurt – we use non-fat but whole yogurt would work
  • Maple syrup – our go-to sweetener because it incorporates easilly (see substitutiosn below)
  • Chia seeds – helps to thicken up the creamy base of the overnight oats while adding fiber, antioxidants and other health benefits.

If using sweetened yogurt – you can skip the additional maple syrup since a flavored yogurt usually adds enough sweetness Flavored yogurt is also a great way to change up the taste of your overnight oats. Try blueberry, strawberry, or vanilla yogurt.

Ingredients for making oats overnight with rolled oats, almond milk, yogurt, chia and maple syrup

How to Make Overnight Oats

  1. Add ingredients to a mason jar. Stir to combine, cover and refrigerate overnight.
  2. Add toppings – when ready to serve, add your favorite fruit, nut or seed toppings and enjoy.
Step by step how to make overnight oats

Common Questions

What are rolled oats?

Rolled oats are sometimes called Old Fashioned Oats. Rolled oats are essentially steel-cut oats that have been processed and rolled or flattened into oval disks for faster cooking.

Can I Substitute Almond Milk?

Yes, you can absolutely use your favorite milk such as coconut milk, oat milk, hemp milk, or even dairy milk.

Are overnight oats healthy?

Oats are good for you and are loaded with fiber, protein, potassium, magnesium, and other nutrients. Also, the process of soaking oats overnight breaks softens the oats in a way that is easier to digest than cooked oats.

Are overnight oats gluten-free?

Oats are generally gluten-free, but be sure to buy rolled oats that are labeled “gluten-free” to ensure that your oats are not cross-contaminated.

Can I substitute the maple syrup?

Try liquid honey, agave, stevia, or your favorite sweetener.

Up close jar of overnight oats with raspberries and nectarines

Toppings for Overnight Oats

We love to use a variety of fruit toppings for overnight oats, depending on what is in season. Here are some of our favorite flavor combinations:

  • Blueberry lemon: 1/4 cup blueberries + lemon zest
  • Strawberry chocolate: 1/3 cup strawberries + mini chocolate chips 
  • Raspberry peach: 1/3 cup peaches or nectarine + raspberries
  • Banana nut: 1/2 banana + chopped pecans 
blueberry lemon and strawberry chocolate chip overnight oats varieties

Have you discovered this amazing breakfast idea yet? I would love to hear about your favorite toppings for overnight oats in the comments below.

More EASY Breakfast Ideas

Easy Overnight Oats Recipe

4.98 from 34 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Chilling Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 5 minutes
Overnight oats topped with fruit

Easy and creamy overnight oats is our favorite make-ahead breakfast. There is no cooking required, just stir and refrigerate overnight for a creamy and enjoyable bowl of oatmeal. It's perfect for weekly meal prep, just add your preferred toppings ahead or when you’re ready to enjoy them.

Author: Natasha Kravchuk
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $0.50 to $1 before toppings
Keyword: overnight oats
Cuisine: American
Course: Breakfast
Calories: 315
Servings: 1 person

Ingredients

For Each Serving of Overnight Oats:

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats, old fashioned oats
  • 5 oz almond milk, (just under 2/3 cup) or your milk of choice
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt, fat free or whole yogurt*
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds

Topping Combinations:

  • Blueberry Lemon: 1/4 cup blueberries + lemon zest
  • Strawberry Chocolate: 1/3 cup strawberries + mini chocolate chips
  • Raspberry peach: 1/3 cup peaches or nectarine + raspberries
  • Banana nut: 1/2 banana + chopped pecans

Instructions

  1. In a mason jar, add all of your ingredients: rolled oats, almond milk, yogurt, maple syrup, and chia seeds. Stir until well combined then cover and refrigerate overnight.

  2. To serve, add your favorite toppings and enjoy it out of the jar, or transfer to a bowl and sprinkle on your favorite fruit or nut toppings.

Recipe Notes

*If using a Sweetened, flavored yogurt, you can omit the maple syrup or add it to taste since the yogurt will add sweetness to the mixture.

Note on the nutrition label: since toppings vary, the nutrition label is for the overnight oats only before any toppings are added. 

Nutrition Facts
Easy Overnight Oats Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 315 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 5g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 3mg1%
Sodium 208mg9%
Potassium 311mg9%
Carbohydrates 48g16%
Fiber 9g38%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 13g26%
Vitamin A 8IU0%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 344mg34%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Linnea
    October 13, 2021

    I made this last night, stirred in a tablespoon pumpkin butter and few sprinkles of pumpkin pie spice! Hello Fall!! Was an absolutely delicious breakfast!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 13, 2021

      So glad you enjoyed this for breakfast! Thank you for your review.

      Reply

  • Mariya
    October 12, 2021

    I typically don’t like oatmeal especially cooked makes me sick for some reason but tried this overnight oats recipe and fell in love with it! Doing on repeat!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 12, 2021

      That is awesome news! Thank you for your review, Mariya. Happy to hear that you enjoyed this recipe.

      Reply

  • Lezlie
    October 10, 2021

    I’ve tried several overnight oat recipes before and didn’t like them because the consistency was pasty or something. This was creamy and delicious, and almost, dare I say, refreshing? 😁

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 11, 2021

      Thank you for your awesome feedback, Lezlie. Great to hear that you finally found an easy overnight oats recipe that you love!

      Reply

  • Marisha Lev
    October 2, 2021

    Perfect! Thank you for sharing!

    Reply

  • Flower
    September 19, 2021

    What’s the size of the jar you used in the picture? It looks different than the ones you linked in your recipe (a bit smaller perhaps?). Thanks!

    Reply

  • Mavi
    September 18, 2021

    Love this recipe, easy and so delicious 😋
    Thank you, love your recipes!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 18, 2021

      Aww, that’s the best! Thank you so much for sharing that with me, Mavi! I’m glad you love my recipes!

      Reply

  • Lea
    September 15, 2021

    Hi Natasha! I tried your recipe and my husband loves it! Is there a way to make a chocolate version of it? I tried some recipe I found but the cocoa didnt mix well and the liquid separated and oats sunk to the bottom! Thanks!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 16, 2021

      Hi Lea, I honestly haven’t tested that yet to advise. If you do an experiment, please share with us how it goes.

      Reply

    • JL
      October 3, 2021

      Try the chocolate almond milk, it is delicious on it’s own.

      Reply

  • Gina
    September 15, 2021

    Hi Natasha. What could I replace yoghurt with? I just can’t handle it.

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    • Natasha
      September 16, 2021

      Hi Gina, you could either use flavored yogurt or leave it out. Yogurt adds protein and also adds a nice creaminess to the overnight oats, but you could add something like a smashed banana or just add a little more almond milk instead of the yogurt, although the overall product wouldn’t be quite as creamy.

      Reply

  • Marla
    September 13, 2021

    Nice . Is it light to digest with all these fibres ?

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 14, 2021

      Yes, it is!

      Reply

  • Michelle
    September 13, 2021

    How long will they keep in the refigerator? If I am meal prepping, can I make a weeks worth?

    Reply

    • Natasha
      September 14, 2021

      Hi Michelle, it’s best to enjoy these within 5 days of making them.

      Reply

  • Valentina Chapovalova
    September 13, 2021

    Natasha, if you add greek yogurt to the regular milk, you will get prostokvasha

    Reply

  • Eva
    September 13, 2021

    As always, yummy, yummy in my tummy :-). Next time I’ll add a dash of vanilla. Thanks for a delicious start to my morning.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 13, 2021

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Eva!

      Reply

  • Su
    September 12, 2021

    Love the addition of chia seeds. I usually make this with rolled oats or chia but never thought of mixing them. Hubby grudgingly eats the chia pud so this is a great way to get it into his system 😬
    Thanks! Love your recipes ❤️

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 13, 2021

      You’re welcome! Hope you love it.

      Reply

  • Chris
    September 11, 2021

    Can you use Steele cut oats? What can you do to make this more carb friendly? And what size mason jars?

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 11, 2021

      Hi Chris, We used rolled oats here. Rolled oats are essentially steel-cut oats that have been processed and rolled or flattened into oval disks for faster cooking. I can’t say that it will work for overnight oats properly. YOu’d have to soak them for some time to work without them being chewy or dense.

      Reply

      • Tatyana
        October 6, 2021

        We sometimes mix half and half rolled and steel cut oats because it gives variety to the texture.

        Reply

        • Natasha
          October 6, 2021

          That’s interesting! Thanks for sharing. Is it quick-cooking steel-cut oats?

          Reply

  • Bearsmaggie
    September 11, 2021

    Probably a duh question, but I am brave & humble.

    Do you heat the oatmeal in the canning/glass jar prior to eating? I don’t like cold oatmeal.

    Also, I love these screw-on plastic lids from Amazon. They come in colors or all white. Very handy if you don’t want to use metal rings that come with mason jars.

    Reply

    • Natasha
      September 11, 2021

      Hi, that is a great question. You absolutely can serve it warm, just heat it up and stir together. Heat just until warmed through. Thanks for the tip on the jar lids. I have a couple of those but for smaller jars. I don’t know why I didn’t think to look for them.

      Reply

  • Mike
    September 11, 2021

    Can I use steel-cut oats?

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 11, 2021

      Hi Mike, We used rolled oats here. Rolled oats are essentially steel-cut oats that have been processed and rolled or flattened into oval disks for faster cooking. I can’t say that it will work for overnight oats properly. YOu’d have to soak them for some time to work without them being chewy or dense.

      Reply

  • Lisalia
    September 10, 2021

    I’m here for Anything that makes mornings easier and healthier! These overnight oats were just perfect!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 11, 2021

      YES! We love easy morning recipes! I’m so glad you enjoyed these, Lisalia!

      Reply

  • Jessica Burgess
    September 10, 2021

    I’ve been wanting to try these for a long time and when I saw that you made them, I knew I had to try them because I love all of your recipes!
    This was no different than the rest. It was SO good, thank you!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 10, 2021

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it, Jessica!

      Reply

  • Madhavi
    September 10, 2021

    Can I use the i minute quick oats instead of rolled oats for this recipe?

    Reply

    • Natasha
      September 10, 2021

      Hi Madhavi, I haven’t tested that but I suspect it could work well with quick oats. The texture would be a little different though. If you experiment, let me know how it goes.

      Reply

  • Matt Taylor
    September 10, 2021

    Oh yeah, I love overnight oats! I had never thought to do chia seeds before. Such a great addition, and almond milk to make them a bit more healthy. Love this recipe! 🙂

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 10, 2021

      Thank you for the wonderful review, Matt!

      Reply

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