Blended Overnight Oats
Published Oct 11, 2022, Updated Nov 30, 2023
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These blended overnight oats have a creamy, smooth consistency and are super easy to whip up. Just add everything to your blender, soak overnight and enjoy for breakfast the next morning!
Blended overnight oats are exactly what they sound like… overnight oats that have been blended into a smooth and creamy consistency. It’s almost like an oatmeal pudding! I personally love regular overnight oats, but blending them is a fun way to switch things up.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Super quick and easy to make.
- You only need 4 main ingredients and can customize from there!
- Perfect for meal prep and busy, on-the-go mornings.
- Creamy and smooth texture. It’s like oatmeal pudding!
- No cooking required. Just blend, set overnight, and enjoy!
- rolled oats – you’re going to want to use rolled oats for this recipe. Quick or instant oats would probably work since we’re blending everything together, but steel cut oats won’t work for this recipe as they’re too hard and won’t blend up the same way. Oats are naturally gluten-free, but if you have a gluten allergy make sure you’re certified grabbing gluten-free oats as they’re often cross contaminated. My favorite brand is Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free rolled oats.
- milk – any type of milk will work with this recipe, but I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk. For the amount needed, I’m giving a range of 2/3 – 3/4 cup because the amount you use will depend on how thick you like your oats. I tested both amounts and while I enjoyed them both I think I liked using a bit more milk because the oats felt a bit looser and less pasty. If you use too little milk the oats will get really thick and almost tacky.
- yogurt – yogurt gives these oats an extra creamy texture while adding a bit of protein. I usually like using plain Greek yogurt since it’s the highest in protein and lowest in sugar, but since I’m dairy-free right now I used the Culina plain & simple coconut yogurt, but feel free to use your favorite brand of yogurt!
- sweetener – I recommended using either pure maple syrup or honey for this recipe, but any sweetener you have handy will work. You can also use stevia as a low-sugar option. I tested a batch with liquid vanilla stevia and it turned out great!
- chia seeds – chia seeds are optional, but I love them because they add a bit of fiber, protein and omega-3 fatty acids and they help absorb some of the liquid which gives the oats a thicker consistency.
- vanilla extract – another optional ingredient, but I love adding a dash of vanilla extract as it really enhances the flavor of these oats.
- sea salt – just a pinch to bring all the flavors together!
- toppings – feel free to get creative when it comes to the toppings! Granola, fresh berries and a drizzle of nut butter are usually my go-to toppings, but I include some more ideas below!
How to Make
This blended overnight oats recipe couldn’t get any easier to make!
Blend: Add your oats, milk, yogurt, sweetener, salt, chia seeds and vanilla extract (if using) to a blender and blend until smooth.
Soak: Pour the oat mixture into a jar with a lid (I like using wide mouth 16 oz mason jars or Weck jars) and place in the fridge overnight. If you’re in a rush you can shorten the soak time to 2-4 hours.
Serve: The next day, give the mixture a big stir, top with your favorite toppings and dig in!
Customize Your Blended Overnight Oats
Here are some fun mix-in and topping ideas to add to your blended overnight oats recipe:
- Fruit – adding fresh bananas, apples or fresh berries (like blueberries or strawberries) to oats is always a good idea. Dried fruit is also a great topping idea! My favorite dried fruits to use would be cranberries, cherries or goji berries!
- Nut butter – this is an excellent way to add some protein to your oats. I typically add peanut butter or almond butter, but if you have nut allergy, seed butter (like sunflower seed butter or tahini) is another great option.
- Nuts and seeds – I love topping my oats with nuts and seeds for some added crunch! Almonds, cashews, pecans, walnuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds… your options are endless.
- Granola – I’m a granola girl and love adding crunchy granola on my overnight oats. If you’re looking for homemade granola recipes I highly recommend my homemade granola recipe, hemp granola or this coconut almond granola.
- Chocolate – I’m all about sneaking a little chocolate into my breakfast, so if you’re craving a little more sweetness you can add chocolate chips or chopped chocolate to your oats. My favorite is Lily’s dark chocolate chips because they’re low in sugar, but any brand will work! Cacao nibs is also a great option.
- Spices – cinnamon, cardamom, ground ginger and nutmeg are all great options to add to these overnight oats.
- Protein powder – want to add extra protein to your oats? Try adding a scoop of your favorite protein powder before blending. If you do decide to add protein powder to these oats I suggest adding more milk to the mixture as the protein powder will thicken the oats up a bit more. I tested a version with protein powder and used 1 ¼ cup milk. My personal favorites are the vanilla Sun Warrior protein powder or Nuzest (use code eatingbirdfood for 15% off your order!).
Can You Eat Them Hot?
Just like regular overnight oats, these blended oats are meant to be served cold. Of course, if you hate the thought of eating cold oats, you can totally heat them up on the stove top or in the microwave until warm before adding your toppings. Because the oats are blended they won’t need to be cooked long at all.
How to Meal Prep & Store Leftovers
This recipe makes one serving, but you can easily triple or quadruple the recipe to make a bigger batch for meal prep! I just recommend using 3/4 cup milk per serving because as the oats sit they’ll get thicker. These blended overnight oats will last in the fridge for 3-4 days stored in a sealed airtight container. When you’re ready to serve, give the mixture a big stir, top with your favorite toppings and dig in!
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Blended Overnight Oats
- ½ cup old fashioned rolled oats
- ⅔ – ¾ cup unsweetened almond milk, or your favorite milk
- ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt, or non-dairy yogurt
- 2 teaspoons maple syrup or honey, or your preferred sweetener
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds, optional
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract, optional
- pinch of sea salt
- Toppings: granola, blueberries, a drizzle of nut butter
- Add oats, milk, yogurt, maple syrup, chia seeds, vanilla and sea salt into a blender and blend until smooth.
- Pour into a jar and place in the fridge overnight. If you’re in a rush you can shorten the soak time to 2-4 hours.
- The next morning (or when ready to eat) give the mixture a stir, top with favorite toppings and enjoy. I did blueberries, granola and a drizzle of peanut butter.
- Amount of milk: I’m giving a range because this will vary based on how thick you want your blended overnight oats.
- Yogurt: If you don’t want to use yogurt, just add 1/4 cup more milk.
- Protein powder: If you want to add more protein to this recipe, feel free to add a scoop of your favorite protein powder before blending. Just make sure to use more milk! I tested a version with protein powder and used 1 ¼ cups milk.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.