Overnight oats are my favorite easy and delicious breakfast. They’re perfect for an on-the-go breakfast or snack. I’m giving you the details on all things overnight oats and sharing how to eat overnight oats year-round.
I’m a HUGE fan of warm oats but overnight oats have held a special place in my heart since I discovered them in 2009. Overnight oats are so easy to prepare and the combinations of flavors are truly endless. I love that I can prep everything the night before and wake up to a ready-to-eat breakfast. I’ve experimented with so many different flavors and have compiled my favorite recipes but first… let’s dive into some facts about overnight oats!
How do you make overnight oats?
The base “recipe” for overnight oats is so simple! After you have your base, you can customize it with any toppings or flavors you like.
I typically mix 1 part oats with 1 part non-dairy milk of choice (usually 1/2 cup oats + 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk). If you’re feeling fancy, add some chia seeds or a little vanilla extract. Mix everything together, cover and put in the fridge overnight. Note: chia seeds absorb a ton of liquid so you may need to use more milk if you’re adding chia seeds. In the morning, the chia seeds and oats will have absorbed the liquid so you’ll have a delicious combo that’s ready to eat! Eat as is, or add in fruit, nuts, nut butter…the combinations are endless! Check out the base recipe and all the fun flavor ideas below.Print
A simple, basic recipe for overnight oats that you can tweak to make your own.
- ½ cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- ½ cup milk (I use unsweetened almond milk)
- 1/4 plain yogurt or 1/4 cup more milk
- 1-2 teaspoons maple syrup or honey (or your preferred sweetener)
- toppings of choice: fruit, nut butter, nuts, seeds, etc.
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds
- 1/2 scoop protein powder
- mix-ins like fruit, nut butter, etc
Add oats, milk, yogurt and sweetener into a jar or storage container with a lid. Stir ingredients together. Place in the fridge overnight (or just 30-60 minutes if you’re in a rush and making them the morning of).
The next morning, remove lid and give oats a big stir. If they seem too thick you can add a little more almond milk. Top with your favorite toppings and enjoy. You can eat the oats straight from the jar or pour into a bowl.
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Can you eat overnight oats hot?
Short answer, yes! You can definitely warm up overnight oats, but the whole point of overnight oats is to eat them cold like muesli. If you can’t stand the thought of eating cold oats, just pop the oats in your microwave, cooking in 30 second increments until the oats are warm throughout.
Can overnight oats help you lose weight?
Let me start by saying, oats are not the key to weight loss, but oatmeal is a great option when you’re trying to eat healthy and lose weight! It is packed with fiber but I recommend pairing it with protein to prevent blood sugar spikes. I love mixing in protein powder or Greek yogurt right to my overnight oats.
Now onto the healthy overnight oat recipes…
I have a thing for “dessert for breakfast” clearly. Apparently I just think of my favorite sweet treats and turn them into healthy breakfasts. I’m not upset about it!
Another “dessert for breakfast” recipe that is a crowd pleaser! The almond extract in this recipe makes the oats taste so much like strawberry shortcake!
Another dessert turned into breakfast… are we surprised?
Does anyone not like the flavor combination of peanut butter and chocolate? Seriously wondering. It’s hard to pick my favorite overnight oats recipe but this miiiight be it.
Summertime is when I really jump on the overnight oats train. I created four recipes using summer fruit…aka you don’t want to miss these recipes!
Another summer favorite: zucchini bread. Enjoy this lightened up version that doesn’t skimp on flavor!
If there’s one thing you take away from this round up, let it be this: always have protein with your overnight oats. This is a simple base recipe for protein overnight oats that will keep you full for hours!
I took one of my favorite childhood meals (can you call PB & J a meal?!) and created these delicious, layered overnight oats! This one is perfect for back-to-school season.
This is my go-to recipe when fall rolls around. It’s perfect when the weather is still warm out but you’re already craving pumpkin everything!
Before you get scared off and think I put actual bacon in oats, fear not! It’s my amazing coconut bacon. Please try this recipe… trust me.
You can’t go wrong with the combo of chocolate and banana. Such a simple but delicious recipe!
Basically a cookie for breakfast. I love the flavor combo of this recipe and there’s a good chance you have all of these ingredients in your pantry already.
Does this need an explanation? Didn’t think so, but I’ll give you one — oatmeal that tastes like brownie batter!
Basically a creamsicle in a jar… so perfect for winter when citrus is at it’s prime.
Are you eggnog lovers? I definitely enjoy eggnog when the holidays roll around… which is where I got the inspo for this recipe!
What’s your favorite overnight oat combo? Share below!