How to Make Overnight Oats – 4 Ways

How to make overnight oats – 4 different ways! All four recipes are themed around fruity summertime desserts — strawberry shortcake, peach pie, blueberry cobbler and cherry cheesecake. Serve them for breakfast, snack or even dessert… they’re that good!

Overnight oats in pint-size mason jars with fruit on top.

Do you love oatmeal, but swear it off during the hot summer months because the thought of eating a steamy bowl of oats makes you sweat just thinking about it! I feel ya and I have a solution… overnight oats!

Overnight Oats = Oatmeal in the Summer

If you love oatmeal and also enjoy having a fresh, cold breakfast ready to go when you wake up in the morning, overnight oats are going to be your new BFF. You can eat overnight oats any time of the year, but they’re especially great for the summer months!

And what better way to flavor them than with summer fruit?! Yes, these do all share names with desserts… don’t be surprised if I serve them for dessert at a summer BBQ. They’re that good and I can already tell they’d be so adorable served in mini mason jars.

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 milk or liquid of choice — usually 1/2 cup rolled oats + 1/2 cup almond milk for 1 serving, but you can use whatever milk you have on hand. If you’re feeling fancy, add some chia seeds, a little vanilla extract or even Greek yogurt or protein powder for more protein.

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 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 four of my favorite overnight oats combos below.

8 jars of overnight oats with fruit and toppings.

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.

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Let’s hop right in to the different flavor combos:

Cherry Cheesecake Overnight Oats

The cherry cheesecake overnight oats are extra rich thanks to the cream cheese. I really don’t know if there is anything better than fresh cherries, so bookmark this to make when cherries are in season this summer. I had to use frozen because I’m sharing this post early, but I cannot wait to make this recipe with fresh cherries.

Blueberry Cobbler Overnight Oats

If any of these four overnight oats are going to be on my daily rotation, I see it being the blueberry cobbler overnight oats. They’re so delicious but use super simple ingredients that I typically have around the house any given day. The crumble topping takes these oats off the charts, but if you’re in a rush or don’t have the ingredients, granola works great as a sub!

Strawberry Shortcake Overnight Oats

Strawberry shortcake — does that make you think of the dessert or the cartoon?! It made me think of the rich summertime dessert, but not anymore! Strawberry shortcake overnight oats are a light, refreshing breakfast (or snack or dessert!) and they taste like the real deal without loads of sugar. The Greek yogurt makes the oatmeal mixture extra creamy and gives it a little boost of protein. You can thank me later!

Peach Pie Overnight Oats

My mouth is watering just thinking about the peach pie overnight oats. I only buy peaches in the summer (usually July or August) because I know they just won’t be any good any other season (at least in Richmond). Is there anything better than a fresh, ripe, juicy peach? No, no there isn’t.

Okay, I’m dying to know! Which one are you going to try first? Let me know in the comment section and don’t forget to leave a star rating once you try the recipe! This real-time feedback is helpful for me and everyone out there reading.

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Overnight Oats – 4 Ways


  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x

Description

Four new summer fruit overnight oats recipes to add to your rotation! All four start with the same basic recipe. 


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Ingredients

Cherry Cheesecake

  • ½ cup old-fashioned oats
  • ½ cup milk (I use unsweetened almond milk)
  • 1 Tablespoon softened cream cheese
  • 12 teaspoons maple syrup or honey (or your preferred sweetener)
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh or frozen pitted cherries + more for topping
  • ½ graham cracker sheet, crushed

Strawberry Shortcake

  • ½ cup old-fashioned oats
  • ½ cup milk (I use unsweetened almond milk)
  • 2 Tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
  • 12 teaspoons maple syrup or honey (or your preferred sweetener)
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 Tablespoons strawberries + more for topping

Peach Pie

  • ½ cup old-fashioned oats
  • ½ cup milk (I use unsweetened almond milk)
  • 12 teaspoons maple syrup or honey (or your preferred sweetener)
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped peaches + more for topping

Blueberry Cobbler

  • ½ cup old-fashioned oats
  • ½ cup milk (I use unsweetened almond milk)
  • 12 teaspoons maple syrup or honey (or your preferred sweetener)
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 Tablespoons blueberries + more for topping

Crumble Topping

  • 1 Tablespoon old-fashioned oats
  • ½ Tablespoon oat flour
  • ½ Tablespoon coconut sugar
  • ½ Tablespoon chopped almonds
  • 2 teaspoons melted coconut oil
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Instructions

Cherry Cheesecake

  1. Add milk and cream cheese into a half-pint mason jar and stir/mash together until cream cheese has broken up into little chunks. Add oats, sweetener, chia seeds, vanilla and cherries into the jar. Stir ingredients together. Place lid on jar and shake to combine a bit more. Place in the fridge overnight (or just 30-60 minutes if you’re making these the morning of).

  2. To serve: remove lid from jar and top overnight oats with crushed graham crackers and extra  cherries. You can eat the oats straight from the jar or pour into a bowl.

Strawberry Shortcake

  1. Add oats, milk, yogurt, sweetener, chia seeds, vanilla, almond extract and strawberries into a half-pint mason jar. Stir ingredients together. Place lid on jar and shake to combine a bit more. Place in the fridge overnight (or just 30-60 minutes if you’re making these the morning of).

  2. To serve: remove lid from jar and top with extra chopped strawberries. You can eat the oats straight from the jar or pour into a bowl.

Peach Pie

  1. Add oats, milk, sweetener, chia seeds, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger and peaches into a half-pint mason jar. Stir ingredients together. Place lid on jar and shake to combine a bit more. Place in the fridge overnight (or just 30-60 minutes if you’re making these the morning of).

  2. To serve: remove lid from jar and top with extra chopped peaches. You can eat the oats straight from the jar or pour into a bowl.

Blueberry Cobbler

  1. Add oats, milk, sweetener, chia seeds, vanilla and blueberries into a half-pint mason jar. Stir ingredients together. Place lid on jar and shake to combine a bit more. Place in the fridge overnight (or just 30-60 minutes if you’re making these the morning of).

  2. Make crumble topping by combining all ingredients in a small bowl. Let sit in the fridge overnight as well.

  3. To serve: remove lid from jar, crumble the oatmeal topping over the oats and top with extra blueberries. You can eat the oats straight from the jar or pour into a bowl.


  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Soak
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: overnight oats

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    13 comments
  1. I’ve been making overnight oats for about two years now and wanted to try some different combinations. I absolutely loved your strawberry shortcake, the almond extract really pops the flavor! I have always been wary of using peaches but I did try your peach recipe and we really enjoyed it so I will make it again sometime. I haven’t had a chance to make the cherry yet. I also made the blueberry but cheated and used granola since I already had that and didn’t have the ingredients to make the crumble topping. I’m happy to have found new flavors to add into our oat rotation.

  2. How many days in advance could you make these? I.e could I make 5 sets on a Sunday night ready for each morning?

    • Can you sub the almond milk for regular 1%, sour cream or regular yogurt for the greek and flax seed for chia? I’m interested in trying the strawberry one first. I have heard good things about chia seeds though, but right now we have flax so I’d be interested in learning how they differ in their health benefits.

      • You can totally use these swaps and I think they will work just fine, but I think sour cream is going taste a little more sour than yogurt so you might need to add more sweetness. Let me know if you try it!

    • Vanilla you find in the baking section of the grocery store. It’s a Flavoring. Also known as Vanilla Extract. Hope this helps.

  3. Have you tried this with steel-cut oats? I don’t know if it would work–I’m not any kind of cook, so I have no idea.

  4. I wish I didn’t have to click out of feedly now to read your posts. It makes me much less likely to read your content.

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