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Overhead shot with 7 jars of overnight oats, each with different toppings.

Easy Overnight Oats

  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 8 hours
  • Total Time: 8 hours
  • Yield: 1
  • Diet: Vegetarian


Here’s the basic recipe for overnight oats with rolled oats, milk, yogurt and chia seeds. They’re delicious, so easy to make and perfect for meal prep.   


Basic Overnight Oats

  • ½ cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • ½ cup milk (any milk will work, but I like unsweetened almond milk)
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt or 1/4 cup more milk (I like using Greek yogurt)
  • 12 teaspoons maple syrup or honey (or your preferred sweetener)
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
  • pinch of sea salt
  • toppings of choice: fruit, nut butter, nuts, seeds, etc.

Chocolate Chip Overnight Oats

  • 2 Tablespoons chocolate chips

Peanut Butter Overnight Oats

  • 1 Tablespoon peanut butter

Berry Overnight Oats

  • 1/4 cup fresh berries (I like sliced strawberries and blueberries best)


Basic Overnight Oats

  1. Add oats, milk, yogurt, maple syrup, chia seeds, vanilla and sea salt into a jar or storage container with a lid. Stir ingredients together. Place in the fridge overnight. If you’re in a rush you can shorten the soak time to 2-4 hours.

  2. The next morning (or when ready to eat), remove lid and give oats a big stir. If they seem too thick you can add a little more milk to loosen the mixture. Top with your favorite toppings and enjoy. You can eat the oats straight from the jar or pour into a bowl for serving.

  3. Overnight oats should last up to 5 days in the fridge in a sealed airtight container.

Chocolate Chip Overnight Oats

  1. Stir 1 Tablespoon of chocolate chips into the overnight oat mixture when prepping and then sprinkle oats with remaining chocolate chips to serve.

Peanut Butter Overnight Oats

  1. Stir 1/2 Tablespoon of peanut butter into the overnight oat mixture when prepping and then drizzle oats with remaining peanut butter to serve.

Berry Overnight Oats 

  1. Stir 2 Tablespoons of berries into the overnight oat mixture when prepping and then top oats with remaining berries to serve.
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Soak
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 208
  • Sugar: 4g
  • Fat: 6g
  • Carbohydrates: 31g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Protein: 8g

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