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Easy Overnight Oats

Here's how to make perfect overnight oats with an easy base recipe, proper ratio, and fun flavor variations. They're such an easy grab-and-go breakfast and perfect for meal prep.
Prep Time8 hours
Total Time8 hours
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: overnight oats
Servings: 1


Base Recipe

  • ½ cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • ½ cup milk I like unsweetened almond milk
  • ¼ cup plain yogurt or ¼ cup more milk I like using Greek yogurt
  • 1-2 teaspoons maple syrup or honey or your preferred sweetener
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds optional
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract optional
  • pinch of sea salt
  • toppings of choice: fruit nut butter, nuts, seeds, etc.

Chocolate Chip

  • 2 Tablespoons chocolate chips

Peanut Butter

  • 1 Tablespoon peanut butter


  • ¼ cup fresh berries I like sliced strawberries and blueberries best


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

Chocolate Chip

  • 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

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


  • Stir 2 Tablespoons of berries into the overnight oat mixture when prepping and then top oats with remaining berries to serve.



Serving: 1serving w/o toppings | Calories: 272kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 257mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 10g