Simple Overnight Oats Recipes

Simple Overnight Oats Recipes

Overnight oats are an easy and delicious breakfast for busy mornings. These simple overnight oats recipes are great for meal prep and customizing.

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What are overnight oats?

Overnight oats are oatmeal that you soak in a liquid and let sit overnight in the fridge.

Are overnight oats cooked?

Overnight oats do not need to be cooked because the liquid softens the oats. You can enjoy the oats cold, straight out of the fridge or warmed up in the microwave. I like to let my overnight oats sit out for a few minutes to reach room temperature before I eat them.

What is the best container for overnight oats?

Any airtight container is good for overnight oats. I prefer glass containers with a lid like these because they are stackable and the perfect size. I also like to make mine in mason jars.

How far in advanced can you make overnight oats?

You can batch them for single serving or make a big bowl. They last in the fridge for up to 5 days, which is why they are perfect for meal prep.

How to make overnight oats?


I generally make my oats with rolled oats, but they can be made with steel cut oats. Steel cut oats have a chewier texture that I’m not the biggest fan of for overnight oats, but try it, you make enjoy it. Also if using steel cut make sure your oats have marinated for at least 24hrs. I don’t suggest instant or quick oats.

Make it gluten free and use gluten free oats.


I have never made overnight oats with water. I like to make my oatmeal with dairy or a dairy substitute because I think it gives it a richer flavor. Overnight oats can be made with: -milk or yogurt.

Make it dairy free and use almond milk, soy milk, coconut milk or any dairy substitute.

Simple overnight oats recipe


I love to add real maple syrup to my overnight oats. Other great options are agave, honey, or sugar.

Make it sugar free and use monk fruit or sugar substitute.

Add ins

To make your overnight oats healthier and packed with more nutrients you can add in protein powder, flax seed, and/or chia seed. Chia seeds give the oats a nutty flavor that I like. But some people don’t biting on the little seeds. This is really based on personal preference.


Add your toppings in the morning or when you batch them. I haven’t noticed a difference with putting the toppings in ahead of time or the morning of. However, I don’t suggest adding nuts until you are ready to eat your oats because the nuts will get soggy. 

Overnight oats recipes

Here are 5 overnight oats recipes. I have something different for each day of the work/school week, so you don’t get bored. Once you’ve gotten the hang of making overnight oats, you can tweak and customize these to your liking.

Yield: 1 jar

Simple Overnight Oats Recipe

Simple Overnight Oats Recipes

Simple overnight oats.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 5 minutes


  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup milk or whatever liquid you choose
  • 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 Chia seeds or other add ins.


    1. Place all ingredients into glass container or jar and mix until combined.
    2. Cover the glass container with a lid.
    3. Place in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or overnight.
    4. Uncover and enjoy. Toppings can be added at step 1 or immediately before serving.
    *Do not add nuts until ready to eat.

Add the following mix-ins to your base recipe to create different flavored overnight oats.

Blueberry Overnight Oats

  • 1/4 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
blueberry overnight oats

Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats

  • 1/2 cup diced apples (I leave the skin on)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 pinch of nutmeg
Apple cinamon overnight oats.

Almond Butter and Chocolate Overnight Oats

  • 1 tablespoon almond or peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon chocolate chips
almond butter and chocolate overnight oats

Banana Nut Overnight Oats

  • 1/2 a banana sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinamon
  • Add walnuts or pecans before eating.
banana nut over night oats

Pumpkin Spice Overnight Oats

  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon canned pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie spice)
  • 1 pinch nutmeg
Pumpkin Spice Overnight Oats

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