Overnight Oats

Overnight oats are a simple and hearty make ahead breakfast. They are a flavorful and filling way to start your day!

I love that these can be stored for several days to fill us up on the go. Each serving can be catered to your tastes that day. Try adding maple syrup and candies pecans one morning, or fruit and granola the next. The possibilities are endless! For more amazing make-ahead breakfast ideas try French Toast Sticks, Peaches and Cream Scones, and Mini Quiche

Overnight oats in mini jars with berry and banana toppings

Oatmeal that Practically Makes Itself!

Breakfasts can be hectic in the morning, especially school mornings. When we have prepared ahead of time, our mornings go so much smoother! Breakfast is one of those ways to prepare.

When we have breakfast ready to grab and go it gets us out the door and to our destinations on time. I love to make sure my kids (and I) get a healthy and hearty breakfast to help us make it through the day.

This make ahead oatmeal practically makes itself. You combine the ingredients and store! It is super simple, and oh so tasty. This hearty dish can be tailored to each person’s flavor needs that morning based on toppings you include. What could be better?!

Ingredients for overnight oats recipe

How to Make Overnight Oats

COMBINE. Add the almond milk, oats, greek yogurt, salt, and cinnamon to a medium bowl, and stir to combine. Spoon the mixture into four 1 cup canning jars (or small food storage containers with lids).

REFRIGERATE. Cover and refrigerate at least 6 hours, or up to one week.

SERVE. Add your toppings just before serving. This is typically served cold, but you can heat it in the microwave for 1 minute if you prefer warm oatmeal.

Tips:

  • Wait to add crispy ingredients like nuts or seeds till right before serving!
  • If you only have frozen fruit you can still use that! It will defrost overnight in the fridge. But try not to use frozen strawberries because they hold onto too much water.
  • Why use salt? Oats are kind of weird in the fact that if you don’t add salt when making them you won’t taste anything, salt enhances their flavor!
  • Using water does not create the same texture as a milk product. Overnight oats are supposed to be creamy and water doesn’t achieve that texture!

Easy overnight oats in mini containers

Topping Ideas

The two ingredient combinations you see pictured are Berry Granola and Banana Almond.

  • Berry granola: add a few tablespoons of chopped fresh berries and one tablespoon of granola to the top of the oats.
  • Banana almond: Add fresh sliced bananas, sliced almonds, and a drizzle of honey.

Here are even more ideas for toppings:

  • Add dried fruit like dried cranberries, or raisins
  • Apple pie: chopped apples, maple syrup, cinnamon, and pecans
  • Elvis: peanut butter, nutella, chopped bananas
  • PB&J: peanut butter, jelly, strawberry, peanuts

Overnight oats with bananas and almonds

Perfect for Meal Prepping!

Overnight oats can last in the fridge for up to a week. This is a great breakfast option for meal prepping! You can prepare a whole weeks worth of overnight oats at one time and enjoy them throughout the week. 

You can use a variety of toppings each day so you don’t get sick of the same breakfast day after day. 🙂

Overnight Oats recipe with berries and bananas for toppings

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Overnight Oats Recipe

Overnight oats are a simple and hearty make ahead breakfast. They are a flavorful and filling way to start your day!
5 from 4 votes
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 mins
Chill Time: 6 hrs
Total Time: 6 hrs 10 mins
Servings: 4
Calories: 156kcal
Author: Alicia Skousen
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups almond milk or dairy milk
  • 1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup vanilla greek yogurt
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

  • Add the almond milk, oats, greek yogurt, salt, and cinnamon to a medium bowl, and stir to combine. Spoon the mixture into four 1 cup canning jars (or small food storage containers with lids). Cover and refrigerate at least 6 hours, or up to one week.

Nutrition

Calories: 156kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 173mg | Potassium: 135mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Calcium: 170mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. 5 stars
    What a great idea putting them in those little jars! I could eat this for breakfast every morning. Love adding fruit!

  2. 5 stars
    I’m here for ANYTHING make-ahead. Love that I can prepare this healthy meal the night before and have it ready to grab and go. It tasted absolutely delicious and filling.