Overnight Oats Five Ways


Overnight Oats are so versatile, and like a classic warm bowl of oatmeal, they are easy to make. Learn how to make this basic overnight oats recipe, plus five delicious mix-in flavor recipes!

What are Overnight Oats?

Overnight oats are simply a blend of raw rolled oats, liquid and salt and a sweetener of your choice (which is optional, yogurt is also optional).

Do overnight oats need to sit overnight?

You combine all of your ingredients then for the best texture I do like to allow full 8+ hours of rest time but in a rush 4 hours should do.


Really though, where have overnight oats been all my life? I know I’m late to this party because I just recently tried overnight oats for the first time, but I have to say they are totally genius! The flavor options for overnight oats are endless.

You just prep the oatmeal with your mix-ins the night before you want to eat them, then wake up to a ready-to-eat, delicious, creamy bowl of oatmeal the next day. I couldn’t pick just one favorite so I’ve picked five overnight oat recipes I use to share with you guys.

How to Make Overnight Oats

To make overnight oats all you have to do before you go to bed at night, just mix together oats, almond milk (or other milk of your choice), Greek yogurt, and other toppings or sweeteners you desire. Let them soak overnight, you wake up in the morning, and ta-da, breakfast is already ready and waiting for you to enjoy! I’m not much of a morning person so these are perfect for me.

Banana Almond Flax Overnight Oats

First up there’s the banana almond flax. These are the best overnight oats. If I had to pick a favorite this may just be it.

I just can never get enough of that delicious almond extract flavor and it’s so good with almond butter and bananas. It makes it taste more like a treat. Then that bit of flax in it just adds a little more nutrition.

Best Overnight Oats in Jar - Banana Almond Flax

Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats

The next one here is the Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats. It like a healthy version of pumpkin pie, and it’s perfect for this time of year when you have a little bit of left over pumpkin puree in your fridge that you need to use up.

Pumpkin pie for breakfast? Yes, please! With this one I’d say 1 Tbsp maple syrup is a must but maybe that’s just me. With any of these you can use an alternate form of sweetener such as stevia. I just prefer the flavor of honey or maple syrup in this overnight oat recipe.

Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats in jar topped with pumpkin seeds and cranberries

Berry Chia Overnight Oats

Another overnight oatmeal flavor you need to try is this Berry Chia Overnight Oats. This one is perfect for summer when all of those sweet, juicy berries are in season.

I love the light and healthy berry and chia seed combo and it works perfect for overnight oats.

Best Overnight Oats with Chia Seeds and Berries

Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats

Here’s another one I love that mimics an decadent treat. These Chocolate (optional Peanut Butter) Overnight Oats are dreamy! What better way to start your day out than with a little chocolate?

It’s kind of like eating chocolate pudding and you’re going to love it! I personally prefer this version with a scoop of peanut butter but try it with and without and see which you like better.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats in Jar with Spoon

Apple Autumn Spice Overnight Oats

Another one that’s perfect for this time of year with all of the apples galore are these Apple Autumn Spice Overnight Oats.

I just can’t get enough of those crisp, sweet little bites of apples. They are a great way to put the apples in your fridge to good use and your mornings will thank you!

How to make Apple Autumn Spice Overnight Oats topped with apples, cinnamon and apples

Tips for The Best Overnight Oats

A few tips: be sure to use old fashioned rolled oats here (not quick oats) or you won’t get right consistency. Let these soak for at least 4 hours or 8 hours for even creamier results.

To keep things like nuts nice and crisp wait to add the morning to add them so they keep that nice crunch. Now get started with this base overnight oats recipe below, try these flavors I’ve shared, and create some of your own!

More Oatmeal Recipes to Try

Please let me know which of these flavors you try and enjoy! And also let me know of your other favorite flavors, maybe I’ll have to share a second collection.


Overnight Oats Five Ways

5 from 7 votes

Five delicious variations on overnight oatmeal! These prove breakfast on the go doesn't need to be boring. Prep these simple oats the night before then they're ready to go first thing in the morning. You'll love all of these flavor options!

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to make overnight oats, overnight oats idea
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 243 kcal
Author: Jaclyn


Base recipe

  • 1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk , plus more to thin if desired
  • 1/4 cup plain fat-free greek yogurt
  • 1 fair pinch fine sea salt or table salt
  • 1 - 3 tsp honey or maple syrup , to taste


  • 1/3 cup pumpkin
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 pinch each nutmeg and cloves
  • 1/8 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp dried cranberries , for topping
  • 1 Tbsp raw unsalted pumpkin seeds , for topping


  • 2 - 3 tsp cocoa powder , to taste
  • 1 Tbsp creamy peanut butter (optional)
  • 1/2 well ripened banana , mashed
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 Tbsp mini chocolate chips for topping (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp shredded toasted coconut , for topping (optional)

Berry Chia Seed

  • 1/2 cup fresh berries such as strawberries , blueberries or raspberries (chop strawberries)
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp chia seeds

Banana Almond Flax

  • 1 small ripe banana , mashed
  • 1 Tbsp creamy almond butter
  • 1 Tbsp ground flax seeds
  • 3 drops almond extract (pour it in the lid first so you don't add too much)

Apple Autumn Spice

  • 1/2 cup chopped crisp , sweet apples
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg
  • 1 Tbsp chopped pecans , for topping


  1. Add oats, almond milk, yogurt, salt and honey or maple syrup to a 16 oz. jar or bowl. Add mix-ins listed for desired flavor (don't add toppings until the next day). Stir then cover and refrigerate overnight. Thin with more almond milk if desired, add toppings if listed.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition facts include oats, almonds milk, yogurt, salt and 2 tsp honey. Other mix-ins are not included.

Nutrition Facts
Overnight Oats Five Ways
Amount Per Serving
Calories 243 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Cholesterol 2mg 1%
Sodium 416mg 17%
Potassium 217mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 41g 14%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 13g
Protein 11g 22%
Calcium 22.6%
Iron 9.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  • Sabrina B: these look wonderful and a nice change to my routine breakfast drink, thanks for sharing all of these! November 27, 2016 at 10:27am Reply

  • Alus: Can I use oat milk? November 27, 2016 at 1:00am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes that should be fine. November 27, 2016 at 1:06am Reply

  • Jessica Gavin: Such a fan of the old fashioned rolled oats, looks fabulous! Getting hungry :) November 26, 2016 at 12:43pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Jessica! November 27, 2016 at 1:06am Reply

  • Sara @ Last Night’s Feast: These all look delicious and so pretty! November 26, 2016 at 9:04am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Sara! November 27, 2016 at 5:11pm Reply

  • Paige: These all look amazing! I’m definitely prepping some of these for next week!

    http://thehappyflammily.com November 25, 2016 at 6:18pm Reply

  • Deborah Bennett: So you’re eating these cold? Right out of the fridge? Even here in Southern California fall/winter mornings can be chilly enough to warrant a nice, hot bowl of oatmeal for breakfast. I was hoping you would have a recipe for oatmeal cooked overnight in a slow cooker. I’ve done that a few times, but only once did it come out exactly right. November 25, 2016 at 12:07pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes I know what you mean but as long as you’re dressed up warm and cozy they are still delicious :). It’s kind of just like having a smoothie, cold cereal or yogurt + granola as far as a cold breakfast (which I’m still eating all of those even though it’s 25 degrees outside). I’ve tried slow cooker oats before and they never cook even and the edges just burn so I’ve scrapped that idea. How I wish they’d work though! I do have several warm oatmeal recipes though if you’d like to try those (which you can cook in the microwave or stovetop). There’s banana, pumpkin, apple cran raisin, cinnamon roll or I have two baked oatmeal recipes which are delicious as well. I hope between those you are able to find something you like :). November 27, 2016 at 5:16pm Reply

  • Pris: Wow, great idea!
    I’m always looking for good before school meals. November 25, 2016 at 4:26am Reply

  • Tori//Gringalicious.com: These all look so delicious! Your creativity is off the charts here! November 25, 2016 at 4:08am Reply

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