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, salt and a sweetener of your choice (which is optional, yogurt is also optional). You mix everything together in a jar and let it rest in your fridge until you’re ready to enjoy!

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 healthy overnight oat recipes I use to share with you guys.

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What Ingredients go into Overnight Oatmeal?

The overnight oat variations I’ve shared in the recipe card below all require different mix-ins, but the ingredients for the base overnight oats recipe are:

  • Old fashioned oats – for best consistency don’t use quick oats.
  • Unsweetened almond milk – another type of non-dairy milk will work here such as rice milk or coconut milk beverage, or use cow’s milk.
  • Greek yogurt – the thickness of the Greek yogurt makes these nice and creamy. You could substitute a non-dairy yogurt if needed here too.
  • Sea salt – regular table salt will work too.
  • Honey or maple syrup – I like to sweeten with honey or maple syrup for a healthier option but brown sugar or a sugar free substitute will work too. If you don’t like them very sweet you could even omit the sweetener.

How to Make the Best Overnight Oats

To make overnight oats, all you have to do before you go to bed at night is:

  • Mix together oats, almond milk (or other milk of your choice), Greek yogurt, and mix-ins and sweetener of choice.
  • Let them soak overnight.
  • Enjoy them the next morning!

Easy Overnight Oats Flavor Ideas

Banana Almond Flax

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

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

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

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

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!

Now get started with the base overnight oats recipe below, try these flavors I’ve shared, and create some of your own!

Please let me know which of these flavors you try and enjoy! And also let me know of your other favorite flavors.

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

Tips for Perfect Overnight Oats

  • Be sure to use old fashioned rolled oats here (not quick oats), or you won’t get right consistency.
  • Measure ingredients for the most consistent results. Don’t just dump and guess.
  • Don’t forget the salt or the oats will taste flat.
  • Let the oats soak for at least 4 hours — or 8 hours for even creamier results.
  • Wait until the morning to add crisp ingredients (like nuts) to they’ll stay nice and crisp.
  • Get creative! The mix in options are endless.

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Overnight Oats {Five Ways}

5 from 12 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!

Servings: 1 serving
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


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.

  • Be sure to use old fashioned rolled oats here (not quick oats), or you won't get right consistency.
  • Let your oats soak for at least 4 hours — or 8 hours for even creamier results.
  • To keep things like nuts crisp, wait until the morning to add them so they keep that nice crunch.
Nutrition Facts
Overnight Oats {Five Ways}
Amount Per Serving
Calories 243 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Cholesterol 2mg1%
Sodium 416mg18%
Potassium 217mg6%
Carbohydrates 41g14%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 11g22%
Calcium 226mg23%
Iron 1.7mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to make overnight oats, overnight oats
Calories: 243 kcal
Author: Jaclyn


  • Sissy: I m confused, do I hear to eat, if so how long, microwave or oven?
    Thanks, Sissy January 21, 2019 at 8:44pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: These are meant to be eaten cold but you can warm them too, I recommend using only almond milk if warming though (omit yogurt and use more milk). I haven’t heated but I’m assuming they’d take a few minutes to microwave. January 22, 2019 at 10:27pm Reply

  • Roseann Elliott: My question is after you fix your favorite type they set over night can you warm them up in microwave next morning..??? Thanks January 20, 2019 at 9:01pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes but I recommend using more milk in place of the Greek yogurt if heating. February 8, 2019 at 9:13am Reply

  • Ariana: Can you not add in yogurt if you are vegan? November 30, 2018 at 1:49pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes just add more almond milk. November 30, 2018 at 8:18pm Reply

  • Gaudy: Thank you for the tips. I will definitely try this! September 29, 2018 at 1:54pm Reply

  • marell: I make overnight oats all the time. Our favorite is a carrot recipe using carrot juice. Ina quart jar I add 1 bottle carrot juice a,d fill with unsweetened coconut milk. To make the oats I put in the jar (I use the anchor hocking 1/2 pint jars, Walmart for <$10 for 12) !/4c oats, Quaker old fashioned or steel cut if I can find, Bob's red mill is great.. 1 tb chia seeds, a bit of dried fruit, I use what I have a heaping tb of greek yogurt, again whatever I have..fill jar with carrot/coconut milk and shake crap out of it. These have lasted a week in the fridge with the canning lids on September 17, 2018 at 8:44am Reply

  • Joan: Thanks for the recipes, Jaclyn! I’ve always microwaved my old fashioned oats in the bowl (required trial and error with time and power level), but I’d like to try this way. Question: if you let them soak >8 hours what happens? Does is lose the “toothsome” quality that only old fashioned oats have? Just asking because I wondered if you could make enough for several days at once. Thanks again! September 16, 2018 at 12:44pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: The oats soften up some but not as much as a cooked version. And yes you could make enough for a couple of days. I hope you try them, they’re delicious! September 17, 2018 at 11:10am Reply

      • Joan: I did try them, including keeping in the fridge for several days, but I guess I’m just too attached to the cooked type. The good news though is that this gave me the idea to pour hot water over the oats, let them cool, then refrigerate overnight like you all are doing. Why? Because the next day at work, I only have to heat them, and they are completely cooked, instead of having to cook them for several minutes and worry about them boiling over. So I’m glad I read and tried this! September 28, 2018 at 3:05pm Reply

  • Rosemari: I warm mine up in the microwave and mix yoghurt in. August 20, 2018 at 5:31am Reply

  • sk: where did you get those jars? August 3, 2018 at 2:56pm Reply

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