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This overnight oats recipe is chock full of healthy goodness!

This make ahead breakfast is easy to prepare with layers of fresh or frozen fruit and a mixture of oats and yogurt.

Serve overnight oats cold or warm for the perfect breakfast on the go for busy mornings!

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Perfect for meal prep, this overnight oats recipe is a mixture of oats, yogurt and chia seeds mixed with fruit. As the mixture sits overnight, it thickens into a delicious breakfast! Change up the mix-ins for new flavors and a healthy breakfast all week long.

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Ingredients and Variations

OatsRolled oats are the best choice here, also known as large flake or old-fashioned oats as they retain their shape and texture. You can use regular or quick oats in place which will result in a softer oatmeal.

Chia Seeds – Chia seeds not only pack a lot of nutrition but also soak up liquid to add great texture to this recipe. A little goes a long way. You can get chia seeds online and most grocery stores sell them as well.

Yogurt – Yogurt is the creamy base for this breakfast, use plain, flavored (or even Greek yogurt or non-diary yogurt).

Yogurt – Milk or a (dairyfree milk like almond milk, oat milk, coconut milk, or cashew milk) provides the right consistency.

Extras – Swirl in some peanut butter or another nut butter, swap the sweetener, stir in some vanilla extract, or even pumpkin pie spice.

If you don’t have chia seeds, substitute ground flax seeds, finely chopped nuts, or even oat bran. Overnight oatmeal won’t have the same texture if you skip the chia seeds as they really thicken the mixture but it’s still delicious.

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Additions to Overnight Oats

NUTS & SEEDS: Seeds like pumpkin seeds or chopped nuts (try almonds, walnuts, or pecans). Swirl in almond butter for extra flavor.

FRUIT: Customize the overnight oats with layers of fresh or frozen fruits, blueberries, sliced strawberries, or bananas. We love frozen fruit because as it thaws, it releases juices.

SWEETS: Chocolate chips, dried fruit, or coconut will all taste great and give an extra crunch!

PRO TIP: If you’re using fruit that tends to brown such as apples or bananas, toss them with a touch of lemon juice and/or place them at the bottom of the jar which will help keep them from oxidizing (turning brown).

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How to Make Overnight Oats

It’s easy to make on Sunday night to enjoy throughout the week.

  1. Combine the oats, chia seeds, milk, yogurt, and a little sweetener.
  2. Layer fruit or nuts on the bottom of a jar, and top with oatmeal base.
  3. Refrigerate overnight and enjoy throughout the week.
What are Overnight Oats?

Overnight oats are a mixture of oats, yogurt, chia seeds, and milk with a little bit of sweetener. The oat mixture is layered with fruits and nuts and left to sit in the fridge overnight.

Can you use steel cut oats for overnight oats?

Yes, you can use steel-cut oats in this recipe, the texture will be different and they will need to sit for 2 days in the fridge before eating (instead of just one).

Which oats are best for overnight oats?

Large flake or rolled oats at they have the best texture but honestly, any kind of oat will work just fine.

How Long Do Overnight Oats Last?

Overnight oats can be kept in the refrigerator for about 5 days (as long as the dairy is fresh).
You can freeze overnight oats, they’ll need to be stirred after thawing. Leftover overnight oats can also be blended, frozen into cubes, and added to your favorite smoothie recipes.

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Overnight Oats

Overnight oats are one of our go-to breakfast recipes. Delicious oatmeal is infused with yogurt, chia seeds, and honey or maple syrup.

Prep Time 10 minutes

Chill Time 4 hours

Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes

Author Holly Nilsson

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  • In a medium bowl, combine oats, chia seeds, milk, yogurt, and honey. Stir in nuts, extracts, or flavoring if desired (such as vanilla, peanut butter, or mashed banana below).

  • Place ½ cup of fruit/nuts in the bottom of 4 mason jars (or other containers). Top with yogurt mixture and seal and an additional ½ cup of fruit.

  • Refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.

  • Yogurt: Use flavored or unflavored yogurt. If using plain yogurt, you might like to add extra sweetener.
  • Oats: Large flake oats work best for this recipe. Steel cut oats work but will provide a different texture and need to be refrigerated for 2 days before eating.
  • Chia Seeds: Chia seeds make the best texture in this recipe. If you don’t have chia seeds, substitute ground flax seeds, finely chopped nuts, or even oat bran. This will change the texture.
  • Fruit: If using fruit that browns like apples or bananas, add a touch of lemon juice and place all of the fruit in the bottom of the jar so it is covered with the oat mixture. 

Flavor Variations

Pina Colada
1 cup pineapple & 4 tablespoons coconut
Stir 2 tablespoons coconut into the yogurt mixture. Divide pineapple over 4 jars. Top with yogurt mixture and remaining coconut. 

Banana Nut
3 bananas & ⅓ cup walnuts (or pecans), chopped
Mash one of the bananas and mix it into the yogurt mixture. Slice remaining bananas and divide over 4 jars. Top with yogurt mixture and nuts. 

Mixed Berries
1 ⅓ cup berries, fresh or frozen & ½ teaspoon vanilla
Mix vanilla into yogurt mixture. Divide berries over 4 jars and top with yogurt mixture.

Strawberry Banana
1 cup sliced strawberries & 2 bananas
Mash one of the bananas and stir into yogurt mixture. Slice remaining banana and divide over 4 jars along with strawberries. Top with yogurt mixture.

Apple Cinnamon
1 teaspoon cinnamon, ½ teaspoon vanilla, 1 granny smith apple, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, 1 teaspoon brown sugar (or use homemade apple pie filling)

Chop apple and toss with lemon juice and brown sugar. Stir cinnamon and vanilla into yogurt mixture. Divide chopped apple over 4 jars. Top with yogurt mixture.
Nutrition information does not include toppings.

Calories: 217 | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 65mg | Potassium: 335mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 215IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 224mg | Iron: 1.6mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
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