Overnight Oats

I have been seeing recipes for a while now about “overnight” oatmeal–uncooked oatmeal that absorbs liquid and flavor overnight and is ready for breakfast the next morning. This weekend I finally tried it–and enjoyed it. It’s like a thick, cold cereal, full of flavor.

I consulted about 15 recipes on various websites and blogs and found a couple of common threads:

  • equal parts oats and (skim) milk
  • a pinch of salt to bring out flavor
  • yogurt is optional but the recipes with yogurt had better reviews
  • there are no other rules–add whatever combinations of fruit, nuts/seeds, chocolate, etc churn your idiomatic butter

The best part is that it’s food you can put in your belly as soon as you get up. No prep and no cooking. And even better part: the prep before bed takes less than 5 minutes.

While I only made one batch when I made it, you could easily prep the dry ingredients for the week and put them in small pint jars, adding the milk and/or yogurt each night before bed.

Below are two variations I made (mostly based on what I had at home)–but really whatever you wanna throw in will do as long as the oats and milk are equal.

Overnight Oats

serves 1

Peanut Butter + Dark Chocolate

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 2.5 oz vanilla yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon natural peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon dark chocolate, chopped
  • handful of roasted unsalted peanuts
  • dash of vanilla extract
  • 1-2 teaspoons honey
  • pinch salt

Cranberry + Coconut + Sunflower Seeds

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 2.5 oz mixed berry yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons coconut flakes
  • 1-2 tablespoonds dried cranberries
  • 2 teaspoons sunflower seeds
  • dash of vanilla extract
  • 1-2 teaspoons honey
  • pinch salt


1. Add all the ingredients in a pint jar. Close and tighten the jar. Give it a thorough shake and then refrigerate overnight.

Cranberry + Coconut + Sunflower Seeds. This one was thicker because it had less liquid (it didn’t have the moisture from the peanut butter). If you like a thinner oatmeal, I’d add a little extra yogurt or milk.
Peanut Butter + Dark Chocolate. Because of the peanut butter, this one was on the thinner, creamier side. If you want thicker oats, use a little less milk here (maybe 1/3 cup instead of 1/2).


Note: This recipe is easily doubled, tripled, or quadrupled, depending on how many people you’re feeding! The yogurt I used was a thick skyr but any would be fine. I used natural peanut butter because I don’t like peanut butter that uses corn syrup and extra sugar.

For more ideas, this Buzzfeed list has 19!

The best part of waking up is oats in your cup,




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