Overnight Oats – Basic conditions + 15 recipes

Overnight oats are a method of making oatmeal without cooking. The basic idea is that you soak old-fashioned oats in milk overnight (or a few nights) so that when you’re ready to eat them in the morning, they’re soft and easy to digest.

You can add ingredients to oats overnight before soaking them overnight, or you can mix the ingredients in after.

Typically, overnight oats are served chilled, straight from the fridge. You can also grab the container from your fridge in the morning and head to your office and eat them when you arrive (or on your commute if you don’t drive).

Or you can heat oats overnight in the microwave for 30-45 seconds to heat them up quickly if you prefer.

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Overnight Oats Basic Ratio = 1/2 cup old fashioned oats + 3/4 cup milk

This is what I usually make for a portion. I will add other things to this, but I will share more about it below. If you want to double or triple this to make more servings, you can easily.

You can use any kind of milk you prefer. I typically use 2% dairy milk as that is typically what we have at home. But anything from whole milk to skim milk will work, or a non-dairy option like soy milk, almond milk, or another option that you prefer.

Here you can see (on the right) the soupier version is overnight oats, before they have soaked overnight. The mug on the left is overnight oats after two nights of soaking.

You can make overnight oats up to five days ahead of time. They get softer the longer they bleed.

If you want to sweeten the basic recipe, I’ll typically add some chopped fruit to the bottom (or mix in), a tablespoon or two of fruit jam, or stir a little honey or maple syrup into the milk before combining with the oats.

Watch this video for the process:

You can make overnight oats with:

  • Yogurt – I usually replace 1/4 cup of milk with 1/4 cup of yogurt or mix in some yogurt after the oats are already done.
  • Protein powder – stir a little into the milk before soaking.
  • Peanut butter – or any nut butter you prefer
  • Fresh fruit – chopped and added before soaking or after.
  • Fruit jam – added to the bottom of the container before soaking, so it’s like a store-bought fruit bottom yogurt. Just stir before eating.

Now that you know the basic overnight oats ratio and some ideas for ingredients you can add, here they are four ideas for overnight oats.

I love this too Elvis overnight oats recipe with peanut butter and banana.

Need something faster? Try this 5 minute oatmeal recipe.

Although I love basic oats, they can be a bit boring and I don’t love a cold breakfast in the winter. That’s why I highly recommend you try BAKED overnight oatmeal, which is typically made in larger quantities and can be reheated during the week if it’s just you eating it.

If you love overnight oats, you might also love these cookie recipes:

Are overnight oats healthy?

If you’re looking for a simple, whole food breakfast that’s also high in fiber, overnight oats can be a good option.

Why make overnight oats?

For an easy, no-cook and quick breakfast option. Once you make the oats the night before, you’ll have breakfast ready in the morning with little to no effort at all.

Can I use water instead of milk in overnight oats?

Yes, but the results can be quite bland in taste. Milk also adds a creaminess. But water will work if you prefer to use it instead of a milk option.

You can store oats overnight in any reusable glass or plastic container with a lid. I will sometimes use a coffee mug and put a lid on it by covering it with a small piece of aluminum foil.

You should let your oats soak for at least 8 hours (overnight) and you can make them up to five days before you plan to eat them.

What do you mix in oatmeal? xo. Emma

Overnight Oats – Basic Ratio

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Searchword overnight oatmeal
Total time 8 hours 2 minutes
  • ½ cup old fashioned oats
  • ¾ cup milk
  • Stir the ingredients together.

  • Store in a container with a lid for at least 8 hours.

  • The mixture can be stored for up to 5 days.

  • Serve chilled or warm in the microwave.

Use any dairy or non-dairy milk you like.
You can replace 1/4 cup of milk with the same amount of yogurt for a creamier consistency.
You can mix some protein powder into the milk before combining with oats.
You can mix other ingredients for overnight oats such as: fresh fruit, nuts, nut butter, fruit jam or yogurt.
See the post for lots of other overnight oat recipes plus other great recipes that contain oats.

Calories: 263kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 11g | fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated fat: 1g | Monounsaturated fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 72mg | Potassium: 421mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 296IU | Calcium: 246mg | Iron: 2mg

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