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How to Make Simple Overnight Oats

Simple overnight oats you can top with anything you’d like. Try blueberry, peanut butter, chocolate or banana! Chia seeds are great with almond milk too.

easy overnight oats

This simple overnight oats recipe is super versatile! Add berries or protein powder to this base for a ton of varieties. A nutritious breakfast with fiber you’ll love. (affiliate links present)

What are overnight oats?

This term may be new to you. It is really a complete start to the day with rolled oats combined with milk and yogurt. Instead of boiling, your oatmeal soaks up the liquid over night in the fridge, allowing ingredients to hydrate that way.

  • Basic ingredients are oats, milk, yogurt and chia seeds.
  • The rest is up to you and you can swap out to create dairy free overnight oats too.
simple overnight oats

Are overnight oats healthy?

Oats have a lot of nutritional qualities. They’re high in fiber, which is linked to lowering cholesterol and improving overall heart health.

Do you eat overnight oats cold?

Generally, eating cold is the preferred method. Of course if you’d rather have it warmed up you could certainly do so in the microwave.

I would transfer to a room temp. dish and heat in 30 second intervals stirring in between times.

Do overnight oats have to be in a glass jar?

Not really. I mean if I have clean 16 oz. mason jars with lids I prefer to use that. BUT often times I will use a large mug instead, no problem.

How do you make overnight oats taste better?

It’s kinda’ all about the mix ins right?? I love fresh berries on top but other ideas are: almond butter, cashew butter, chocolate chips, pumpkin butter, sunflower seed butter or peanut butter mixed in!

There is a lot of flexibility when it comes to the yogurt and milk you mix in too. Want a vegan oats dish? Use almond milk and/or yogurt made with coconut milk if you want. This is my favorite mix in!

noosa yogurt

Greek yogurt is where it’s at. It’s thick with a ton more flavor than low fat varieties. Coconut yoghurt seriously goes well with any other flavors I have added in or on.

I found that these 4.5 oz. containers are perfect to add into 1 serving. Mix, take 1 bite and there you have the 1/2 cup you need. Of course if you are making these for your family you’d need to triple or quadruple the recipe.

  • Each one below will feed 1-2 people depending on how hungry they are.
  • The great thing about these when you have different taste buds in your house is you can really personalize each one.

I mean a handful of fresh diced berries is an easy choice. Summertime is best because there are SO many choices then. You could defrost frozen berries too but as always, fresh is always best.

chia seed yogurt

Overnight oats with yogurt

Time needed: 5 minutes.

Overnight oats chia

  1. Layer ingredients

    Pour in your oats, then milk, yogurt, and chia seeds. Stir these together.

  2. Add your add ins

    Top with berries, nuts, raisins or chocolate chips. You could instead incorporate items like peanut butter into the mix and/or on top.

  3. Refrigerate

    Put containers into fridge to refrigerate overnight ideally. You could make them in the morning and enjoy in the evening if you wanted.

Which oats are best for overnight oats?

  1. Old Fashioned rolled oats are the easiest and best to use
  2. Alternatively I found this one that is specifically for this dish
    1. I don’t think it is necessary to buy this one but if you can find it, they worked quite well
  3. DO NOT use quick oats or else you’ll create a sort of mush overnight oats (some do prefer that texture though I suppose, so have at it if you do)
  4. Steel cut oats aren’t a good choice either.
overnight oats recipe

Overnight oats toppings

  1. Blueberries with a touch of vanilla extract
  2. Banana slices
  3. Sliced peaches or pears
  4. Pumpkin seeds
  5. 1/2 c. Raisins and 3 tbsp. brown sugar is another one of our favorites
  6. Blackberries or raspberries
  7. Chocolate chips
  8. Peanut butter is highly recommended, any nut butter out there really

Meal prep is super quick. Less than 5 minutes for each cup is needed. If you want to make 4-6 at a time just set cups up and go down the line. Add each ingredient and you’ll be done in no time at all.

easy overnight oats

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Simple Overnight Oats

Simple overnight oats you can top with anything you'd like. Try blueberry, peanut butter, chocolate or banana! Chia seeds are great with almond milk too.
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword berries, breakfast, chia seed, overnight oats, yogurt
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 152kcal
Author The Typical Mom

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Pour overnight oats in bottom of your jar or mug. Top that with your milk, then yogurt, then chia seeds and stir.
  • Top with fresh berries if you'd like and refrigerate overnight.
  • Enjoy in the morning!

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Nutrition Facts
Simple Overnight Oats
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 152 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 14mg5%
Sodium 61mg3%
Potassium 281mg8%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 19g21%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 517IU10%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 162mg16%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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