Updated: Jul 29, 2021
When someone asks me what's an easy breakfast I can make ahead and take on the go, one of my go to responses is overnight oats! Prepped entirely the night before, fully of healthy protein, fats and carbohydrates that will keep on the goers full and oh so satisfied. Check out our tiktok for a step by step walkthrough to make these!
I love these because you can customize them entirely in the layers.
Choose fruits that are in season, nut butters you prefer, crunchy mix ins for fun and whatever dairy or non dairy milk and yogurts your body thrives on!
At the bottom of this recipe we share 6 other delicious recipes in addition to our classic version to keep overnight oats fun!
As for milks, I stick to my unsweetened original almond milk because it's unflavored so it goes with all types of overnight oats and it lasts much longer in my fridge than dairy milk. Dairy, coconut, soy, cashew, oat or even water are easy swaps to almond milk!
As for yogurt I always reach for siggis nonfat plain yogurt because it's much lower in sugar and made with real good ingredients and active cultures. They also have nondairy and full fat versions if that is your preference. For a sweeter version try their vanilla or other flavors.
Classic Overnight Oats
1 Serving | Prep time: 5 minutes (made 24 hours ahead)
Notes: this recipe is all about trial and error and customizable to your liking. You’ll figure out over time how you like it- milk consistency, toppings, mixed or not mixed, time out fridge before eating, etc.- but I try and share my tips and tricks throughout!
Check out our Tiktok for a step by step video of how we make our Classic Overnight Oats!
1/2 cup oats
1/2-2/3 cup unsweetened original almond milk (or other dairy or non dairy milk)
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup greek yogurt (I prefer siggis 0% plain)
Granola (I prefer purely Elizabeth brand)
In a mason jar, mix dry oats, milk and cinnamon together until well combined. Use more or less milk depending on consistency. I like mine slightly more liquid because the oats will absorb some of the liquid overnight.
Spoon yogurt over the oats layer.
Top with seasonal fruit and other preferred toppings just as a spoonful of nut butter, coconut flakes or extra cinnamon.
I prefer to leave my oats in layers so I can customize each bite but many prefer to stir after step 2 or 3. If you prefer everything mixed together, go for it!
Close the mason jar and store in the fridge overnight. In the morning, remove from fridge, grab a spoon and head out the door (my personal preference is to take out about 20 minutes before eating so the nut butter softens and it’s not super cold, again personal preference)!
This is the generic original recipe that can be customized to your preference. For more specific or seasonal recipes, see below.
Overnight Oat Varieties to Try!
Pumpkin Pie Oats
Base: 1/2 cup oats, 1/2 cup milk, 1/2 tsp vanilla, 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice, 1/2 cup yogurt
Toppings: 1/3 cup pureed pumpkin, 1 tbsp maple syrup or 1 tbsp nut butter and more pumpkin pie seasoning
Base: 1/2 cup oats, 1/2 cup milk, 1/2 tsp vanilla, 1/2 cup yogurt
Toppings: 1/3 cup raspberries mashed with 1 tbsp chia seeds, 1 tbsp nut butter, drizzle of honey or sliced bananas to top
Base: 1/2 cup oats, 1/2 cup coconut milk, 1/2 cup yogurt
Toppings: diced pineapple, kiwi and mango, chia seeds and coconut flakes
Chocolate Gainz Oats
Base: 1/2 cup oats, 3/4 cup milk, 1/2 scoop chocolate protein powder, 1/2 cup yogurt
Toppings: Sliced bananas, nut butter, cocao nibs
Base: 1/2 cup oats, 1/2 cup milk, 1/2 tsp vanilla, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 cup yogurt
Toppings: Diced apples, 1 tbsp maple syrup, crumbled granola, can also add nut butter, touch of flaky sea salt
Base: 1/2 cup oats, 1/2 cup milk, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp vanilla, 1/2 cup yogurt, 1/4 cup shredded carrots, 2 tbsp raisins or currants, 1 tbsp 1/3 fat cream cheese
Toppings: 1/4 tsp cinnamon, 1 tbsp honey or nut butter, chopped walnuts
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Nutrition Facts are provided as a guideline only. Exact nutrition will depend on quantity, brand and ingredients used. Nutrition facts provided for just the classic overnight oats base. Nutrition facts will vary depending on fruit, nut butters or other toppings added.