I’ve been making batch after batch of overnight oats, and taking notes. Overnight oats are a healthy, make-ahead breakfast option, but they’re not always enticing enough to get me out of bed.
I’m sharing my best tips and my favorite overnight oats recipe today. Ready? These overnight oats are legitimately delicious, and so easy to make!
Overnight oats are typically served chilled, straight from the refrigerator. That makes them perfect for warmer months, but you can certainly enjoy overnight oats year-round.
Overnight oats keep well in the refrigerator for up to five days. So, prepare your oats on Sunday night, and you’ll have breakfast covered for the workweek. If you really want to get ahead, you can freeze jars of overnight oats and defrost individual jars overnight in the refrigerator.
How to Make the Best Overnight Oats
I make my overnight oats with old-fashioned rolled oats, toasted or regular. Then I add chia seeds for a more pudding-like texture and more fiber, and a spoonful of nut butter to make them extra creamy. (Would you believe that one serving of these overnight oats contains nearly half of your daily fiber requirements?)
Here’s what you’ll need to make overnight oats:
Oats: You can’t make overnight oats without oats! Overnight oats are typically made with plain old-fashioned oats. I actually prefer to make overnight oats with homemade muesli instead, which is made with toasted old-fashioned oats, nuts and dried fruit. The muesli offers more texture and flavor.
If you want to go the easier, more traditional route, simply use old-fashioned oats and add a dash of cinnamon. Don’t use instant or quick-cooking oats, because those will turn to complete mush.
Chia Seeds: Technically, these are optional, but I love how chia seeds absorb moisture and make the final product more creamy and luscious. Chia seeds contain healthy omega-3’s and, like oats, lots of fiber.
Nut butter: Almond butter or peanut butter makes these oats even more creamy, while adding delicious savory, nutty flavor.
Milk of choice: You can use your favorite milk here (almond milk, coconut milk from a carton, homemade cashew milk, homemade pecan milk, oat milk or cow’s milk). I suppose you could use water instead of milk, but the final result won’t be quite as creamy or flavorful.
The amount of liquid is key to the final consistency—I like my overnight oats really thick and creamy, with concentrated flavor. If you prefer a looser consistency, add a little more milk.
Fruit: Now that we’ve formed the base of the oats, I like to add fruit. If you’re following my formula with just 1/2 cup milk and using a fruit that stores well for a few days (as in, sliced strawberries, not sliced bananas or apple), you can go ahead and toss the fruit on top of the oat-and-milk mixture.
In fact, you can top the oat mixture with frozen raspberries or blueberries and they’ll defrost overnight. (Don’t try this with frozen strawberries or other large chunks of frozen fruit; they release too much water). Or, you can wait to top your oats with fruit before serving.
Optional sweetener: Overnight oats are generally sweet enough for me as-is. However, add a drizzle of sweetener if that makes your oats more enticing!
Watch How to Make Overnight Oats
That’s it! Go forth and make overnight oats to last you through the week. Please let me know how your overnight oats turn out in the comments below!
More Healthy Make-Ahead Breakfasts
Try these recipes on Cookie and Kate:
- Apple Steel-Cut Oatmeal or Perfect Steel-Cut Oats
- Blueberry Baked Oatmeal
- Homemade Bircher Muesli
- My Favorite Chia Seed Pudding
In my cookbook, don’t miss the toasted coconut muesli (page 2), apple crisp breakfast parfaits (page 7) and carrot cake breakfast cookies (page 26). With so many options, you won’t want to skip breakfast.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 0 minutes
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 1 serving 1x
- Category: Breakfast
- Method: Overnight
- Cuisine: Gluten free
Here’s my favorite recipe for overnight oats! Feel free to make it your own. Overnight oats are a simple, healthy breakfast that you can make ahead for busy mornings. The recipe below yields 1 serving, so make as many servings (each in a separate jar) as you’d like. Overnight oats will keep for up to 5 days in the refrigerator.
- ⅓ cup homemade muesli, or ⅓ cup old-fashioned oats plus ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon almond butter or peanut butter
- ½ cup milk of choice for a very thick consistency, or up to ⅔ cup milk for a lighter consistency
- ½ cup fruit (I like fresh or frozen blueberries or raspberries, or sliced fresh strawberries)
- Drizzle of maple syrup or honey, if desired
- In a jar or bowl (a working jar or 1-pint mason jar is perfect), combine the muesli (or old-fashioned oats and cinnamon), chia seeds and nut butter. Add a splash of the milk and mix the nut butter into the oats. Then add the rest of the milk and stir to combine.
- Top with your fruit of choice. (If you used more milk than ½ cup and you want your fruit to stay on top, wait to top the oats until you’re ready to serve. If you’re using fruit that doesn’t store well, like sliced apple or banana, wait to top the oats until you’re ready to serve.)
- Place the lid on the jar and refrigerate overnight, or up to 5 days. When you’re ready to serve, add a drizzle of maple syrup or honey if you’d like, and enjoy chilled.
Make it gluten free: Use certified gluten-free oats.
Make it vegan: Choose one of the dairy-free milk options listed above. If adding additional sweetener, use maple syrup instead of honey.
Make it nut free: Omit the nut butter or replace it with sunbutter. If you’re using muesli, follow my instructions for making nut-free muesli in the recipe notes for that recipe.
Warm it up: Overnight oats are typically served chilled. However, if you prefer warm oats, you can heat them in the microwave. Just use a microwave-safe jar and stir frequently while you’re warming them up. Since the oats are so thick, I’m not sure this would work well on the stovetop, but you could give it a try.
be sure to follow the recipe and you would love the overnight Oats.
I enjoyed this recipe. It was so good I will double the recipe next time
I make overnight oats almost every single night! Tahini is a good add-in, in place of nut butter. In the morning, I add a handful of nuts, seeds, and raisins; or stir in a spoonful of homemade cranberry and chia jam. Oat milk is my milk of choice and it adds a wonderful flavour.
I just made two of these! I used oats, almond butter, chia seeds, cinnamon, and oat milk instead of almond milk. Thanks for the recipe!
These are delicious! Overnight oats are becoming my new obsession. The combination I used is oats & cinnamon, peanut butter, low fat milk, and frozen blueberries. They make such an easy breakfast and taste great. Thanks for the recipe!
I’m delighted they are a new obsession. Thank you for your review, Mae!
I’ve tried a lot of different recipes for overnight oats, or “cold oatmeal” as my son likes to call it, and this one has the best texture and consistency. Other recipes have been too watery or mushy and I feel like I have to force myself to finish it. I enjoyed this very much. Thank you.
Hey Kate I made the overnight oats using cinnamon and Old Fashioned oats. Followed the recipe exactly. I used peanut butter and vanilla almond milk, and Frozen Blueberries I always have. Maple syrup nicely glazed the oats this a.m. I have never made overnight oats before, cause what’s the big deal? Surprise, I loved getting up pouring coffee and having breakfast all ready. But, better, I loved them. So did my mom and spouse. Thank you!
really good recipe! my mixer is broken so i replaced nutt butter with smashed banana and it still worked.
Great to hear, Lea!
I have made this numerous times and it is always yummy. Thanks!
You’re welcome, Chase.
Loving my new breakfast. So thankful for finding your site Kate. I am not a morning person and I don’t like eating breakfast but this has given me a new morning attitude. lol. So many possibilities with flavors and toppings. My work week has been so much simpler now. Thanks a bunch.
I know what you mean! This helps, and I”m happy you agree. Thank you for your review Cheryl.
I love this recipe so much! I make a large batch at once (4x or 6x) and it lasts my family a few days – it keeps really well. Thanks for making my mornings easier!
I struggle to get the recommended amount of fiber in daily, so when I found out this has a lot of fiber I decided to give it a try. It’s easy to prepare and delicious. Thank you!
You’re welcome, Aimee! Thank you for your review
I was very anti-overnight oats, but this recipe has converted me! It’s not slimy like other recipes I’ve had. I like that it’s thicker and you can actually taste the oats. My fav mix-ins are matcha with frozen cherries. Yum!
I’m glad you hear that, Jesse! Thank you for your review.
My daughter buys overnight oats(holos) in individual packs which are very healthy but cost approx $5 a serving! I am trying to replicate those oats and yours come very close. I made the muesli first and added oat milk and craisins. To me it is perfect but there is a slight difference in what she buys and these. When I read their ingredients they add “natural flavor” whatever that is. So I am wondering if you know anything I can add that will put in extra flavor? I want to make her a bunch of these for her birthday she will save a fortune.
Hi! I’m not sure about the natural flavors, but you can adjust the seasoning and sweetener if you like. I find the fruit does a lot as well!
I use pure vanilla essence in my oats.
Hi! Quick question that may seem dumb – you definitely don’t cook the oats first, right? Just put them in there and overnight? Asking because I grave the Bob’s Red Mill Steel Cut Oats and a recipe for overnight oats on the back includes a slow cooker.
Hi Laura! Yes, these are with old fashioned oats and no need to cook first.
Has anyone tried mixing the maple syrup in to the jar when preparing? I wanted to bring these as a snack for work but would rather sweeten them first. Wondering if this would work?
Sure, you can mix that into the oats and see how it turns out for you!
Can you use sprouted rolled oats in the recipe? If so, do you need to revise the quantities of the other ingredients?
Hi Denny, I haven’t tried it, but I don’t see why not. Let me know how it turns out for you!
This is the best overnight oats recipe. I make it using your homemade muesli. Would you know the nutritional values?
Hi Kathleen! The nutritional information for the recipe is below the notes. If you need more specifics with your homemade muesli used, I suggest and online nutritional calculator.
This was my first time making/tasting overnight oats, and I thoroughly enjoyed! A question though: Is there a reason why servings should be made in individual containers? Would it not work to quintuple the recipe in a large bowl? Thank you!
Hi, you can put them in a larger bowl if you like. I like the individual servings here.
These came out great! I reduced the almond butter to a tsp and added maple syrup and blueberries when serving.
Easy nutritious breakfast. I’ve often made overnight oats but not thought to make them in advance. Great idea! Thank you.
You’re welcome, Karen! Thank you for your review.
Good Morning!!! I made overnight oats for the 1st time last night and it was delicious. I used fresh raspberries so yummy. I think tonight I’m going to try frozen cherries. Thank you for sharing your recipe. I found my new Love
That’s great to hear, Cathy! Thank you for you review.
I’ve never tried overnight oats before and these are SO good! It’s so nice to just pull this out of the fridge in the morning when my kids are pulling me every direction. I usually love overly sweet things. This isn’t overly sweet, but has a perfect light sweetness for the morning. I also love that it’s easy to make variations so it won’t get boring. Thanks so much!!
You’re welcome, Schylar! I’m happy you enjoyed it.
Tried this, a bit skeptically I confess…..but wow!! It was so delicious!! I will make this every day – thank you for sharing this information.
Love this recipe, and it’s so easy! I agree with the commenter who said that it’s nice to have breakfast waiting for you as soon as you wake up. I use oat milk, peanut butter, and whatever fresh berries I have on hand – today was strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries. Delicious!
Second time making these over night oats, these keep me full and I love I can make 5days in advance.
Thank you for your review, Em!
Nice post & tips. Tried and enjoyed it!
Thank you, M!
Can you use brown sugar instead of nut butter?
Hi martha, those wouldn’t be great substitutes. You could always add additional maple syrup or honey if you want it more sweet.
Awesome and simple! It’s so light and filling. Thankyou for this recipe.
Honestly by far my favourite overnight oat recipe I’ve ever tried! Add the cinnamon and you will not regret it, I promise you. Right now because peaches are in season I’ve been loving putting them in my oats, along with service berries that I picked (they’re native to Canada, if you’ve never heard of them). I do tend to put a bit more milk (I use soy) because I like mine with to be a bit more runny. I also found that using almond butter is a bit less over powering then peanut so give that a try if you find the same thing with peanut. Overall I highly recommend!
I love that this is your favorite! Thank you for your review, Mikaela.
This recipe has made mornings so much easier for me as I’m not a morning person at all. Now I’m actually looking forward to breakfast. I’ve eaten this almost every morning for a couple of weeks. I’m hooked. I made this with the oats and I doubled the cinnamon cause I love it. I ran out of chia seeds so I’ve been using hemp seeds instead. I’ve tried it with several kinds of plant-based milks and my favorite is vanilla soy milk. I also like adding a tbsp of vegan yogurt for extra creaminess and protein. That drizzle of maple syrup takes it over the top. Thank you for this delicious recipe!
I’m here for an easy morning! Thank you for your comment and review, Lily.
Chiming in to say that I too, really love this recipe! I made it on Sunday night in the hopes that my kids (8 and 3) would eat it Monday morning. Hard no on that. BUT I loved it! It’s fabulous with a small pinch of salt and a drizzle of maple syrup. I just ate a bowl with some fresh peaches. Really really tasty. Thank you!
Wow ! very nice recipes. Will totally try them, thanks for sharing. I have been using Rolled oats from True Elements – a clean label food brand Rolled Oats. They all look delicious could you recommend the best one for rolled oats?
These overnight oats are some next level sh*t! Thank you Kate for this miracle breakfast. Every bite is perfect.
Thank you! I’m glad you like them, Amy.
Awesome! I love the thick pudding like texture! I added a touch of strawberry preserves on top as the sweeter and for a PB+J flavor profile.
Sounds delicious, Jen! Thank you for sharing.
Hiya, I’m just wondering if I need to use the nut butter or can I leave it out completely? I don’t really have any of that kind of thing, but I have all the other ingredients. Thankies x
Hi, you can omit but you may want to adjust the flavoring some since it’s an important part.
Can i make overnight oats with dried fruits? How long does it last if i soak and didn’t soak just add as garnishing on top?
Hi Evona, I would suggest adding the dried fruit the next morning.
Thanks for sharing the recipe, will definitely try making this with True Elements rolled oats as they are really good and a clean label food brand. You can also give it a try!
Great! I have to eat my breakfast on-the-go, and couldn’t stand to eat another protein bar. I decided it was time to look into other alternatives. This recipe was fantastic! I’ve tried other overnight oat recipes before, and found them to be too mushy or slimy, but this one is perfection. The oats still retain their texture, and the flavors are excellent. Thank you so much, Kate! You’ve saved my work mornings :)
I made this recipe, added 1 tablespoon of yogurt as well, left the chia seeds out and added fresh fruit and granola on top just before eating. Super yummy- Thank you for sharing.
Thank you, Cheryl! I appreciate your review.
Cheryl, what kind of granola do you use? I don’t like all if them especially sweet ones that lack much nutritional value but a healthy mix. Thank you. And thank you Kate for this recipe!
So yummy! I’ve been into overnight oats recently and this recipe was perfect. Thank you so much
Looking forward to trying this! I’ve noticed though that milk measurement for lighter consistency remains at 2/3 cup when scaled up – is that intentional? Off to make a single portion now for my first try.
Hi Liz, you will want to increase that as well. I do apologize that isn’t working. I’m working through a few hiccups with the scale system.
Made these last night for this morning’s breakfast and they were SO good!
If you have no chia seeds, do you need to add more oats to make them thicker? I’ve got them all put together without them and I’ll add my banana tomorrow. Can’t wait to try them!
I add a heaping spoonful of Greek yogurt, and this makes for an even creamier texture. Love these overnight oats!
I’m happy to hear that, Katherine! Thank you for your review.
Love this recipe! Easy and delicious. Kate, where did you get these cute containers? they’re perfect for overnight pats and love the lid.
Hi Daniel! Check my shop page. I have them linked there. Thank you for your review!
Loved it! I’ve made overnight oats many times, but have never added peanut butter and cinnamon. I couldn’t get my hands on my usual unsweet vanilla almond milk so I used coconut oat milk. For fruit I used fresh blueberries and raspberries. Thank you for another great recipe!
You’re welcome, Kelly! Thank you for your review.
Easy, delicious! I found my new love for oats and love it.
I’m glad you enjoyed these oats, Rhonda!
I’ve made this numerous times. I don’t eat it for breakfast; I have it for lunch. It keeps me from having to wait to use the microwave oven at work!
I’d be very interested in some savory seasonings to add to oatmeal.
Thanks for sharing your creative recipes!
I’m glad you love this recipe, Diane! Thank you for sharing.
I love it! It’s very good and easy and healthy!!!
I’m happy you loved it, Natt!
Hiya, just making up a batch for the next 3 days. I’ve run out of chia seeds so used linseed and poppy seed. Looking forward to tomorrow’s breakfast already!
Thank you for sharing! I’m glad you had it all week.
This was delicious. I mixed in organic raisins and cranberries and they plumped off nicely in the mix. Adding some cut up banana before eating sweetens this up nicely.
Thank you for sharing how you made it, Kristen! I appreciate your review.
If I want to add sunflower seeds and cranberries, when should I do that?
Hi Lauren! I would add that when you plan to eat it. Let me know what you think!
Can I use freeze dried fruit?
Sure, you could try it. Let me know what you think!
What if i only have quick oats?
Hi, Don’t use instant or quick-cooking oats, because those will turn to complete mush.
I’m looking at making this for a family reunion with over 60 people. (Yay for easy, yummy breakfast!) Not sure we’ll have the fridge space for that many individual jars. Would it work to mix it up in large bowls with plastic wrap covering them?
You could try it! Let me know what you think.
I’ve posted on a few of your recipes and am back to express my appreciation again. As one of the many who have no interest in the “return to office” I was not looking forward to lugging a days worth of food to work. One of the things that has made the transition back is this wonderful recipe! Sometimes I switch honey for maple syrup (depending on what’s easily accessible) and always make sure to have blueberries on hand. It goes without saying that if I find a recipe on your site, I know it will be great! Thank you again for your wonderful, easily searchable, multiple lifestyle diet, and delicious recipes!
This recipe is fabulous! I doubted adding the almond butter, but it was a super nice addition (and really doesn’t taste like I added it)
I’m glad yøu loved it, Priscilla!
I couldn’t wrap my head around the store bought overnight oats and found this recipe. Just finished having them this morning and they were amazing! I used califa farms unsweetened almond milk, cashew butter (my pref over almond) and topped with some fresh blueberries. I added a dash of vanilla and maple syrup when making them the night before. 10/10!
Wonderful to hear, Rae! I’m so glad you loved it.
Does the recipe make 2 servings
Hi! Each is a single serving. See the nutritional information.
LOVE THIS! I wasn’t sure about the whole overnight oats ‘thing’ but this recipe is a game changer– I made it as written (2X) this time with blueberries but I can see the add-ins could add lots of variety
Thank you for sharing, Rachael! I’m glad you loved it.
Oh my goodness, yum! This was my first time trying overnight oats. I was amazed that the texture was almost like cooked oats. Next time I would leave out the cinnamon as it conflicted with the nut butter flavor and fresh blueberries I put on the top, but it would go nicely with apple slices. Thanks for a great recipe, here’s to lowering cholesterol and getting more fiber!
I’m so glad you liked it! I appreciate your review, Karen.
Can I substitute ground flaxseed for chia seeds?
You can try it. Let me know what you think!
Can you use steel cut oats? I read this would be helpful to bring my cholesterol down.
Hi Laurie, I recommend this recipe as written. I’m not sure how the steel cut oats would do. Sorry!
What is the advantage of overnight oats? Do you find it is difficult to digest?
I love your recipes!
Thank you for sharing!
Hi Stacy! I find it’s a convenient and delicious breakfast for the morning. I don’t have issues digesting. I hope you try it and let me know what you think!
This is THE best overnight oats recipe I have ever tasted. I am into savory breakfasts, so I really didn’t plan on loving this so much, but WOW! I love that there is no added sugar, and the only sweetness you get is from the topped fruit. I made mine with blueberries. I recommend going with her measurements for a thicker oatmeal, as it maintains a good texture. This is now a staple in my family. Thank you for introducing a forever recipe into our home!
I’m glad you loved it, Elaine! I appreciate your review.
I was really skeptical of overnight oats because I am not an oatmeal person. But in trying to eat better and meal prep, I decided to try them out. I am obsessed. I found I prefer strawberries over blueberries, use oat milk and peanut butter, and LOVE the consistency that you get using 1/2 a cup of milk. This has become my new favorite breakfast. Thank you for this recipe!
I like to add a little plain greek yogurt to make it a little tangy. The peanut butter is also a great idea- will have to try that next. Overnight oats are often too watery so the lower milk:oats ratio is a good idea.
I’m glad you enjoy this version, Katie! I appreciate your review.
This was SO yummy! I added maple syrup with my milk to soak in overnight and then topped with chopped raw walnuts in the morning. Another winner recipe, Kate!
That’s great to hear, Lisa! Thank you for your review.
Wonderful, I added unsweetened coconut, and Peanut butter powder, perfect!
I avoided overnight oats as I thought it was cold and soggy porridge. It is like pudding. Suchba great texture. Loved this recipe so much that it will be a regular. Altered it slightly today by using 1.5 teaspoons peanut butter, two mushed up fresh dates and sugar free maple syrup. Can’t wait for breakfast! Smells so good.
I’m glad you tried it! Thank you for sharing.
Kate-where did you find your jars and lids?
Hi Brenda! Head to my shop page for all my kitchen essentials.
Would it be OK to add protein powder when preparing the overnight oats .
I haven’t tried it so I can’t say for sure. Sorry!
How long is ‘overnight’, typically? I’m thinking I might like to make this to take to work for supper (I work second shift) so need to know how many hours in advance to make it? I guess I could just do overnight and eat them late the next day since you say they keep for several days in the fridge, but I like to make things fresh as much as possible. Thanks!
Hi Corinne, these should be good after 8 hours.
I often add some flax meal and a little unflavored protein powder. So good, so easy and portable!
Thank you for sharing! I appreciate your review, Alice.
I Love overnight oats! I use my homemade kefir as a liquid, it’s sooo good!!!
Hi Kate! I love your page!
I made the overnight oatmeal and while it turned out very nicely, I did find I was still a bit hungry afterwards. Could I make this with Greek yoghurt?
I’m glad you loved it, Jane!
I’ve never been a morning person, until I hit 60. Now I’m up early. I take medication that requires that I wait one hour after taking it to have my coffee and breakfast. I’m not a perky morning person. My beloved late husband was. He would make coffee and sing to the cats and dog and then wake me. He knew I struggled in the morning, so he was quiet. Best man ever!! Now my dog and 2 cats know that I need an hour in the morning to chill, do yoga and then get going with coffee and these amazing morning oats!! So delicious!! I make them the night before, when I’m clear eyed and awake. My favorite is blueberry, peanut butter, wheat germ, old fashioned oats, little nutmeg, cinnamon and just a dash of coriander. A bit of maple syrup or honey, pecans and some luscious milk. I also add a small dash of salt and some vanilla. This has made my mornings triumphant! I’m fueled and ready for the day. I stay full until mid afternoon when I make dinner. Wonderful. Just wonderful. I just may become a morning person after all.
I love this recipe! I made it all last summer and lost the link to it. Yesterday I tried another recipe that included yogurt and I could have cried this morning when I tasted it. So I spent 45 minutes looking for this recipe again and found it. Can’t tell you how happy I am. Will be making it tomorrow. Thank you for this great recipe!
You’re welcome, Mie. I’m glad you find it a hit.