Last Updated on July 23, 2021 by Lori Geurin
Are you looking for quick and easy breakfast ideas that are healthy and delicious? Here are 15 easy overnight oats recipes you’re going to love!
If your mornings feel stressful and the last thing you want to think about is what to make for breakfast, overnight oats can help you simplify your life and serve up a healthy meal with very little effort. You can customize them a thousand ways, making them perfect for even the pickiest eaters.
They’re also exquisitely creamy and delicious – the perfect comfort food! Plus, who says you can only eat them for breakfast? Have a little fun and enjoy them for a filling snack, a lazy lunch, or a quick and comforting dinner. Whenever you decide to eat them is totally up to you.
We all love overnight oats at our house, but my daughter, Emma is the queen, meaning she’s tried so many flavor combinations that she’s practically an expert at making overnight oats. Her favorite recipe contains coffee. I’ll share a similar one below in case you’d like to try it too.
Here’s a video showing how to make overnight oats with 6 delicious flavor ideas.
I hope you enjoy this delicious recipe round-up and find lots of new overnight oats you love to eat! Simply click on the tan-colored links to check out each of the recipes below.
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20 Easy Overnight Oats Recipes
1. Peanut Butter from The Minimalist Baker
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2. Lemon Poppy Seed from Lemons & Zest
3. Peach Pie from Eating Bird Food
4. Almond Joy // Feel Good Foodie
5. Key Lime Pie from Wholefully
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6. Cold Brew Coffee Proats from Love And Zest
7. Blueberry from Life Made Sweeter
8. Coconut Mango from Happy Foods Tube
9. Apple Cinnamon from Fit Foodie Finds
10. Chocolate Overnight Oats from Chocolate Covered Katie
11. Banana Coconut Cream Pie from Jar Of Lemons
12. Pina Colada Chia from Flavor The Moments
13. Carrot Cake from Kara Lydon
14. Gluten Free Cinnamon Roll from Food Faith Fitness
15. Strawberry Shortcake from Simply Quinoa
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How Do You Make Overnight Oats?
I’m so glad you asked. The meal prep required for overnight oats couldn’t be easier. Take a small bowl or glass jar and mix the following ingredients together:
- Old-Fashioned Oats – Yes, you can make them with steel-cut or quick-cooking oats, but for the best results, I recommend good old-fashioned or rolled oats. There are gluten-free options available too.
- Milk – Just choose your favorite here. It can be plant-based or dairy milk, whichever you prefer. We usually have unsweetened coconut, almond, and organic dairy milk in our fridge because of our individual preferences and dietary needs.
- Yogurt – This is optional, but will give your oats a super creamy texture. You can use dairy or plant-based yogurt. Look for brands with active cultures to get your daily dose of probiotics.
- Chia Seeds – These make your oats extra thick and creamy. You can also use ground flax meal. These are optional but add an extra shot of nutrition so I always include them. You may want to read more about the health benefits of chia seeds.
- Natural Sweetener – A touch of honey or real maple syrup adds a yummy sweetness to your oats. You can also mash a ripe banana and stir that into the oats. If you don’t care for these options or are watching your added sugar intake feel free to add natural leaf Stevia.
- Salt/Spices – A pinch of salt, pure vanilla, or the perfect spice can bring your oats to the next level. Have fun experimenting!
- Fruit and Nuts – You may want to top your oats with antioxidant-rich fruit or nuts and seeds. The possibilities are endless. From peaches, pears, apples, blueberries, and bananas to cashews, pecans, peanuts, and almonds.
- Add-Ins – To get the most nutrition into your oats you might consider adding in some optional ingredients. These include protein powder, collagen powder, and nut and seed butter like peanut or cashew butter.
What Are The Best Containers For Overnight Oats?
Glass jars are the most popular choice for making overnight oats. They’re easy to clean and safe to use in the microwave and dishwasher.
- Ball Wide Mouth Pint Jars – These are the ones I have and love because they’re the perfect size for overnight oats. The wide mouth top makes them easy to prep and eat right out of the jar. Plus, they’re affordable too. I bought the Ball plastic storage caps to use instead of the metal lids they come with.
- Encheng Wide Mouth Pint Jars – These are plain but super affordable, similar to the Ball pint jars above, but they cost even less and come with 15 jars.
- Weck Half Liter Jars – These are super cute but definitely more of a splurge. I love how the lid is connected to the jar.
- Encheng Wide Mouth Jars – These are similar to the Weck ones above but cost less. Still cute with leakproof lids.
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Overnight Oats Benefits
There are many reasons you’d want to try overnight oats. Here are a few.
- They contain resistant starch which helps you feel full longer, boost your metabolism, and even lose weight.
- Soaking the oats overnight makes them easier to digest.
- Oat bran is good for your heart and can lower your cholesterol.
- The ingredients tend to be inexpensive, making it a low-cost meal.
- You can save time and money with overnight oats.
- Less stress because the food prep is oh, so easy.
- The flavor combinations are endless and oh so delicious to eat!
- You can eat them any time of day. They make an awesome workout recovery meal.
Can I Warm Up My Overnight Oats?
Absolutely! You can eat them cold, straight out of the fridge, or heated up in the microwave or in a pan on the stove. I will say that most people who love overnight oats enjoy them cold because they like how quick and easy they are to grab and go.
But, honestly, I enjoy mine both ways, so make them your own and eat them the way you like them the most!
The first time I made overnight oats they were the pumpkin spice variety and turned out delicious. I added some dried cranberries because I thought that sounded yummy (and it was).
My family ate theirs cold but I poured mine into a bowl (pictured below) and heated it up because I love warm oats.
Then I chopped up an apple and sprinkled on a handful of pecans. Oh, and a pat of butter and some cream. Because, why not? That, and, it just plain tastes amazing.
So, you do you. Hot or cold. And make those oats a reflection of your soul.
Here are some coconut mango overnight oats I made last night using the recipe from Happy Foods Tube (recipe #8 above). They turned out super yummy!
I used frozen mango as Julia suggests in her post which helps with convenience, especially in the middle of January in Missouri when fresh mango can be hard to find.
Summary – Easy Overnight Oats Recipes
I hope you’ve loved this roundup of delicious and easy overnight oats recipes and found several you’d like to try. They make the perfect meal or healthy snack. Plus, they’re easy to meal prep, money-saving, and super fun to eat!
Have a blast experimenting with all of the different flavor combinations you can make with this good-for-you comfort food.
Have you tried overnight oats? What’s your favorite recipe?