How To: Overnight Oats

How To: Overnight Oats

One of the most convenient and healthy breakfast you can have every morning literally takes under 10 minutes to make and you let it “cook” overnight in the refrigerator. What’s that you ask, Overnight Oats.

Overnight oats are oats soaked overnight that absorb whichever milk you let them soak in. When you wake up in the morning you have creamy deliciousness ready to eat. You can eat it right out of the refrigerator cold, you could let it sit and wait until it’s room temperature or you can heat it up {I’d do 30 second intervals. Put it in for 30 seconds, mix it up then do another 30 seconds or over the stove for a few minutes just until warm}.

These overnight oats are so delicious. They’re filling and loaded with fiber and protein. You can create so many different flavor combinations, the options are limitless. You’ll see many different flavors or recipes all over the internet but there are a few main ingredients included in all recipes.


I use an 8 ounce mason jar to prepare my overnight oats. This is the size that works for me. It’s just my preference but you could use a jar or bowl. Make sure whatever you use has a cover to properly store in your refrigerator. Here’s the guidelines I follow:

⬛️ Oats: Rolled Oats need to be soaked overnight they need time to soften, while Quick Oats could take as little as 30 minutes.

⬛️ Milk: You really could use any liquid you’d like, but milk give it’s that magical & creamy dessert taste. Any plant-based milk would work great {Almond, Soy Hemp, Rice}.

The basic formula to follow is an oats to milk ratio of 1:1. Meaning I use ½ cup of rolled oats with ½ cup of either almond, soy or hemp milk.

⬛️ Sweetener: Then I usually add in ½ mashed banana also for creaminess. I think of it like a smoothie {I always add in a frozen banana and you get a creamier smoothie with a touch of natural sweetness}. I also add in my sweetener. You could add in maple or date syrup, stevia, even cane sugar. My choice is always a liquid sweeetener either maple or date syrup depending what’s in my pantry.

⬛️ Overnight Add-ins: I like to always add in 1 tablespoon of ground Flaxseed and 1 tablespoon of Chia Seeds {or the mashed banana}, ½ teaspoon of Vanilla Extract {almost always add this}, if I choose to add frozen fruit {I add it now, so it’s softened by morning}.

⬛️ Let it “cook”: Cover and place your mason jar or covered bowl in the refrigerator overnight {recommended} or if you used Quick Oats you could get away with at least 30 minutes in the refrigerator.

⬛️ Next Morning Add-ins: Once your oats have “cooked”, you could add toppings or add ins. Start with a nut butter, granola, coconut shreds, hemp hearts, fresh fruit, chocolate syrup, chia seeds, flaxseeds, hemp hearts, cinnamon, cacao powder, options are endless. Totally up to you.
This recipe is my basic recipe for most of my overnight oat creations.

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Basic Fruity Overnight Oats
These easy overnight oats can be prepped ahead of time and cook overnight in the refrigerator. Perfect for grab and go mornings whether you want to eat it cold or heated up.
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Add all of the above ingredients and mix to combine. Cover and store in the refrigerator overnight.
Recipe Notes

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