easy Overnight Oatmeal

berries, muesli, blackberries


Oats: This is really the only ingredient that’s non-negotiable. Make sure to use plain old-fashioned oats and not quick oats because the consistency is best with rolled oats. You can also use gluten-free oats.

Milk: For the liquid part, you can actually make this with water! But it’s more common to use milk. You can use full fat, 2% or low-fat milk. You can also use plant-based milk like almond milk, coconut milk, cashew milk or oat milk.

Optional Ingredients

Chia Seeds (optional): These seeds are packed with tons of nutrition, and they help give the oats a pudding-like texture. So I always like to include them in my base recipe.

Greek or vegan yogurt (optional): This gives the oats a tangy flavor, creamy texture and boost of protein.

Vanilla extract (optional): This enhances all the flavors that go into the overnight oatmeal as well as giving it sweetness without any sweetener.

Sweetener (optional): Use honey or maple syrup to sweeten the mixture, especially because oats can be somewhat bland on their own.

Toppings: This is where you can have some fun with fresh fruit, dried fruit, nut butters, nuts, seeds and spices (like cinnamon, nutmeg or cardamom). There are so many topping ideas and combinations, and I think that’s what makes this such a great versatile recipe!

Serves 4

Nutritional Info

Calories 378
Fat 11g
Carbs 54g
Fiber 8g
Sugar 21g
Protein 17g


½ cup rolled old fashioned oats
½ cup milk of choice
¼ cup non-fat Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 tablespoon sweetener of choice honey or maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Peanut Butter & Jelly
1 tablespoon strawberry jam
1 tablespoon peanut butter
¼ cup diced strawberries
2 tablespoons peanuts crushed

Apple Pie
1/4 cup diced apples
1 tablespoon pecans chopped
2 teaspoons maple syrup
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Banana Nutella
½ banana sliced
1 tablespoon Nutella
1 tablespoon hazelnuts crushed
1 tablespoon chocolate chips

Almond Joy
¼ cup shredded coconut
1 tablespoon almonds chopped
1 tablespoon chocolate chips
2 teaspoons maple syrup

Place all ingredients into a large glass container and mix until combined.

Cover the glass container with a lid or plastic wrap. Place in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or overnight. Toppings can be added the night before or immediately before serving.

Uncover and enjoy from the glass container the next day. Thin with a little more milk or water, if desired.