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This Overnight Oats recipe is the easiest breakfast recipe known to man. Four ingredients needed with no cooking required! Serve warm or cold and adjust as you like.
So happy to be sharing this Overnight Oats recipe with you today! I’m always on the hunt for quick, easy, and healthy breakfasts on those busy weekday mornings before sending my kids off to school and this recipe fits the bill. I make my basic recipe in a big bowl the night before and let my kids pick their toppings the morning of. It’s the perfect, nutritious meal that adapts easily from day to day. Serve with some tasty Bacon or Breakfast Casserole for a well balanced, extra filling breakfast.
But first, what are Overnight Oats?
Overnight oats are a no-cook breakfast or snack that is made by soaking and refrigerating rolled oats in milk.
Many people prefer the ease of this recipe as well as the taste and texture of the soaked, uncooked oats versus a cooked Oatmeal.
Basic Overnight Oats Recipe
Here are the four ingredients needed for my very basic, everyday overnight oats recipe. The recipe I have posted is enough for four servings which I stir together in one big bowl and refrigerate overnight. Many overnight oats recipes call for the use of small mason jars. While I don’t think this is totally necessary, it certainly does make for a cuter presentation. I find these 8 oz. glass baby food jars are the best for portioning for kids.
- Rolled Oats – the perfect kind of oat that soaks up just enough liquid to be soft but not turn mushy.
- Milk – this is what the oats soak in overnight.
- Maple Syrup – to sweeten and to flavor.
- Cinnamon – to go along with the maple syrup with flavoring.
- Salt – feel free to add in a pinch of salt to bring out the maple syrup and cinnamon flavors.
How to make Overnight Oats
You will die at how easy this recipe is to make. You just need a bowl to mix and 5 minutes (or less!) of work time.
- Measure rolled oats into a large bowl.
- Stir in milk, maple syrup, cinnamon, and a pinch of salt (optional). Make sure oats are well submerged in the milk.
- Cover and refrigerate 6+ hours to overnight.
- Remove from the fridge, portion out, add toppings, and serve.
How to serve Overnight Oats
The beauty of overnight oats is it works warm or cold. To serve it cold, simply spoon some into a bowl, top with fruit, nuts or seeds, and serve.
To serve warm, simply spoon some into a bowl and microwave 30 seconds to 1 minute or until hot. Top with any desired toppings and serve.
My favorite toppings
Here are a few of our favorite toppings we love to add to any overnight oats concoction. The combinations are endless!
- sliced strawberries
- sliced bananas
- diced apple and cinnamon
- extra maple syrup or honey
- an extra splash of milk
- chopped almonds, pecans, walnuts or cashews
- chia seeds, pepitas or flax seeds
Man oh man, there are thousands of variations for Overnight Oats! Here are a few different options listed, but just about anything you can think of would work in this!
- Milk: if you don’t want to use cow’s milk, an unsweetened almond, soy or coconut milk would work just as well!
- Nuts and Seeds: try adding in walnuts, almonds, pecans, pepitas, flax seeds, or chia seeds for a textural variation.
- Sweetener: I used real maple syrup for my basic overnight oats recipe, but feel free to reduce the amount or switch it out for honey, agave, sugar, brown sugar or an artificial sweetener if you’d prefer. Always add it to taste.
- Spices: I use cinnamon because its a classic oatmeal add-in, but try mixing it up with nutmeg, cloves, or cardamom. Try zesting a lemon or orange for a bright pop of flavor.
- Nut Butters: Stir in a little peanut, cashew, or almond butter to increase the caloric intake and add a creamy bite.
How Long Will This Last?
As long as it stays refrigerated, I find this to stay good for at least 4 days. The rolled oats have a tendency to lose more texture the longer they sit in the milk. If this doesn’t bother you, then they can last longer than 4 days, but I have found we like them best 4 days or earlier.
Overnight Oat Flavors to Try
Not very creative? Here are a few tasty flavor ideas to try:
- Carrot Cake: Stir in 1/2 cup finely grated carrot, 1/4 cup drained and crushed pineapple and 2 tablespoons walnuts or pecans to your mixture before sitting overnight.
- Peanut Butter Banana: Swirl in 1/4 cup all-natural peanut butter to the overnight oat mixture and sit overnight. Top with lots of fresh banana.
- Lemon Blueberry: Add 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon zest and 1 cup fresh blueberries to the overnight oat mixture before refrigerating.
- Coconut Cream: Make your overnight oats with coconut milk and stir in 1/2 cup desiccated coconut before refrigerating. Top with a dollop of Greek yogurt and extra toasted coconut.
Love this breakfast idea? Here are some others you will love:
- Steel Cut Oatmeal with Cobbler Topping
- Microwave Breakfast Quinoa
- Homemade Breakfast Sausages
- Easy Peel Hard Boiled Eggs
- Caramel Coconut Cream Oatmeal
- Morning Glory Muffins
- Carrot Cake Oatmeal
There you have it folks, just about everything you’ll need to know to make overnight oats! If I’m missing anything let me know in the comments.
Printable recipe card is below, enjoy!
Overnight Oats (Easiest Basic Recipe)
- Measure all ingredients into a large bowl and stir well. Ensure oats are all well submerged.
- Cover and refrigerate 6 hours to overnight. Divide into portions, add any desired toppings, and serve.