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Overnight Oats Recipe

This easy Overnight Oats Recipe is made with gluten-free oats, chia seeds, milk, yogurt, and a touch of vanilla. Delicious and easily customizable, learn How to Make Overnight Oats and enjoy topped with fresh fruit and crunchy mix-ins!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Resting Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 5 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to make overnight oats, overnight oat recipe, overnight oats
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 315kcal

Ingredients

Toppings

  • Fruit (fresh or frozen)
  • Nuts: slivered almonds, cashews, pistachios
  • Seeds: chia seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, hemp seeds
  • Dried fruit: cranberries, blueberries, raisins

Instructions

  • Transfer the oats to a large container – Transfer the rolled oats to a large mason jar or container with a secure lid.
  • Mix the yogurt with the chia seeds – In a separate bowl stir together the yogurt with the chia seeds and mix well to combine. Adding the chia seeds to the yogurt (rather than the milk) prevents them from clumping together.
  • Mix everything together – Add the milk, vanilla extract, and yogurt with chia seeds to the oats. Mix well.
  • Refrigerate – Cover with an airtight lid and store in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours to overnight.
  • Serve – When ready to eat, you can dump the toppings directly into the jar or divide into bowls and add toppings.

Notes

  1. These and these Le Parfait reusable glass jars are my favorites for prep and storage.
  2. Be sure to add enough liquid. The ratio should be somewhere around 2:1. In other words, for every 1 cup oats, you should add 2 cups liquid.
  3. Unless you're also adding yogurt (as with this recipe). If you decide to add yogurt, you can reduce the total amount of liquid by one quarter to one half. As you can see in this recipe, I added a ratio of 1:1:1 or 1 cup oats, 1 cup milk, and 1 cup yogurt. Were my oats thick and creamy? Yes. If you prefer yours to be a little less thick, add an additional half cup milk.
  4. Watch the added sugars. It's easy to turn this healthy breakfast into a loaded bowl of sugar if you're not careful. How? Vanilla flavored milk, plus vanilla-flavored yogurt, plus honey, plus fruit. It's too much. My recommendation would be to pick one plus the fruit (or just fruit).
  5. Be sure to use the right kind of oats. Rolled oats are what you're after when it comes to overnight oats.
  6. Add the chia seeds at the same time as the yogurt and milk. As far as all those other toppings? Most are better off added later- such as fruit and nuts.
  7. Always mix well before serving.
Substitutes:
  • Make it vegan: Use plant-based milk, plant-based yogurt, and maple syrup (instead of honey) for sweetener.
  • Make it gluten-free: Use certified gluten-free oats.
  • Make it sugar-free: Omit the sweetener all together or use mashed or pureed fruit in the base recipe (this is especially great with frozen fruit).
(originally published on Feb 7, 2016)

Nutrition

Calories: 315kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 91mg | Potassium: 527mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 250IU | Calcium: 356mg | Iron: 2.6mg
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword how to make overnight oats, overnight oat recipe, overnight oats
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