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Overnight Oats

Updated on August 13, 2014

Six Things to Make with Oatmeal

  1. Overnight oats
  2. Granola
  3. Oatmeal cookies
  4. Leftover oatmeal bread
  5. Baked oatmeal
  6. Homemade granola bars

Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

By Keith McDuffee [CC-BY-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
By Keith McDuffee [CC-BY-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Introduction to Overnight Oats

A little over a year ago, I started changing our eating habits. Slowly, but not easily, my habits changed.

A couple of our friends make all of their meals for the week on Sundays, which is how they maintain good eating habits. I tried that once, but it didn't work as well for me. By Tuesday, I was just not interested in whatever I thought sounded good on Sunday.

So, I adjusted their great idea to fit my lifestyle and unwillingness to commit to meal plans. I don't make entire meals on Sunday, but I make yogurt, hardboiled eggs, whole-grain sides, roasted vegetables and parts of meals to eat throughout the week. I attribute my successful habit changes to the make-ahead meal (sides) and snacks. And eating at home. Eating at home (or food you made at home) is crucial!

One meal I do make ahead 3 or 4 times a week is breakfast. The whole family loves it! I make it the night before and it's called "overnight oats."

A google search turns up a lot of variations of this basic recipe I whip together the night before in 1-2 minutes. I've made it many ways, using several different types ofoats and sources of liquid and it's never failed. All you have to do is keep a 1:1 oat to liquid ratio and wait a few hours! Breakfast is ready when you wake up, reducing hunger-induced bad decisions (like McDondald's). I put my husband's in a coffee mug and he takes it to-go!

Overnight Oats in a Mug

Overnight oats with Greek yogurt, chia seeds, strawberries and milk.
Overnight oats with Greek yogurt, chia seeds, strawberries and milk. | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 8 hours
Ready in: 8 hours 5 min
Yields: 1 serving

Overnight Oats Recipe

  • 1/2 cup Traditional rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup Frozen strawberries, optional
  • 1 tbsp. Chia seeds, optional
  • 1 tbsp. Almond butter, optional

Overnight Oats Recipe

  1. Mix together oats and yogurt. Place in refrigerator overnight.
  2. Add your favorite add-ons (I add the night before, but you can add in the morning): frozen/fresh berries, almond butter, peanut butter, sunflower seed butter, fruit preserves, honey, chia seeds
  3. Enjoy! It's that simple and easy to customize to your family's tastes!

Richard Simmons on Oatmeal

"Truthfully, everyone knows how to eat right. They know the difference between oatmeal and a jelly cream doughnut. They know how to walk. Everyone has this in their brain. When I started, we didn't have all this knowledge."

Types of Oatmeal

  • Raw oats
  • Steel cut oats
  • Scottish oatmeal
  • Old-fashioned rolled oats (traditional)
  • Quick rolled oats

For this recipe, I think traditional rolled oats work the best. Steel cut oats can be a bit chewy and quick oats are too mushy. Experiment and find out which way your family likes it best~

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By Alec Perkins from Hoboken, USA (Granola  Uploaded by victorgrigas) [CC-BY-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
By Alec Perkins from Hoboken, USA (Granola Uploaded by victorgrigas) [CC-BY-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons | Source


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      Quinn Grace 3 years ago

      That's the best way to avoid junk (I think)! Plan ahead!

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      Pamela Oglesby 3 years ago from United States

      I never tried overnight oats, but would be willing to try them, although I am allergic to almonds, so I would have to substitute something else. I like the idea of planning ahead as grabbing something without much thought can lead to unhealthy eating. Very useful and interesting hub.

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      never try on overnight oats, mostly fresh ones