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Overnight Oatmeal Six Ways

Hey guys! Have you tried overnight oatmeal yet? It’s such an easy and yummy breakfast, especially as the weather gets warmer – just pop it in the fridge the night before and wake up to cool, refreshing breakfast ready and waiting! Also, our microwave just broke yesterday, so I’m glad I have a no-microwave needed variation of my favorite microwave banana oatmeal at the ready! Overnight oats are fun because you can get really creative with the toppings – the combinations are endless, but here are six of my favorite easy overnight oatmeal recipes. Enjoy!

easy overnight oatmeal recipes

I think the best thing about overnight oatmeal is that it’s so fast and easy. A couple minutes of prep in the evening will mean breakfast is ready and waiting in the morning – being too busy to make breakfast is no longer an excuse! The less thinking and cooking first thing in the morning, the better, right?!

easy overnight oatmeal recipes

Let’s do this! I’ll get you guys started with all the ingredient options, then break it down into some of my favorite flavor combos.

Step One: Make the basic recipe. 

All you have to do is combine rolled oats (gluten free certified if necessary), ground flax and milk (dairy or nondairy) in a jar and shake. Boom. (Or, stir together in a bowl.)

basic overnight oatmeal recipe

Step Two: Flavor your base.

I love cocoa powder (chocolate for breakfast = fun), honey, maple syrup, vanilla, and cinnamon. Feel free to get creative with spices or extracts!

how to flavor overnight oatmeal

Step Three: Add healthy fats (and crunch!)

A handful of nuts or seeds and/or a spoonful of any nut butter adds flavor, crunch, and satisfying healthy fats. Use your favorites!

healthy fat

Step Four: Top with Fruit

Fruit adds sweetness and volume, not to mention fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Any fresh or frozen fruit works great – I love how frozen fruit defrosts overnight and creates a juicy sauce for your oatmeal in the morning!

how to make overnight oatmeal

And now, here are some of my favorite flavor combinations. Let me know which ones you enjoy most – or which different winning combinations you come up with yourself! I’d love to try them. :)

 

basic overnight oatmeal

Basic Overnight Oatmeal 

Yield: 1 serving

Ingredients:

1/2 cup old fashioned oats (certified GF if needed)

1 tablespoon ground flax

3/4 cup milk (dairy or nondairy)

 

Directions:

  1. Combine oats, flax, and milk in a one-pint jar (or bowl). Add desired base flavorings, screw on the lid, and shake.
  2. Top with desired healthy fat additions and fruit toppings, put the lid back on or cover, and refrigerate overnight (or at least 3-4 hours).

 

Here are some of my favorite variations:

Berry Almond: Add 1 tablespoon chia seeds, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, and 1 teaspoon honey to the base. Top with fresh or frozen mixed berries and sliced almonds.

berry almond overnight oatmeal

 

Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate: Add 1 tablespoon cocoa powder, 1 tablespoon peanut butter, and 1 teaspoon honey to base. Top with peanuts, banana, and chocolate chips. :)

peanut butter banana overnight oatmeal

 

TropicalAdd 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and 1 teaspoon maple syrup to base. Top with banana, mango, kiwi, and toasted coconut.

tropical overnight oatmeal

 

Cherry Almond Chocolate: Add 1 tablespoon cocoa powder, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, and 1 teaspoon maple syrup to base. Top with frozen dark cherries, sliced almonds, and chocolate chips.

cherry almond chocolate overnight oatmeal

 

Chocolate StrawberryAdd 1 tablespoon cocoa powder, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, and 1 teaspoon maple syrup to base. Top with fresh or frozen strawberries and chocolate chips.

chocolate strawberry overnight oatmeal

 

Banana Bread: Add 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, and 1 teaspoon maple syrup to base. Top with bananas and pecans.

banana bread overnight oatmeal

 

What are your favorite oatmeal flavorings and toppings? Have you ever tried overnight oatmeal?

If you liked this, check out more of my easy make-ahead breakfast recipes:

Comments

  1. 1

    I love overnight oats in the summer when I want something cold and creamy. Eyeing the tropical one!

  2. 2

    Do you add the topping to the mix before you let it sit overnight? Or just the base ingredients? Is the texture of overnight oatmeal different from regular hot oatmeal? (I love oatmeal, but can’t stand the texture of things like chia pudding)

    • 3

      Yes, you can mix everything before letting it sit overnight! :) The texture is definitely more smooth (and obviously it’s cold), but give it a shot and let me know what you think!

      • 4

        Anne! I tried the peanut butter + banana recipe last night/this morning and omg, it was amazing! So tasty, and no texture issues. I LOVED that this recipe made it so quick to have oatmeal in the morning. I will definitely be making again tonight. Thank you!!

  3. 6

    I am glad you did this post because I have wanted to try overnight oats! But I have been wondering – can you make a larger batch that lasts for several days or is it something that really should be eaten the next day? Thanks!

    • 7

      I bet you could make enough for 2 or 3 days worth — any longer than that and it might get way too mushy (or start to go bad).

  4. 8
    Stacey Wiesenthal says:

    I’ve made a “carrot cake” overnight oats that was really good. I used a similar base to yours but then I added nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice. 1 TBSP golden raisins, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (for more staying power) and ~1/4 cup chopped shredded carrots. It was so delicious.

  5. 10

    Yum! I love overnight oats. Definitely going to try one (or all) of these out :)

  6. 11

    These photos are so nice :)

  7. 12

    I’ve tried overnight oats but have found I don’t care for eating cold oatmeal. Do you know if it would work to microwave them in the morning?

  8. 14

    Longtime, (usually) silent reader here, but I couldn’t help but share my excitement for overnight oats with you today :) These all look delicious! I first tried overnight oats a few years ago and couldn’t get behind them being cold…but I gave them another try this past summer and now I can’t get enough! I guess maybe my tastes have changed? A good reminder to keep trying new things! Like you said, I love that they are so simple and easy to make and allow for an effortless breakfast – I am a grad student and am always packing my breakfast to eat on campus after a morning workout and overnight oats work perfect for that. My go-to add ins are wheat bran, a chopped date, almond butter, lots of cinnamon, sunflower seed kernels and banana slices. Plus a dollop of Greek yogurt – makes them so thick and creamy! Your chocolate versions look delicious and although I am not a chocolate-for-breakfast gal, I think I’ll have to try them for a bedtime snack or even dessert! Thanks for sharing.

    • 15

      Yay, thank you for reading and I’m so glad you enjoyed this post! Your add ins sound delicious. :) Loves dates!

  9. 16

    I want to try this! Do you have to add the flax or is it optional? Just thinking that I want to do this tonight but don’t have flax on hand. Thanks for the ideas!

  10. 18

    Do you think this would work with chia seeds subbed for flax?

    Love the idea for chocolate strawberry! Yum!

  11. 20

    Yum!! I plan to have a lot of overnight oats this summer while I’m recovering post-baby! So simple to throw together and enjoy the next day!

  12. 21

    Yum, I love overnight oats. Thanks for some new topping ideas!

  13. 22

    Yes, I’ve been wanting to make overnight oats to bring to work. Love these flavor options – especially the chocolate strawberry and chocolate cherry. I have some morello cherries sitting in my freezer waiting to be used just for this occasion.

  14. 24

    These all look and sound like fabulous combinations!

  15. 25

    such a good idea! Love all these combos, it’s a great way not to get bored with your meal prep!

  16. 26
    Roadrunner says:

    There is nothing like overnight oatmeal!

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