Buzzy breakfast alert! Overnight oats are the master of morning convenience. Transform a power trio of rolled oats, chia seeds, and Greek yogurt into luscious, creamy oatmeal without any cooking or mess. Simply soak the ingredients in milk, pop the mixture in the fridge, then get a good night's sleep. The magic happens overnight!

By Allison Miller
May 20, 2016

If you haven't hopped on the overnight oatmeal trend, you're seriously missing out (especially if you're someone who usually has oats for breakfast). We'll teach you how to make overnight oats so you can speed up your mornings with this grab-and-go breakfast. Plus, we'll also share a few of our favorite recipes for easy overnight oats to help you try the trend yourself!

Overnight Oats with Fruit

Overnight oats, refrigerator oatmeal, chia pudding: The names for this simple breakfast recipe are as varied as its mix-ins, toppings, and flavor possibilities. If you're not sure where to start, our recipe for Overnight Oats with Fruit just might be the best oatmeal recipe out there. It's super simple and ridiculously tasty, so it's a great starting point for anyone just dipping a toe into the world of simple overnight oats.

Blackberry-Ginger Overnight Oats

Follow our three simple steps to make this super-easy no-cook breakfast, then check out our other healthy oatmeal recipes (all of which you can make the night before, naturally). It only takes about 10 minutes to prep these healthy overnight oats, so you won't have to give up much of your evening to enjoy a speedy breakfast tomorrow.

Step 1: Prep for Success

In a large bowl mix together one 6-ounce carton of plain low-fat yogurt or whole milk Greek yogurt, 2/3 cup regular rolled oats, and 2/3 cup milk.

Now is your chance to get creative! Stir in any variety of your favorite toppings. Some of our favorites include fresh or dried fruit, chopped nuts, peanut butter, honey, and chocolate chips. To make our Blackberry-Ginger oats, stir in 1/2 cup fresh blackberries, 1/4 cup peach or apricot preserves, and 2 teaspoons snipped crystallized ginger (you can also use 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger in place of crystallized ginger).

You can also increase the nutritional value of your oatmeal with a tablespoon of chia seeds and/or flaxseeds.


Step 2: Chill Out

Carefully pour the oatmeal mixture into canning jars—either two 8-ounce single-serving jars or one pint-size jar.

Note: A half-pint Mason jar makes a convenient, portable, and adorable 1-portion serving.

Cover the jars and chill in the refrigerator overnight or up to 3 days. Over time, the oats will absorb the milk and become fabulously rich and creamy.


Step 3: Indulge!

The best feature of overnight oats is that they're ready when you are (no matter how many times you hit the snooze button).

To serve this breakfast-in-a-jar, top each serving with fresh fruit or more of the ingredients you've mixed in. Make your oatmeal pop with a dollop of thick Greek yogurt and a generous drizzle of maple syrup. For our Blackberry-Ginger oatmeal, try serving with a few extra fresh blackberries on top, plus a handful of sliced almonds.

And there you have it! Heavenly overnight oatmeal as easy to make as it is delicious.

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Tip: Our overnight oats recipes call for regular rolled oats, also called old-fashioned oats. You could substitute instant oats if that's what you have on hand, but instant oats are processed to be thinner than rolled oats, so the recipes will be done sooner and have less texture than if you use regular rolled oats.

Our Best Ideas for Overnight Oats

Blackberry-Ginger Refrigerator Oatmeal

Punch up overnight oats with a swirl of peach preserves. This no-cook jar of delight also features fresh blackberries, toasted almonds, and crystallized ginger, making it certifiably scrumptious. Thanks to Greek yogurt, this recipe also has plenty of protein, so if you've been on the hunt for healthy overnight oats, this recipe will be a great way to start your day.

Cherry Java Refrigerator Oatmeal

Skip the trip to your coffeehouse and instead infuse the flavor of your daily cup o' joe into refrigerator oatmeal with espresso coffee powder and brown sugar. Sweet-tart cherries and rich toasted hazelnuts makes this overnight oats recipe feel fantastically fancy. These overnight oats are a great breakfast to pair with your morning cup of coffee!



Peanut Butter-Banana Refrigerator Oatmeal

Sweet meets salty in this divine breakfast that even the King of Rock 'n' Roll would crave. First, swirl your overnight oats with peanut butter to make them extra creamy. After refrigerating, top with sliced bananas and, if you're feeling daring, bits of salty, melt-in-your-mouth bacon. Of course, if you're already a fan of savory oatmeal, adding bacon is a must.



Carrot Cake Refrigerator Oatmeal

Why wait until after dinner to satisfy your sweet tooth when you can wake up to this quick and easy twist on classic carrot cake. Maple syrup and cinnamon sweeten the oats, while shredded carrots, crushed pineapple, and walnuts contribute the perfect amount of bite. This is one oatmeal recipe we're always willing to get out of bed for!


Orange-Honey Overnight Oats

This bowl of overnight oats looks so inviting that we're already reaching for our spoons! In this case, it's partially due to its delicious toppings and add-ins: flaked coconut, honey, and orange zest are mixed in with the oats, while toasted coconut and fresh berries make for a delectable topping. This recipe makes six servings, so you can prep your breakfasts for the whole week or share with your family. 

Blackberry-Ginger Overnight Bulgur

Of course, oatmeal isn't your only option when it comes to easy overnight grains. You can also make overnight bulgur! Bulgur is a whole wheat grain, so it's a great choice when you're looking to eat healthy. In this recipe, we dressed it up with Greek yogurt, crystallized ginger, and fresh blackberries.

Overnight Apple-Cinnamon Oatmeal

This oatmeal recipe isn't quite like overnight oats, but it's just as easy and tasty. Rather than refrigerating your oats overnight, you can also try making them in your slow cooker! This apple and cinnamon overnight oatmeal slow-cooks while you're sleeping so you can wake up to a warm, comforting bowl of oats on those chilly winter mornings.


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