Overnight Oats Recipe

Learn how to make overnight oats! This easy, make-ahead breakfast is perfect for busy mornings. Find my base recipe plus 4 fun variations below.

Four jars of overnight oats

When someone asks me for an easy, healthy breakfast idea, this overnight oats recipe is the first thing I suggest. It’s perfect for busy mornings, as you can make individual servings ahead of time and take them on the go. It’s also satisfying enough to keep you full till lunch, made with simple ingredients like oats, chia seeds, and (optional) yogurt. But best of all, it’s fun.

What could be fun about oatmeal, you ask? Well, this yummy breakfast is endlessly customizable. Once you learn how to make overnight oats, you can experiment with mix-ins like cocoa powder or vanilla extract or pile on toppings like nuts, seeds, and fresh fruit. To get you started, I’m sharing four tasty variations (+ my go-to base recipe!) below. Try them out, and then get creative making your overnight oats your own!

Maple syrup dripping into Mason jar filled with oats, chia seeds, and yogurt

Overnight Oats Recipe Ingredients

When I first started making overnight oats, I kept them really simple, using just oats, almond milk or coconut milk, and maple syrup. But after a little experimentation, I realized that adding chia seeds to overnight oats takes them to a whole new level. They give the oats a delicious thick and creamy texture, sort of like that of chia pudding. They also add protein, fiber, and healthy fats. What’s not to love?

Now, I use these ingredients in my go-to overnight oats recipe:

  • Whole rolled oats – Also known as old fashioned oats. Quick oats and steel-cut oats will NOT work here. Quick oats will be too mushy, while steel-cut oats will be chewy and tough.
  • Chia seeds – For extra protein and the perfect thick and creamy texture.
  • Almond milk – Or any milk you like! Dairy milk and oat milk both work well. Coconut milk adds rich flavor and yields an especially creamy texture.
  • Maple syrup – For sweetness. Honey works too.
  • And a pinch of salt – To make the oats extra-flavorful.

If you like, you can stir in Greek yogurt as well. It adds more protein and makes the oats extra-creamy. Skip it to make this recipe dairy-free.

Find the complete recipe with measurements below.

Hand pouring almond milk from pitcher into jar with base recipe ingredients

How to Make Overnight Oats

My method for how to make overnight oats is super simple! Here’s how it goes:

  • Place the oats, chia seeds, maple syrup or honey, salt, and yogurt, if using, in a lidded container or jar.
  • Pour in the almond milk, and stir thoroughly to combine. Make sure that there are no chia seeds clumped around the bottom or sides of the jar!
  • Cover and store overnight, or for up to 5 days, in the fridge.

When you’re ready to eat, give the oats another stir, add your desired toppings, and enjoy!

Almond milk streaming into jar with base recipe ingredients

If you’re meal prepping overnight oats, set out a Mason jar for each serving you want to prep. Add all the ingredients EXCEPT the milk to each jar. Then, add the milk to one jar and stir that jar together before adding the milk to the next. I find that adding the milk to one jar at a time helps prevent the chia seeds from getting too clumpy. Once you mix up all the overnight oats, cover and refrigerate until you’re ready to eat!

I recommend waiting to add any toppings until the morning you plan to eat your oats. That way, nuts, seeds, and granola will stay crunchy, and fruit will stay bright and fresh.

Apple pie overnight oats recipe

Overnight Oats Recipe Variations

Now for the fun part: overnight oats variations! Here are four that I really love:

1. Apple Pie Overnight Oats

This variation is perfect for fall! I stir applesauce and warm spices into the creamy oat base and top it off with diced apples and toasted pecans for crunch. If I have them on hand, I also like to add a scoop of my stovetop cinnamon apples to this variation. They taste just like the inside of an apple pie!

Peach crisp overnight oats recipe

2. Peach Crisp Overnight Oats

Topped with sweet, juicy peach slices and nutty granola, this overnight oatmeal is an ode to my favorite peach crisp.

PB&J overnight oats recipe

3. PB&J Overnight Oats

It’s a classic combo for a reason! I load up this variation with creamy peanut butter and a strawberry chia jam that packs a HUGE punch of berry flavor. Fresh strawberries and raspberries amp up that flavor even more, and toasted peanuts add the perfect crunch. For a twist on this variation, swap almond butter and toasted almonds for the peanut butter and peanuts.

Chocolate banana bread overnight oats recipe

4. Chocolate Banana Bread Overnight Oats

I stir cocoa powder, mashed banana, cinnamon, and nutmeg into this variation’s base to give it a rich, chocolatey banana bread flavor. Sliced bananas, walnuts, and chocolate chips top it off.

I hope you love these variations! But remember – you can also feel free to make your oats your own. Try stirring spices or protein powder into the oat base, or experiment with toppings like seasonal fresh fruit, dried fruit, coconut flakes, nuts, seeds, or nut butters. If you find a combination you love, let me know in the comments below!

Four jars filled with apple pie, PB&J, peach crisp, and chocolate banana overnight oats recipes

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Overnight Oats

rate this recipe:
4.99 from 256 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Serves 1
Learn how to make overnight oats! This healthy, make-ahead breakfast is easy to customize. Try one of the variations in the recipe below, or experiment with your own combinations of mix-ins and toppings.


Base Recipe


Apple Pie

Peach Crisp


Chocolate Banana Bread


  • Make the base recipe: In a Mason jar or other lidded jar, place the oats, chia seeds, maple syrup, salt, and Greek yogurt, if using. Add the almond milk and stir until the mixture is well combined and there are no clumps of chia seeds at the bottom of the jar. Cover and refrigerate overnight, or for up to 5 days.
  • In the morning, top with your desired toppings and serve with drizzles of maple syrup.
  • For apple pie overnight oats, stir the applesauce and cinnamon into the overnight oat base. Refrigerate overnight. In the morning, top with diced apple, chopped pecans, and cinnamon apples and drizzles of maple syrup, if desired.
  • For peach crisp overnight oats, make the plain overnight oat base. Refrigerate overnight. In the morning, top with peach slices, granola, and drizzles of maple syrup, if desired.
  • For PB&J overnight oats, make the plain overnight oat base. Refrigerate overnight. In the morning, top with chia jam, peanut butter, chopped strawberries, raspberries, and chopped peanuts.
  • For chocolate banana bread overnight oats, stir the mashed banana, cocoa powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg into the overnight oat base. Refrigerate overnight. In the morning, top with banana slices, chopped walnuts, chocolate chips, and drizzles of maple syrup, if desired.


*Chia Jam Recipe
  • 1 pound strawberries
  • ½ teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 3 tablespoons chia seeds
Place the strawberries, lemon juice, maple syrup, and salt in a small saucepan over low heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 to 5 minutes, or until softened. Use a fork or a potato masher to mash the strawberries, keeping a few a little chunky. Remove from the heat and stir in the chia seeds. Transfer to a jar and let cool, uncovered, at room temperature, then cover and chill in the fridge.


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  1. rebecca hart

    5 stars
    I make this constantly (I use tahini) thank you

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      I love that, yum!

  2. Jennifer

    5 stars
    First time making overnight oats! I just used the base recipe and added a little honey on top in the morning. Wow, so good and so easy!!! Can’t wait to try the other variations. Thank you!

  3. cienna

    4 stars
    i found it a bit too liquidy for me, so i’ll use less milk next time. but i added peanut butter, sunflower seeds, honey, and cinnamon into the final product and it was amazing

  4. Ashley Oliver

    5 stars
    The base recipe is my “go to” for oatmeal. My 15-month-old refuses warm oatmeal in all varieties (even with mashed banana, applesauce, nut butters, fruit purees), but he’ll gobble up some overnight oats. Thank you for helping me find a way to entice my picky eater!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Ashley, I”m so glad he’s enjoyed it!

  5. Allison

    5 stars
    Hi! I love your recipes. I’ve made these over night oats so many times. I love using oat milk and adding a splash of coconut milk.

    Do you have the nutritional information?

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Allison, I’m so glad you’ve loved them! I’m sorry, we don’t calculate nutrition facts but you can plug the ingredients into an online calculator.

  6. Nirmal Anandth M

    Adding salt to the mixture is something new that i am coming across. Anyway let me give it a try in that way. Also, i just love adding 2 table spoon of crunchy peanut butter to the yogurt mixture and load it with chopped apples.

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Nirmal, that sounds delicious! A pinch of salt just balances the flavor, it doesn’t come out salty. If your peanut butter is salted, you could skip it.

  7. Chelsea

    Really love all your recipes! When I clicked this from the healthy snacks list, there were a bunch of other quite interesting flavours displayed like sesame tahini w pomegranate. Where can I find those topping recipes? Thanks for everything!!

  8. Jeff

    5 stars
    I love love love your website, cookbooks and recipes … and have it book marked for my go to, but there are too many ads – maybe you should consider an ad free website PLEASE!!!!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Jeff, thank you so much for your support and I’m so happy you’ve been loving the site and the cookbooks. We plan to keep the website recipes completely free to the public, so ads are how we’re able to do that without creating a paid membership site.

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