8 Overnight Oat Recipes to Up Your Breakfast Game

Overnight oats are one of my absolute favorite weekday breakfasts. Most of the leg work is done the night before, which means they are quick to grab and go in the morning. Overnight oats are also extremely versatile and can be customized depending on your preferences and what you have on hand. The concept is simple- soak oats overnight in liquid and chia seeds. Then in the morning you have breakfast because the oats soften in the liquid overnight and the chia seeds hold it all together. I always use the same base recipe as follows:

  • 1/3 cup rolled oats

  • 2/3 cup plain low fat kefir

  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds

Mix well and let set in the refrigerator overnight. In the morning, add a splash (1-2 tablespoons) of your milk of choice. I usually use unsweetened soy or almond milk.

The amount in the recipe can be adjusted based on your personal nutrition needs, but try to keep the ratio about the same for optimal texture.

If you like your oats a little sweeter, I recommend adding sweetness by:

  • Half a mashed banana- this works great if you use frozen bananas thawed for 20-30 seconds in the microwave

  • Up to 1 tablespoon of honey, maple syrup, or silan (date syrup)

  • Use flavored kefir instead of regular, as the flavors typically contain sugar


 

Nectarberry Caprese

½ tablespoon balsamic glaze (mixed into the base recipe in the morning)

Toppings/mix-ins:

  • 1 nectarine, diced

  • ½ cup strawberries, diced

  • 2 large basil leaves, chopped

Nectarine and strawberry (aka “nectarberry”) overnight oats with balsamic glaze and fresh basil

Nectarine and strawberry (aka “nectarberry”) overnight oats with balsamic glaze and fresh basil

 

Tropical toasted coconut

Instead of almond/soy milk, add a splash of coconut milk to mix into base in the morning. I also recommend adding half of a mashed banana into the base for sweetness.

Toppings/mix-ins:

  • ¼ cup tropical trail mix- this is the kind that will often include dried papaya, pineapple, and cashews. The one I found had dried papaya, pineapple, golden raisins, peanuts, soy nuts, and coconut.

  • ½ cup fresh pineapple

  • 1 tablespoon shredded coconut or coconut chips

Overnight oats with tropical flavor from coconut, pineapple, and trail mix

Overnight oats with tropical flavor from coconut, pineapple, and trail mix

 

Banana walnut bread

Add half of a mashed banana into the base in the morning, along with:

  • 2 tablespoons walnut pieces

  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

  • pinch of salt (this is tiny- about 1/16 teaspoon if you’re measuring)

Top with other half of the banana, sliced on top

This recipe has everything you love about banana bread, plus lots of fiber and omega 3 fats.

This recipe has everything you love about banana bread, plus lots of fiber and omega 3 fats.

 

Peanut butter and jelly

1 cup of thawed frozen mixed berries, mix into base in the morning

1 tablespoon peanut butter on top or swirled throughout

I added some fresh berries and crushed peanuts on top for aesthetics, but the recipe tastes just as good using all frozen berries and peanut butter.

I added some fresh berries and crushed peanuts on top for aesthetics, but the recipe tastes just as good using all frozen berries and peanut butter.

 

Chai spiced pear

Mix chai spice blend into base in the morning. Top with a diced up pear. This is one of the recipes that I feel benefits most from a little added sugar, so I added about a teaspoon of honey.

Chai spice blend:

  • 3/8 teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom

  • pinch of black pepper

overnight oats chai spiced pear.jpg

 

Pumpkin spice

The additional liquid can be omitted in this recipe because of the pumpkin. In the morning, mix into oats:

Top with 1 tablespoon of pumpkin seeds

Adding the banana sliced on top is totally optional- I did it more for the aesthetics. It worked great when mashed and all mixed together.

Adding the banana sliced on top is totally optional- I did it more for the aesthetics. It worked great when mashed and all mixed together.

 

Apple pie

1 whole apple, diced and sautéed in:

  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil

  • Sprinkle of cinnamon

I actually do not recommend sweetening this recipe, since the tart base goes well with the sweet apples.

 

Cherry almond vanilla

Mix 1 tablespoon almond butter and ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract into the base recipe in the morning.

Toppings/mix-ins:

  • 1/2 cup cherries, quartered

  • 2 tablespoons slivered almonds