How to Make Overnight Oats

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I’ve been getting lots of questions on my Instagram about how I make my Overnight Oats. If you google “Overnight Oats” you will find hundreds of different ways to make them, but the basic idea is that you soak oats in some form of liquid in the fridge overnight, so that in the morning all you have to do is eat!

I love making overnight oats to have on busy weekday mornings when I get home from the gym before I rush off to work. I make them so often now that I don’t use an measuring cups or spoons, but I measured everything out this time, so I could show you guys how I make them.

How to Make Overnight Oats

The basic ingredients you will need are: plain greek yogurt, almond milk (I used unsweetened vanilla), rolled / old-fashioned oats, chia seeds, and a fruit of choice (optional).

How to Make Overnight Oats

Start with a large jar or tupperware of choice. The most DELICIOUS way to make overnight oats is to put all of the ingredients in an almost empty nut butter jar, like you may have seen on my Instagram. This way the oats soak up the peanut buttery taste overnight and every bite is extra yummy.

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I think these pictures prove that I finish way too many jars of Peanut Butter and Almond Butter….



Okay, here it goes! We’re makin’ oats, guys:

First, put 1/3 cup oats in your jar.

How to Make Overnight Oats

Then add 1/3 cup each of almond milk and greek yogurt. I use plain greek yogurt because I like to sweeten my oats with fresh or frozen fruit. Feel free to use a flavored greek yogurt if you wish, though.

How to Make Overnight Oats

Next, add 1 teaspoon of chia seeds and mix everything up! Note: chia seeds are NOT optional for overnight oats. They play the essential role of thickening the oats overnight.

How to Make Overnight Oats

I then like to top everything off with about 1/4 cup of frozen fruit. As I have mentioned before, I love buying frozen fruit because I never have to worry about it going bad if I don’t eat it fast enough. In this recipe the frozen fruit will defrost in the fridge overnight, so the berries will be juicy and ready to eat in the morning.

How to Make Overnight Oats

And, that’s it! Put the lid on your jar or tupperware and place it in the fridge overnight. Wake up, stumble into the kitchen, pull your jar from the fridge, grab a spoon, and dig in. Your oats will be ready to eat and you don’t even have to lift a finger in the A.M.

I know, you’re welcome 😉

How to Make Overnight Oats
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  • ⅓ cup rolled oats
  • ⅓ cup plain greek yogurt (I use non-fat)
  • ⅓ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • Stevia, to sweeten (optional)
  • Frozen or fresh fruit of choice
  1. Combine the first five ingredients in a jar or tupperware. Stir well to combine. Top with fruit and put the lid on the jar. Place in the fridge overnight to soak. In the morning, take off the lid and enjoy!


  • Christine @ Cooking with Cakes
    January 27, 2014 - 12:26 pm | Permalink

    I’ve been curious as to what the craze is with overnight oats, but after looking at this recipe, I totally getting!! thanks for sharing girrrl

    • Rachel (littlechefbigappetite)
      January 27, 2014 - 12:53 pm | Permalink

      I was definitely skeptical at first because I liked hot oatmeal, but now I am totally hooked on this kind – so fast and yummy!

  • Kellen
    January 28, 2014 - 5:45 am | Permalink

    First time attempting such a breakfast and I am glad I did. I added maple syrup and some cocoa powder to go with the peanut butter…WOW. Great recipe! I’m definitely gonna try all your other breakfast recipes. Also, if you ever need a guest chef contribution, I might be able to help in various courses :).

    • Rachel (littlechefbigappetite)
      January 28, 2014 - 8:50 am | Permalink

      Kellen, I am so glad you tried them and liked them! I will have to try adding cocoa powder next time – that is pretty genius.

  • Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner
    January 31, 2014 - 8:52 am | Permalink

    I’ve never made overnight oats and I do love a good bowl of oatmeal. Thank you for the step by step instructions! This is awesome. 🙂

    • Rachel (littlechefbigappetite)
      January 31, 2014 - 9:30 am | Permalink

      Tina, I love oatmeal in any form 🙂 I hope you try this version and enjoy it!

  • Leigh
    February 2, 2014 - 9:20 pm | Permalink

    Hi Rachel!! I have been reading your blog for a while now and I love it! It all started with the sweet potato cookies which I am obsessed with. I make them all the time. I just made the overnight oatmeal for tomorrow and I’m excited to try it tomorrow! Hope all is well with you!

    • Rachel (littlechefbigappetite)
      February 3, 2014 - 9:15 am | Permalink

      Leigh, it is so great to hear from you! Thanks so much for checking out my blog and trying some of my recipes. Let me know how you like the oatmeal!

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