30 Recipes for Overnight Oats

Itz the big overnight oats post I was telling you about: 30 Recipes for Overnight Oats.

overnight oats recipes

But first, real quick, let’s talk about overnight oats in case you’re unfamiliar.  What are they? What’s the benefit? Why would you make them? How do you make them?  And what are the possibilities? (Oh, the possibilities are endless, my friends!)

What are overnight oats?  Overnight oats are, essentially, cold oatmeal.  Wait, don’t run away yet.  Itz actually absolutely delicious, there are so many benefits, and a million possibilities.  I promise you that you can find something in here that you like.  Overnight oats are made with oats (shocking!) that have been soaked in some sort of liquid and other add-ins.  And, if you’re weird about the cold oats thing, feel free to pop them in the microwave in the morning to warm ’em up a bit.

What’s the nutritional benefit of overnight oats?  Oatmeal is a super healthy whole grain.  Itz a great source of fiber and protein; one serving (1/2 cup of uncooked oats) contain 4 grams of fiber and 5 grams of protein.  Fiber and protein both help keep you full longer.  Oatmeal can help lower your cholesterol (your LDL or “bad” cholesterol) when eaten regularly.  Oatmeal may help reduce high blood pressure and may reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes. (source)  Oatmeal is all natural and not processed making it a fabulous option for a meal or a snack.

How do you make overnight oats?  This is the beauty of them: you prep them ahead of time, so when it comes to eat, you’re all ready to rock and roll!  Many people make them the night before.  Since I’m the biggest procrastinator ever, often times I will make them the morning of, let them soak for thirty minutes, and then eat them.  Either way works.

So you put all your dry ingredients in a bowl, mix them, and then add your liquid (milk or yogurt).  If I’m eating overnight oats as my breakfast, then I typically use dairy milk so the protein is increased. However, if I’m making them for a snack and don’t need quite the staying power as I do in the morning, then I may use almond milk.  Overnight oats can easily be vegan if you don’t use cow’s milk.  Using Greek yogurt is a fabulous way to increase the protein content, as well, and using any yogurt makes the oats extra creamy!

Using protein powder is yet another way to increase the protein in overnight oats.  Other options for add-ins are granola, fresh, frozen, or dried fruit, or nuts and seeds and their butters.  Feel free to add a touch more of milk in the morning if you prefer them a bit runnier, otherwise enjoy the thickness!


What are the flavor possibilities of overnight oats?  ENDLESS!  I’m going to link to 30 different recipes (many by my wonderful fellow FitFluential Ambassadors!), but if none of them sound appealing to you (yeah right), I encourage you to experiment in the kitchen and come up with your own flavor combination!

30 Recipes for Overnight Oats


What’s your favorite overnight oats recipe?  Which recipe are you going to try?

28 thoughts on “30 Recipes for Overnight Oats

  1. Thanks for this, Linz!! In my years of HLB reading and writing, I still haven’t made overnight oats. I just never think of it until the morning. With Baby #2 due any week now, I think this may be a good option for me!!!

  2. My Amish Baked Oatmeal recipe can be prepped the night before and then popped into the oven, but I find it doesn’t add anything to the flavor so I usually skip the overnight part. I guess it’s handy for someone who has more time in the evenings than in the morning, but I’m not one to plan in advance.

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