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How to Make Overnight Oats – 4 Ways

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How to Make Overnight Oats is your guide for how to make overnight oats, what to top them with, and why this nutritionist loves them!

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It’s SO easy to make overnight oats! And they are a fantastic morning meal to keep you satisfied until lunchtime.

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Why do I love overnight oats?

  1. Very nutritious. The combination of oats and chia seeds means that it’s a breakfast that’s packed with whole grains, protein, and plenty of fiber. This is a filling, nutrient-dense meal!
  2. So easy. Always important in my mind! This breakfast takes just a few minutes, and can be prepped the in batches.
  3. Can grab-and-go. Because the overnight oats just need fresh toppings in the morning, they are really easy to take on-the-go.
  4. Versatile. The flavor potential for overnight oats is endless! Fresh fruits, frozen fruits, nuts, nut butter, shredded coconut, whipped cream, honey, ANYTHING goes!

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Want to know how to make overnight oats?

I’m so glad! 😉

Step one: Measure out oats, chia seeds, and a pinch of salt. I love using chia seeds because it thickens up the whole mixture, and gives it a great texture.

Step two: Stir in milk (vanilla and honey/maple syrup are optional) and let it chill overnight in the fridge.

Step three: Toppings, toppings, toppings.

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Best ingredient ratio for how to make overnight oats

1 part oats + 2 parts milk + 1/4 part chia seeds

For an average size serving, this translates to: 1/2 cup oats + 1 cup milk + 2 Tbsp. chia seeds

*I prefer to use whole milk in my overnight oats, because that is what we drink but any dairy or plant-based milk will work. 

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4 topping ideas for how to make overnight oats

The toppings are the fun part of overnight oats. You can go in a few different directions.

You can keep it really simple and just top them with a bit of fruit or chopped nuts or you can go crazy and top your overnight oats with as many toppings as you can fit in the jar! Here are four of my favorite combinations:

  • PB + Banana: this classic flavor combo pairs so well with oats! It’s creamy, sweet, and super satisfying.
  • Fresh Berries + Chopped Nuts: Berries add some sweetness and the chopped nuts and some crunch. Any berry variety will work, so choose what looks best at the store! (Blueberries and strawberries are my favorites!)
  • Pear + Cinnamon: hi fall flavors! The pear (or apple) adds a nice crunch to the creamy oats. You can also grate the pear or apple for less crunch.
  • Frozen Raspberries: If you are short on time, toss in a handful of frozen raspberries! You can even do this the night before when you are adding the milk. They’ll add delicious raspberry flavor and turn your overnight oats into a beautiful shade of pink!

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What do I need to make overnight oats?

Not much! In addition to the ingredients, you’ll need plenty of glass jars or plastic containers. I recommend making a big batch of overnight oats (dried version), which is an incredible time-saver! All you do is portion out the oats, chia seeds, and pinch of salt into individual jars. Then all they need is the milk and perhaps a splash of vanilla and/or honey before they rest overnight.

Ok, what are you going to top your overnight oats with first?

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How to Make Overnight Oats – 4 Ways

  • Author: Emily Dingmann
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 serving 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: American
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How to Make Overnight Oats is your guide for how to make overnight oats, what to top them with, and why this nutritionist loves them!


  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 2 Tbsp. chia seeds
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tsp. honey or maple syrup (optional)
  • toppings as desired


  1. Portion out oats, chia seeds, and salt into glass jars or plastic containers.
  2. The night before you want to eat them, stir in milk and sweetener.
  3. Store in the fridge overnight.
  4. In the morning, top and go!


  • Nutrition facts are for basic overnight oats recipe, no toppings are included.

Keywords: breakfast, easy breakfast, overnight oats, how to make overnight oats, overnight oats recipe


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  1. Vince

    I really love the idea of overnight oats. They’re not much work to begin with and all the effort is the night before, not the morning when everything is a mad rush.

  2. Mercedes

    I eat oatmeal literally every day but why do I not do orvernigth oats?? Do you eat them cold? I can’t do it! But I could always heat them up, why do I not do this?! Are chia seeds protein? I’m drooling over the photo of the PB and bananas…

    • Emily

      YES to it all!!! You could totally heat them up and yes, chia seeds are great source of omega-3s and fiber! A little protein, but I would add milk or pb for that. 😉