These healthy overnight oats are an easy and delicious way to start off the day. It’s perfect for a simple breakfast or as a mid-day snack! You can prepare them ahead of time, they last the entire week, and they’re a great grab-and-go option for busy mornings.
I am a huge fan of overnight oats. There are also so many different flavor combinations and topping ideas that you could almost eat a different variation of overnight oats daily throughout the year!
Note: I’ll be updating this healthy overnight oats recipe ideas post whenever I have new recipes, so don’t forget to bookmark or pin this post for later so you can check back for more healthy breakfast recipes for your weekly meal planning session!
What Are Overnight Oats?
Overnight oats are a no-cook method of making oatmeal! It’s made by soaking rolled oats in some liquid overnight, so they become soft and digestible. It becomes deliciously thick and creamy, making it taste like a dessert!
They’re usually eaten cold, straight from the fridge, making them a great grab-and-go breakfast. Overnight oats are usually thick and chewy, but you can always add more milk to thin it out.
Why You’ll Love Overnight Oats
- Rolled oats are a great source of healthy carbs, fiber, and are high in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. (Source)
- Rolled oats are very budget-friendly. You can just giant bags at Costco for a pretty decent price!
- You can make overnight oats as nutritious as you want! Rolled oats themselves are already full of healthy goodness, so any extra ingredients such as chia seeds, Greek yogurt, hemp hearts, etc makes overnight oats even healthier.
Best Oats for Overnight Oats
Make sure you are using old-fashioned rolled oats. Instant oats and quick oats do not hold up as well, so I do not prefer the texture.
While rolled oats are naturally gluten-free, I highly recommend buying certified gluten-free rolled oats if you cannot eat gluten. A lot of oats are processed in the same facilities where you find gluten/allergens and it can lead to cross-contamination.
Best Milk for Overnight Oats
You can use any milk to make overnight oats from cow’s milk to non-dairy milk such as oat milk, almond milk, or cashew milk. If you don’t have milk, you can make it with water, like my overnight oats with water recipe.
Best Jars for Overnight Oats
For an on-to-go meal, mason jars are great. 16-ounce wide-mouth mason jars are great if you plan on adding toppings, so you don’t spill anything as you mix it all together. Weck jars are great as well! If you’re worried about a glass clanging around your bag, there this ziploc one!
Toppings for Overnight Oats
- Jam: I love the added sweetness of stirring some jam into the overnight oats. Jam also pairs delightfully with nut butter. Not a fan of jam? Try applesauce!
- Nut butter: peanut butter, cashew butter, and almond butter adds a bit of extra protein to the overnight oats.
- Fruit: what’s not to love about some fruit? Raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, mango, kiwi, and bananas make for a great topping.
- Granola, nuts, or seeds: granola, chopped nuts (like pecans or walnuts), or seeds (like sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds) add a great crunch to your overnight oats. Try my homemade lemon poppyseed granola! Hemp hearts are great as well!
Healthy Overnight Oats Recipes
Overnight oats with frozen fruit are perfect on a budget! Frozen fruit are very budget-friendly and you’re able to use your favorite fruit year-round. No need to wait for them to be in season!
If you’re looking for something that tastes like dessert for breakfast, then this strawberry shortcake overnight oats recipe is just what you need. It’s creamy, sweet, and delicious.
This raspberry overnight oats recipe is the perfect balance of sweet and tart! It brings together a delicious layer of cooked raspberry and creamy overnight oats.
What goes together better than apple and cinnamon? This warm and cozy apple cinnamon overnight oats recipe is perfect for when fall rolls around.
Speaking of cozy, this cinnamon overnight oats recipe is for you if you love the warm flavors of cinnamon but are not a fan of apples.
For those in an almond mood, this overnight oats with almond milk is just what you need! Almond milk and almond butter make for a delicious almond-packed dish.
I’m obsessed with cookie butter, so this biscoff overnight oats always hits the spot! It’s warm and creamy with a hint of winter spice.
Creamy, sweet, and full of bright cherries, this cherry overnight oats recipe is the best thing ever when cherries are in season. (Not to worry, you can use frozen cherries as well!)
If you’re a fan of peach pie, then you need to make this peach overnight oats recipe. It’s sweet, creamy, and fragrant.
Make mornings feel like a tropical vacation by whipping up a batch of these coconut overnight oats. You’ll think you’re on vacation ;)
There are five tins of matcha in my fridge at any given time. So it was fitting to make matcha overnight oats for a little boost of healthy goodness and caffeine in the morning.
Have a sweet tooth? Then you’ll love this Nutella overnight oats recipe! Add chopped hazelnuts on top for even more hazelnut flavor!
Run out of milk? Try this overnight oats recipe with water! It’s just as flavorful thanks to the addition of blueberries!
With almost 30 grams of protein per serving, this high protein overnight oats recipe is a convenient and delicious way to start the day! It comes together in a few short minutes and will keep you feeling fueled and satisfied all morning. It’s a simple but nutritious recipe!
Thick, creamy, and full of wholesome ingredients, these kefir overnight oats are a wonderful way to start off your day. Full of fiber, protein, and more, these overnight oats with kefir only require four ingredients!
Overnight oats tend to be made with chia seeds as they absorb the milk, leading to thick overnight oats. But what if you don’t have any? No problem! Here’s how to make overnight oats without chia seeds! They’ll still be creamy, thick, and delicious!
I hope you get a chance to try all of these overnight oats! Make sure to pin this post so you have it bookmarked as I’ll be updating it throughout the year! For more recipe, check out my collection of overnight oats here.