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Easy Recipes: Overnight Oats

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A jar filled with layers of oats, pink yogurt, raspberries and strawberries.

Overnight oats are easy to make.


Many people eat oats for breakfast. They are good for our health.

Oat plants. In the foreground cupped hands holding fresh oats.

Oats ready to be harvested.


There are different types of oats: rolled, steel-cut and instant. After the harvest, rolled oats are steamed, rolled, and flattened into flakes. Rolled oats are best for overnight oats because they don’t go mushy.

A small heap of rolled oats on a white surface

Rolled oats look like this.


Overnight Oats recipes from Quaker


Blueberry, banana and pecan overnight oats

Glas jar with blueberry, banana, pecan overnight oats with honey.

What you need:

  • ½ cup oats

½ cup milk

¼ cup blueberries

  • ½ banana, sliced

  • ¼ cup yogurt

  • 2 tsp honey

  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract

⅛ tsp cinnamon

  • ¼ cup pecans, chopped

How to make it:

Mix everything together and leave in the fridge till the next morning.


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Horchata overnight oats

Glass jar with oats, yogurt, chopped almond. Honey being drizzeld on top layer.

What you need:

  • ½ cup oats

  • ½ cup almond or rice milk

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • Pinch of ground cloves

  • Pinch salt

  • ½ cup vanilla yogurt

  • 2 tablespoons chopped almonds

  • 1 tablespoon honey

How to make it:

  1. Add oats to a jar.

  2. Whisk these together: Almond or rice milk 
Vanilla extract
 Ground cinnamon
 Pinch of ground cloves

  3. Pour over oats.

  4. Layer with yogurt and some almonds.

  5. Drizzle honey on top and refrigerate overnight.


Some tips for making overnight oats:

  • Use the right amount of liquid. Usually, the liquid is milk. If you use too much liquid, it will become like soup. If you use too little liquid, the oats wont become soft. So, just remember to use double the quantity of liquid. If you are using 1 cup oats, add 2 cups milk.

  • Add a pinch of salt.

  • Always top up with fruits and nuts in the morning. Do not soak them overnight.


Overnight oats with berries

Glass jar with oats, stawberries, raspberries, yogurt.

What you need:

  • 1/2 cup oats

  • 1/2 cup milk

  • 1/4 cup strawberry yogurt

  • 1/4 cup chopped strawberries

¼ cup raspberries

How to make it:

  1. Add oats to a jar.

  2. Stir in milk.

  3. Layer yogurt and some strawberries.

  4. Sprinkle chia seeds if you have them.

  5. Refrigerate overnight.

  6. Put some raspberries in the freezer overnight.

  7. Take overnight oats out of the fridge in the morning.

  8. Top with frozen raspberries.


Overnight oats with peanut butter

Glass jar filled with oats, banana, peanut butter

What you need:

  • Half a cup of Oats

  • Half cup milk

  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds

  • Quarter teaspoon vanilla extract

  • Half teaspoon cinnamon

  • Quarter cup bananas, sliced

  • 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter

  • Half tablespoon honey

How to make it:

  1. Add oats to a bowl or glass jar.

  2. Pour in milk.

  3. Mix in vanilla extract and cinnamon.

  4. Add chia seeds if you have them.

  5. Now add a layer of peanut butter.

  6. Then a layer of sliced banana. Continue this way until the jar is full.

  7. Drizzle with honey.

  8. Let it sleep in the fridge.

  9. Enjoy it in the morning.


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Kiwi lime pie overnight oats

Glass jar with Kiwi lime pie overnight oats

What you need:

  • 1/2 cup oats

  • 1/2 coconut milk, or milk of choice

  • 1/2 cup yogurt

  • 1 teaspoon lime juice

  • 1 kiwi, chopped

  • 1 tablespoon chopped almonds or crushed graham crackers

1 tablespoon honey

  • 1/2 teaspoon lime zest

How to make it:

  1. Add oats to a jar.

  2. Stir in coconut milk. Any other milk will do, too.

  3. Add yogurt and lime juice.

  4. Layer yogurt, kiwi, and almonds.

  5. Drizzle honey on top

  6. Refrigerate overnight.

If using crushed graham crackers, add just before serving.


Continue with your own ideas.

These recipes are examples to start with. You can come up with your own ideas too.

  • Try mixing different fruit, nuts, yogurt, and milk alternatives like almond, coconut, or rice milk.

  • The longer the mixture is left, the softer the oats get.

  • It looks prettier in a glass because the layers are visible.


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