Overnight Oats

I wasn’t going to bother posting overnight oats on my blog since I figured so many others have before me, and it’s by no means my own recipe or creation. However, when I posted a photo of it on my Instagram last week, I received so many great questions and comments about this tasty breakfast, I realized many haven’t heard about it, or have seen the photos but not a how-to explanation.

So, the simple beauty of overnight oats is you prep it all the night before, stick it in the fridge, and wake up to breakfast already being made. It’s easy to eat right away, or grab-and-go to eat at work. You can make it in a just-finished nut butter jar, a mason jar, an upcycled glass pasta jar, a bowl, or a Tupperware container. Just make sure to cover it as this helps to lock in the moisture, as well as prevent any smells in your fridge from seeping in.

The most common question is, do you eat overnight oats cold or heat it up? If you were to heat it up a lot, it would dry out the oats again, become rubbery, and completely defeat the no-bake ease. Over the Winter, I would pop it in the microwave for about 10 seconds just to get the chill out (or, more commonly,  leave it on the counter, get distracted by the kids, and not get a chance to eat until an hour later.) Now that it’s Summer, I prefer to eat it cold, straight out of the refrigerator.

There’s a multitude of ingredients you can add—think nut butters, seeds, nuts, dried fruit, etc.—but I’m just giving a basic recipe to get you started. Let me know what your favorite mix-ins are in the comments below!


Prep Time: 5 minutes |Total Time: 6+ hours |Servings: 1


  • 3/4 cup oats (steel cut; instant; or gluten-free…doesn’t matter)
  • 1 T flaxseed
  • 1 T chia seeds
  • 3T walnuts
  • 2 T peanut butter
  • 1 T dried cranberries
  • 1—1 1/2 cup milk (coconut, almond, cow’s,…doesn’t matter)
  • Optional: 1/2 T maple syrup
  • Optional: 1 scoop protein powder
  • Optional: 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt


  1. In a jar, add all dry ingredients
  2. Cover, and shake.
  3. Remove cover. Add peanut butter. Douse in milk. You should have 1/4″ layer of milk on top.
  4. Put cover back, and place jar in fridge for at least 6 hours.
  5. In the morning, top with fresh fruit if desired and enjoy!

Occasionally I have to add a little more milk—no problem.

overnight oats

Meridith Oram
Meridith Oram is an ACE-Certified Health Coach at Below the Fork where she encourages women to love themselves towards healthy. She is married with two boys, and lives outside of Philadelphia. She earned a B.A. in Communications from Villanova University. Meridith writes about FASTer Way to Fat Loss, fitness, nutrition, Celiac Disease, and easy (but delicious!) gluten-free recipes at belowthefork.com. Follow her @belowthefork on all social channels.

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