The Best Overnight Oats Recipes You Don’t Have to Wake Up Early For

Breakfast, Recipe Index | September 6, 2017 | By

These overnight oats recipes are the perfect nourishing, healthy, and delicious breakfast for those of us who would rather sleep in than make a good breakfast. 

Hopefully, by now, it’s no secret that I love food. Being a dietitian, I talk about food all day, and being a recipe developer I cook a lot. Food is on my mind, I look forward to eating almost all of the time. But, as much as I love cooking and eating, I’d probably say I love sleeping even more. I refuse to get up any more than 30 minutes before I have to leave for work or anything else.

When it comes to my breakfasts, easy is the key, and all of my breakfasts (during the week at least) are ones I made ahead of time and can eat at work. Again, I love eating but I’m still not waking up early enough to eat before work.

Enter overnight oats. As a person who loves convenient and nourishing foods, this breakfast is the absolute best. They take less than 5 minutes to throw together, you’re bound to have ingredients on hand, and they’re really filling and delicious.

I’m not much of a recipe user (I know, I know, it’s my job: but I’m lazy) so I’ve turned to a few other bloggers who have really delicious overnight oats recipes to add to my go to overnight oats recipe.

Ohhh, I missed the most important part, and I think it’s important because I find myself explaining the easiest oatmeal ever to clients day in & day out. Overnight oats is essentially oatmeal that you soak in milk or another liquid in the fridge overnight. The liquid softens the oats making them ready to eat without any cooking. What makes overnight oats even better is the add-ins. I always add Greek yogurt, milk, & peanut butter or peanut butter powder to my overnight oats for lots of creaminess and protein. I add fruit for sweetness and flavor, and chia seeds or other crunchies to add texture. Overnight oats can be taken from the fridge and eaten as it (aka: cold) or warmed up-although I’ve never warmed mine up.

Here are a few great recipes that you’ll look forward to in the morning.


Overnight Oats | healthy | in a jar | recipe

The Easiest Overnight Oatmeal

Here are other delicious recipes I’ve found around the web:

(notes- use desired/accessible type of milk & oats, regardless of recipe notes; you can refrigerate all these overnight because whose going to get up a couple hours early to refrigerate their oats for 2-3h? #notme)


Quick recipes that require ZERO effort in the morning:

Fruity Oats

Banana Mango Overnight Oats via Katie, RD, of Mom’s Kitchen Handbook blog

(blueberry) Overnight Oats in a Jar via Living Sweet Moments

Or if you’re in the mood for a cool treat: Overnight Oats Popsicles via Dixya RD, of Food, Pleasure, and Health blog

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Overnight Oats via Kaleigh of Lively Table blog (because chocolate + strawberries)

Easy Apple Crisp Overnight Oats via Fearless Dining

Loaded Strawberry Overnight Oats via Melanie, RD, of Nutritious Eats blog

Banana Mango Overnight Oats via Liz, RD, of Liz’s Healthy Table

Apple Pie Overnight Oats via Julie, RD, of RDelicious Kitchen blog

Strawberry Vanilla Overnight Oats via Jenna, RD, of Make Healthy Easy

Lemon Overnight Oats via V Nutrition

Pumpkin Apple Pie Overnight Oats by Lauren, RD, of Bite of Health Nutrition

Berry Cherry Overnight Oats via Cara, RD of Streetsmart Nutrition

Banana Date Overnight Oats via Brittyn, RD, of Brittyn Howard Nutrition


Nutty Oats

Nutty Chocolate Overnight Oats via Alissa, RD, of Alissa Rumsey Nutrition & Wellness

Overnight Banana Peanut Butter Oatmeal via Cooking on the Front Burners

Peanut Butter Banana Overnight Oats via Stacey, RD, of Stacey Mattinson Nutrition


Chocolatey Oats

Chocolate Orange Overnight Oats via It’s Cheat Day Everyday

Chocolate Almond Butter Overnight Oats via Apples for CJ

Peppermint Mocha Overnight Oats (becuase chocolate + peppermint shouldn’t be reserved for the holidays) via Lauren of Nutrition Starring You

Oats with Veggies in them

Carrot Cake Overnight Oats via Apples for CJ (if you don’t add addl garnishes)

Chocolate Zucchini Overnight Oats via Nourish Everyday

Other Oats

Maple Vanilla Overnight Oats via The Organic Kitchen

Overnight Oatmeal Chia Pudding via Root & Revel

Sunflower Seed & Jelly Overnight Oats (perfect if you have nut allergies!)

via Chelsey, RD, of C It Nutritionally blog.


Quick recipes that require a few minutes of work in the morning:

GF Chunky Monkey Overnight Oats via What the Fork Food Blog

Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats via Kristine in Between

Cookie Dough Overnight Oats via The Kitchen of Danielle

Ginger Spiced Apple (but really pear) Bircher Muesli via Nourish Every Day

Chocolate Strawberry Overnight Oats via Travelling Oven


Not as quick recipes, but perfect for a special breakfast: 

Vegan Overnight Oats with Rhubarb Compote via Lauren Caris Cooks


One not-overnight oat recipe that’s too gorgeous to not share (also because I’m dying to try it, but will wait until I quit my job to work full time for myself-and that’s happening this month eek)

Vegan Sour Cherry Overnight Oats via Vibrant Plate


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Let’s get chatty, what are your favorite quick breakfasts?


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    Brynn at The Domestic Dietitian
    September 6, 2017

    What a perfect post since we are just getting back into the swing of school drop off in the morning! Love overnight outs and this round up is full of delicious goodness.

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      September 7, 2017

      totally! good luck with the transition & they look really good, don’t they?!

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    Abbie Gellman
    September 6, 2017

    Great for back to school and cooler weather! Looking forward to trying some of these

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    Kelly @ TastingPage
    September 7, 2017

    I love overnight oats. Not only are they tasty, but it’s so convenient to have your breakfast waiting for you in the morning!

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    September 7, 2017

    Great roundup! Looks like I really do need to get on the overnight oat train!!

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      September 8, 2017

      thanks Jessica, I was presented with so many great options

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