Skip the drive-thru & empty belly, take a few minutes to prep these easy overnight oats with Greek yogurt to spend NO time making breakfast in the morning.
This recipe was originally posted in April 2017. It has been updated with video and content.
I’m a breakfast eater. A good breakfast energizes my day, fuels my brain, and makes me nice. But, sleep does the same. The thought of waking up 10 minutes earlier to pour a bowl of cereal and eat it….. that was too much. Hence easy no-time breakfasts. A breakfast I can grab and save for work.
How overnight oats with Greek yogurt will fit into your lifestyle
Whether you would rather sleep in, you have to get to work really early in the morning, you have a long commute, whatever your reason-zero effort breakfasts are the way to go. You just need a couple minutes the night before (or one day to prep a few days’ worth) and you’re ready to save yourself 5-10+ minutes in the morning.
How to make easy overnight oats
Above are a few of my favorite toppings for overnight oats. I always use rolled or steel cut oats, Greek yogurt, milk, and some kind of fruit. I’ll add seeds of some sort if I remember.
Layer 1/2 c dry oats and then 1/2 c Greek yogurt into a mason jar or bowl with a sealable lid
Then top with 1 tsp fruit, 1 tsp peanut butter powder, and seeds, I chose 1/2 small banana and 1 tsp chia seeds, and as you can see below, an additional 1/2 cup frozen berries. You can adjust the amounts & toppings to your preference.
Pour 1/2 cup milk of your choice over oats and fruit. I usually only stir the oatmeal if oats aren’t covered by the milk.
What toppings are best?
- Here are the ingredients I ALWAYS add to my overnight oats:
- oats (steel cut or old fashioned rolled)
- Greek yogurt (use your favorite flavor)
- some kind of fresh or frozen fruit
- milk of choice to hydrate and soften the oats
- sliced or mashed banana. I use this for a touch of sweetness that also tastes delicious
- I always add milk, it’s not pictured because a) I drank the rest that morning & didn’t have time/desire to run to the store (food photographer probs) and b) I thought they’d photograph better dry
- You can seriously add any fruit, chocolate, nut butter, chia/flax seeds, or warm spices to these overnight oats. I love overnight oats because they take no time in the AM & the topping options are endless.
Does it matter how the ingredients are layered into the jar or bowl?
Honestly there are only a few ingredients that should go in first- oats first, then yogurt, then everything else. Just make sure you’ve got enough milk in there to mostly cover the oats. I don’t mix it together until I am sitting down to eat it. You definitely can mix the overnight oats with Greek yogurt together beforehand, but it’s not necessary! Might as well save you 30 seconds of stirring! haha
Do you have to store them in mason jars?
I never use jars for overnight oats or layered salads. They’re pretty & fantastic for photography & idealism, but in reality they’re heavy. I’m just not going to heave a jar or 2 up the hill to my bus stop each morning. But if you like using glass vs any other container, go for it!
that’s all… a little reality check 😉
Do you eat them hot or cold?
I eat my overnight oats cold, but you can definitely pop a microwave safe bowl in to the microwave for traditional hot oats.
Here are a few of my other favorite quick or make ahead breakfasts:
did you make these easy overnight oats? leave me a comment to share how they turned out!
Easy Overnight Oats with Greek Yogurt
- Mason jar or sealable bowl
- cutting board
- Measuring Spoons
- 1/2 cup dry oats rolled, steel cut, whatever you like!
- 1/2 cup Greek yogurt use flavored, plain, or whatever you like!
- 1/2 small banana sliced or mashed
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon peanut butter powder
- 1/2 cup frozen berries
- 1/2 cup milk or more if desired
- Add 1/2 c oats to a mason jar or travel bowl, then 1/2 c Greek yogurt, then layer in rest of the toppings (in no particular order). Cover oats with 1/2 c milk.
- Refrigerate at least overnight. Grab in the morning, and enjoy hot or cold.