Overnight Oats in a Jar
This easy overnight oats recipe is a fiber-rich, healthy breakfast that you can make ahead for busy mornings! The best part, there’s no cooking required!
Weekdays are hectic, so having a healthy breakfast that I can grab and eat on the go is a must. Overnight oats are perfect for meal prep, you can make a batch on Sunday to eat throughout the week.
How To Make Overnight Oats
Overnight Oats are easiest to make because they are no-cook breakfast. So instead of baking, cooking or microwaving the oats, they get soft overnight in the fridge. To make them simply combine oats with some milk, chia seeds and fruit and place them in a jar and refrigerate overnight. The next morning, add more fresh fruit and crunchy toppings and enjoy. I use Monk fruit or Stevia to sweeten them but you can sweeten them with whatever you prefer. A little brown sugar or maple syrup would also work, or leave the sweetener out completely.
Do you eat overnight oats hot or cold?
The answer is both! I usually let them sit out on my counter an hour while I go to the gym or get ready for my day to get the chill out. Some people like to heat them up in the microwave a few minutes, it’s totally up to you.
How Long Do Overnight Oats last
To make this for meal prep, you can double or quadruple the recipe. You can leave them in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Ingredients for oats
- Oatmeal: Plain old-fashioned rolled oats or quick oats are best for making overnight oats. Do not use steel cut oats.
- Liquid: For the liquid you can use water, 2% or low-fat milk or your favorite plant-based milk like oat milk, almond milk, etc.
- Chia seeds: These tiny seeds are highly nutritious, and expand while they soak which helps give the oats a pudding-like texture.
- Protein: If you want to add protein, add Greek yogurt, almond butter or a scoop of protein powder.
- Sweetener: I use monk fruit sweetener or stevia, but you can also use honey or maple syrup to sweeten.
- Toppings: Add fresh fruit and crunchy nuts or seeds, granola or spices like cinnamon or nutmeg. There are so many topping ideas and combinations, the possibilities are endless.
More Oat Recipes
- Overnight Oats with Figs and Honey
- Pumpkin Overnight Oats
- Baked Oatmeal
- Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins
- Instant Pot Oatmeal
- 1/4 cup quick oats, I prefer organic, you can use gluten-free
- 1/2 cup almond milk, or milk of choice
- 1/2 medium banana, sliced (use the other half as a topping)
- 1/2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1/2 cup blueberries, divided
- monk fruit sweetener or stevia, to taste, or your favorite sweetener
- pinch cinnamon
for the topping:
- 1 tbsp chopped pecans, or any nuts or seeds
- Place all the ingredient in a jar, shake, cover and refrigerate overnight.
- The next morning, add your favorite crunchy toppings such as nuts, granola, etc and enjoy!