Overnight Oats (How To Make)

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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!

Overnight oats in a mason jar (no cooking required)! A hearty healthy breakfast packed with fiber, vitamins, and nutrients.
Overnight Oats

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 oat

  • 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.

Overnight oats in a mason jar (no cooking required)! A hearty healthy breakfast packed with fiber, vitamins, and nutrients.

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Overnight Oats

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Overnight oats in a mason jar (no cooking required)! A hearty healthy breakfast packed with fiber, vitamins, and nutrients.
Course: Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine: American
Overnight oats in a mason jar (no cooking required)! A hearty healthy breakfast packed with fiber, vitamins, and nutrients.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 0 minutes
Refrigerate: 8 hours
Total: 8 hours 5 minutes
Yield: 1 serving
Serving Size: 1 jar


  • 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!

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Serving: 1 jar, Calories: 236 kcal, Carbohydrates: 34.5 g, Protein: 6 g, Fat: 10 g, Saturated Fat: 0.5 g, Sodium: 95 mg, Fiber: 8.5 g, Sugar: 11.5 g


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630 comments on “Overnight Oats (How To Make)”

  1. I have been trying different recipes and was never happy but this one was great!! I made it just the way it was written and it turned out perfect. Now I am definitely going to try using other toppings.
    Thanks again for a great recipe!!

  2. I’ve seen overnight oats at costco and I didn’t want to use the points. This is so easy and delicious. For myself the fruit is enough of a sweetener, but for my kids I might add a little maple syrup. I bought a set of 8 oz Ball jars to make them Thank you for another great recipe!

  3. I just made this for the first time. I did not put the banana in overnight but will try it next time. I’m never going to rate oatmeal as a 5 but this was really good! Will make it again! Thank you – Dawna

  4. I ue Keifer milk and add Greek Yogurt. I also add flax seeds snd a tablespoon of Lingonberrie jam. I top with fresh berris and nuts. I drizzle honey on top! So delicious!

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    Karen Aguilar

    So great for busy weekday mornings! I’m glad I rediscovered this recipe lately! Classroom teacher so the portability of this works really well for me!

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    LIsa Ferguson-Sanford

    This a new staple in our house. I made it for co workers and gave recipe to family and everyone loves it. I like how I prep and throw in my lunch bag for work. Great for a snack. Perfect calories also!!! Thanks Gina!!!

      1. Depends which program you’re doing. If you click the WW Points button, it will bring you to the recipe within the app, and will give you the points for YOU. Being diabetic, fruit is not free for me, so this comes out to 7 points for me.

    1. Delicious!! Instead of using milk, I added 1/2 cup of Vanilla Premier Protein Shake. I also added blue and blackberries … Fabulous breakfast. Wow!!!

    2. Depends which program you’re doing. If you click the WW Points button, it will bring you to the recipe within the app, and will give you the points for YOU. Being diabetic, fruit is not free for me, so this comes out to 7 points for me.

    1. No. But you want a tight seal. You could probably use some sort of Tupperware if you don’t have a mason jar. I was actually at target yesterday and found some cute bowls w/lids that would be great for this.

  7. This is the first time I have ever tried overnight oats. I used vanilla almond milk for me & 2% milk for my husband and left out the sweetener. I have made it with strawberries & mango as well, it’s a great quick breakfast!

  8. Finally, after years of looking at this recipe, I tried it this week (03.19.22) and I love it. 
    I changed 1/2 cup milk to 1/3 cup milk because the 1/2 cup milk was too liquidy for me. I’ve had it with frozen fruit: blueberries, raspberries and am going to try mangoes. 
    Its quick, easy and very tasty. 

  9. What is the difference when buying canned pumpkin? Some recipes say do not use pumpkin pie filling. I look on the store shelves and the cans say pumpkin pie puree. Is that the puree you use or what?

  10. I was skeptical – but man – these were so good! I normally eat 1 egg & 2 egg whites every morning and was afraid I would miss a freshly cooked hot breakfast – but didn’t at all. I modified the recipe slightly by using Caramel Premier Protein shake instead of milk; and used no other sweetener. I was afraid the banana would be mush, but it wasn’t. I prepared the night before around 6pm and ate them around 8am the next morning. Ate it cold with only a few minutes out of the frig beforehand. I’m hooked….

  11. Has anyone tested the least and the most amount of time you can let this sit in the fridge? I’m thinking it would be a great school lunch. If I make it morning of I am worried it won’t sit long enough, but if I make it night before it might be too mushy.

  12. These are my go to overnight oats! I make them all the time for my husband and I. They’re the perfect overnight consistency! Thank you for this one. <3

  13. I love easy breakfast. I used Pure Protein Vanilla shake instead of milk. I divided the shake in half to make 2 jars of oatmeal. And by using the shake I don’t have to add any sweeteners.

  14. I always avoided overnight oats because I prefer fewer points in the morning so that I don’t feel as limited during the day. This recipe (5 on blue) and my coffee is 7 points total and that seemed like a lot. Recently I really needed to change up my routine because I was struggling to stay on plan. I started doing overnight oats and can’t believe how full I feel after eating them. I think it’s definitely helping with my late day cravings and I rarely snack throughout the day. I’m sold and can’t believe I waited this long to make them a part of my breakfast routine. 

    1. Meant to add, I leave out the sweetener and use unsweetened vanilla almond milk. It doesn’t change the points value and gives it a little bit of sweet taste. 

  15. This was delicious, I loved the texture, and I love that it can be tweaked to your preference. I didn’t have chia seeds (though I’d like to try them). I only used blueberries but added 1 tsp shredded coconut and a tsp of brown sugar instead of other sweetners and added a drip of vanilla extract and of course the cinnamon, so good. I’m going to make more for tomorrow morning.

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    Food for Fuel

    I was surprised how long time passed before I was hungry for lunch. This recipe is delectable when kicked up a notch with cinnamon! I’m going to add it to my weekly brekky plan.

  17. I make this all the time. Absolutely love it.. I don’t use the banana(i don’t care for bananas) I put some slice almonds and craisins or raisins in mine and a little pure vanilla.

  18. This is my go-to breakfast. So many combinations with different berries and nuts. It is easy to put together, easy to pull out in the morning and I like it warmed in the microwave.

  19. A great grab and go breakfast that keeps you filled until lunch, and is perfect served chilled, especially in the heat of the summer.

  20. This is my go-to when I want a quick make ahead breakfast! I love just pulling it out in the morning and having such a great breakfast already made. 
    In the summer, this is fantastic with some fresh sliced peaches in addition to the blueberries and banana. I top with some homemade candied pecans 

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    Dianne Millard

    I used 15 min steel cut oats, the rest exactly the same.  My oatmeal seems like it’s not ready… kind of chewy… should I microwave them?

    1. It’s best not to use steel-cut oats for overnight oats as they never fully soften without heat. Use rolled oats if you don’t have quick oats from what I’ve learned.

  22. These overnight oats were amazing! I used coconut milk instead of almond or skim and it tasted super yummy! I will definitely be making this again especially for rushed school mornings. 

  23. I was skeptical like many but these were so delicious! Had to use steel cut oats since my store was out but it still worked out great.

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    Sharon Giacomantonio

    Thank you very good, I put in the calories and etc. On my ww calculator it adds up to 8 blue smat points

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      Danielle Omole

      You have to use recipe builder. 2 pts oats, 2pts nuts, 1 pt chia seeds. Everything else is 0 on blue

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    Elaine Cathcart

    I love these overnight oats. I have a container of steel cut oats in my cabinet, not sure what I bought them for but was wondering if I could use them in the overnight oats in a jar.

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        Melissa B Taylor

        I made these but swapped the milk for coconut and the fruit for mango. So yummy! Nice and tropical.

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    Teena Fithian

    Wow! This was so good! I’m not really a fan of oatmeal but this really surprised me. Everything was blended in nicely. I used about three cut up strawberries in place of blueberries because that’s all I had on hand. I doubled the quick oats and almond milk and added some brown sugar.  Tasted good cold too! It’s nice to come home from the gym and grab this out of refrigerator and eat when you’re specially starving. 😋. 

      1. This is the best recipe I’ve come across for making overnight oats. I use  honey instead  of  stevia.  Easy, delicious & filling!!

  27. Do the points include the tbsp of nuts? Sorry if this was already answered!!

    Thank you and happy new year!

    1. I have been bulking up my overnight oats with some canned pumpkin or unsweetened applesauce and nonfat, plain Greek yogurt. I also add in some chopped frozen fruit. It keeps the points the same, but the serving is bigger. It keeps me full through lunch, which is huge for me! 

  28. This was my first attempt at overnight anything for breakfast and I’m not even a huge fan of oatmeal but I LOVED this recipe!  I’m so glad to have found Skinnytaste you have the best ideas and having the WW points and nutrition info is so great. Thank you!

  29. I was looking to see how many calories might be in overnight oats made with almond milk and stumbled upon your recipe as the first one I looked at that mentioned calories involved. Turns out, your recipe is exactly how I make them AND we even use the same main jars!
    I make a batch of 6 on Sunday night so that my husband and I have breakfast on the go at work for 3 mornings each 🙂

  30. I’d like to use old fashioned oats. Would this work? I was thinking adding more liquid would work? What do you think? Has anyone tried this with old fashioned oats?

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    Julia Lovotti

    I make this at night but I also add chopped nuts and dates (and I chop cherries and add them too if I have them) and then in the morning I grind flax seeds and add them just before it is time to eat. So healthy and tasty.
    Sometimes I splurge and put a teaspoon of brown sugar or honey but usually not.

  32. This is such a simple and delicious breakfast. I have added different spices or fruit to make it unique. What a great idea! Thanks Gina!

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    Jamie Johnston

    I entered this into my WW app and its showing 1 pt per serving (4 services total) without the added nuts / etc. topping. But your notes indicate 5 smart points. I’m assuming this is different for free style? I just want to be accurate with my points! Thanks Gina, I love your recipes!

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    Jeannine Burke

    I made this for a quick breakfast for both myself and my husband. It was so delicious, we both loved it. I was always hesitant about trying the overnight oats, boy am I glad I tried this one! 

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    tricia roarty

    absolutely delicious and sooo easy, my only question is when I do the math for weight watchers I am getting 8 points not 5, can you tell me what I am doing wrong with calculations?

    1. Hi Tricia! Are you using the recipe builder? The only accurate way to determine any recipe’s SmartPoints® value is to plug the ingredients into the recipe builder on the Weight Watchers website (Click on “My Foods,” select “Recipe,” and click “Create a recipe.”) which does not count fruits and vegetables in recipes in the calculations as they are now 0 points.

      The SmartPoints® calculator isn’t meant for recipes and will often give you the wrong points (usually higher) because it’s counting the fruits and vegetables. So if you see a recipe with a SmartPoints® value that’s different from what the calculator tells you, now you know why.

      1. I get 8 point value also . Using the helpful nutritional information provided in the recipe, and plugging it into the smartpoints calculater — says 8 points. I wonder why the difference?

  36. I started eating oatmeal every day simply because I re-discovered how much I love the taste. After about two months of eating it, I went for my annual checkup. My doctor said in her 12 years of practice, she had never seen anyone with such perfect (textbook she said) results for their cholesterol. I knew it was the oatmeal, and I have been eating it for breakfast ever since. This recipe with chia seeds is new for me. But I can attest to the impact of oats on cholesterol levels, but most people do not believe me, because they think it’s too cheap an alternative. Sorry for them. I continue with oats. Thanks for the recipe.

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      Michelle Harcourt

      That’s amazing I’m struggling with my cholesterol and triglycerides is old fashion oats ok to use. 

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    Roxanne Ensling

    Wow! Love how easy and delicious this was. Could I put frozen fruit in? I’m not sure if it would water down anything by morning. I freeze a lot of my berries before they go bad. Could be a great way to use them.
    Thank you!!!

  38. Doesn’t putting the banana in at night make them (and the oatmeal) gummy/slimy and kinda gross? I just add sliced banana in the AM after I warm it up. I also make mine with chopped up dried fruit, and of course crunchy granola on top. I’ve also made overnight oatmeal with steel cut and it was fine. Not a fan of blueberries in it. They’re bitter to me and the texture (for me) is so gross. I have a thing with food textures. 

  39. I really want to make these but don’t have chia seeds. Is there an alternative? If I omit them, with the texture be off? Thanks!!

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    Dawn Chesick

    I saw that you can warm this recipe up before eating for how long would you recommend to warm it up/

  41. I loved this with the exception of  the stevia, left a bad aftertaste. I will make it again, omitting the stevia extract and use a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar or no sweetener. I’m thinking the bananas and blueberries will probably add enough sweetness. The consistency of the oatmeal was PERFECT! Exactly how I like it! 

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    Maureen Wheatley

    I make these all the time. Can you use old fashioned oats instead of the quick oats? I just love these in the morning. I never know what to eat for breakfast, but this fits the bill very well. I will give yours a try.

    1. Thanks for the delicious and easy recipe Gina! 
      I added a scoop of collagen powder too. Warmed it in the microwave for 1 minute, added raspberries and a drizzle of honey leaving out the stevia.  This recipe will be on repeat in this house! 

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    Teresa G Long

    It was delicious!  I did not have the Chia but made it with balance of ingredients.  Definitely easy and a quick breakfast.

  44. Can someone explain the plus sign involved after the points? It is listed as 5 points but then there is a plus 6. So, is this 11 points? Where does the plus six come in? Thanks so much for any response. I loved this recipe and want to continue with it. 

  45. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked this. Thanks! I appreciate all you do! This is my go-to recipe site, love it!!

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    Christianne Madona

    Gina, I have a similar cholesterol situation. How much oats did your brother eat each morning? I am petite but usually consume 1/2 c of raw oats oats. I do watch points as I am a ww lifetime, so I usually leave the chia out…may rethink that though! ? Thanks for the great recipes every week!

    1. You could use flaxseed instead but you don’t need to sub them for anything unless you want to. They add omega 3s (flax would too) but you won’t notice a big change in flavor if you leave them out. And for commenters above who arent crazy about bananas/blueberries, you could easily replace with another fruit like strawberries or raspberries or even raisins (though I’m not sure how that affects nutritional value). Great recipe, Gina!

  47. These are so good.  I don’t like blueberries, so I just used more banana.  I warmed them up for a minute in the microwave this morning and added 1t mini chocolate chips and 1t walnuts.  It was like hot banana bread—yummy!!

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      Elizabeth Flynn

      I hate bananas Donna – I didn’t find any answer that suggested a substitute so I guess we could just leave it out or perhaps add extra fruit – adjust points accordingly

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    Cheryl licata

    I make this with premier protein shake. You only need a 1/4 cup if that and it gives just enough sweetness. For weight watchers that’s zero points. I use 1/2 pint jars and the good thing about these is that you can make them using anything you want. I sometimes put a small spoonful of fat free cool whip on top. Yumm

  49. Omg!!!! So darn great!!! Thank you so much! A joy to eat! I used 1/2 banana and no chia. I brought it with me to work and it was amazing. Thank you!!

  50. I was skeptical. Cold oats? This was incredibly delicious! I took the suggestion of letting it go to room temperature, but thinking it would not have mattered as the flavors made it taste like dessert.  My new make ahead go-to. Thanks!!!

  51. Thank you for this recipe, I just put a jar in my fridge!  Is there a substitute I may use for the chia seeds as I do not have that ingredient on hand. Many thanks!

  52. Why chia seeds? Can I sub flaxseed, which I already have around the house? How do the flavors differ? Do the chia seeds thicken it up?

    Thank you.

    1. I would also love to know what the chia seeds are for – I’m not a huge fan of their texture. Gina?

    2. How long does a jar stay fresh?  Can I make 5 at a time to set up breakfasts for the work week?

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    Beverly jones davis

    Hi Gina,
    Can you use water, or have you tried, I don’t have any milk in fridge?
    I am new to this


  54. I have had these for the past 3 mornings. Fixed the recipe to a tee, using a tiny bit of stevia as my sweetener. These are amazing! Tonight I added pumpkin spice instead of regular cinnamon and am excited to try. I too am trying to lower my cholesterol and this helps me stay full and healthy throughout the day. Thanks so much for the recipe!!

  55. Gina, i was recently diagnosed with high cholesterol. I’m 29.I love hearing that your brother had success with lowering his without medication. My doctor gave me 3 months to try before meds. I’m so glad I came across this recipe and heard your brothers story. Gives me hope! Thank you. I have been using your recipes for years and couldn’t live without them 🙂

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  62. for extra protein I’m going to try and add a scoop of vital protiens collagen peptides… have you ever added protien powder to the milk? thx

  63. I’ve been making it for hubby & myself almost every night. I use reg. oats, 1/2% milk & water, stevia, & cinn. He’s up at 4:30 so he can pop it in micro. and he’s good to go. He likes it plain, I like the fruit & nuts. It’s very filling, easy if it’s prepared overnight, and very satisfying. I prefer the reg. oat over quick oats, can’t get into the Irish steel cut oats. Maybe one day….

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  65. This recipe is great!  Satisfying and feels like dessert, much prefer over warm oatmeal.
    I don’t use stevia, instead use 4-5 drops of vanilla extract and then leave out the nuts and put 1 1/4 tsp maple syrup.  Keeps it at 5 points but sweetens it so tastes like a treat.
    I make it at night for the next 2 days and keeps fine, longer than that it starts to be too mushy.
    I also use 1/2 banana and skim milk which I prefer.
    It is 5 freestyle points, 2 for the oats, 1 for the chia, 1 for the skim milk, and 1 for the maple syrup.
    Thanks for another tasty recipe, I’m finally enjoying cooking healthy, the WW recipes just weren’t up my ally.

    1. Thank you for your comments on not using stevia I’m allergic and was looking for a replacement!

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    Della McNamaraa

    I made this last night for my sister and me, we both loved it. I forgot about the nuts, so it knocked off a point. Will definitely be making it more often. Afte reading all the comments I think I would like to try it with Fage one time and with the rolled Rhy another time, and maybe some protein power another time. I’m all set. Oh, and cherries must try that too!! Thank you, Gina, for the recipe.

  68. Absolutely fantastic! I’ve been making these for my hubby and I! I switch up the recipe from time to time and use pecans, walnuts, coconut and vanilla extract!

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        Wanda Schelling

        Hi GINA. Why do we need to use jars? Can’t I make these in plastic containers?

  70. Thanks for the recipe! I also don’t do yogurt as the base for my overnight oats (lactose intolerant) – but mashing up a banana into the oats gets the same kind of creamy yogurt texture and some great flavor. Try it out!

    1. I make mine with 1/2 cup oats, 1 scoop of protein powder, one cup of almond milk and then whatever fruit/flavors I want like cocoa, strawberries, bananas, etc. With the protein powder I use, they aren’t grainy or chalky, you can’t even tell there’s protein powder in there! It gives me an extra 18 grams.

    2. I use 1/3 cup oats, 1/3 cup almond milk and 1/3 cup 0% or 2% Greek yogurt and half cup berries. This gives it a nice protein boost and the Greek yogurt is great for lowering cholesterol along with the oats. 

    3. Use cow’s milk instead of almond milk, make it 0% fat and you will have no grams of fat, add a dollop of yogurt, and if you also want to do your eyes a favor boil some eggs and have a hard-boiled egg as well. The yolk in eggs is the vitamin bullet that is packed with all those vitamins that protect our eyes from macular degeneration such as Lutein and Zeaxanthin. Almond milk has almost no protein and minimal calcium. If you need to use plant foods then go for soy milk which has much higher levels of protein.

      1. My unsweet almond milk has 10% more calcium than 1% milk, which is what my husband drinks. Literally just opened the fridge and compared the two. It’s true that it has less protein, but I don’t need to drink my protein when I get plenty from other sources. Almond milk is less likely to flare my acne, cause GI issues due to lactose intolerance, or contribute to my seasonal allegies by inflammating my sinuses. Soy is a suspected endocrine disruptor which can negatively affect hormones and fertility. It also tastes horrible IMO. We all have unique dietary needs. What works for you isn’t going to work for everyone. If it’s important to anyone on this thread what fat, calories, sugar and other nutrients make up the most common and popular “milks”, I found this chart illuminating.


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  72. Love this recipe, it is especially great for meal planning. I usually make up 4-6 of these for the week (for my husband & I to share). I’ve substituted frozen cherries for the blueberries, and it is very good.

    1. I was hoping to see that someone meal prepped these! Good to know they will last a few days in the fridge. Thanks!

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    Linda Kidwell

    Have you tried overnight oats with rolled Rye instead of oats? They sell it at Whole Foods in the bulk area. Really delicious!

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    Cathy Wuchiski

    I do something similar every morning, I use half of a banana, rolled Oats, almonds, sunflower seeds, unsweetened vanilla milk, cranberries and walnuts. 

  75. Can I use regular skim milk instead of the almond milk?  I live in the dairy state. Have to keep our dairy farmers happy. ????

  76. I bought quick cook steel cut oats???   I heard steel cut healthier. 
    Will it still work?  I guess I’ll find out tomorrow morning:-)

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  78. I threw together 4 last night with things I had in the house I only had to go find the Chia seeds at the store. I did substitute Splenda and used mixed fruit I had in the freezer, that I chopped up also nuked my chopped banana for 30 seconds because it wasn’t even close to being ripe… I did put them together individually into a large mason jar so I can give it a good shake. Then dumped it into two smaller jars I had. Then doubled it and left it in the large mason jar. We ate it this morning it is fantastic can’t wait to try it with peanut butter or cocoa or maybe even fresh cantaloupe.

  79. As a teacher on the go (with little time to stop and eat), this has quickly become my FAVORITE breakfast! I eat it alongside my class at their morning snack time and it is absolutely delicious. BTW, I don’t usually care for oatmeal, but this gem of a recipe makes it not only palatable, but something that I have come to crave…a MUST try recipe!

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  81. I didn’t raven notice until I’d made this a few times that your recipe calls for quick oats. I’ve been making it with regular rolled oats with great success. I add a little dribble of vanilla and a drizzle of real maple syrup as the sweetener. Love this and so does my hubby. 

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  84. Could you microwave these to warm them up? I can’t stand cold oatmeal, but would love the convenience and health benefits of non-processed oatmeal in the morning!

  85. Hi Gina, 
    When I put the info into Recipe builder, it says for a serving it’s 8 Smartpoints, which is correct?

      1. Walmart brand quick oats are 2 for 1/4 cup dry. 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk is 0. 1/2 TBS chia seeds is 1. So to me it is only 3… because I didn’t use any nuts in mine.

    1. Are you using steel cut oats? I know they are 4pts for 1/4 cup, but regular quick oats are 2 pts for 1/4 cup. I hope that helps!

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    Kathleen Karnes

    Are the oats still good if you make them in advanced by two days, or does it need to be the night before?

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      Angela Lewis

      I make mine Sunday night for the week by putting all the dry ingredients together. Each night I add my fruit and almond milk.  

    2. I’ve made several days worth of overnight oats (maybe three or four at a time) compete with liquids and other we ingredients and had no issues with them.

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    Jennifer Ware

    Gina – when I use the points calculator for smart points, it’s 8 points, not 5!!!! Big difference.! Can you clarify? Thx

    1. Yes! The only accurate way to determine any recipe’s SmartPoints® value is to plug the ingredients into the recipe builder on the Weight Watchers website (Click on “My Foods,” select “Recipe,” and click “Create a recipe.”) which does not count fruits and vegetables in recipes in the calculations as they are now 0 points.

      The SmartPoints® calculator isn’t meant for recipes and will often give you the wrong points (usually higher) because it’s counting the fruits and vegetables. So if you see a recipe with a SmartPoints® value that’s different from what the calculator tells you, that is why.

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    Jaye Furbush

    No one seems to want to answer the question about warming it up! It’s been asked and ignored several times and I don’t think it’s a stupid question, I’d like to know also. ?????

    1. It was answered early on. I had to go way back in the comments.  A few have heated up and liked it. Both ways address great, just your preference. Thanks

  92. Love this quick and easy breakfast recipe. I just joined WW last week and stumbled upon some of your recipes. So happy I found you!

    1. i found that strawberries start to taste mushy on day 3. blueberries and bananas are ok. i make it 2-3 days worth at a time and put strawberries in the first batch.

    1. The only accurate way to determine any recipe’s SmartPoints® value is to plug the ingredients into the recipe builder on the Weight Watchers website (Click on “My Foods,” select “Recipe,” and click “Create a recipe.”) which does not count fruits and vegetables in recipes in the calculations as they are now 0 points.

      The SmartPoints® calculator isn’t meant for recipes and will often give you the wrong points (usually higher) because it’s counting the fruits and vegetables. So if you see a recipe with a SmartPoints® value that’s different from what the calculator tells you, that is why.

  93. Hi Gina- I absolutely love this recipe but I do not think 5 SP is correct. WW’s calculator comes out to 8 SP as well as the recipe builder. Is it possible the 5 SP is wrong? Thank you! Love your site!

    1. The only accurate way to determine any recipe’s SmartPoints® value is to plug the ingredients into the recipe builder on the Weight Watchers website (Click on “My Foods,” select “Recipe,” and click “Create a recipe.”) which does not count fruits and vegetables in recipes in the calculations as they are now 0 points.

      The SmartPoints® calculator isn’t meant for recipes and will often give you the wrong points (usually higher) because it’s counting the fruits and vegetables. So if you see a recipe with a SmartPoints® value that’s different from what the calculator tells you, that is why.

  94. I love this recipe so much and actually crave it. I do have one problem. Recipe states that it is 5 smart points. However when I put it in WW recipe builder, it says 4 smart points. When I put calories, fat, etc. into the WW calculator it says 8 smart points.  What am I doing wrong or is thus calculated a different way. Please help, I really don’t want to give this up.

    1. The WW calculator does not work correctly since fruits and veggies have calories, it will always give you a higher point. Always use your recipe builder, if it says 4 then go with 4. Brands vary in points so perhaps it is off 1 point based on one of the ingredients you are using.

      1. Gina,
        Thank you for clearing that up for me. I am addicted to my Overnight Oats and was afraid I was going to have to give them up. 
        Thank you,

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      Crystal Meyer

      I don’t. I put a spoonful of whole seeds in every jar I make. It really helps my eczema and I like the little crunch they give. 

  95. My son is allergic to cow’s milk so we ALWAYS have either coconut or almond milk. I made this with sweetened coconut milk instead of almond. Delicious!!!! I will definitely add this into my breakfast rotation!!!!!


  96. P.S. I also appreciate that this recipe is completely non-dairy and also doesn’t use non-dairy yogurts, which I have never liked.

  97. Just tried this recipe for the first time, and really liked it. I had everything on hand except for a banana, so I cut up a couple of strawberries instead. Also had rolled oats, not quick oats. The rolled oats were fine, and I prefer them over quick oats anyway. Thanks for the new healthy breakfast option! 

    1. I have a recipe thats similar. I make 3 pint size mason jars by cutting it in half and alternate oat days (carbs) with omlette days ( protein).

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    Does anyone know by chance how many smart points this is? I love making this for breakfast!

  99. This was excellent as most of your recipes are! I have been meaning to try this for a while. I wish I didn't wait so long.

  100. I was excited to make this bought oats yesterday from Trader Joe's then realized it said quick cook steal oats. Would that work for this recipe? If not then what kind is best to use?

  101. I love this recipe. But I changed it slightly to make it a quick make in the morning. Put 1/3 cup oats in a bowl with some water (about same ratio for cooking rice). Microwave for 2 minutes (water should be fully absorbed) add frozen fruit (I love blueberries and mangos or blueberries and fresh cut apples), any combination of fresh and frozen fruit will do. Add 1 container of Danon light and fit greek yogurt. MIx. The frozen fruit will quickly thaw and cool down the oats. Let sit for about 1-2 minutes, then eat. YUM!!! Ready in 3-5 minutes. Slightly more calories than Gina's recipe, but hey it's the most important meal of the day, right!!! About 350 calories.

  102. Just tried this recipe! OMG, why would anyone buy those instant packages?!?! This was sooo good and naturally sweet. I loved every spoonful <3


    PS: I also used rolled gluten free oats – worked great!

  103. I'm quite sure chia seeds are overall much better than flax seeds. However, you will have to see which suits you better in terms of the nutrition they have. If you are more for the texture, you will not be able to feel the (grounded)flax seed because of the liquid, i have not heard about the none grounded version and am not too sure about that(whether you can even buy it), chia seeds will expand thus being kinda like tapioca pearls but are harder on the inside but softer on the outside. Chia seeds are pretty small so most people usually swallow them.

  104. I love this and just wanted to mention that it works just as well with grits! I am allergic to oats- anyone else with an oat allergy, try grits!