How To Make Overnight Oats + 5 Of My Favorite Recipes

Updated: Aug 26

For months, Overnight Oat Jar recipes filled my Pinterest homepage but, every time I came across one, I couldn’t help but imagine waking up to some soggy tasteless oatmeal parfait in a jar... no thanks. I am very picky when it comes to my food BUT, I finally tried making them and am here to say that... they are AMAZING!


My favorite part about this breakfast is that it does all the work for you. You just put the ingredients together in a jar, leave it in the fridge at least overnight, and wake up to breakfast ready for you in the morning *magic*. It makes starting your day with healthy whole grains, fiber, and protein so easy! There’s no cooking, no morning of prep work, and the options are endless as to what you can put in them.



So here’s how to make them in 5 easy steps:

1. Add your oats into a jar with an airtight lid: Quick oats will not work you need old fashioned whole rolled oats! Here’s a link to the ones I use!


Simply add as much as you think you'll eat - I typically go for about 1/2 cup.

2. Cover the oats with your choice of milk. I use unsweetened almond milk as it's a great dairy-free option and only has 30 calories per cup! If you want to add protein, soy milk (dairy-free), and skim milk both pack in 8g of protein.

3. Add your toppings! I have used fresh and frozen fruit, nut butter, chia seeds, honey, organic maple syrup, protein powder, fresh jam, Greek yogurt, nuts, dark chocolate chips, and vanilla extract. You can use anything!

4. Shake the jar to make sure your ingredients are mixed and place it in the fridge with the lid sealed. It needs to sit at least overnight but I’ve found that if I make a batch of them on Sunday for the week, they’re still delicious by Friday (unless you use banana... it gets mushy after a couple of days).

You can either eat them cold in the morning or microwave the jar for about 30-45 seconds. Then you're done! It's that easy.

The hardest part about this recipe is deciding what kind to make which is why I’m giving you 5 of my favorite recipes.


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1. Peanut Butter Banana


Rolled Oats (nutrition facts account for 1/2 cup)

Unsweetened Almond Milk

1/2 Banana, mashed

1/4 Cup Plain Nonfat Greek Yogurt

1/2 Tbsp Powdered Peanut Butter

1 Tbsp Raw Honey

1 Tsp Vanilla Extract


nutrition facts: 261 calories, 4g fat, 44g net carbs, 10g protein



2. Blueberry Greek Yogurt


Rolled Oats (nutrition facts account for 1/2 cup)

Unsweetened Almond Milk

1/4 Cup Plain Nonfat Greek Yogurt

1/2 Cup Blueberries (fresh or frozen)

1 Tbsp Raw Honey

1 Tsp Vanilla Extract


nutrition facts: 233 calories, 3g fat, 40g net carbs, 7g protein



3. Apple Cinnamon


Rolled Oats (nutrition facts account for 1/2 cup)

Unsweetened Almond Milk

1/4 Cup Plain Nonfat Greek Yogurt

1/2 Apple, diced

1 Tbsp Raw Honey

1/2 Tsp Maple Extract

1/2 Tsp Ground Cinnamon


nutrition facts: 250 calories, 3g fat, 44g net carbs, 7g protein



4. Pumpkin Pie


Rolled oats (nutrition facts account for 1/2 cup)

Unsweetened Almond Milk

1/3 Cup Pumpkin Puree

1 Tbsp Raw Honey

1/2 Teaspoon Maple Extract

1/2 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon

1/4 Teaspoon Ground Nutmeg


nutrition facts: 197 calories, 3g fat, 35g net carbs, 4g protein



5. Carrot Cake

Rolled Oats (nutrition facts account for 1/2 cup)

Unsweetened Almond Milk

1/4 Cup Plain Nonfat Greek Yogurt

1/4 Carrot, shredded

1 Tbsp Raw Honey

1/2 Tsp Ground Cinnamon


nutrition facts: 203 calories, 3g fat, 34g net carbs, 7g protein



* all recipes contain at least 40g of whole grains!

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