Overnight oats are one of those recipes that make mornings easy. They are so simple to throw together the night before. Then, all you have to do is grab them on your way out the door the next morning.

The best part about them, besides their simplicity, is each overnight oats recipe is kind of a free-for-all of your favorite ingredients. We can give you the basics, as well as some of our favorite combinations, but you can really dress them up and make these recipes your own.

Choose Your Container

Overnight oats can just as easily be mixed and stored in any type of tupperware or sealable container, but who can resist a good mason jar? There is just something about their simplicity that makes us more relaxed while eating from them.

Mixing Your Overnight Oats

This recipe makes one serving:

  • ⅓ cup of oats (most types of oats will work, so long as they are not instant)
  • ⅓ cup of milk (regular milk, plain or flavored almond milk, soy milk, etc.)
  • A pinch of salt

Using a 1:1 ratio of oats and milk is a great place to start, but this recipe is all about your preferences, so toy with it in order to get the consistency that you like best.

If you like runny, creamier oats, try adding more milk. For a thicker, drier consistency, cut the amount of milk you use. For even creamier oats, add a ½ cup of nonfat greek yogurt to the mix.

The Fixings

Once you have to basis of the oats mixed, you can add in your favorite ingredients. These are some of our favorite combinations:

Blueberry Honey

  • A handful of ripened blueberries
  • ¼ cup of honey

Apple Cinnamon

  • ½ cup of peeled, diced apples
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

Peanut Butter, Chocolate and Banana

  • 1 tablespoon of peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • One half of a banana.

Maple Brown Sugar

  • ½ tablespoon brown sugar
  • ½ tablespoon maple syrup

Go Crazy

There really are no limits to these recipes. You can add anything from your favorite fruits to protein powders & supplements, sugar, vanilla, chia or flax seeds, etc.

Once you have all your ingredients combined, all you have to do is seal your container and leave it in the refrigerator overnight (anything over 8 hours is perfect).

Don’t forget to grab a spoon before you go. Enjoy!