8 Ways to Eat Overnight Oats

A big bowl of overnight oats is the best way to start the day! Overnight oatmeal is a great healthy breakfast option that can be prepared ahead of time and last the entire week.

In this post, we’ll show you how to make overnight oats, answer overnight oatmeal FAQs, and share 8 of our favorite overnight oats recipes!

8 flavors of overnight oats

We love Overnight Oats!

Here at Fit Foodie Finds we absolutely adore overnight oats (and oatmeal in general!). Some of the very first recipes that we ever posted on FFF were overnight oatmeal recipes…and that dates back to 2010! They never get old and they’re so delicious I could eat them for dessert.

There are also so many different flavor combinations and topping ideas that you could almost eat a different variation of overnight oats 365 days a year!

Today we’re sharing 8 of our favorite overnight oat recipes + the down low on this magical breakfast in general. We get so many comments and questions about our overnight oats that we thought we’d lay it all out in one post.

What are Overnight Oats?

First things first. What are overnight oats and why are you obsessed? Overnight oats are essentially raw soaked oatmeal. Instead of having to cook your oats, you can actually eat them raw by soaking them in milk for at least 2 hours or overnight. Our classic overnight oats recipe also includes a few other staple ingredients.

  • Chia seeds: Chia seeds are not only a great source of antioxidants, fiber, and omega-3’s, but they help thicken your overnight oats and make them extremely creamy and satisfying.
  • Greek yogurt: Greek yogurt is such an amazing, tangy add-in for overnight oats that really enhances the flavor and makes them extra creamy. Oh, and it’s a great post of extra protein.
  • Vanilla extract: You can’t go wrong with vanilla. We almost always add a teaspoon of vanilla extract to all overnight oatmeal recipes!
  • Honey or maple syrup: All natural sweeteners are key when it comes to overnight oats. Ditch the table sugar or brown sugar for something more natural like honey or maple syrup.

Benefits of Overnight Oats

We obviously love the flavor and texture of overnight oats, but did you know they’re a healthy breakfast idea perfect for any time of year? Here are some health benefits of overnight oats:

  • 100% Whole grains
  • Fiber-packed
  • On-the-go breakfast
  • Meal prep
  • Lower in sugar

We get so many questions on the daily about overnight oats, so we laid out all the deets for you below!

Overnight Oats FAQ

Do you eat overnight oats hot or cold? Overnight oats are meant to be eaten cold, however, if you prefer warm oats you always have the option to heat them up. Because you soak the oats overnight, they become soft and easy to digest making them delicious eaten cold!

Can you make overnight oats with milk? Yes! Our basic recipe (see above) calls for any kind of milk.

How long can you keep overnight oats in the refrigerator? Overnight oats will typically stay good in the fridge for 3-5 days (depending on what recipe you use).

Is overnight oatmeal good for you? Yes! Overnight oatmeal is packed with fiber and whole grains.

How do you store overnight oats? Store overnight oats in an airtight glass container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Can you make overnight oats without milk? Of course, you can make overnight oats without milk. If you need a dairy free option, you can use any kind of dairy-free milk or even use water!

Is eating oats good for weight loss? Oats are great for weight loss because they are high in fiber and a 100% whole grain. They aid in regulation and will keep you fuller longer.

How long does it take to make overnight oats? It takes about 5 minutes to prepare overnight oats and about another 2 hours for the overnight oats to soak and be ready to eat! We recommend preparing your overnight oats before bed so that you can wake up to an already made breakfast!

Can you make overnight oats with quick cooking oats? Yes! While we recommend using rolled oats, quick cooking oats will work as well!


Basic Overnight Oats Recipe

Looking for a Basic Overnight Oats recipe? Look no further! Here’s our classic overnight oatmeal recipe that can be flavored and altered as desired!

  • Prep Time: 2 hours
  • Cook Time: 0 mins
  • Total Time: 2 hours
Author: Lee Funke
Yield: 2 1x
Category: Breakfast
Method: No-Bake
Cuisine: American


  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • ½ cup nonfat Greek yogurt*
  • 1 cup milk of choice (I used unsweetened almond milk)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon sweetener of choice (honey or maple syrup)


  1. Place all ingredients into a large glass container and mix until combined.
  2. Put the top on the container and place into the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  3. Eat with your favorite toppings including nut butter and berries.


  • *For a vegan option, you can sub out the Greek yogurt for a plant-based yogurt or with nothing at all. If you overnight oats are too thick in the morning, add a splash more of milk.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.


  • Serving Size: 1/2
  • Calories: 270
  • Sugar: 11
  • Fat: 6
  • Carbohydrates: 44
  • Fiber: 7
  • Protein: 12

And now…for our favorite overnight oatmeal recipes from Fit Foodie Finds! Check them out, below! 

8 Ways to Eat Overnight Oats

  1. Maple French Toast Overnight Oats
  2. Peanut Butter and Jelly Overnight Oats
  3. Moose Tracks Overnight Oats
  4. Neapolitan Overnight Oats
  5. Coconut Latte Overnight Oats
  6. Chocolate Covered Strawberry Overnight Oats
  7. Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Overnight Oats
  8. Vanilla Strawberry Overnight Oats

Maple French Toasts Overnight Oats

Have your french toast and oatmeal too. Make Maple French Toast Vegan Overnight Oats for an easy, make-ahead breakfast that’s packed with maple and cinnamon flavor! This healthy vegan overnight oats recipe is high in fiber and whole grains.

maple french toast overnight oats

Peanut Butter and Jelly Overnight Oats

These 6-ingredient peanut butter and jelly overnight oats are the perfect way to start off your morning! They’re made with a peanut butter overnight oatmeal base and topped with your favorite jelly giving you tons of fiber, protein, and a whole lotta lovin’.

PB and J overnight oats

Moose Tracks Overnight Oats

Love Moose Tracks Ice Cream? Try this overnight oat recipe to get a HEALTHY variation including a vanilla base with a fudge swirl and cookie dough pieces. This overnight oatmeal recipe is perfect for meal prep throughout the week if you are looking for something sweet. 

Moose tracks overnight oats

Neapolitan Overnight Oats

3 flavors are better than one! Make Neapolitan Overnight Oats and get a HEALTHY bite of chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry in every bite. This overnight oats recipe is packed with protein, fiber, and healthy fats!

Neapolitan overnight oats

Coconut Latte Overnight Oats

Got 5 minutes? Whip up these delicious coconut latte vegan overnight oats for an easy, fiber-filled breakfast that are oh-so-delish! This overnight oatmeal recipe only requires 5 simple and healthy ingredients to make and this breakfast that will have you full all morning long.

coconut latte overnight oats

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Overnight Oats

Chocolate-covered strawberries for breakfast? YES PLEASE! Make this chocolate covered strawberry overnight oats recipe and eat dessert for breakfast. Well, not really, but it sure does taste like it! These overnight oats are packed with fiber, 100% whole grain, and a healthy breakfast option all week long.

chocolate covered strawberry overnight oats

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Overnight Oats

These peanut butter chocolate chip cookie dough overnight oats pack 15 grams of protein and a ton of fiber! Sick of your typical breakfast routine? Whip up these overnight oats and kick off your day off with a delicious and nutritious breakfast that will keep you full til lunch!

pb chocolate chip cookie dough overnight oats

Vanilla Strawberry Overnight Oats

These Strawberry Vanilla Overnight Oats are a breakfast meal-prep miracle! All you have to do is throw all of the ingredients into a jar, let them sit overnight, and an easy and delicious breakfast is ready for you in the morning. Not only are these overnight oats tasty, but they are packed with fiber and protein to keep you satisfied until lunch!

strawberry vanilla overnight oats

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