Overnight Oats are healthy, delicious, great to customize and SO easy to make! Chia seeds and oats thicken to the best creamy consistency overnight with just milk and greek yogurt. Sweeten your breakfast with honey, chocolate chips, berries, or eat it just the way it is. There’s so much room for creativity!

Four small glass jars are filled with overnight oats.

Overnight Oats

There aren’t a whole lot of breakfast recipes I love more than classic overnight oats. I just love waking up in the morning knowing there’s something healthy, delicious, and ready to eat already in the fridge waiting for me! Oats and chia seeds are the stars of the show here and they’re prepared simply with milk (any kind you like best) and greek yogurt.

If you’re new to the wonders of overnight oats, they’re named that because they sit overnight in the fridge and are ready to eat when you wake up. I’m very reluctant to wake up early… I only ever happily do so if I know I have something like iced coffee and overnight oats waiting for me in the kitchen! Also, I really love that I can dress up my overnight oatmeal however I want depending on my mood.

On a lovely spring or summer morning, berries are my usual go-to topping with a drizzle of honey and some coconut flakes. In the fall, I switch it up entirely with pumpkin overnight oats! And sometimes my sweet tooth totally takes over and I enjoy these oats with some chocolate chips or brown sugar. Like I said, the options are delightfully limitless when it comes to homemade overnight oats.

Four servings of overnight oats are garnished with berries.

How to Make Overnight Oats

Here’s how to make the very best creamy overnight oats! Scroll down to the recipe card to find more detailed info on ingredients and step by step instructions.

  1. Stir. Stir together the oats, milk, chia seeds and greek yogurt in a bowl until well combined. You don’t want there to be any clumps of oats or chia seeds.
  2. Refrigerate. Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap (or a lid) and refrigerate overnight.
  3. Enjoy! Divide the overnight oats evenly into different storage containers or mason jars. Top them off with whatever extra ingredients your heart desires and either serve or store for later.

We love these glass containers with lids for overnight oats, yogurt parfaits, smoothies on the go, salad dressings and more. BPA free, eco friendly and dishwasher safe.

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A sliced strawberry sits atop of serving of overnight oats.

Variations to Try

Here are just a few easy ways you can customize your overnight oats! Drop a comment below and let me know which way you liked best, or if you tried something totally original. There’s SO much room for creativity here!

  • Chocolate – Stir in some nutella or melted chocolate. Sprinkle chocolate chips or chocolate sprinkles on top. Mix in a tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder. Or, go full dessert mode with some hot fudge sauce!
  • Warm spices – A simple sprinkle of cinnamon can transform your oats. Feel free to go the extra mile with something like chai spice mix or pumpkin pie spice.
  • Fruits – Truly, any fruits go well with these simple oats. My favorites are berries and sliced bananas. Sometimes I like to do a combo of fruits and chocolate! Honey also compliments berries beautifully.
  • Caramel – Satisfy your sweet tooth in the very best way with easy caramel sauce.
  • Nuts – Almonds, walnuts and pecans all add a nice crunch when sprinkled on top of these soft and creamy oats.
  • Milk – Any milk will work for this recipe so you can use oatmilk, almond milk, cashew milk, rice milk or even coconut milk for a creamy variation.
  • Yogurt – Greek Yogurt is great for a protein packed punch but you can use whatever yogurt you prefer. Lactose free coconut yogurt is also a favorite of ours.

These overnight oats are like a blank canvas. Feel free to dress them up however you like!


You can keep overnight oats stored in the fridge for up to 5 days. Great for meal prep! Your toppings are usually best when added just before serving, but it also depends on what they are.

Blackberries garnish a small bowl of overnight oats.

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Get the Recipe: Overnight Oats Recipe

Easy Overnight Oats recipe is the grab and go breakfast for busy mornings. Stay healthy with a fiber packed meal that's easily customizable with your favorite fruit, nuts and more.
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  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1/2 tablespoon honey, optional


  • 4 storage jars or containers


  • In a bowl, combine the oats, milk, chia seeds and greek yogurt. Stir until the mixture is well combined and there are no clumps of oats or chia seeds.
  • Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • Divide the mixture evenly between mason jars or storage containers.
  • Top with your favorite topping and serve.


Overnight Oats are easy to double or triple the recipe for meal planning. 
Calories: 166kcal, Carbohydrates: 22g, Protein: 8g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 0.01g, Cholesterol: 9mg, Sodium: 34mg, Potassium: 226mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 103IU, Vitamin C: 0.1mg, Calcium: 151mg, Iron: 1mg