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How to Make Basic Overnight Oats

How to Make Overnight Oats

Wondering how to make overnight oats? This easy guide will tell you everything you need to know, including yummy variations for flavor inspiration!
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword basic overnight oats, how to make overnight oats, overnight oats
Prep Time 1 minute
Total Time 1 minute
Servings 1 serving
Calories 286kcal
Author Rebecca Swanner


  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • ¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. maple syrup
  • ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 10 almonds chopped


  • Add rolled oats to Mason jar, ¼ cup at a time (prevents spillage).
  • Add cinnamon, maple syrup, almond milk, and almonds.
  • Add cinnamon stick if desired.
  • Seal with lid, shake, and place in fridge for 8 hours.



Do You Eat Overnight Oats Cold or Hot?

I like my cold overnight oats cold. Weird, right? But you can enjoy them hot or cold! Either stir and enjoy the oats straight out of the fridge or heat them up a little in the microwave. Either way is tasty. (Cold is better.)

How Far in Advance Can You Make Overnight Oats?

What kind of science experiments are we doing here? If you store your overnight oats in a jar — meaning a well-sealed, airtight jar container, they should last you in the fridge for up to 5 days, though they’ll continue to absorb liquid during that time.
If they’re green, obviously don’t eat them. Unless you put matcha or spirulina in your recipe, in which case they’re probably fine, minus that whole “this tastes like grass” problem. Because they do last for a while, this makes it easy to make them batches.
Also, supposedly overnight oats can be ready to eat in five hours in case you want to make them in the morning for a healthy snack later in the day. Or in case you partied (read: worked) until late and didn't get a full eight hours of sleep.

Can You Make Overnight Oats with Milk or Water?

You can make overnight oats with water or milk or almond milk or oat milk or…I think you get the picture here. Heck, you can even make it with yogurt. Milks (dairy or non-dairy) add more flavor than water will to a basic overnight oats recipe, as will yogurt.

Are Overnight Oats Healthy?

Making overnight oats, as opposed to the traditional method of cooking, actually makes them easier to digest. If you fill your bowl with sugary toppings, you will inch away from the health benefits. This basic overnight oats recipe is the perfect base to a healthy breakfast option.


Serving: 1jar | Calories: 286kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Sodium: 82mg | Potassium: 293mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 250IU | Calcium: 330mg | Iron: 3.1mg