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Learn a quick and easy way to make overnight oats. This nutritious and inexpensive breakfast will help with busy mornings!

How to Make Overnight Oats

by Katie Cullum

Could you use a quick and easy breakfast? One that doesn't require a microwave, oven, or opening a few cabinets on busy mornings?  I've got you covered!

Grayson stirring up oats
Grayson likes mixing up Overnight Oats

I've been a big fan of Overnight Oats for a while now.  I can put it together at night, slap a lid on the bowl (or jar), and I'm done.  In the morning, I can pull my bowl out of the fridge, take the lid off, and eat, even if I'm still half asleep.  My son saw me eating it one morning, and he stole some.  Now, he's a big fan too!  (Check him out in the video below - he's pretty good at making it now).

I prefer to use a glass bowl with a lid instead of a jar (see recipe download below).  My son can mix it up easier in a bowl, and I find that easier too. This recipe is also very easy to remember - just 1/3 cup of everything!   The hardest part is remembering to mix it up at night.  You can mix up several batches one evening, and you won't have to worry about remembering every night.  Or set the bowl and spoon out with the oats to remind you (I'd probably put them by the dishwasher since I turn it on at night). 

Another benefit of this recipe is that it can be inexpensive.  Buy a large canister of oats, a big container of yogurt (not the individual, flavored ones), some frozen fruit (so it won't go bad before you eat it all) - and you probably already have milk!  The big container of yogurt can be used in many different ways also - you can add your own favorite fruit instead of buying several different flavors with lots of added sugars.  I've even used the plain Greek yogurt as a sour cream substitute.  Instant oatmeal can get expensive and has a lot of added sugars.  Overnight oats are actually quicker in the mornings than instant oatmeal and better for you!  

So set an alarm to mix these up tonight!

Overnight Oats

  • 1/3 cup oats (quick or old-fashioned)
  • 1/3 cup low-fat or skim milk
  • 1/3 cup blueberries, frozen or fresh (you can use other fruits that you like also) 
  • 1/3 cup plain yogurt (we use plain Greek yogurt)
  1. Mix ingredients together and stir well.  
  2. Put in refrigerator overnight.
  3. Eat in the morning.
  4. You may want to add some sweetener (but try it plain first! You may like it!) and/or nuts like walnuts.

Serving size: 1 bowl or jar

Calories 220; total fat 4g; saturated fat 1.5g; cholesterol 10mg; sodium 95mg; carbohydrate 35g; fiber 4g; protein 11g.