Easy Overnight Oats with Yogurt are a great healthy high-protein breakfast! This recipe only takes 6 ingredients and 5 minutes to prepare! Plus it’s no-cook, gluten-free and can easily be made dairy-free!
Make-ahead breakfasts are life-savers on busy mornings! Starting the week knowing that my refrigerator, freezer and pantry are well-stocked with easy and healthy breakfast options makes me one happy momma.
This Overnight Oats with Yogurt recipe is a nutritional powerhouse. It’s loaded with protein, calcium and fiber and will keep you full all morning long.
This is a great meal-prep recipe that is made with only six ingredients in 5 minutes (no cooking required). Plus, it’s highly customizable and can even be made dairy-free.
How do you make overnight oats?
As always, let’s walk through the steps of making this recipe. It’s super simple and comes together in no time.
Step 1: Gather the ingredients
Here is what you will need to make these overnight oats: yogurt, milk, oats, honey, vanilla, cinnamon, sea salt and toppings of your choice. I will discuss the ingredients and potential substitutions later in this post (just above the recipe card).
Step 2: Mix it all together
This simple overnight oats recipe is SO easy to make that the next step is just to mix all the ingredients together.
- Combine wet ingredients. Start by combining the wet ingredients and stirring until the mixture is smooth.
- Add dry ingredients. The salt is optional in this recipe, but I find that a pinch really helps amp up the flavor.
- Stir. Make sure to stir everything really well so that the ingredients are evenly distributed in the jars.
Step 3: Store & Refrigerate
The next step is to pour the mixture into container and store in the refrigerator overnight (or for at least 3 hours).
How do you store overnight oats?
Pour the yogurt overnight oats into individual jars with lids. You can make two 8 ounce or four 4 oz servings.
Do overnight oats have to be in a mason jar?
No! Of course not! You can choose any container you’d like to store the overnight oats. I do recommend using an airtight glass container with a lid.
Step 4: ENJOY!
After these overnight oats have been chilled, it’s time to crack open a jar and enjoy!
My oldest daughter enjoyed these healthy overnight oats the best when they were served plain. Here are a few other suggestions for toppings/mix-ins:
- Fresh Berries (careful not to use frozen berries unless you thaw and drain them first. They release water as they thaw and will cause your oats to become a little “soupy”)
- Fresh fruits (bananas, apples, citrus fruits, etc.)
- Nut Butters (like this vanilla almond butter or this homemade peanut butter)
- Chia Seeds
- Candied almonds
- Cinnamon Sugar pecans
- Honey or Maple Syrup
- Strawberry Sauce
- Chocolate chips or cocoa nibs
- Nuts (almonds, cashews, peanuts, etc.)
- Dried Fruits (cranberries, apricots, rasins, etc.)
The sky’s the limit with what you can serve in/on this overnight oats recipe!
FAQS about how to make Overnight Oats
Here are answers to some of the frequently asked questions about making overnight oats.
How long do overnight oats keep?
These simple overnight oats with yogurt keep in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Just be sure that the ingredients you use do not expire before you eat them.
For example, if you make this recipe with milk that expires in 4 days, make sure to eat the overnight oats within those four days.
Do you eat overnight oats hot or cold?
You really can eat them at whatever temperature you choose. They are meant to be eaten cold, and taste delicious that way. However many people just have to eat their oatmeal warm, which is totally acceptable too.
Can you microwave overnight oats?
Yes! If you want to enjoy these Greek yogurt overnight oats warm, you may heat them up in the microwave. I recommend starting by only warming them for 30 seconds, then stirring and tasting. Warm them in 30 second increments until you reach your desired temperature.
What kind of oats should I use for overnight oats?
You can use all different types of oats to make this easy overnight oats recipe. Here are some suggestions:
- old-fashioned oats (my personal preference)!
- quick-cooking oats
- rolled oats
- steel cut oats
Are overnight oats supposed to be runny?
No, they should not be runny. They should be nice and thick as pictured above.
Overnight Oats: Ingredients and Substitutions
It’s important to take a minute and chat about the ingredients in this overnight oats recipe, as well as possible substitutions (because I know you all too well and I am certain you will ask). Please remember, a recipe is only as good as the quality of the ingredients used to make it.
- Greek Yogurt. Our family’s favorite Greek yogurt is The Greek God’s Greek Yogurt. It is made with very minimal, natural ingredients and tastes amazing! In this recipe I use Honey Vanilla Greek Yogurt. It adds a touch of sweetness and a more intense vanilla flavor – which we love. You can use your favorite yogurt variety and it doesn’t have to be Greek yogurt (even fruit-flavored yogurts if you would like to create fruity overnight oats). If you use plain Greek or regular yogurt, just be aware that your final product will not be as sweet, and you might want to add more honey to taste.
- Honey. Depending on the sweetness of your yogurt and your personal taste preferences, the amount of honey could either be omitted or increased. Any liquid sweetener works well in this overnight oats recipe, however the two that I recommend most highly are honey and pure maple syrup.
- Milk. I used whole milk in this recipe (because it’s what we have been buying lately). Any milk variety works well in these easy overnight oats. Just be aware that a milk with a lower fat content will result in less-creamy overnight oats.
- Oats. As stated above you can use any variety of oats you wish including old-fashioned, rolled, quick-cooking and steel cut. My personal favorite is old-fashioned oats.
- Cinnamon. I love the flavor the cinnamon imparts in this recipe. I think it’s a crucial addition and makes this overnight oats recipe special. However if you don’t love cinnamon you can omit it.
Can I make these overnight oats dairy-free?
YES you can easily make this recipe into dairy-free overnight oats! Here’s how:
- Substitute your favorite dairy-free yogurt for the Greek yogurt
- Replace milk with your favorite non-dairy milk. I recommend coconut milk or almond milk.
I also have this dairy-free Peanut Butter Overnight Oats recipe that is AMAZING!
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Easy Overnight Oats with Yogurt
- In a large bowl, mix together yogurt, honey and vanilla. Stir until the mixture is smooth.
- Add milk and stir until combined.
- Add oatmeal, sea salt, and cinnamon and stir until mixture is uniform throughout.
- Pour into four 4 oz mason jars, or two 8 oz mason jars and secure the lids.
- Place in the refrigerator to chill overnight (or for at least 6 hours).
- Serve with fresh berries, a drizzle of nut butter or extra honey.
Are you looking for more delicious make-ahead breakfasts?! Here are some of my favorites!
- I eat one of these Peanut Butter Breakfast Bars every morning!
- Sneak in some veggies with these Paleo Zucchini Banana Muffins or these Spinach Muffins! (Both recipes are Freezer-friendly)!
- Cookies for breakfast are always a fun idea, especially these Paleo Zucchini Cookies! (Freezer-friendly)!
- This Peanut Butter Granola is a family favorite!
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