10 Healthy Overnight Oats Recipes

These healthy overnight oats recipes are going to be your new breakfast go-to’s!

10 Healthy Overnight Oats Recipes

Why are overnight oats healthy?

You’ve had regular, old oatmeal, right? Well, overnight oats are basically like oatmeal’s cooler, stylish older sibling. But looks aren’t everything. Overnight oats are one of the healthiest breakfasts you can make. That’s because they are chock full of good for you ingredients like rolled oats, chia seeds, yogurt, fresh or frozen fruit, plant based milks, nut butters, and so much more. Did you see anything mentioned that isn’t healthy? Didn’t think so!

Overnight oats are not only a healthy way to start your day, but because of the high fiber content, they’ll keep you full and satiated throughout the morning. They are the quintessential, perfect healthy breakfast meal because they equally combine protein, carbohydrates and healthy fats into one, ultra-Instagrammable breakfast dish.

Are overnight oats fattening?

Oatmeal is extremely low in fat content, only 2 grams per serving, and as long as you stick to natural ingredients and don’t go overboard with toppings that include added sugar, then you should be in the clear. However, where you may run into problems is portion control. Since you can batch make this dish, you won’t fully be in control when scooping out a portion for your morning meal. But, if you use small size mason jars instead of large bowls or containers, you’ll be able to create pre-portioned servings for yourself without having to worry about overeating. 

Additionally, to keep your overnight oats healthy, make sure to use plant based milks that are unsweetened as well as plain yogurt without added sugars. If needed, you can sweeten your overnight oats with honey, agave or maple syrup, but don’t go overboard as the calories can add up quickly.

Can I make overnight oats without yogurt?

Can I make overnight oats without yogurt?

Yogurt is not a must have ingredient when preparing healthy overnight oats recipes. If you are not a fan or adhere to a dairy-free diet, leaving yogurt out won’t change the taste or consistency of your overnight oats. The two main components of your overnight oats are a plant based milk and well, oats. The hard, rolled oats will soften and absorb the plant based milk, leaving you with a mushy morning meal. All the other ingredients like chia seeds, fruit, nut buttes and even yogurt are just additions according to your taste and dietary preferences.  

Can you make overnight oats with regular milk?

Almond Milk Overnight Oats

You can make healthy overnight oats recipes with whatever milk you choose, it is a free country after all. But, why settle for regular milk when there are over 15 healthy and delicious plant based milks at your disposal with the same nutritional value as cows milk. Try incorporating almond milk, oat milk, coconut milk, hemp milk, and even pistachio milk for a different taste and added flavor to your overnight oats recipe. Or be boring and use regular milk, see if we care.

How do you make healthy overnight oats?

Making overnight oats is so easy, you can do it in your sleep. Literally. That’s because this dish does all the work for you in your refrigerator overnight. All you need to do is pick your ingredients, select your mason jar(s), mix everything together, leave it in the fridge — and, ta-da, it’s done! 

As simple and as healthy as overnight oats sound, you may be overwhelmed with just how many different combinations of toppings and flavors you can pick from. The truth is, if you really like oats, you could make a unique and healthy overnight oats recipe each morning for an entire year. And if you do complete that challenge, please let us know! 

Here are ten healthy overnight oats recipes from around the web to get you hooked on this easy breakfast treat.

1. Cherry Overnight Oats

When it comes to healthy overnight oats recipes, nothing is healthier (and easier) than this 5-minute recipe from Lemons and Zest. It contains eight, simple good-for-you ingredients and fresh cherries for the ultimate set it and forget it breakfast meal. Oh, and we forgot to mention it is 100% vegan friendly.

Healthy Overnight Oats Recipes from Lemons and Zest
Healthy Overnight Oats Recipes from Lemons and Zest

2. Peanut Butter Overnight Oats

Peanut butter lovers. We see you, we hear you, and we’re happy to provide one of our favorite healthy overnight oats recipes to you from Eating Bird Food. Not only is peanut butter in the oats, but added as a topping as well. If you have an aversion to peanut butter (sorry to hear that), you can always opt for nut-free sunflower butter.

Peanut Butter Overnight Oats
Recipe Image by Eating Bird Food

3. Healthy Chocolate Overnight Oats

We did mention you could add cacao or cocoa powder to your healthy overnight oats recipes, right? Well, you can and it makes this breakfast treat 100000x more delicious. This recipe from Joy Food Sunshine takes traditional overnight oats and adds a chocolate twist to your morning meal.

Healthy Chocolate Overnight Oats
Recipe Image by Joy Food Sunshine

4. Cold Brew Coffee Overnight Oats

Have your coffee and eat it, too! This recipe from Love and Zest takes two morning must-haves (breakfast and coffee) and turns it into one easy recipe. We’ll take a venti, please and thank you!

Cold Brew Coffee Overnight Oats
Recipe Image by Love and Zest

5. Pumpkin Spice Overnight Oats

Let’s please normalize eating pumpkin-spiced creations all year long, please? But seriously, this recipe from Ambitious Kitchen is going to be in our weekly breakfast rotation and we don’t care if there is a leaf on the ground or if the weather is above 90 degrees. So just, leave us alone, okay?

Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats Recipe
Recipe Image by Ambitious Kitchen

6. French Toast Overnight Oats

Our list of healthy overnight oats recipes is progressively getting more creative and delicious with the addition of this gem from Delicious Made Easy. Who doesn’t love french toast? Don’t answer that, because if you said, “not me”, we’re going to need to have a very serious talk.

French Toast Overnight Oats
Recipe Image by Delicious Made Easy

7. Banana Bread Overnight Oats

Banana bread is quite possibly the best baked good out there (don’t @ us!) so when we came across this healthy overnight oats recipe from Jessica in the Kitchen that takes this drool-worthy bread and combined it into a breakfast treat, we knew we had a winner.

Recipe Image by Jessica in the Kitchen

8. Apple Pie Overnight Oats

Again, we live in a world where the only season is fall, so please let us be with our pumpkin spice and apple pie flavored overnight oats. No, but really, this recipe from Minimalist Baker takes your traditional apple pie flavors you know and love and creates a stunning, yet healthy overnight oats recipe.

Apple Pie Overnight Oats
Recipe Image by Minimalist Baker

9. Cinnamon and Peach Overnight Oats

Peaches don’t get the praise or spotlight they deserve and we’re thankful that Recipe Runner incorporated this underutilized fruit into a healthy breakfast treat.

Peach Overnight Oats
Recipe Image by Recipe Runner

10. Protein-Packed Overnight Oats

This recipe makes the perfect after-workout snack as it is filled with 21g of protein per serving thanks to the additional 2 scoops of protein powder that Organically Addison incorporates. Not to change the subject, but make sure to wipe your equipment down after you’re finished or everyone at your gym will hate you.

Protein-Packed Overnight Oats
Recipe Image by Organically Addison

Out of the 10 healthy overnight oats recipes we provided, which one is your fave?

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