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Easy Overnight Oats

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  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Total Time: 2 hours
  • Yield: 1 serving 1x


Wondering how to make overnight oats? These are the easiest and tastiest Overnight Oats Recipes! Just a few minutes of prep the night before and you’ll have delicious, grab-and-go breakfasts ready for busy mornings.



Base Vanilla Overnight Oat Recipe

  • 1/2 cup old fashioned or rolled oats
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds or ground flax seeds
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup milk (any kind)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 12 tablespoons maple syrup
  • Additional optional add-ins (see below)
  • Additional Optional Add-ins:

    For Peanut Butter and Jelly Oats:

    • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
    • 1 tablespoon jam

    For Peanut Butter Chocolate Oats:

    • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
    • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder

    For Apple Cinnamon Oats:

    • 1/4 cup finely chopped or grated apple
    • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

    For Coconut Almond Oats:

    • 1 tablespoon shredded coconut
    • 1 tablespoon slivered almonds
    • 1 pinch cinnamon


  1. Place the oats, salt, and chia or flax seeds in the bottom of a glass container (a wide mouth pint canning jar works perfect for this).
  2. Add the Greek yogurt, milk, vanilla, and maple syrup to the jar and stir well to combine.
  3. If you are adding any optional extras, add them and stir well to combine.
  4. Place a lid on your container and place it in the fridge.
  5. Let the mixture rest for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  6. Add a splash more milk when serving if desired to thin the oats a bit.
  7. Eat within 5 days of making.


  • You have so much flexibility with this simple recipe. I’ll often make the base recipe and we’ll just add optional toppings like nuts or fruit in the morning before serving.
  • Feel free to set up as many jars as you’ll use in the week and assemble multiple jars assembly-line style all at the same time. I’ll often make 10-12 jars or individual servings at one time.
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Category: breakfast
  • Method: no cook
  • Cuisine: American