Breakfast

9 Healthy Overnight Oats Ideas For A Simple Breakfast

Start your day right with overnight oats for a healthy breakfast, the ultimate choice for those on the go. Packed with nutrients and customizable to fit any palate or dietary need, overnight oats only take minutes to prepare.

Why overnight oats are the best easy breakfast idea

Preparing your oats overnight cuts out traditional cooking times, freeing up your mornings. Simply mix oats with your chosen liquid and let them soak in the fridge overnight. The next morning, you have a ready-to-eat breakfast waiting for you.

Overnight oats health benefits

Overnight oats are just easy to make; they’re also a nutritional powerhouses. High in fiber for good digestion and packed with protein for sustained energy, they allow for adding in various healthy ingredients that boost both their nutritional value and flavor.

Overnight oat topping ideas

To enhance your oats and keep it interesting, try mixing up your toppings. Add fruits, nuts, seeds, or syrups to create enjoyable, nutritious combinations. Experimenting with these additions not only increases the nutritional content but also lets you enjoy a different taste each day.

Water vs. milk

Choosing between water, dairy milk, or plant-based milk affects the texture and taste of your oats. Water makes them lighter, while milk adds creaminess and a richer flavor. Consider your dietary needs and flavor preferences when selecting your liquid base to achieve the best consistency and taste.

Ideas for Storing Overnight Oats

Storing overnight oats is straightforward: use airtight containers or mason jars to keep them fresh and ready to eat. This method maintains freshness and makes the oats highly portable, perfect for busy mornings or on-the-go breakfasts. These are the jars that I use. They are spice jars, but work great for overnight oats

Let’s dive into nine healthy overnight oats from the Lovely Delites Blog that you’ll love.

Classic Flavors with a Twist

Maple Overnight Oats

Experience the natural sweetness and comforting flavor of maple in this simple yet delicious breakfast option. Maple syrup enhances taste and provides a soothing, warm start to the day. The aroma of maple will invigorate your morning and get you ready for the day ahead. Top it with crunchy granola and fresh, juicy blueberries.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup organic old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 scoop plant-based unflavored or vanilla protein, about 1/4 cup
  • 1 tbsp ground flax
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon 
  • 1 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1.5 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

  • In a jar or bowl mix together the oats, protein, ground flax, chia seeds and cinnamon until well incorporated. 
  • Then, add in the almond milk, maple syrup and vanilla extract. Mix once more until well combined. 
  • Cover and store in the fridge for a minimum of four hours or overnight. 
  • When ready, top with fresh blueberries and crunchy granola.

Cinnamon Roll Overnight Oats

Bring the essence of a freshly baked cinnamon roll into your breakfast bowl within minutes. This no-bake recipe uses cinnamon for its delightful spice and sweet drizzle that mimics frosting, while also tapping into the health benefits of cinnamon, such as its anti-inflammatory properties. It’s like enjoying a cinnamon roll, but less sugar!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup organic old fashioned oats
  • 2 tbsp plain greek yogurt, sub nondairy to make vegan 
  • 1/2 cup almond milk 
  • 1 tsp cinnamon 
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup 
  • Pinch of salt 
  • Optional add in’s:
    • 1 tsp chia seeds 
    • 1 tsp ground flax 
  • Frosting:
    • 1 tbsp Greek yogurt (sub non dairy to make vegan) 
    • 1-2 tsp cinnamon 
    • Splash of almond milk to get right consistency

Directions:

  • Start by combining all the ingredients together in a bowl or cup that has a lid. Mix until well combined. 
  • Place overnight oats in the fridge for a minimum of 4 hours or overnight. When ready, mix well and top with frosting. 
  • To make the frosting, first, layer on a tablespoon of greek or non dairy yogurt and spread it evenly. Then, in a small bowl, combine one tablespoon of plain greek yogurt, cinnamon and a splash of almond milk. Mix until well incorporated and then add to a small plastic bag. 
  • Cut off the corner of the plastic bag and make a swirl on top of the yogurt. Then, ENJOY!

Fruity Oatmeal

Peach Overnight Oats

Peach pie, but make it oatmeal. Utilize the natural sweetness of fresh or frozen peaches, which not only add a juicy flavor but also pack a punch with health benefits like vitamins and fiber. This recipe is particularly refreshing during the summer months when peaches are in their peak season.

peach overnight oats

Ingredients:

  • Overnight Oats
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 tsp ground flax
  • 2 tsp chia seeds
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 tbsp maple syrup
  • Sautéed Peaches
    • 1 yellow peach, sliced (if making three servings, otherwise just use what you need if only making one)
    • 1 tsp cinnamon
    • 1 tsp coconut oil
    • 1 tsp maple syrup

Directions:

  • Start by slicing the peaches and removing the pit.
  • Then, heat a skillet over medium to low heat and add in the coconut oil. Once melted, add in the peaches and sprinkle on the cinnamon and drizzle with maple syrup. Stir occasionally for a few minutes or until peaches are well coated, soft and tender.
  • Next, add all of the ingredients for the overnight oats to a jar or container with a lid and mix until well combined.
  • add in a handful of the sautéed peaches to each jar and mix once more. Cover with a lid and store in the fridge for a minimum of 4 hours or overnight.
  • The next morning, add on more sautéed peaches and additional toppings like granola or yogurt if desired and enjoy!

Strawberry Overnight Oats

Dessert for breakfast? No, but it tastes like it. The strawberries bring a burst of freshness to your morning, complete with antioxidant properties that contribute to overall health. This recipe is vegan friendly and gluten-free!

strawberry overnight oats

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup milk of choice 
  • 1/2 cup strawberries, divided 
  • 1/4 cup plain dairy free yogurt 
  • 1/2 tbsp maple syrup 
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 
  • Toppings granola, strawberries, yogurt

Directions:

  • Start by making the strawberry milk. In a blender, combine milk and fresh strawberries. Blend for 30-60 seconds or until there aren’t any strawberry chunks left and you milk is smooth and creamy. 
  • Next, in a jar, add in the oats, strawberry milk, yogurt, vanilla extract and maple syrup. Mix well with a spoon until ingredients are well incorporated. 
  • Cover with a lid and store in the fridge for a minimum or 4 hours or overnight. 
  • The next morning, mix oats will and add on your favorite toppings. I did more plant-based yogurt, fresh strawberry slices and granola. 

Strawberry Shortcake Overnight Oats

For those mornings when you crave something sweet, this recipe layers strawberries and creamy coconut yogurt to create a dessert-like experience that’s still healthy. It’s perfect for those who want a sweet start without compromising on nutrition.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup organic old fashioned oats
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp ground flax
  • 1 tbsp coconut yogurt
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • Toppings
  • fresh strawberries
  • 1 graham cracker piece

Directions:

  • In a container with a lid, add in the oats, chia seeds and ground flax.
  • Next, add in the coconut yogurt, maple syrup and almond milk.
  • Mix until ingredients are well incorporated, cover and store in the fridge for a minimum of 2 hours or overnight.
  • When ready, mix really well and top with fresh strawberries and graham crackers.

Lemon Poppy Overnight Oats

Add a zesty twist to your breakfast with the zestiness of lemon and the texture of poppy seeds. This combination not only tastes great but also has detoxifying benefits. The bright, citrusy flavor will wake up your senses and energize your morning routine.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 2 tsp poppy seeds
  • 1 tbsp ground flax
  • 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup

Toppings

  • Granola
  • Blueberries
  • Lemon wedge

Directions:

  • In a bowl or an airtight container with a lid, mix together the oats, poppy seeds and ground flax.
  • Next, add in the greek yogurt, almond milk, lemon juice, vanilla and maple syrup. Mix until well combined, cover and place in the fridge for a minimum of 4 hours or overnight.
  • When ready, mix well and top with desired toppings. I love adding on fresh blueberries, granola and a lemon wedge (for looks).

Sweet Oats

Nutella Overnight Oats

Indulge in the rich flavor of Nutella, complemented by the texture of hazelnuts. This recipe is perfect for those mornings when you need a decadent start to your day. It’s fiber-filled and includes hazelnuts, cacao and banana.

nutella overnight oats

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup organic old fashioned oats
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 2 tsp cacao powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 Tbsp nutella
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • TOPPINGS
    • Roasted hazelnuts
    • Fresh banana slices
    • Almond butter

Directions:

  • In a bowl or mason jar, add in almond milk, maple syrup, cacao powder, chia seeds, and nutella and mix until ingredients are well incorporated.
  • Then, add in oats and the pinch of salt. Mix until combined.
  • Cover and store in the fridge overnight or for a minimum of 5 hours.
  • The next day, mix oats then top with desired toppings of choice and enjoy!

Strawberry Chocolate Overnight Oats

Combine the sweetness of strawberries with the rich, heart-healthy benefits of dark chocolate for a truly indulgent breakfast. This one is thick, creamy and full of flavor!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup non-dairy yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 Tbsp cacao
  • 3/4 cup Almond Breeze AlmondMilk
  • TOPPINGS
    • 1/4 cup chopped strawberries
    • 1 Tbsp almond butter
    • 1 Tbsp cacao nibs

Directions:

  • In a large jar, combine oats, non-dairy yogurt, maple syrup, chia seeds, cacao and almond milk. Mix well until ingredients are well combined.
  • Cover with a lid and store in the fridge overnight or a minimum of 2 hours.
  • Stir the mixture, then top with desired toppings

Matcha Overnight Oats

For a unique twist, incorporate the distinct flavor and health benefits of matcha green tea. Matcha is known for it’s calming properties and is an excellent way to start a stress-free day. This recipe is ideal for those looking to boost their antioxidant intake while enjoying a flavorful breakfast.

matcha overnight oats

Ingredients:

  • Start by combining the old fashioned oats, chia seeds and matcha powder together in a container with a lid.
  • Then, add in the almond milk, maple syrup, yogurt of choice, and vanilla extract. 
  • Cover and store in the fridge for a minimum of 4 hours, or overnight. 
  • When ready, mix well and top with desired toppings and enjoy!

Directions:

  • In a bowl or mason jar, add in almond milk, maple syrup, cacao powder, chia seeds, and nutella and mix until ingredients are well incorporated.
  • Then, add in oats and the pinch of salt. Mix until combined.
  • Cover and store in the fridge overnight or for a minimum of 5 hours.
  • The next day, mix oats then top with desired toppings of choice and enjoy!

Overnight oats offer a versatile and nutritious option for breakfast, adaptable to any taste preference. Try these nine recipes and feel free to tweak them according to your tastes. 

I’d love to hear which recipes you tried or plan to try. Share your experiences and any personal twists you’ve added to the recipes in the comments below!

Ready For More?

High Protein Banana Pudding

This High Protein Banana Pudding comes together in just under 10 minutes...

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Muffins

These Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Muffins are naturally high in protein from...

Breakfast Street Tacos

These Breakfast Street Tacos are a great and simple way to add...

Kale and Mushroom Egg Bites

Try out these copy cat Starbucks Kale and Mushroom Egg Bites for...

Sourdough Discard Banana Bread Muffins

Sourdough Discard Banana Bread Muffins are a great way to use up...

Lemon Cheesecake Jars

Lemon Cheesecake Jars are a delicious and healthy high protein snack or...

4 based on 1 reviews

Leave A Comment And Rate This Recipe!

Rating:

I like a lot of your recipes; but am surprised you use almond milk as it’s such a horrible ag industry.. In cali, LOTS of folks have NO water cuz it all got pumped to almond orchards. I use coconut milk as it’s a better fat and so much more available..✌🏻kj