How To Make Overnight Oats (with 10 Flavors)

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Everything you need to know for How to Make Overnight Oats with 10 Flavors! This super easy make ahead breakfast is perfect for meal prepping. It’s gluten free and you’ll find my dairy free tips below as well. Overnight oats are typically served cold, but you can warm them up too. The 10 flavor variations are all based off dessert flavors, which means you can eat a healthy breakfast that tastes like you’re having dessert!

PBJ overnight oats in the front with blueberry almond and tropical oats in the background.

What is the big deal about overnight oats anyways? I promise the answer to that question is in your first bite of overnight oats! At first it may sound like a weird concept to eat a cold oats mixture for breakfast. And while you can heat these up, you’ll find the cold version to be incredibly delicious, and a lot like eating dessert for breakfast.

I also just have to tell you that I HATE oatmeal, and the all caps isn’t enough to tell you how much I dislike oatmeal. So when this whole overnight oats thing started, I thought I’d just ignore it because oatmeal is the worst thing to happen to breakfast. (Also just want to acknowledge that I know I’m the weird one, and everyone I know loves oatmeal. Even my husband thinks I’m crazy!)

But I kept getting so many requests from you all to make overnight oats. So I decided to give them a whirl, and I was completely surprised by how much I loved these! As it turns out what I don’t like is the texture of cooked oatmeal. So I always eat mine cold, but Tyler has tested out the warmed up versions for me! If you’re a bit skeptical of overnight oats, I sure hope you’ll give them a try because I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

5 of the 10 Overnight Oats flavors on a white background and grey backdrop.

Let’s get started by talking about the basic ingredients for How to Make Overnight Oats!

  • Rolled oats – You can use any kind of rolled oats in this recipe, but my favorite are the thick rolled oats (the gluten free ones) from Bob’s Red Mill. They have a bit more texture which is really nice in overnight oats. I have tested this recipe using regular rolled oats and they work as well. It’s just our preference to use the thicker rolled oats for more texture. And if you’re concerned with making sure this is gluten free, they’re a certified gluten free source as well. Just be sure to buy the bag the says ‘gluten free’ on the front.
  • Chia seeds – provide more fiber and they also thicken up these overnight oats nicely.
  • Milk – You can use any kind of milk you’d like here. I’ve been using the vanilla almond from the brand Malk and it’s so delicious in these oats. The touch of vanilla goes really well with each of the 10 flavors, but you can use any regular or dairy free milk you love the flavor of. One of the main reasons I use that brand is because they don’t add any thickeners or additives which can be difficult to avoid with dairy free milks.
  • Yogurt – My favorite yogurt to use here is Greek yogurt, the kind that doesn’t have added thickeners, but is just super creamy and thick on it’s own. Siggi’s dairy or Wallaby are my favorites from what we have available. I have also tried all sorts of dairy free yogurts, and Kitehill has been the best so far! I’m not the hugest fan of dairy free yogurts overall, but they do work well in overnight oats. You can also sub the 1/3 cup yogurt for 1/4 additional cup of milk as well to make these dairy free/vegan.

And now some tips for how to customize your own toppings:

  1. I add about 1/2 cup of fruit to each flavor of overnight oats. So you can easily sub in anything you’d like that pairs with the other flavors. For instance in the blueberry almond one, you could sub in chopped peaches. (If they’re fresh add them right before eating, but canned will keep in the fridge for a few days.) The Strawberry one is perfect for any kind of berry you can find because it’s creamy with a touch of almond. And the same goes for the PBJ, you can use any nut or seed butter combined with any berry you like. Once you get going with these combos, the sky’s the limit!
  2. You can add nut butter to any combo that sounds good like any of the berry flavors, chocolate, or banana bread below.
  3. I like adding a scoop of collagen to add a bit of extra protein, but you can use any protein powder you like. You may need to add a touch more milk depending on what protein powder you use because they soak up liquid.

Now let’s make this recipe step by step:

First we’ll go through how to make individual servings in a jar. And further down you’ll find how to make overnight oats in bigger batches.

All the ingredients for overnight oats measured out on a wooden cutting board.

Step 1:

First measure out your rolled oats, chia seeds, maple syrup, milk, and yogurt. I also like to add a touch of vanilla extract if I’m not using the vanilla almond milk I mentioned above.

The oats, maple syrup, chia seeds, and yogurt added to a 2 cup mason jar on a white background.

Step 2:

Add the maple syrup, chia seeds, rolled oats and yogurt to a jar. The 1 pint/2 cup Mason jars work really well for this because you’ll have plenty of room for toppings.

Adding the milk to the overnight oats ingredients in a mason jar.

Step 3:

Add your choice of milk to the jar.

Stirring together all the ingredients for the overnight oats in a mason jar.

Step 4:

Then stir to thoroughly combine.

The overnight oats mixed together and ready for the toppings to be added.

Step 5:

From there you can pick any of the 10 flavors listed in the recipe to add to your basic overnight oats mixture.

Large batch of overnight oats being mixed together in a large bowl.

How to make a larger batch of overnight oats:

I like to make no more than 4 days worth of overnight oats at a time for the best flavor and texture.

Simply add all the ingredients to a mixing bowl, and whisk together until combined. From there you can portion out the mixture evenly into the containers of your choice. It’s easiest to let the oat mixture thicken in the refrigerator before portioning it, then scoop out 1 cup portions. As mentioned above, I like to use 1 pint/2 cup sized containers so there’s plenty of room for toppings.

5 jars of overnight oat flavors, Creamsicle, Blueberry Almond, Chocolate, PBJ, and Tropical on a white background.

Now let’s talk about the 10 different flavors!

  1. Carrot Cake – which is my personal favorite because it really does have the perfect carrot cake flavors going on. You’ll find all of these 10 flavors taste like dessert for breakfast, and it’s hard to beat carrot cake flavors in the morning. I like to add chopped pecans or walnuts on tops for some crunch right before serving. You can stir the nuts in overnight, but they will soften slightly by the next day.
  2. Strawberries & Cream – is a classic combo that never gets old! We’re coming into fresh berry season now, but when berries aren’t in season frozen berries work really well here. I’ve also done variations where I’ve used 1/4 cup fruit juice sweetened jam in place of the berries and omitted the maple syrup.
  3. Tropical – is another favorite of mine because it tastes so good, but also because it’s extra convenient. You can easily use frozen pineapple and/or mango for these which makes the prep work super fast.
  4. ‘PBJ’ – is Tyler’s favorite because he loves anything peanut butter! But you can use any nut butter you’d like here like almond or cashew butter, or even any seed butter to make this one nut free. I like using frozen raspberries as the ‘jelly’ part of this flavor because they have the perfect amount of tartness that goes along with the nut butter. But you can sub in any berry you’d like here as well.
  5. Chocolate – because chocolate for breakfast really should be a thing! Try adding 1/2 cup berries to this flavor instead of the sliced banana listed in the recipe. Chocolate and berries is perfect in overnight oats. It’s also fun to add a few mini chocolate chips or cacao nibs to crunch and extra chocolate flavor. Move into an Almond Joy variation by adding shredded coconut and chopped almonds.
  6. Apple Pie – is the only flavor that requires a bit of cooking, but it’s more than worth it! It takes just a few minutes to simmer the apples with the spices, and give you that apple pie flavor.
  7. Banana Bread – is the perfect thing to do with those overripe bananas sitting on your counter! I almost always let a few bananas get too ripe for eating, and they make the best overnight oats. When you add a few spices to the mix, it tastes just like banana bread but way healthier. This one has 1 additional tablespoon of chia seeds listed which is to help thicken it up.
  8. Orange Creamsicle – is based off my favorite orange sherbet from childhood and the orange vanilla combo is really tasty here. If oranges aren’t in season, you can always sub in any kind of berry in this variation.
  9. Blueberry Muffin – is inspired by the flavors from my Paleo Blueberry Muffins. Just a touch of lemon combined with the cinnamon is so good you’ll find yourself making this one a lot. If you can find wild frozen blueberries, definitely try them out because they have a slightly more tart flavor that works really well here. I like to sprinkle some sliced almonds on top, but you can leave them off to make this one nut free.
  10. Pumpkin Spice – is the ultimate pantry overnight oats because it uses canned pumpkin purée. This one tastes like pumpkin pie, keeps super well, and it couldn’t be easier to make! This flavor variation also has 1 additional tablespoon of chia seeds listed to keep it nice and thick. This is because the pumpkin purée adds a bit more liquid to the mix.
5 of the 10 Overnight Oats flavors on a white background and grey backdrop, (tropical, blueberry almond, PBJ, creamsicle, and carrot cake).

I really hope you enjoy these Overnight Oats, they are just the best make ahead breakfasts! And if you do get a chance to make them, I hope you’ll leave me a comment/rating below. I always love hearing from you here! Also for lots more breakfast recipes, head over to the recipe index.

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5 of the 10 Overnight Oats flavors on a white background and grey backdrop, (tropical, blueberry almond, PBJ, creamsicle, and carrot cake).

How To Make Overnight Oats (with 10 Flavors)


  • Author: Kari
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 1 serving 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

Everything you need to know for How to Make Overnight Oats with 10 Flavors! This super easy make ahead breakfast is perfect for meal prepping. Overnight oats are typically served cold, but you can warm them up as well. The 10 flavor variations are all based off dessert flavors which means you can eat a healthy breakfast that tastes like you’re having dessert!


Ingredients

Scale

Overnight Oats Base:

1/2 cup rolled oats, I used extra thick Bob’s Red Mill gluten free

1 tablespoon chia seeds

1 tablespoon maple syrup, more or less to taste

1/2 cup milk of choice, I like to use unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1/3 cup yogurt, Greek yogurt is my favorite

Carrot Cake:

1/4 cup chopped pineapple

1/4 cup grated carrot

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut

2 tablespoons chopped pecans or walnuts, optional

Tropical:

1/4 cup chopped fresh or frozen pineapple

1/4 cup chopped fresh or frozen mango

2 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut

2 tablespoons chopped macadamia, optional 

Strawberries & Cream:

1/2 cup frozen strawberries, or 1/2 cup chopped fresh strawberries

1/8 teaspoon almond extract

PBJ:

1/2 cup frozen raspberries, or 1/2 cup fresh

2 tablespoons peanut butter, or nut/seed butter of choice

Chocolate:

1 1/2 tablespoons cocoa powder

1 additional tablespoon of maple syrup

1 tablespoon chocolate chips, or cacao nibs

1/2 banana, sliced, or 1/2 cup berries of choice

Pumpkin Spice:

1/4 cup pumpkin purée

1/2 teaspoon pumpkin spice

1 additional tablespoon chia seeds

Banana Bread:

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 ripe banana, mashed, 1/2 cup

1 additional tablespoon chia seeds

Orange Creamsicle:

1 tablespoon orange zest, from a microplane grater

1/2 cup sliced fresh oranges, tangerines, or mandarins

1 teaspoon vanilla, omit if using vanilla nut milk

Blueberry Muffin:

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

1/8 teaspoon almond extract

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, omit if using vanilla nut milk

1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

1 tablespoon sliced almonds, optional

Apple Pie:

1 Granny Smith apple, chopped into bite sized pieces

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 cup orange juice, apple juice, or water


Instructions

Mix together all the ingredients for the overnight oats base in a 1 pint/2 cup mason jar or 2 cup container of your choice.

Choose which flavor you’d like and mix the ingredients into the overnight oats base. You can leave any of the fruit on top as well, but I recommend mixing the spices in. If you’re using sliced banana as a topping, add that right before serving.

For the apple pie version, add the chopped apple to a small saucepan along with the cinnamon and orange juice. Bring the mixture to a simmer, partially cover with a lid and simmer on low until the apple is tender and the liquid has mostly evaporated, 6-8 minutes.

Let the apple pie mixture cool before stirring half of it into your overnight oats base, and top with the remaining half, then refrigerate overnight.

Once you have your flavor of choice mixed in, refrigerate overnight before eating. This step is necessary to allow the oats and chia seeds to soften and soak up the liquid.

These overnight oats will keep up to 4 days, but are best in the first 2-3 days.

Notes

To make a larger 4 serving batch, measure out 2 cups oats, 1/4 cup chia seeds, 1/4 cup maple syrup, 2 cups milk, and 1 1/3 cups yogurt. Then top each of the 4 servings individually with different flavors. Or choose one flavor times 4 for your toppings.

  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Mixing
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Overnight Oats, Overnight Oats Recipes, Recipes for Overnight Oats

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