Overnight Oats

I’m always on the hunt for something new and exciting for breakfast.  I kept hearing about overnight oats on many of the healthy-eating blogs I read but had my reservations about it.  Cold oatmeal just didn’t appeal to me at all.  Blech.

I decided to try it anyway, and I’m so happy I did.  Since I first made it three weeks ago, I’ve had overnight oats at least 3 times a week.  So in love with them.  Here’s how I do it.

Overnight Oats


  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 Tbsp plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 frozen banana, defrosted (or 1/2 very ripe banana, mashed)
  • 1 Tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 tsp chia seeds


  1. Combine oats, milk, and yogurt in a bowl (mason jars are also great for this). Refrigerate overnight.
  2. When you're ready to eat, stir in the banana and chia seeds, and top with a dollop of peanut butter.


  1. Renee @ MyKitchenAdventures

    I recently gave overnight oats a try as well, although I didn’t do overnight (too much planning! haha) I did it on the counter and let them sit for about 1/2 hour while I did other things…the chia helps to thicken them quickly. They are really good, even better than hot, I think!

  2. CJ - Food Stories

    I’ve seen these recipes, as well, and just haven’t taken the time to try. As you mentioned, cold oatmeal is just not that appetizing to me; however, maybe I’ll give it a try. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, right?

  3. Amy Anderson

    Erika, I’m not sure that it really “does” anything. I use Greek yogurt so it adds a little more protein and substance. I’m sure vanilla would be a delicious addition!

  4. Wonderwoman

    I guess I should try this. Like you, I’ve seen these recipes and agree that I don’t think I’d like cold oats either, so it’s good to hear that you do like them.

  5. Beverly@Beverly's Back Porch

    Sorry, I can’t eat cold oatmeal! I heat mine before adding the fruit. It is wonderful. A few seconds in the micro is all you need. I have done equal parts oatmeal and milk overnight and add what ever I want the next morning. Toasted wheat germ is a favorite.

  6. Miz Helen

    Hi Amy,
    This is a great breakfast that I sometimes enjoy. I will have to give your recipe a try sometime. Hope you are having a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  7. Bridget Hedger

    Yum I love oatmeal! I have it everyday for breakfast, you should come check out my two latest postings! Both include oats! Stopping by from Its a blog party!

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