Overnight Oats – The Secret to Perfection!

by NaturalDeets
overnight oats

Overnight Oats can be tricky to make. Discover how delicious this make-ahead breakfast recipe can be with my secret tip!

I grew up eating instant oatmeal with freeze dried fruits mixed in. I still remember sitting in the kitchen before school and squeezing little pouches of jelly in a swirl on top. I’m sure it was full of sugar and several other ingredients that I now try to avoid feeding my kids. But, it was so good at the time and it is now a happy memory!

Honestly, I’m pretty sure I would still like it today. My kids have never tried the fruit flavored instant oatmeal, so they don’t know what they’re missing. Overnight Oats don’t have all the sugar of instant flavored oatmeal, but I promise that you won’t miss it!

I love to make overnight oats because they are quick to throw together and even easier to grab as I run out the door in the morning. You can take the base recipe and mix in almost anything. My issue with oatmeal is the texture, so I like to mix in fresh fruit to add a little crunch.

What can I add to Overnight Oats?

Overnight Oats

Here are some mix-in ideas:

  • Diced fruits like Apples, Bananas, Kiwi, Pears, Peaches, Nectarines
  • Raisins
  • Nuts
  • Spices like Cinnamon or Nutmeg (Maybe Turmeric)
  • Almond Butter
  • Sunflower Seed Butter
  • Flax Seed
  • Chia Seed
  • Hemp Seed
  • Cocoa powder

When you experiment with different toppings, you won’t get bored of eating the same thing week after week!

Overnight Oats Recipe:

As I mentioned above, the recipe is VERY simple. This recipe will make 2 servings. In full disclosure, only one of my kids likes this. The other one doesn’t like oatmeal in general, so this was a stretch.

The Secret to Overnight Oats is 1 part oats to 1 part milk

And it’s really that simple. I like to use 1 cup of Organic oatmeal and 1 cup of Almond Milk. I use regular quick cooking oats, but I have seen overnight oats made with Steel Cut oats as well.

Once you mix the oatmeal and milk, you can start adding anything you have on hand.

Overnight Oats

container of Trader Joe's quick cooking organic oats and some in a measuring cup

Add your mix-ins. I used the following:

  • 2 Tbsp Cinnamon
  • Dash of Nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1 Tbps Flax Seed
  • I Heaping Tbsp Almond Butter
  • Diced apples
  • Walnuts

Overnight Oats

Mix well and put in to containers with lids. Place in the refrigerator overnight

making overnight oats in a glass bowl

Add any additional toppings. I added Apples and Walnuts below.

You can serve the oats by themselves, or along with some Clean Eating Banana Bread!
Overnight Oats

Overnight Oats
5 from 1 vote

Easy Overnight Oats

Overnight oats are a versatile and easy make-ahead breakfast idea. You can top your oats with any mix-ins that your family enjoys. The oatmeal can be eaten hot or cold.

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword oatmeal, overnight oats
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 320 kcal


  • 1 Cup Almond Milk
  • 1 Cup Oats
  • 2 Tbsp Cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp Almond Butter
  • Dash Nutmeg
  • 1/4 Cup Raisins
  • 1 Tbsp Flax Seeds
  • Apples diced
  • Walnuts


  1. Mix all ingredients in a medium bowl

  2. Pour in to 2 bowls with lids and let sit in fridge overnight

  3. Top with any topping you have on hand

  4. Enjoy!

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Alicia August 3, 2017 - 2:03 pm

I’ve been wanting to try overnight oats! Thank you for sharing!

Shelanda August 3, 2017 - 3:47 pm

5 stars
I’m trying this very soon. I’ve wanted to try it but didn’t know the measurements to use. Thanks!

Emily August 3, 2017 - 5:30 pm

This looks so yummy!

Bola August 3, 2017 - 7:24 pm

I am definitely going to try this.

Stacey August 3, 2017 - 8:15 pm

I love oatmeal on a cold morning. I’ll have to try this. I’ve been using almond milk in more recipes.

Sarah August 3, 2017 - 11:41 pm

This would be quick and easy to throw together while I’m packing school lunches for the next day!

MIchelle August 4, 2017 - 12:53 am

I would try apples and walnuts first! I love that combination. I love oatmeal but no one else in my family does. I am definitely trying this for myself.

Anonymous August 4, 2017 - 1:39 am

We will definitely be trying this! Yum!

Rachel August 4, 2017 - 2:07 am

What a great idea! My girls love oatmeal and this looks absolutely delicious. I think they would go for this!

Anitra August 4, 2017 - 3:29 am

This looks amazing! So easy, and I love oatmeal. So trying this! Thanks for the yummy idea!

Autumn August 4, 2017 - 3:39 am

Oh man, I used to love overnight oats!! Especially with real cream in them. Maybe someday…

Joanne August 4, 2017 - 5:05 am

Looks good, I’ll need to try it. Thanks for sharing

Melissa August 4, 2017 - 1:11 pm

This sounds good! I’m so trying it this weekend!!

Nicole Cruze August 4, 2017 - 7:58 pm

oh my sounds delicious!

Carmen August 4, 2017 - 8:15 pm

This sounds yummy, healthy and easy! Great add-ins!

Lisa August 4, 2017 - 8:32 pm

Love overnight oats! My favorite was with almond butter/ peanut butter, cinnamon and raisins. ?

NaturalDeets August 5, 2017 - 9:10 pm

Can’t go wrong with that combination!

Kourtney August 5, 2017 - 1:34 am

This sounds amazing! I am definitely pinning and trying it out this weekend!

Noelle August 5, 2017 - 1:50 am

I used to make this all the time when my kids were younger! I completely forgot about it, but you made me want to start making it again! Thanks!

NaturalDeets August 5, 2017 - 9:09 pm

I like to make these in the summer and I forget about them every year! But they always taste just as good as I remember!

Kristin Stones August 5, 2017 - 2:09 am

I love overnight oats! Not a huge oatmeal fan otherwise, but so much better this way!

NaturalDeets August 5, 2017 - 9:06 pm

Same here! I am not a huge fan of oatmeal and this is one of the only ways I can eat it!


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