overnight oats

Overnight Oats – The Secret to Perfection!

Discover how delicious Overnight Oats can be

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.

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 this done with Steel Cut oats as well. Once you mix the oatmeal and milk, you can start adding anything you have on hand.

Have fun with Mix-In’s

Overnight Oats

Here are some ideas:

  • Diced fruits like Apples, Bananas, Kiwi, Pears, Peaches, Nectarines
  • Raisins
  • Nuts
  • Spices like Cinnamon or Nutmeg (Maybe Tumeric)
  • 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!

Now the 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.

You will need 1 cup of liquid and 1 cup of Oatmeal. I used Almond Milk and Trader Joe Quick Cook Oats.

Overnight Oats

Overnight Oats

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

Add any additional toppings. I added Apples and Walnuts below. Enjoy!!Overnight Oats

Overnight Oats
5 from 1 vote

Easy Overnight Oats

Course Breakfast
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 servings


  • 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!


  • Alicia August 3, 2017 at 2:03 pm

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

  • Shelanda August 3, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    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 at 5:30 pm

    This looks so yummy!

  • Bola August 3, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    I am definitely going to try this.

  • Stacey August 3, 2017 at 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 at 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 at 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 at 1:39 am

    We will definitely be trying this! Yum!

  • Rachel August 4, 2017 at 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 at 3:29 am

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

  • Autumn August 4, 2017 at 3:39 am

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

  • Joanne August 4, 2017 at 5:05 am

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

  • Melissa August 4, 2017 at 1:11 pm

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

  • Nicole Cruze August 4, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    oh my sounds delicious!

  • Carmen August 4, 2017 at 8:15 pm

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

  • Lisa August 4, 2017 at 8:32 pm

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

    • NaturalDeets August 5, 2017 at 9:10 pm

      Can’t go wrong with that combination!

  • Kourtney August 5, 2017 at 1:34 am

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

  • Noelle August 5, 2017 at 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 at 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 at 2:09 am

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

    • NaturalDeets August 5, 2017 at 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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