overnight oats

overnight_oatmeal_1Overnight oats have been on my mind for a long time.  It seems like everywhere I turn there is someone on social media claiming a mason jar of goodness has changed their lives.  Yes there may be a bit of exaggerating there but regardless I wanted in on this proclaim to breakfast happiness.  Now having made my very first batch I have jumped on the overnight oat bandwagon.  This certainly is a jar full of yum, yum, yum.  And it is too easy not to try at least once.

overnight_oatmeal_2The base for this recipe is very simple – milk (of your liking, almond for me), plain yogurt (I use greek), whole oats and chia seeds.  These seeds are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, protein, antioxidants and fiber.  They also hold 9 to 12 times their weight in water which is key to making you feel full for longer.  Great to consume before workouts as well.  Basically they are an amazing little super food, eat them.

overnight_oatmeal_3There is no science to this.  Simply put all the base ingredients in a jar with an airtight lid.  Stir or shake after sealing and store in the fridge overnight.  Remember this is just the base recipe.  How creative you would like to get is totally up to you.

overnight_oatmeal_4With this batch I made one basic recipe and one blueberry maple concoction.  The basic is perfect for transferring to you favorite bowl in the morning and topping with fresh fruit, honey and something crunchy (like nuts or granola).  You could also add flavors before storing in the fridge (such as frozen blueberries and maple syrup here).  This is ideal for eating straight out of the jar when on the go.  Other fantastic flavor boosters include bananas, peanut butter, cocoa powder, jam, cinnamon, agave syrup, berries of any type, applesauce, etc.  It is all about what you love and have on hand.  There are no rules.  I love that.

overnight_oatmeal_5With spring and summer just around the corner I cannot think of a better cold breakfast to fuel you through a busy day.  Sticky, who is always hungry, commented on how he didn’t need his mid-morning snack because the oats left him feeling satisfied for hours (a small miracle).  Delicious, filling and easy – you gotta go try this out for yourself.  Enjoy!





overnight oats
  • ½ cup whole oats
  • ⅓ cup milk (any type)
  • ⅓ cup plain yogurt (I prefer greek)
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  1. Place all ingredients in 8oz container with an airtight lid. Stir or shake well before placing in the fridge overnight.
  2. Top with fresh fruit, honey and walnuts before serving. Or add toppings before storing in fridge for eating straight out of container.
Possible flavor boosters: bananas, berries, cinnamon, agave syrup, honey, granola, nuts, cocoa powder, maple syrup, jam

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7 Responses to overnight oats

  1. jamie evans says:

    Where did you get your jars with reseal able lids??
    I have canning mason jars but the lids are to be sealed??
    Thanks…I def wanna try this!!

    • prettyplainjanes says:

      Jamie you can use regular mason jars and the two piece lids. To place in fridge for just overnight is more than ok as long as it is good and tight. The plastic lids sold for mason jars work as well. Hope you try! – brandy j

  2. Renee says:

    Need to find me some chia seeds and I’m soooo trying this! Sounds like something my daughter and I would both enjoy!

  3. Christine S. says:

    I wonder if chia seeds freeze well after soaking up liquid. I do a different kind of overnight oats, but think I can pull some ideas from this. I only use steel cut oats, but they take so long to cook (45 minutes a batch). So I found a great tip from Cook’s Illustrated – bring 3 cups of water to a boil, dump in one cup of steel cut oats, then cover and let sit overnight. Then, in the morning, I turn the burner back on, add one cup of milk and finish cooking for 8 minutes or so. I freeze it in little pots so I can pull them out in the morning for Sadie and just add in all the fixin’s. I think I’ll try adding chia seeds before freezing in my next batch. And I think I’ll try your version, too, but for my teenager. It’s all about convenience in the morning 😉 All looks yum!! x

    • prettyplainjanes says:


      I read a recipe once that froze chia seed pudding after it had been made so I assume yes. Cannot say I have tested it though. My family really needs to get on board with the steel cut oats. I know they are so very good for you. Thanks for the recipe and tips! xo, brandy j