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Perfect Overnight Oats Three Ways

The easiest breakfast is one you don't have to make in the morning. Mix up these oats before bedtime and wake up to a rich, wholesome meal that you can customize with a range of colorful toppings. You can eat them at home, or pop the lid back on and take them for your meal on the go.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 8 hr (includes soaking time)
  • Active: 5 min
  • Yield: 1 serving
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Overnight Oats:

1/3 cup old-fashioned rolled oats

1/4 cup 2 percent milk

1/4 cup plain low-fat yogurt

2 teaspoons loosely packed light brown sugar

Pinch of kosher salt

Chocolate and Cherries:

2 teaspoons cocoa powder

1 tablespoon cherry jam

1 tablespoons chopped dark chocolate

5 to 6 pitted fresh or frozen cherries

1 tablespoon sliced almonds

Peanut Butter and Jelly:

2 tablespoons chopped roasted peanuts

1 tablespoon natural peanut butter

1 tablespoon grape jelly

4 to 5 halved seedless concord or red grapes

Tropical Fruit and Coconut:

1 teaspoon chia seeds

1 tablespoon pineapple preserves

1 tablespoon diced mango

1 tablespoon diced kiwi

1 tablespoon chopped salted cashews

1 tablespoon dried goji berries

1 tablespoon toasted unsweetened coconut flakes


  1. Combine the oats, milk, yogurt, brown sugar and salt in a lidded jar or other 8-ounce container. Stir to combine. Cover and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, top them with one of the flavor variations below.
  2. For the chocolate and cherry variation: Stir the cocoa powder into the overnight oats. Top with the cherry jam, chocolate, cherries and almonds.
  3. For the peanut butter and jelly variation: Stir 1 tablespoon of the peanuts into the overnight oats. Top with the peanut butter, grape jelly, grapes and remaining 1 tablespoon peanuts.
  4. For the tropical fruit and coconut variation: Stir the chia seeds into the overnight oats. Top with the pineapple preserves, mango, kiwi, cashews, goji berries and coconut.