Overnight oats is a quick, healthy and most importantly delicious way to ensure that you have breakfast ready to go as soon as you wake up

It’s as simple as adding oats, your favourite kind of milk or yoghurt and then getting creative with flavours. This budget-friendly breakfast ensures you stay fuller for longer and can, therefore, help with weight loss. It keeps for up to 5 days so you can also make it on a Sunday night and have breakfast for the week. Here are some of our favourite flavour combinations.

How long do overnight oats last?
It can last in an air tight container for up to 5 days but if you’re using fruit like grated apple, 3 days is best or else it starts to ferment.
Are overnight oats healthy?
Overnight oats will keep you fuller for longer. If you’re looking to lose weight, be mindful of portion sizes especially when it comes to nuts.
What toppings can I use with overnight oats?
For endless flavour options make sure you always have chia seeds, vanilla essence, cinnamon, maple syrup or honey, cocoa powder, fruit (apples, bananas, berries), choc chips, shredded coconut and nuts.

overnight oats basic recipe

Basic Overnight Oats recipe

The overnight oats ratio 2:1 important if you want to get the consistency right

1/2 cup oats (don’t use instant as they are much smaller and will turn to liquid if soaked for too long)

1 cup milk of your choice

A sprinkle of salt

Mix in a jar or Tupperware and place in the fridge overnight.

Tips to get perfect overnight oats every time

  • Overnight oats with Greek yoghurt: add a dollop of double-thick plain yoghurt to make it creamier
  • Chia seeds take on the flavour of whatever they are combined with & add a pudding-like texture
  • A drop of vanilla essence is always a good idea
  • Add muesli or nuts in the morning for some crunch
  • To make overnight oats vegan, use any nut milk, rice milk or coconut milk and skip the honey in favour of maple syrup or agave nectar
  • Always stir again before serving

overnight oats ideas

Overnight oats ideas

Use the basic overnight oats recipe and try some of the combinations below for a delicious breakfast that sometimes tastes like dessert!

Carrot cake: cinnamon, grated carrot, a spoon of cream cheese, shredded coconut + top with chopped walnuts

Peanut butter & jelly: peanut butter, mashed berries, a spoon of your favourite jam (we like strawberry to go with the berries)

Gingerbread: ginger powder, cinnamon, sweetener of your choice

Chocolate banana: mashed banana, choc chips, sweetener of your choice (honey or syrup)

Apple pie: tinned pie apples, cinnamon, brown sugar

Double chocolate: cocoa powder, choc chips

Coconut chocolate: shredded coconut, cocoa powder

Tutti Frutti: this is an excuse to use up any fruit you may have (chop, blend or mash and add to the oats)


Coconut and Apple Overnight Oats recipe

Coconut and Apple Overnight Oats recipe

Chocolate Overnight Oats recipe

Chocolate Overnight Oats recipe

2-Step Chocolate & Peanut Butter Overnight Oats recipe

Peanut Butter Overnight Oats

Stewed pineapple overnight oats

Stewed Pineapple Overnight Oats recipe

*Originally published 20 August  2019

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