Basic Overnight Oats Recipe

Basic Overnight Oats Recipe
Basic Overnight Oats Recipe







Basic Overnight Oats Recipe


⅓ cup plain Greek yogurt

½ cup rolled oats

⅔ cup milk (dairy or unsweetened non-dairy)

½ tsp vanilla

1 pinch salt

1-2 tbsp honey or preferred sweetener



Peanut butter and sliced strawberries

Chopped apples, pecans and cinnamon (⅛ tsp). Use maple syrup as your sweetener, if desired

Mashed banana, sliced strawberries and Nutella

Pitted cherries and shredded coconut

Dried cranberries and freshly grated ginger

Peppermint extract (⅛ tsp) and mini chocolate chips

Use granola instead of oatmeal

Use your imagination. The possibilities are endless!


Mix the first 6 ingredients (yogurt through sweetener) together until well blended. Add desired stir-ins. Separate into two containers with tightly fitting lids.

Refrigerate overnight. Stir before serving.


2 servings, 175 calories per serving (before stir-ins)


Hack #1: The basic overnight oats recipe can be stored, tightly sealed, in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. The overnight oats with stir-ins can be stored for up to 3 days.

Hack #2: Take advantage of the wide variety of fruits and berries that can be found in the frozen foods section of the grocery store. If the pieces are too large for your liking, simply let a few thaw so you can mash them or puree the desired amount in a blender.

Hack #3: Do you know that you can freeze fresh ginger root? Grating it in it’s frozen state is easier than grating it fresh and, if you choose organic ginger, you don’t have to peel it!  Simply place in a sealed freezer bag or container and pop it in the freezer.

Hack #4: If your bananas have reached maximum ripeness, remove peels and place on cookie sheet in freezer. Once solid, place in sealable freezer bag and store in the freezer for use in recipes that call for mashed or pureed banana.

Hack #5: Use any leftover Greek yogurt to make this versatile Dill Greek Yogurt Dip!

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10 Replies to “Basic Overnight Oats Recipe”

  1. This looks like a really good meal for my diabetic mother. I can substitute the high carb sugar with a sugar substitute. She will absolutely love this! Thank you for sharing!

  2. My husband has been storing his oats overnight like this for years, he just loves it but it rarely adds anything to it. I showed him your recipe and he has decided to start adding some banana and shredded coconut. I’m going to taste it when he does it as I might like having your recipe for breakfast too.

    I never thought to add a drop of peppermint oil, great idea.

    1. This recipe is something my family refers to as a “rabbit hole”.  First, you try banana and coconut, then you try peppermint oil.  Pretty soon you’re trying every combination you can think of!  Please let me know which ones end up being your favorites.

  3. Looks delicious! I’m always looking for low calorie snacks and meals. Normally the ones I find don’t look very appetising… this, however, looks really appealing and tasty. I think I’ll give it a go, or maybe get my better half to make it for me 😬… anyway, thanks and I’ll be checking some more of your recipes.

    1. Thank you for your comments!  I hope you and your better half enjoy the recipes you find here.  Please let me know which ones you decide to try.

  4. Haha thanks for the article my guy! This looks like another delicious recipe. I actually really like oats, and I have a lot of experience using them in cooking/baking. I’ve made oatmeal before, I use oats in my protein shakes, and I love using them in oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. I’ll make sure to try this! 

    1. Oats are a nutritious and versatile food.  I’ve never thought to put them in smoothies though.  I’ll have to give that a try! 

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