Basic Overnight Oats Recipe

This basic overnight oats recipe is a do-ahead recipe that will make your mornings stress-free!! Oats are loaded with good-for-you nutrients to start your day.  Switch things up by replacing the oats with homemade granola.

Basic Overnight Oats Recipe

Basic Overnight Oats Recipe

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 2 people
Calories 175 kcal


  • cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • cup milk (dairy or unsweetened non-dairy)
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • 1-2 tbsp honey or preferred sweetener

Stir-in Suggestions:

  • Peanut butter and sliced strawberries
  • Chopped apples, pecans and cinnamon (⅛ tsp).
  • Mashed banana, sliced strawberries and Nutella
  • Pitted cherries and shredded coconut
  • Dried cranberries and freshly grated ginger
  • 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.
  • Hack: Use granola instead of rolled oats!
  • Hack: 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: 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: Do you know that you can freeze fresh ginger root? Grating it in its frozen state is easier than grating it fresh and, if you choose organic ginger, you don’t have to peel it!  Simply place it in a sealed freezer bag or container and pop it in the freezer.
  • Hack: If your bananas have reached maximum ripeness, remove peels and place them on a cookie sheet in the freezer. Once solid, place in a sealable freezer bag and store in the freezer for use in recipes that call for mashed or pureed banana.
  • Hack: Use any leftover Greek yogurt to make this versatile Dill Greek Yogurt Dip!
Keyword breakfast, make ahead breakfast, oatmeal, overnight breakfast, overnight oats, rolled oats, vegan, vegetarian

Did you know?   Oats are a great way to start your day.  They’re packed with nutrition that combats heart disease and diabetes while helping control your weight and digestive health.  Check out the facts here!

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4 Replies to “Basic Overnight Oats Recipe”

  1. Cynthia Eats is a wonderful site because who is never hungry? I have gone through all the recipes and and the detailed description of how to go about cooking. Its only increases my hunger. My question is how do you cook this in a country setting where modern conveniences like oven are not available?

    1. Utulu, this is a great question!  I have cooked over an open fire before and it wasn’t much different than cooking on a stovetop (although the temperature is harder to control).  It simply involved setting up racks across the rocks that make up the fire’s base.  Then I use my pots and pans as usual.  I have never attempted to bake anything this way, however.  Does anyone have any experience in this type of cooking?

  2. Hey Cynthia,

    Started this healthy eating thing and taking better care of myself after feeling not too well with my current diet. I hate grains and mostly oats, but they are so good for you it is very difficult to ignore in a healthier diet, will try the granola. I’m glad I ran into this recipe, the added fruit and Greek yogurt should make it taste better. The tips are great as well, will make big batch to have for the mornings, which leads me to ask, how long until something like this isn’t so good to keep in the fridge? Thank you!

    1. Changing your eating habits is hard but you’ll learn to love it when you start feeling better!  The basic recipe will hold up in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.  After adding stir-ins such as fruits, berries or nuts, you should use it up within 3 days.  And if you’re going to make granola, try making a yogurt cup for breakfast!

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