Easy Overnight Oatmeal

easy overnight oatmeal
Kaleigh McMordie, MCN, RDN, LD
Total Time: 5 min
Prep Time: 5 min
Cook Time: 0 min
Servings: 1

Nutrition Highlights (per serving)

279 calories
3g fat
48g carbs
17g protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving  
Calories 279
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 4mg 1%
Sodium 84mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 48g 17%
Dietary Fiber 6g 21%
Total Sugars 19g  
Includes 5g Added Sugars 10%
Protein 17g  
Vitamin D 1mcg 5%
Calcium 256mg 20%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 562mg 12%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.

If you’re often rushing out the door in the morning, it may be hard to imagine waking up extra early to cook a healthy breakfast. But the benefits of a healthy breakfast have been proven: more energy, better focus, maintaining a healthier weight, and the list goes on. So why is it so hard to actually do it?

It doesn’t have to be! With this easy recipe for overnight oatmeal, all it takes is five minutes before you go to bed to have a healthy breakfast ready to go in the morning. Filling whole grain oats and creamy Greek yogurt create a highly satisfying meal. The addition of fruit makes this a light and nutritious start to your day that can be enjoyed either cold or warm, and the flavor options are endless, so you'll never get bored.

Note that the nutrition information provided does not include the fruit of choice.


  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1/4 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup any fruit


  1. In a jar or another container with a lid, whisk together milk, yogurt, honey, and vanilla. Stir in oats. Cover and refrigerate overnight or at least 6 hours.

  2. In the morning, stir in your favorite fruit and enjoy.

Variations and Substitutions

This simple recipe for overnight oats can serve as the base for any number of flavor combinations. Though great as is, you can spice it up with your favorite spices, nuts, seeds, and fruits.

Though the recipe calls for non-fat milk, plant-based milks work just as well. Try unsweetened vanilla almond milk for added flavor.

For a diabetes-friendly meal, omit the honey and use one packet of stevia instead or omit the sweetener altogether. If using a plant milk, ensure it's an unsweetened variety with no added sugar.

To make this gluten-free, be sure to use certified gluten-free oats.

You can also add a scoop of protein powder to increase the protein content.

Cooking and Serving Tips

  • Overnight oats can be enjoyed cold right out of the freezer or warmed. To serve hot, heat in the microwave for 60 to 90 seconds, stirring halfway through.
  • These oats will keep in the refrigerator for several days so you can make two or three jars at once and have a few days’ worth of breakfast available.

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