How to Make the Perfect Overnight Oats: 3 Recipe Ideas You Can Try

Looking for a meal prep idea or a make-ahead breakfast idea? Overnight oats are the perfect choice for a grab-and-go breakfast.

No cooking is involved here. You’ll only need to soak raw oats in milk or water and chill them overnight.

During busy mornings, you can simply take out a jar of ready-to-eat oatmeal and let it fill you up for the day ahead. As it’s fiber-rich and nutrient-dense, it can make you feel full for hours–all while reaping the health benefits of oats.

If you want to enjoy a quick, easy breakfast every weekday, read on and find out how you can make overnight oats in your apartment.

How to Make Overnight Oats

Whipping up overnight oats is as easy as 1-2-3. All you need are a mason jar in which you can stir the following ingredients:

  • Old-fashioned rolled oats
  • Milk (or water)
  • Yogurt (if you want to make it creamier)
  • Chia seeds or flax seeds (if you prefer thicker oats)
  • Honey, maple syrup, or other sweeteners
  • Vanilla extract, cinnamon, and other flavorings

Mix all the dry ingredients first, then stir in the wet ingredients. Next, put the cover back on your mason jar and place it in the fridge. Let the oats soak overnight or for at least four hours.

When you’re ready to enjoy it for breakfast, give it a quick stir, add the toppings, and dig right in. If you prefer warm oatmeal, you can simply heat it in the microwave for 30 seconds to 1 minute before adding your toppings.

Overnight Oats Recipe Ideas

Ready to make overnight oats in your apartment? Here are a few easy recipes you can prepare tonight to enjoy for breakfast:

Carrot Cake Overnight Oats

If you want to get in your daily dose of veggies and have desserts for breakfast, you should definitely make carrot cake overnight oats. Packed with a full serving of vegetables, this vegan breakfast can help you start your day with the right nutrients.


  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup finely grated carrots
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons raisins (optional)
  • 1/2 tablespoon crushed walnuts


  • 1/2 tablespoon crushed walnuts
  • 1/2 tablespoon pecans
  • 1/2 tablespoon grated carrots
  • 1/2 tablespoon shredded coconut

Peanut Butter Overnight Oats

Often craving a peanut butter sandwich for breakfast? A tastier twist to this plain breakfast, this peanut butter overnight oats recipe will give you a sweet protein boost during hectic mornings.


  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup


  • 1 banana, sliced
  • 1 strawberry, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon flax seeds
  • 1 tablespoon granola

Strawberry Cheesecake Overnight Oats

Combine the fruity flavor of strawberries with the tangy notes of cheesecake, and you’ll have something to look forward to in the morning. This strawberry cheesecake overnight oats recipe will satisfy your craving for both sweet and salty.


  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup diced strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon flax seeds
  • 2 tablespoons softened cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 2/3 cup almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • A pinch of salt


  • 3 strawberries, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon granola

Overnight oats are a quick and easy breakfast option that can be customized to fit your tastes and dietary preferences. With just a few simple ingredients in the recipes above and some preparation the night before, you can have a delicious meal waiting for you in the morning. So why not give them a try and see how they can simplify your morning routine and fuel your day with energy and nutrients?

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