Overnight Oats (with Six Flavor Variations)

A jar of overnight oats is the perfect breakfast (or snack) that requires very minimal prep work and keeps you full all morning. The best part of it is you can add in any fruit, nut butter, and/or nut toppings to your liking.

If you need some inspiration, scroll down to view our six flavor variations!

Overnight oats recipe with six flavor variations


½ cup rolled oats
Pinch of salt
1 cup reduced-fat milk (or other liquid of choice)
1 Tbsp. chia seeds


1. Place the oats and salt in a glass jar with a lid, or use a plastic container that is sealable.
2. Add in the milk (or other liquid), chia seeds, and any additional ingredients.
3. Shake to combine, and refrigerate for a minimum of 4 hours, though ideally overnight.
4. Serve with additional fruits or toppings of your choice.

Flavor Variations

Carrot Cake Oats

¼ cup shredded carrot, 1 tsp. maple syrup, 2 Tbsp. pecans chopped, ¼ tsp. cinnamon

Chocolate Nut Butter Oats

1 Tbsp. cacao, 1 Tbsp. nut butter, 1 tsp. maple syrup. Try it with a few sliced bananas on top before eating.

Tropical Morning

1 tsp. honey, 1 tsp. shredded coconut, 1 Tbsp. slivered almonds, ¼ cup diced pineapple

Banana Bread

½ mashed banana, 1 tsp. chopped nuts, ¼ tsp. cinnamon

Traditional Bircher

¼ tsp. cinnamon, 1 tsp. honey, 1 Tbsp. golden raisins, 1 apple, peeled and cut in half; grate half into the overnight soak, then chop the remaining half and add into your oats prior to eating.

Berry Bliss

Add in some frozen or fresh blueberries, blackberries, or raspberries to the overnight mix.

Our overnight oats recipe is curated by our culinary medicine team. Find more healthy recipes here or browse our Pinterest boards. Don’t forget to join us on Tuesday evenings for our virtual cooking classes!

Anschutz Health and Wellness Center