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Overnight Oats

Overnight oats are the easiest breakfast recipe we know of—just a few minutes of work before bed means that you get to wake up to a breakfast that’s ready when you are!


Peaches and Cream overnight oats next to blackberry overnight oats in glass jars next to two spoons.

Overnight Oats Are The Quick, Healthy, No-Brainer Breakfast You Need In Your Life

A healthy breakfast can set the tone for the whole day for so many reasons. A belly full of goodness—protein, fiber, iron, good fats—can power you through just about anything. It can help you stay on track with your healthy eating goals, because if you’re full of good things, those indulgent snacks are just a little less tempting. Overnight oats are also a night owl’s breakfast BFF—take it from us, a couple of certified night owls—because they’re absolutely no work in the morning. All the prep—and by “all” we mean all five minutes—for both of these overnight oat recipes happens the night before. We’ll share a basic overnight oats formula, as well as two of our favorite variations.

Ingredients for overnight oats shown in glass bowls including oats, berries, coconut milk and protein powder

All Of Your Overnight Oats Questions, Answered!

  • What is the basic formula for overnight oats? At its most basic, you can think of our overnight oats recipe as simply being 1 part oats : 1 part liquid (usually milk or non-dairy milk). However, we play around with this a bit depending on what add-ins we’re using, and you should feel free to, too. Some—like peaches—will make your oats a little more liquidy, and some, like protein powder, will make them a bit more dry, so you’ll want to tinker with your liquid-to-oat ratio accordingly.
  • Are overnight oats healthy? Yes! Overnight oats are basically just a simple, no-cook way to make oatmeal, and you know that oatmeal is one of the most nutritious breakfasts out there, right? It’s full of cholesterol-lowering soluble fiber, they help control blood sugar, and they’re great for digestion.
  • Do you eat overnight oats cold? We do! But you can also eat them warm. Just pop the oats in the microwave before eating to warm them up.
  • How soon can I eat overnight oats? Overnight is best--at least eight hours in the fridge.
  • Are overnight oats vegan? Our overnight oats recipes are vegan, yes! As long as you make them with non-dairy milk, they’re a great vegan breakfast. Healthy and delicious as can be!
Coconut milk, oats, peaches, salt and protein powder in small bowls for overnight oats
ingredients for peaches and cream overnight oats in a glass jar
Overnight oat ingredients mixed into a jar
Peaches and Cream overnight oats in glass jars
Ingredients for blackberry coconut overnight oats in glass bowls including oats, berries, coconut milk and vanilla
ingredients for blackberry overnight oats in a glass jar
blackberry overnight oats mixed together in a glass jar
Overnight Oats in glass jars

How Do You Make Overnight Oats?

Now you know the basic overnight oats formula, it’s time to have some fun with it! A lot of recipes include chia seeds, but we’ve kept it simple with just oats and coconut milk as our base. From that slightly sweet, creamy base, we’ve built two different variations. Each starts with the basic coconut milk and oats, and then we add just a few things to create two different recipes:

  1. Shredded coconut + vanilla extract + berry jam = coconut-berry overnight oats!
  2. Vanilla protein powder + fresh peaches = peaches & cream overnight oats!
Jars of overnight oats topped with blackberries and peaches
Overnight oats topped with peaches and blackberries
Overnight oats shown in glass jars topped with peaches and blackberries

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Make It Yours!

Try our overnight oats recipe, and let us know how you like it, OK? And if you riff on the basic formula, let us know what add-ins you love! Share a photo and tag us on Instagram using @themodernproper and #themodernproper so that we can see your stuff! Happy eating!

Overnight Oats

  • Serves: 3
  • Prep Time:  5 min
  • Cook Time:  12 hrs
  • Calories: 270


Peaches and Cream

  • 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 cup fresh peaches cubed, plus extra for topping
  • pinch of salt

Creamy Coconut Berry

  • 3/4 cup oats
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp berry jam
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1/4 cup fresh berries for topping


Simply combine all ingredients in an airtight jar. Tighten the lid and shake until combined. Place in the refrigerator overnight and enjoy in the morning topped with fresh fruits and/or nuts!

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories270
  • Protein7 g
  • Carbohydrates40 g
  • Total Fat8 g
  • Dietary Fiber6 g
  • Cholesterol0 mg
  • sodium50 mg
  • Total Sugars7 g

Overnight Oats

Questions & Reviews

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  • Chelsea Gair

    It says that it makes 3 servings but does each recipe ie "peaches and cream" and the "berry" together make 3 servings? Is one serving the full 3/4 cup of oats or is that 3 servings?

    Hi Chelsea, we need to update this thanks for bringing it to our attention! Each recipe could serve 2 people. Hope you enjoy!


    How long can overnight oats sit in the fridge? As in, can you make multiple days in one night, or is it better to just make them one night ahead at a time?

    I make 4 days worth. After 4 days they start tasting funny.

  • jenn

    AMAZING! I made the berry ones and they were SO GOOD and so easy to just grab in the mornings!

    so glad you liked it Jenn!