These easy overnight oats are the best breakfast for busy weekday mornings. I’m showing you how to make basic overnight oats that you can dress up with your favorite toppings like fruit, granola, and cereal.

With just a few wholesome ingredients, you can make delicious overnight oats for easy on-the-go breakfasts during the week.

This no-cook breakfast can be made and keeps well for up to five days. Make a batch and say goodbye to weekday morning stress!

overnight oats in a jar with fruit

As much as I would love for my family to sit and enjoy breakfast together every day of the week, I live in the real world where school, work, and weekday morning busyness is just a fact of life.

So, we can’t always gather together at the table, but I still want to make my family a wholesome breakfast that will start their day off right.

Hello, easy overnight oats.

An Easy Make-Ahead No-Cook Breakfast

If you’ve never tried them, overnight oats are just what they sound like – oatmeal that you assemble ahead with a few simple ingredients and then refrigerate overnight.

photo of overnight oats being assembled with fresh blueberries, strawberries, and other toppings

The next day, the oats will have absorbed the milk, so they are nice and soft. Add your favorite toppings like fruit and granola, and breakfast is ready in no time.

There are many ways to make them, and my family loves overnight oats with yogurt. Open Nature Icelandic Style Nonfat Yogurt is our favorite; the vanilla flavor is perfect with oatmeal.

a person holding a container of yogurt

How to Make Overnight Oats

What I love about this recipe is that you can prep a batch ahead of time – I usually do this on Sunday nights – and divide it into individual containers.

They will keep for up to five days in the refrigerator, making it a leisurely breakfast for everyone to help themselves. It’s portable, easy, and delicious.

process steps for making the recipe


The nice thing about overnight oats is that you don’t have to spend time warming them up the next day. They are meant to be enjoyed cold.

You can eat them plain, but adding toppings makes them even better. Fresh fruit, granola, and crunchy cereal are just some options.

strawberries and cream overnight oats

We love to make strawberries and cream overnight oats with fresh strawberries and Open Nature Granola with a dollop of vanilla yogurt and toasted coconut on top.

Another twist we love is blueberry crisp overnight oats. Sweet and creamy oats paired with crunchy cereal and fresh berries are a delicious combination, too.

In about 15 minutes, you can have breakfast prepped and ready for your family. My kids love picking out their toppings and making each serving their own! Not to mention that eating oats for breakfast is a great way to fuel the start of your day – they are filling, healthy, and delicious!

plain overnight oats in a jar on a plate with fresh fruit

You need to try this breakfast – I know you will love how easy it is! The flavor combinations are endless once you know how to make basic overnight oats.

a spoon scooping some of the oats out of the jar

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Easy Overnight Oats

Prep: 15 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 229 kcal
Overnight oats with yogurt is an easy make-ahead breakfast that is perfect for busy weekday mornings. You can make a big batch and keep them in the refrigerator for up to five days. Top each serving with fresh fruit, crunchy cereal or granola for a filling and delicious breakfast.
overnight oats in a jar


  • 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons old fashioned oats
  • 1 1/3 cups skim milk
  • 5 ounces Open Nature Icelandic-Style Nonfat Vanilla Yogurt
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract (see note)
  • 1 pinch ground cinnamon optional


  • Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl. Divide the mixture evenly among mason jars or other containers with lids (about 1/2 cup each).
  • Cover and refrigerate the overnight oats for at least four hours, ideally overnight for best results. They will keep well for up to five days in the refrigerator.
  • For serving, top with fresh fruit and Open Nature Pecans & Maple Syrup Flakes & Clusters Cereal.


You can substitute the vanilla extract for maple or almond extract to change the flavor.
The nutrition estimate does not include toppings.
Serving: 1containerCalories: 229kcalCarbohydrates: 40gProtein: 10gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 58mgPotassium: 352mgFiber: 4gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 167IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 176mgIron: 2mg
overnight oats in a jar
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  1. What a perfect and easy way to start the day. I cannot wait to incorporate these into my breakfast routine!

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