How to make overnight oats

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How to make overnight oats. An easy base recipe for making the perfect consistency overnight oats. It's creamy and comforting, healthy and wholesome. Add your favourite toppings to switch up the flavours.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Soak time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
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Aug 25, 2020 (Last updated Sep 21, 2021) by Hannah Sunderani

How to make overnight oats

Hi friends! Today I am sharing an easy recipe for how to make overnight oats. In fact, I was shooting a recipe for overnight oats for my upcoming cookbook when in dawned on me.. I haven’t shared a how-to recipe on the blog! How dare I? Well, better late than never.

I love making overnight oats for a quick breakfast or snack. It’s perfect for busy lifestyles, and pleases both adults and kids. Overnight oats are creamy, cozy and comforting. It’s a sweet and healthy breakfast, made with wholesome ingredients. And, it takes just minutes to make.

Plus, you can switch up the toppings to give different flavour combos, so that you’re never bored. (See my blog post below for my favourite ideas!).

Now, let me tell you exactly how to make this recipe so that you can start enjoying them pronto!

how to make overnight oats

How to make overnight oats

the ingredientsIngredients

The ingredients for this recipe are simple and straight-forward. Likely, you have everything you need in your pantry. 

For this recipe you will need:

  • oats
  • chia seeds
  • almond milk
  • maple syrup
  • cinnamon
  • pinch of sea salt

It doesn’t get more simple than that, amirite? As promised, there’s no fancy ingredients on this list! Likely you already have them in your pantry, but if you don’t they are easy to find at most generic grocery stores. 

How to make overnight oats: Tips & Notes

Making overnight oats is quick and easy!  Simply throw everything into a bowl or jar, whisk together with a fork and wait at least 20 minutes for the ingredients to absorb. You’ve just made yourself a delicious breaky or snack.

There are a few tips however to help you to master the taste and consistency of overnight oats. So let’s get into it. 

Mix, mix, mix

The biggest mistake I see when making overnight oats is under-mixing the ingredients. This recipe uses chia seeds; and if you don’t stir well, they tend to clump.

As a result, you’ll find yourself with inconsistent spoonfuls of milky vs. dry.  

To avoid dry and clumpy oats, I like to whisk my mixture with a fork and let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes, then whisk again to break up any clumps that may have formed before storing in the fridge to soak. It’s the same method that I use for making chia pudding and it works great!

When ready to eat, remove from fridge and mix again to ensure consistency is the same throughout. 

how to make overnight oats

Ratios: liquid to dry ingredients

Now, I often find that recipes online really underestimate the amount of liquid you need for making overnight oats! Often they use too little milk. As a result the recipe turns out dry and clumpy.

Don’t forget, chia seeds can absorb 10 to 12 times their weight in water! And oats are also highly absorbent. 

All-in-all, you don’t want to skimp out on the almond milk. 

The perfect ratio for overnight oats is:

2/3 cup oats + 4 teaspoons chia + 1 1/2 cups almond milk

Of course, you can add splashes more almond milk to thin if desired, depending on your own preference. But I find the ratios above are ideal for the perfect consistency.

how to make overnight oats

Overnight Oats Flavour Ideas

The best part about overnight oats is that you can switch up the flavours so that you’re never bored! I’ve shared a basic recipe here. So enjoy playing around with toppings, and switching it up depending on season and mood.

Adding toppings like fresh fruits, granola, nuts and seeds, chocolate chips, coconut flakes, peanut butter and almond butter are delicious ways to flavour this recipe.

Here are some of my favourites:

  • Peanut butter Overnight Oats
    • As seen in this post, I love to drizzle with peanut butter. In fact, if you have an empty jar of peanut butter, use it to for this recipe! You’ll get to eat up all the peanut butter stuck to the sides of the jar, so that nothing goes to waste. 
  • Blueberry Overnight Oats
    • This is my favourite flavour. Stay tuned for my favourite blueberry overnight oats featured in my upcoming Cookbook! Coming Spring 2022. πŸ™‚
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly
  • Carrot Cake

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So there we have it! Now you know how to make overnights oats. It’s easy to make, requires minimal ingredients, and it’s creamy, cozy and comforting. This makes for a great base recipe. Add your toppings to customize to taste. And try a new version every time! I know you’re going to love these overnight oats. 

And, if you do make this recipe please let me know in the comments below what you think! I love hearing from you. And of course, tag me on Instagram with the hashtag #twospoons. Nothing makes me happier than to see your recreations.

Overnight Oats

5 from 1 vote
How to make overnight oats. An easy base recipe for making the perfect consistency overnight oats. It's creamy and comforting, healthy and wholesome. Add your favourite toppings to switch up the flavours.
how to make overnight oats
Prep Time 10 minutes
Soak time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Serves 2 people



  • In a small bowl, combine the oats, chia, cinnamon and salt. Whisk in the almond milk, and maple syrup, ensuring no clumps are formed. Let the overnight oats sit for 5 minutes, then whisk again. Chill in the fridge, covered with reusable wrap, for at least 1 hour or overnight.
  • When ready to serve, top the overnight oats with your favourite toppings. I like peanut butter and banana or raspberries (see blog post for other ideas).


Overnight oats can be made in advance, and will keep in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Nutritional information is a rough estimate.



Calories: 184kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 207mg | Potassium: 149mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 3IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 241mg | Iron: 2mg

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  1. Yum!! I used your recommendation and I made this recipe in an empty peanut butter jar, with a little peanut butter left inside. This was revolutionary lol. Your recipe makes enough for 2, so I ate half one morning and the last half the next day. It was even more delicious the second day because the oats had soaked everything up even more. It was so delicious. I feel like this is the best way to make overnight oats!

    • I love doing this with my overnight oats! Why let that peanut butter go to waste? hehe. And I agree, waiting overnight for the oats to soak always tastes best. Although it’s a real test of patience to wait! hehe. Glad you enjoyed this recipe. πŸ™‚