Simple Overnight Oats

Always in a rush in the morning? Then you need overnight oats. Super simple to prepare and you do it all the night before, so they’re ready just when you need them in the morning.

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Looking down on a bowl of simple overnight oats topped with maple syrup, strawberries and blueberries.

Way back in January, when I shared my Banana and Almond Breakfast Smoothie recipe, I said that I was on a mission to improve my selection of healthy breakfasts. My mission then stalled for a while. This was for two reasons…

  1. That banana smoothie is really yummy – I couldn’t resist making it.
  2. I got a bit carried away making pancakes so didn’t have much time for healthy breakfasts.

Overnight oats seem to be everywhere at the moment. So a few weeks ago I gave them a try and thought I’d share my super simple version.

The great thing about overnight oats is that you do all the work (what little there is) the night before, so if you need breakfast in a hurry in the morning you just take it out of the fridge, grab a spoon and dig in.

A jar full to the brim with overnight oats made with just milk and oats next to a milk jug and some fresh fruit.

So what are overnight oats

In case you’ve not come across them before I thought I’d give you a brief overview. Overnight oats are porridge oats that have been soaked overnight in the fridge. They absorb quite a lot of the liquid so have the consistency of a really smooth porridge.

This breakfast is relatively high in fibre and protein which will help keep you filled up.

I tend to make my overnight oats using milk (although I’m experimenting at the moment). However, I’ve seen lots of variations using alternative non-dairy milks (e.g. almond milk) or yoghurt.

You can then add extra toppings. If I’m in a rush I add a teaspoon of honey to give some extra sweetness, and if I’ve got a bit more time I’ll add fruit, nuts, seeds or maybe a few chocolate drops :-).

A bowl of overnight oats topped with maple syrup and fresh fruit.

So here’s the recipe… (OK recipe may be a slightly generous term as it’s so easy, but I thought I’d put it in a nice recipe box anyway).

Simple Overnight Oats

Always in a rush in the morning? Then you need overnight oats. Super simple to prepare and you do it all the night before, so they’re ready just when you need them in the morning.

Course Breakfast
Active Time 1 minute
Total Time 1 minute
Servings 1 person
Calories 249 kcal


  • 50 g oats
  • 120 ml skimmed milk you can use any milk but I prefer skimmed


  1. Place the oats (approx. 50g) in a bowl.

  2. Add the milk (approx. 120ml). The milk should be just covering the oats.
  3. Cover.
  4. Leave in the fridge overnight.
  5. Remove from the fridge and add your favourite toppings before serving.

Recipe Notes

This recipe only takes 1 minute to make but then needs to be left overnight in the fridge for the oats to soften.

It can be made to serve as many people as you like. Simply increase the amount of oats and milk and divide it up in the morning. Measurements are approximate. Just add to the bowl the amount of oats you want to eat and then top with milk. You want the milk to just cover the oats.

Nutrition Facts
Simple Overnight Oats
Amount Per Serving
Calories 249 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 9mg 3%
Sodium 59mg 2%
Potassium 349mg 10%
Total Carbohydrates 39g 13%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 6g
Protein 10g 20%
Vitamin A 2.5%
Calcium 17%
Iron 11.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 Some more overnight oats inspiration…

If you enjoy overnight oats then take a look at my COCONUT & CHOCOLATE or STRAWBERRY, MAPLE & PISTACHIO versions.

Coconut Chocolate Overnight Oats 3  Strawberry maple and pistachio overnight oats 6

Free From/Suitable For

The ingredients for this recipe are commonly available free from all these allergens. However, please ensure you double-check allergen information for all ingredients.

  • Suitable for Vegetarians
  • Gluten-Free (please check your oats carefully as some contain gluten due to the manufacturing process used).
  • Egg-Free
  • Tree Nut-Free
  • Peanut-Free
  • Sesame-Free
  • Soy-Free
  • Fish-Free
  • Crustacean-Free
  • Mollusc-Free
  • Celeriac and Celery-Free
  • Mustard-Free
  • Lupin-Free
  • Sulpher Dioxide and Sulphite-Free

Can be made vegan and dairy-free by using a dairy-free milk.


  1. Giving these a try for tomorrow morning 🙂

  2. I added a bit of dried fruit (raisins, cranberries, apricots) as well as some seeds along with the milk and let them all soak overnight. It makes the berries swell a little as they also absorb the liquid. Absolutely delicious.

  3. So you don’t cook it?

  4. This is exactly what I was looking for – An overnight oats recipe with no complications. I’ve never tried them before so I didn’t want to go through all the motions of 22 ingredients just to try them for the first time (and to see if this would work with steel cut oats).

    Oats + Milk + Fridge = SOLD 🙂

    • Charlotte Oates

      I always prefer to start simple and then add extra flavours later. This also tastes really good as a simple version with coconut milk.

      I’ve tried it with both rolled and steel cut oats and it works just as well with both.

  5. Does this work on steel cut oats ??

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