Oatmeal is a great breakfast meal, but doesn’t always serve those of us who want something quick and ready first thing in the morning. Luckily, oatmeal can be made while you sleep! Overnight oatmeal is delicious, refreshing and easily experimented with to make the perfect flavor for you.

In this post today I’m going to explain the basic recipe, and hopefully serve up some inspiration for you to make your own with the toppings and flavors that you love most.

So the overnight oatmeal recipe that I’ve always followed goes something like this…

Mix rolled oats with your choice of milk, water or yogurt in a simple 1:1 ratio.  If you prefer steel cut oats then use a bit more liquid. Stir in your choice of dried fruit and spices (or none!) into the mix.

Pour your mix into an airtight container (I prefer a glass jar) and leave to soak overnight in your fridge. In the morning, add further toppings like fresh fruit or nuts.

However, as with so many recipes this is always open to interpretation and experimentation! For example, here’s a great version from Iris Rose:

Overnight oatmeal is great for adding toppings too as well. Stuck for choice of toppings? Here are some ideas to inspire you…

#1 Maple, Pecan Nuts, Peanut Butter & Banana

overnight oatmeal recipes

#2 Strawberries & Chia Seeds


#3 Coconut & Mango

coconut mango

#4 Orange & Vanilla

overnight oats

#5 Blueberry & Banana

blueberry banana

#6 Ginger & Peach

ginger and peach
What toppings do you like to add to your overnight oatmeal? Let me know in the comments below!

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1 Comment

  1. Oh…these all sound so good and healthy!

    Thank you for posting these. I’ve bookmarked them, however, I want to put them on Pinterest and am having trouble finding the button.

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