My Favorite Overnight Oats

Prepping breakfast the night before doesn’t get any easier than My Favorite Overnight Oats. This version is easily customizable, relies on pantry ingredients, and tastes delicious!

Basic overnight oats recipe that can be customized with favorite fruits, nuts and any add-ins. Vegan recipe and the perfect breakfast to make ahead.


As we head into this unprecedented school year, I’m feeling all the feels. My family is doing our best to keep as much of a routine as we can and for us that means getting up at the same time, getting dressed even if we’re not going to school, and eating a good breakfast before we dive into learning. Not going to lie: I am exhausted from all the cooking these past 6 months! It’s been nonstop kitchen prep and cleaning up after my crew and frankly I’m over it. Any opportunity to take a shortcut in the kitchen, COUNT ME IN!

That’s where these easy overnight oats come in! 🙂

All the ingredients for making overnight oats: gluten free oats, almond milk, maple syrup, peanut butter, chia seeds.


With only 5 ingredients and likely all of them are already in your pantry, overnight oats are sure to become a regular on your breakfast menu.

-old fashioned rolled oats
-chia seeds
-almond milk
-maple syrup
-peanut butter

I always have these ingredients on hand because overnight oats is one of my go-to breakfasts. Especially on busy mornings!

Basic overnight oats recipe that can be customized with favorite fruits, nuts and any add-ins. Vegan recipe and the perfect breakfast to make ahead.


I recommend using old fashioned rolled oats when making overnight oats because quick oats get too mushy and steel cut oats don’t soften enough. I really like the gluten free oats from either Trader Joes or Bob’s Red Mill. With that being said, any brand of oats is fine!

My favorite peanut butter from Trader Joes for making the BEST overnight oats!


One of the reasons I love this recipe is that customizing the oats to what you have on hand is super easy. You can replace the almond milk with regular milk or any nondairy milk. Peanut butter can be swapped with any nut butter, and the maple syrup can be replaced with honey, agave, or even a pinch or two of brown sugar. Add cinnamon (or any other spice you love) and a tiny splash of vanilla is delicious! This really is a base recipe for you to make your own.

A basic overnight oats recipe with only 5 ingredients. Topped with banana and strawberries.


Dare I say the toppings are always the best part? Adding the toppings the night before totally works but for whatever reason, I add them the morning of. Either way is fine. Here are some of my favorite ingredients for topping overnight oats:

frozen blueberries- the defrosted juice mixed into the oats is delicious!
fresh berries
sliced banana
diced peaches
diced apples
chopped almonds, pecans, hazelnuts, and walnuts
hemp seeds
dried coconut
an extra scoop of nut butter

My go to recipe for overnight oats. It's far from basic and it's absolutely delicious. Topped with pepitas and blueberries.

Do you have a favorite breakfast that can be made ahead for busy mornings? Below are some of my go-to’s. Thanks for reading and have a great week! xo, Kelley


Sausage and Cheddar Breakfast Muffins
Banana Berry Baked Oatmeal
Baked Denver Omelet
Pumpkin Spice Granola

photos by Deborah DeKoff/ recipe by Mountain Mama Cooks inspired by Minimalist Baker


Overnight Oats

  • Author: Kelley


A quick and easy breakfast that can be prepped the night before: overnight oats that are customizable and delicious!


  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • tiny pinch of sea salt


  1. In a small mason jar, add milk, maple syrup and peanut butter. Use a spoon or small spatula to stir. I prefer to put a tight fitting lid on the jar and shake to mike the peanut butter throughly with the milk and syrup.
  2. Add oats, chia seeds and just the teeniest pinch of salt. Stir to combine. Cover and let sit in the fridge overnight.
  3. In the morning, top with desired fruit and toppings and serve. Oats can be eaten cold, room temperature, or slightly warmed in the microwave for 30 seconds or so.