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Overnight Oats Basic Ratio + 15 Recipes


Overnight oats is a non-cooking method for making oatmeal. The basic idea is to allow old oats to soak in milk overnight (or a few nights), so when you’re ready to eat them in the morning, they’re soft and easily digestible.

You can add the ingredients to the overnight oats before soaking them overnight, or you can mix the ingredients afterwards.

Usually, overnight oats are served cold straight from the refrigerator. You can also take the container out of your fridge in the morning and head to your office and eat it as soon as you arrive (or on your commute if you’re not driving).

Or you can heat the oats overnight in the microwave for 30-45 seconds to heat them up quickly if you prefer.

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The basic ratio of overnight oats = 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats + 3/4 cup milk

This is what I usually make for one serving. I’ll add other things to this, but I’ll share more on that below. If you want to double or triple this to make multiple meals you can easily.

You can use any type of milk you like. I usually use 2% dairy milk, because that’s what we usually have in our house. But, anything from whole milk to skim is beneficial, or a non-dairy option like soy milk, almond milk, or any other option you prefer.

Here you can see (on the right) the syrupier version is the overnight oats before soaking them overnight. The cup on the left is night oats after two nights of soaking.

You can make overnight oats five days in advance. They become softer the more they soak.

If you want to sweeten up a basic ratio recipe, I will usually add some chopped fruit to the bottom (or blended), a tablespoon or two of fruit jam, or stir a little honey or maple syrup into the milk before mixing with the oats.

Check out this video of the process:

You can make overnight oats with:

  • Yogurt – I usually replace 1/4 cup of milk with 1/4 cup of yogurt or mix it into a bit of yogurt after the oats are already cooked.
  • Protein Powder – Lightly stir in milk before soaking.
  • Peanut butter – or any nut butter you prefer
  • Fresh fruits – chopped and added before or after soaking.
  • Fruit Jam – Added to the bottom of the pot before soaking, so it’s similar to store-bought fruit yogurt. Simply stir before eating.

Now that you know the basic ratio of night oats and some ideas for ingredients you can add, here it is Four ideas for overnight oats.

I love this too Elvis’s overnight oats Recipe with peanut butter and banana.

Do you need something faster? try this 5 minutes oatmeal Recipe.

Although I like basic overnight oats, it can be a bit boring and I don’t like having a cold breakfast in the winter. For this reason, I highly recommend trying overnight baked oatmeal, which is usually made in larger quantities and can be reheated throughout the week if you’re just eating it.

If you like overnight oats, you may also like these cookie recipes:

Are overnight oats healthy?

If you are looking for a simple and complete breakfast that is high in fiber, oats can be a great choice.

Why make overnight oats?

For an easy and quick no-cook breakfast option. Once you’ve made your oats the night before, you’ll have breakfast ready in the morning with little or no effort.

Can I use water instead of milk in overnight oats?

Yes, but the results can be very pleasant in flavour. Milk adds cream, too. But water works if you prefer to use it in place of the milk option.

You can store oats overnight in any glass or plastic container that has a reusable lid. I will occasionally use a coffee mug and add a lid by covering it with a small piece of aluminum foil.

You should let the oats soak for at least 8 hours (overnight) and you can make them up to five days before you plan to eat them.

What do you mix in oatmeal? xo. whatever

Overnight Oats – Basic Ratio

How much milk to use when making overnight oats

Keyword Overnight oatmeal
total time 8 hours 2 Minutes
  • ½ cup Old fashioned oats
  • ¾ cup milk
  • Stir the ingredients together.

  • Store in a container with a lid for at least 8 hours.

  • The mixture can be stored for up to 5 days.

  • Serve chilled or warm in the microwave.

Use any dairy or non-dairy milk you prefer.
You can replace 1/4 cup of milk with the same amount of yogurt to get a creamy texture.
You can mix some protein powder with milk before mixing it with oats.
You can add other ingredients to your overnight oats, such as: fresh fruit, nuts, nut butter, fruit jam, or yogurt.
See the post for lots of other overnight oatmeal recipes as well as other great oatmeal recipes.

Calories: 263Calories | Carbohydrates: 36g | protein: 11g | Fat: 9g | Saturated fat: 4g | Unsaturated fats: 1g | Monounsaturated fats: 2g | Cholesterol: 22mg | sodium: 72mg | Potassium: 421mg | the basic: 4g | sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 296IU | Calcium: 246mg | iron: 2mg

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