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Easy Overnight Oats Recipe


Short on time in the morning? Whip up this overnight oatmeal recipe that includes fruit and nuts. Breakfast will be waiting for you when you wake up.


  • 2 cups rolled oats, divided
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon, divided
  • 2 cups milk, divided (such as cow, soy, or almond)
  • 1 1/3 cups cut up fruit, divided (such as apples, blueberries, strawberries)
  • 4 tablespoons chopped nuts, divided (such as pecans, walnuts, almonds)
  • 4 teaspoons honey, maple syrup or your favorite sweetener, divided


  1. Assemble 4 – 2 cup glass containers. To each dish, add 1/2 cup rolled oats, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1/2 cup your milk of choice. Stir to combine the ingredients.
  2. Cover with lids. Store in the refrigerator overnight.
  3. In the morning, top the oats with 1/3 cup fruit of your choice, 1 tablespoon nuts of your choice, and 1 to 2 teaspoons of the sweetener of your choice.


  • Single serve containers are the easiest way to make grab and go breakfasts.
  • Milk, whether it’s cow, oat, or almond, is my first choice for making Overnight Oats. But water can be substituted for the milk. The oats will not be as flavorful, but it’s still an option.
  • Skip the instant oats for this recipe. They will end up almost dissolving in the milk. Rolled oats result in a chewy and hardy breakfast.
  • Add a bit of vanilla extract and/or nutmeg to change up the flavor of the oats.
  • Serve cold straight from the refrigerator or slightly warmed in the microwave. About 1 minute on HIGH is good.
  • Prep Time: Overnight
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Category: breakfast
  • Method: refrigeration
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 cup
  • Calories: 258
  • Sugar: 15 g
  • Sodium: 57 mg
  • Fat: 5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 44 g
  • Fiber: 6 g
  • Protein: 10 g
  • Cholesterol: 6 mg

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