Weekend Dish: Overnight Oats


I don’t eat oatmeal — except in cookie form.

So I’m always trying to find ways to make this exceptionally nutritious meal taste delicious.

I found variations of this recipe online — from Pepper Lynn to Lauren Conrad’s blog — and this seems to be the best.

The first time I used instant oatmeal — big no-no — and the mixture was super milky and wet. (The old-fashioned oats do a better job of absorbing the milk and yogurt.) But I used a slotted spoon to grab the oatmeal part and it tasted just fine. So if that’s all you have, reduce the amount of milk and yogurt — or up the oats!

Why I love this: it’s cold, and that’s so much easier to eat during these hot, humid August days. Plus, it’s just sweet enough — thanks to the yogurt — that you don’t have to add any more sugar. It’s a nice, pleasant dish to wake up to. Trust me!

Overnight Oats


2/3 c. milk (almond, soy, whole — anything will work)
1/2 c. rolled, old-fashioned oats (not instant)
1/2 c. vanilla (or plain, but vanilla is better) Greek yogurt
A pinch or so of cinnamon


The night before you plan to eat this, mix everything together and store in an airtight container. Refrigerate the mixture overnight. (It’s ready in about three hours.) Eat the next morning.

You can top the oatmeal with anything — agave nectar, fresh banana, dried fruits, honey, brown sugar, walnuts. It’s way more refreshing than regular hot oatmeal — but just as nutritious!

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7 Responses to “Weekend Dish: Overnight Oats”

  1. David Jackson August 12, 2012 at 2:44 pm #

    So boring this food so I always put a spoon or two of dark brown sugar in mine improve the flavor. And yes I sprinkle salt on it too.

    Usually eat it four or five mornings a week, keeps the plumbing working perfectly… gross.. but it really is great for digestive health among other things.

    • Catherine Toth August 12, 2012 at 9:54 pm #

      I know, oatmeal sucks. I WISH I loved it the way some people do. I only like mine with butter, brown sugar and maybe baked with chocolate chips :)

      • David Jackson August 13, 2012 at 4:02 am #

        Amen sister, AMEN. Without brown sugar it is awfully dreadful stuff. Reminds me of that Sound of Music song about a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down.

  2. tksv August 12, 2012 at 8:57 pm #

    I just got into the overnight oats thing too. I’ve tried the pepper lynn too and have enjoyed it. In hers she uses chia seeds – have you tried that yet? I like the texture it adds and apparently its supposed to be good for you too.

    • Catherine Toth August 12, 2012 at 9:53 pm #

      No, I haven’t. But my mom uses chia seeds, so I have access to them! She says it works — and she’s not one to buy into holistic methods!

  3. M August 13, 2012 at 6:34 am #

    Hello Cat,
    My wife uses Coaches Oats, you can get it at Costco. It’s not the instant kind so you have to boil water and mix it in and cook it. She adds cinnamon and maybe Chia seend and that’s it. She eats it everyday.

    • Catherine Toth August 15, 2012 at 12:28 pm #

      You can use that kind for this recipe, too. Tell her to try it. I wanna know what she thinks!

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