overnight oatmeal in mason jarsvia A Beautiful Mess

I had never actually tried overnight until I started the Fit Girl’s Guide 28 Day Challenge. During my first week of the challenge, I had to eat fridge oats (Fit Girl’s Guide name for overnight oats) every morning for breakfast. I thought I would get sick of this meal but I happened to really enjoy it. The thing I love about overnight oats is that it’s super easy to prep, they last up to three days and it’s a great option for a person on the run. Bonus points for being made in a mason jar! Not only are overnight oats tasty, but also fill me up until the afternoon.

There are tons and tons of recipes for overnight oats so I wanted to share the ones that caught my eye and my own recipe that’s very basic and adaptable.

Cocoa Banana Oatsvia My Fussy Eater

Banana and Cocoa Oats

This recipe is so simple! All you need is cocoa, banana, milk, oats and yogurt. I love any recipe that calls for banana and cocoa so these overnight oats sounds divine. I would love to incorporate peanut butter into this recipe…then I’d really be in heaven. 

Carrot Cake Oatsvia Frankie’s Feast

Carrot Cake Oats

Carrot cake is one of my favorite cakes so if I could eat it in the form of breakfast, then I’m all in. These carrot cake overnight oats call for all the regular ingredients plus some spices and, of course, carrots. Yes, please.

Peanut Butter Oatsvia Domesticate Me

Peanut Butter and Banana Oats

My other favorite combo, aside from banana and cocoa, is banana and peanut butter. I’m honestly concerned if a person tells me they don’t like the classic peanut butter and banana combination. I also love the fact this recipe includes chia seeds because they are so good for you and packed with protein, fiber and other nutrients.

Coconut Vanilla Oatsvia My Fussy Eater

Orange, Coconut and Vanilla Oats

Um, please get in my tummy. Coconut instantly makes everything better, but mixed with vanilla and orange?! That’s the ultimate combination. I feel like I should be enjoying these on a white sand beach with the warm sun in my face, but for now my looking out my kitchen window will suffice.

My Adaptable Recipe

If you want overnight oats, the recipe is simple. It’s equal parts rolled oats, milk and yogurt and that’s it! Of course, you can adapt this and add fruit, nuts, honey, chia seeds, etc. Hint: if you like thicker oats just use a little less liquid. This is a great starting off point if you’re a little overwhelmed with all the overnight oats recipes out there.

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup milk (I use vanilla almond)
  • 1/2 yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • choice of toppings

To layer: simply put oats first followed by milk, chia seeds, yogurt and toppings. Leave in the fridge overnight and you’ll be good to go by morning! I prefer to keep mine parfait style but feel free to mix up the ingredients if you’d like. Mason jars work best because they hold the perfect amount for one serving, but a sealed container works just as well.

Are you a fan of overnight oats? What’s your go-to recipe?