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Easy Overnight Oats

Easy Overnight Oats



  1. The night before, place the oat ingredients in a small bowl, old-fashioned glass or small canning jar. Stir to combine. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  2. Next morning, add sprinkles of desired toppings. Stir together then add a bit more oat or nut milk to achieve desired consistency.
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Easy Overnight Oats

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Rolled oats, chia seeds, dark brown sugar, a smidge of cinnamon and some freshly grated nutmeg get prepped overnight with wholesome oat milk…

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Easy Overnight Oats

These EASY OVERNIGHT OATS, also known as overnight oatmeal, are a healthy start to every day!

It should come as no surprise that Carol and I went down yet another rabbit hole chatting about good food. This time the general spin went to breakfast ideas. The bonus round; healthy breakfast recipe ideas. In thinking about how time is always of the essence, we came away with a straightforward approach to this EASY OVERNIGHT OATS recipe.

If the concept of OVERNIGHT OATS is new to you, here are a few things we discovered in crafting the recipe:

  • No cooking or baking involved
  • Puts lots of vitamin-rich ingredients to good use
  • Made in under 5 minutes
  • Can be personalized by adding your favourite toppings

Sounds perfect, right? Here’s how to make our EASY OVERNIGHT OATS:

Ingredients for Easy Overnight Oats
Only six principal ingredients to make this healthy recipe.


No, your eyes do not deceive you, there are only six ingredients to make this breakfast cereal. Finding these choice ingredients is easy, although we expect you may already have most in your pantry. We suggest you consider using gluten-free or steel-cut oats, and we also think unsweetened oat, nut or dairy-free milk works best. Hint: try the recipe with almond milk, soy milk, or another favourite, cashew milk. We do add a teaspoon of dark brown sugar as a sweetener and for the pleasingly rich, caramel flavour notes it gives. Feel free to swap the sugar with maple syrup – makes it quite yummy.

Overnight oats or overnight oatmeal transferred into a storage container overnight.
You can use a storage container, cereal bowl or mason jar.


Wait for it; place all of the ingredients into a bowl, mason jar or storage container and stir together. Honestly, the entire process from start to finish is all so very easy. It brings the concept of old-fashioned oats to the modern age! One thing we should clarify is that we crafted the recipe as a single serving. That said, if you’re making OVERNIGHT OATS for a number of people or if you’re the type who gets a jump on weekly meal prep, simply double, triple or quadruple the recipe. Then just portion the oats into containers, seal them up and place them in the fridge until use.

Easy Overnight Oats
Add toppings for a pop of your favourite flavours!


Here’s the thing we love most about this recipe; where you get to make it your own by adding your favourite toppings. This option to add pretty much whatever also opens the door for variety. Seriously, we’re thinking you can create a different version of this delicious, healthy meal idea every time. Toppings are your friend.

Mango, blueberries, banana an raspberries are excellent fresh fruit toppingsri
Try adding your favourite fresh fruit for added flavour.

If you usually have fresh fruit kicking around, consider topping your oats with chopped apples, pears, plums or peaches. Feeling a bit tropical? Try chunks of pineapple, mango or kiwi with slices of banana. Here’s a berry good idea; how about raspberries, strawberries or blueberries? Fresh fruit is delicious with these oats.

Dried apricots, mango and raisins
Dried fruit is another great addition. Use whatever you have on hand.

Another topping idea includes dried fruits like raisins, sun-dried cranberries, currants, goji berries and chopped dried apricots or mango. We’ve also tried the dish with a sprinkle of unsweetened shredded coconut… fab!

Chopped pecans, sliced almonds and sunflower seeds
Sprinkle the oats with vitamin-rich seeds and raw nuts.

Still thinking of topping ideas? Don’t forget to add a bit of nutty seediness to your bowl. Add chopped pecans, walnuts, cashews and sliced almonds and then for the seed component, sesame, pumpkin, flax and even more chia seeds. Nuts add a lot of fibre.

Maple syrup, yogurt, pureed berries and almond butter
Try adding a dollop of yoghurt, nut butter, maple or fresh fruit syrup, too!

Lastly, feel free to top the oats with flavour enhancers like fresh fruit syrup, maple syrup, Greek yoghurt and vitamin-rich nut butter like peanut butter, sunflower and almond. These add-ins will give lots of enjoyable flavours.

A bowl of Easy Overnight Oats
Who’s ready to try this delish dish?


As you can see from the photo, these EASY OVERNIGHT OATS sure are a beautiful treat. We love how the oats and chia seeds get soft overnight when they soak up the liquid – the texture is soft, almost creamy. The addition of the toppings though really creates something special. All you need to do is stir everything up and enjoy!

EASY OVERNIGHT OATS are an awesome way to start the day!


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  • For the oats:
  • ½ cup gluten-free rolled oats
  • ½ cup oat or nut milk
  • 1 teaspoon Redpath Dark Brown Sugar® or, maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 pinch of cinnamon, nutmeg or allspice
  • Toppings:
  • fresh fruit: blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, mango, apple, pear
  • nuts: sliced almonds, pistachio, walnuts, pecans, cashews
  • seeds: sesame, sunflower, pumpkin
  • dried fruit: raisins, chopped apricots, cranberries, cherries, currants
  • Add-ins:
  • nut butter
  • yoghurt
  • fruit purees and syrups


  1. The night before, place the oat ingredients in a small bowl, old-fashioned glass or small canning jar. Stir to combine. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  2. Next morning, add sprinkles of desired toppings. Stir together then add a bit more oat or nut milk to achieve desired consistency.

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