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5 Healthy Overnight Oats Recipes [You Haven’t Tried Before!]

February 2, 2019

Slow to rise in the morning or trying to eat healthier without spending hours in the kitchen? These 5 Healthy Overnight Oats recipes are made from wholesome ingredients that don’t skimp on flavor. Plus you won’t spend more than 5 minutes in the kitchen making them!

Slow to rise in the morning or trying to eat healthier without spending hours in the kitchen? These 5 Healthy Overnight Oat Jars are made from wholesome ingredients that don't skimp on flavor. Plus you won't spend more than 5 minutes in the kitchen making them!

What do oats remind you of? Your childhood? A health kick? A bland breakfast? I could say yes to all of the above at one point in my life. Oats have been in my life for as long as I can remember. They were one of my regular childhood breakfasts, I relied on them when I was first trying to eat healthier, and yes, I even thought of them as a bland breakfast from time to time. But today, I’m breaking all of those stereotypes. They are the perfect meal at any age, for a variety of healthy goals, and they are by no means bland! What I’ve learned about oats is that you have to keep them interesting. Can I get an amen?!

Oats are quite possibly the best ‘choose your own adventure’ meal. You can have them hot or cold, you can go savory or sweet, AND because they have a great balance of protein and fiber, they keep you fueled for hours after eating. I’ve been on the cold, overnight oats train for the past few years and while I’ve had moments I’ve jumped off, I always seem to come back to them. They are so easy to throw together at night and eat in the morning…aka overnight oats!



Having said that, it’s easy for me to get in a funk with flavors. I mean how many times have you seen me make this Almond Butter Chocolate Oat recipe in my What I Eat In a Day Videos? SO I’m super excited about these five new flavors that I’m willing to bet you haven’t tried before. Don’t worry, even though they may sound fancy, they’re about as simple as they can get. It’s all about mixing and matching favorite flavor combinations. More of an art than a science if you will.

For those of you new to overnight oats, I’ll start with the base. This “recipe” will take you places. Yes, I just put “recipe” in quotes because it’s so simple I hesitate to call it a recipe. From this base, you can create your mashup flavors.


  • 1/2 cup of rolled oats – go for gluten-free or regular organic, whichever one you need or prefer. I adore their steel-cut oats, but steel-cut unfortunately require stove top cooking or A LOT of soaking so make sure you use rolled oats.
  • 3/4-1 cup non-dairy milk – I prefer almond or coconut, but skies the limit!
  • 1 tsp ground flaxseeds or chia seeds – these are necessary to soak up any extra liquid that the oats don’t absorb
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup – I prefer sweetening with maple syrup, but feel free to use any other liquid sweetener.

Have you heard of overnight oats? They're an easy, delicious and healthy breakfast that takes 2 minutes to make! I've teamed up with Bob's Red Mill to show you how to make overnight oat jars - 5 ways!


Overnight Oats – 5 Ways

Sick of your usual overnight oat jars? These healthy overnight oat jar recipes are ones you've never seen before that are delicious, nutritious and easy to make!


Basic Overnight Oats:

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 3/41 cup of non-dairy milk*
  • 1 tsp of ground flaxseeds or chia seeds*
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup (or other sweetener)

Matcha Overnight Oats:

  • 1 tsp matcha powder
  • toppings of choice: pomegranate seeds, crushed nuts, chocolate chips etc…

Chocolate Strawberry Overnight Oats::

  • 3/4 cup chopped strawberries (frozen is fine)
  • 1 tbsp chocolate chips or chopped chocolate

Orange Tahini Overnight Oats:

  • 1/2 large orange, peeled and chopped
  • 1 tbsp tahini

Sweet & Salty Snickers Overnight Oats:

  • 1 tbsp chopped peanuts (or crunchy peanut butter)
  • 1 tbsp chocolate chips or chopped chocolate
  • pinch of sea salt

Apple Pie Overnight Oats:

  • 1/2 large apple, chopped
  • 1 tsp cinnamon (divided)
  • 1 tsp coconut oil


For the basic recipe:

  • Combine all ingredients in a jar or seal-proof bowl.
  • Let sit overnight or for at least 8 hours in refrigerator.
  • Eat! You can heat up or eat cold.

Matcha Overnight Oats

  • Stir in matcha powder to basic overnight oats recipe.
  • Let sit overnight or for at least 8 hours in refrigerator.
  • Top with toppings of choice (I like chocolate and pomegranate seeds!) and eat.

Chocolate Strawberry Overnight Oats

  • Add in strawberries and chocolate to basic overnight oats mix.
  • Let sit overnight or for at least 8 hours in refrigerator.
  • Eat! You can heat up or eat cold.

Orange Tahini Overnight Oats

  • Add in orange slices to basic overnight oats mix.
  • Let sit overnight or for at least 8 hours in refrigerator.
  • Drizzle with tahini and eat! You can heat up or eat cold.

Sweet & Salty Snickers Overnight Oats

  • Add in peanuts, chocolate chips and sea salt to basic overnight oats mix.
  • Let sit overnight or for at least 8 hours in refrigerator.
  • Eat! You can heat up or eat cold.

Apple Pie Overnight Oats

  • Add coconut oil to a small pan.
  • Stir in apples and cinnamon and cook over medium heat for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add apples to basic overnight oats mix.
  • Let sit overnight or for at least 8 hours in refrigerator.
  • Eat! You can heat up or eat cold.

*If using ground flaxseeds use 3/4 cup of non-dairy milk or for chia seeds use 1 cup of non-dairy milk as chia seeds are more absorbent

This is a recipe for healthy overnight oat jars - 5 ways. This easy, delicious and simple breakfast can be made in less than 2 minutes with no cooking involved!

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  • Reply
    Alicia @Bridges Through Life
    February 2, 2018 at 3:23 pm

    I love strawberries on my oatmeal when strawberries are fresh and in season. Right now I have been using frozen blueberries. I also love the added fiber chia seeds give to my oatmeal.

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    Cassie Thuvan Tran
    February 7, 2018 at 8:05 pm

    ALL of these overnight oat variations sound incredible! The orange tahini and snickers oatmeals are probably going to be the flavors I’ll try first! <3

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    February 7, 2018 at 10:20 pm

    I’m pretty sure I’ve tried chocolate strawberry oats before, but the more I think about it the less sure I am. I have had strawberry oats. I have had plenty of chocolate oats. I’ve tried a couple varieties with orange juice, but not whole orange slices! I am intrigued by that combination… My tahini experience is minimal. I’ve also had matcha in oats, but I don’t think it was ever the main feature. I’ve had multiple varieties of apple pie oats. None of them involved cooked apple, though! I find the idea intriguing.

    I don’t have a favorite recipe. I’ve had plenty of ones I really liked, like the chocolate almond butter with protein powder and masses of chia seeds I’m working on currently. (Normally I only go for one week with a particular recipe, but I’m on week two with this one!) I just don’t know how to pick favorites anymore.

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    Alyssa | Flaxseeds & Fairytales
    February 13, 2018 at 3:40 pm

    Yes!! I’m so excited about this! I love overnight oats, but I have to admit I’m getting a little tired of my regular blueberry and flaxseed combination. You’ve inspired me! The orange tahini combo is so creative and I never even thought about trying matcha on my oats (caffeine and breakfast in one? yes please!) Thanks for sharing, Davida!

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    February 17, 2018 at 3:58 pm

    I tried the chocolate strawberry combo this week–well, more or less! I didn’t have as much strawberry in the freezer as I thought, so I added a ton of fresh blueberries. Shamefully, overnight oats are my primary source of fruit in life… I chopped up a 74% dark chocolate bar for this and went with 1 tsp of both chia and flax with just 1/2 cup of milk, resulting in a perfect thickness of oats for me. Oh, it has been an exquisite week of oats! I have one left in the fridge waiting for me… This is so simple, clean, and refreshing. It is filling and satisfying, both in flavor and texture. Those chunks of chocolate really make this something special. Thank you for the recipe! Today I plot what will be next week’s oatmeal…

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    February 18, 2018 at 6:11 am

    Thank you Davida for these recipes! I try to eat more healthy and easy breakfasts and these recipes will help me to stay on track!

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    February 21, 2018 at 7:18 am

    How do you suggest heating them?
    Thanks so much,

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    February 24, 2018 at 10:58 pm

    Tried the Snickers over this past week. I derped and didn’t mix up the base before tossing on the peanuts and chocolate, so they got mixed in and grew progressively softer throughout the week. While that wasn’t bad, I liked it better when everything was still nice and crunchy. I am a texture fiend, after all. Again it was pretty clean in flavor, really letting the add-ins shine. I liked the strawberry and blueberries with chocolate better, but maybe that’s ’cause I’m craving vegetable matter lately. Thanks for the recipe!

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    Riley Marcus
    February 28, 2018 at 11:22 am

    The chocolate and strawberry jars were a fantastic treat to wake up to! I’ve eaten it cold but will try heating it up with another jar. Speaking of heating up, here are some microwaves that can get the job done

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    Rhonda @ Change In Seconds
    October 24, 2018 at 6:45 pm

    Wow! Thank you for the amazing recipes!

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    December 8, 2018 at 9:58 am

    Where did you find those jars, & do they come with lids?

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    January 20, 2019 at 11:49 am

    what size are your jars? loving these combinations

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    June 26, 2019 at 8:55 am

    Do you have to eat them the next day or can they sit in the fridge for a couple days?

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    August 18, 2019 at 1:44 pm

    Thank you for these recipes – sound amazing! Can you please let me know where you got these jars?

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    casey tomooka
    September 11, 2019 at 3:29 pm

    Tried the apple pie oats last night. They were pretty good! I also used chia seeds and added 1 cup milk, as recommended. However it was WAY too much milk and the next morning I had to add more oats and cook the whole thing stove top to soak up more of the liquid. My toddler loved it and so did my husband. I’d only recommend not adding as much liquid unless you like your oatmeal runny-some people do. Maybe it was the extra moisture from the apples? Not sure.

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      Davida Lederle
      September 12, 2019 at 12:05 pm

      So odd! I’m glad you found a solution. I suspect it’s due to a combo of apples and slightly different cooking temps for slow cookers. Glad the family enjoyed!

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    Christine Zafirellis
    October 22, 2019 at 11:41 pm

    I made the tahini orange!!!it was amazing so delicious definitely a keeper, thank you so much I want to try the rest of them but now just craving the tahini orange one and making it again.

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