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Overnight Oats with Yogurt

Overnight Oats with Yogurt

Take 5 few minutes to prep these overnight oats with yogurt to make the fastest breakfast in the morning. Just add oats, yogurt, milk, fruit, seeds, and peanut butter powder. It’s as easy as the drive-thru, but less expensive.

oatmeal with yogurt with three different fruits layered into mason jars

[This recipe was originally posted in April 2017. It has been updated with cooking instructions, expert tips, FAQ, related recipes, photos, video and ways to repurpose/use up ingredients]

Hate spending time cooking breakfast in the morning? Me too.

This overnight oats with yogurt template is another recipe you can make ahead of time and spend zero time in the AM. Make them one night at a time or a couple batches for the week.

Oats look great in glass jars, but don’t need to be assembled and stored in one. Choose a bowl with a lid, that’s as big as a 16 ounce jar so everything can fit. Choose a container with a lid that seals well if you’re going to travel with your oats.

A couple lessons I learned making these oats

Topping options are endless for overnight oats. This overnight oats with yogurt recipe is my basic recipe. I use plain Greek yogurt because it’s what’s in my fridge. Mashed bananas add tasty flavor and sweetness, but you can add more sweetener.

Make these oats in the bowl/container you’ll eat it out of. It means fewer dishes and effort.

You can just assemble the oats and stir just when ready to eat, BUT add your yogurt and banana first, then oats and remaining ingredients. In my video, you’ll see that milk can’t reach the oats if there’s yogurt between, they won’t soften this way.

Ingredients

Scroll down to the easy overnight oats with yogurt and frozen berries recipe card for the amounts of each ingredient, but here’s a quick visual + description of what’s in this recipe.

milk, bananas, yogurt, frozen berries, chia seeds, peanut butter powder, and oats on a table with a mason jar on a table
  • Greek yogurt: Use whatever flavor you have on hand. I usually use plain and add banana &/or honey for extra sweetness. Any fruity flavor works, and regular yogurt too.
  • Oats: I usually use old fashioned/rolled oats (they’re the same), but steel cut work too. But you’ll need to let your steel cut oats soak overnight, and might need to add more liquid. Quick cook might work, but might also get too mushy. See what you like.
  • Banana: I like adding banana for sweetness and flavor. Especially when using plain yogurt in my overnight oats with yogurt. It’s not necessary, but you might want to add another sweetener.
  • Peanut Butter Powder: It’s not a necessary addition, but I’ve been loving peanut butter flavor in my overnight oats lately. If you’re a PB fan, check out this PB&J overnight oats recipe below.
  • Chia Seeds: This is honestly just a fun addition that’s also a good source of fiber. Not necessary, but adds a nice texture.
  • Fruit: My favorite is adding frozen berries. They thaw into the oats and add lots of flavor, are less expensive than fresh fruit, and are easy to store. Use whatever you like best, though.
  • Milk/Liquid: It will hydrate your oats, making them easier to eat, and creamy. I saw that some recipes use water, which you can, but milk adds extra flavor and creaminess to your overnight oats with yogurt. Use your fave plant/animal milk.

Instructions

Scroll down to the overnight oats with Greek yogurt recipe card for more detailed instructions. Here’s a quick overview + photos to see how to make this recipe in general.

oatmeal and Greek yogurt in a jar with other ingredients surrounding it

1.To start your overnight oats with yogurt, add yogurt, banana, then old fashioned/rolled oats.

If assembling in this order, you don’t have to stir before enjoying. See the photo below to see why.

oats, Greek yogurt, bananas and chia seeds in a mason jar for overnight oats

2. Then top with peanut butter powder, chia seeds, fruit. Adjust the amounts & toppings in your overnight oats to your preference.

3. Pour milk over oats and fruit. Completely cover the oats. Place lid on jar and seal. Refrigerate for 2 hours, up to 4 days.

Storage/Reheating Tips

You can make it up to 4 days before eating. Eat your overnight oats with yogurt cold or hot by heating it up in the microwave.

More Flavor Combinations

overnight oats with cherries in jar

Cherry Vanilla. Add ¾ cup frozen cherries and use vanilla yogurt to oats, milk, and chia seeds for cherry vanilla overnight oats. You can also add a dash of vanilla extract.

overnight oats with peanut butter and jam

PB&J. Add about 1 Tablespoon of jam (raspberry!) and 1 Tablespoon peanut butter to oats, yogurt, chia seeds and milk. This has been my favorite combo lately. The jam is sweet enough and adds lots of flavor, plus they’re super peanut buttery.

glass jar of cooked apples, oats, and yogurt

APPLE PIE OVERNIGHT OATS

apple cinnamon overnight oats in a glass jar

CINNAMON APPLE OVERNIGHT OATS

peanut butter overnight oats topped with banana in a glass jar with ingredients in the background

PEANUT BUTTER BANANA

Substitutions/Tips

  • Old fashioned oats work best because they don’t get mushy (like quick cook oats) and aren’t too chewy (like steel cut oats).
  • Use whatever fresh or frozen fruit you have on hand like strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, peaches, mango, apple, & banana.
  • No need to stir your overnight oats with yogurt, just make sure that the oats are covered with milk. Stir before eating.
  • Other Great Add-Ins: flax seeds, chia seeds, chocolate chips or cocoa, jam, etc are all great in overnight oats with yogurt and frozen fruit.

FAQ

What toppings do I add to overnight oats?

Some kind of fresh or frozen fruit
Milk of choice to hydrate and soften the oats
Sliced or mashed banana, the banana adds a nice sweetness!
Nut butter
Flax or chia seeds
Chocolate
Cinnamon, nutmeg, or pumpkin pie spice
Vanilla
Jam

How long do overnight oats last?

You can make overnight oats with yogurt and store them in the fridge for up to 4-5 days. Just make sure to sniff them before eating, if they start to smell funky they probably won’t taste very good, but may not make you sick.

Do you eat overnight oats cold?

Overnight oats with yogurt and frozen fruit are definitely easier to eat cold, straight from the fridge, but you can stir them up and microwave them for about a minute.

oatmeal and frozen berries in a glass jar with 2 jars of oatmeal in the background

Other quick breakfast recipes

  • Yogurt Bowl
  • Microwave Eggs
  • Make ahead Sausage & Egg Casserole
  • Make ahead Banana Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins
  • Triple Berry Smoothie with Granola

What to do with leftover ingredients

When you’re cooking for one, you often have leftover produce, cans of whatever ingredient, etc. Here are a couple ideas on how to use up the leftover ingredients from overnight oats with yogurt. It’ll help you save money by wasting fewer ingredients.

  • Greek Yogurt: Broccoli Salad with Greek Yogurt, Peanut Butter Yogurt Dip, and Apple Pie Overnight Oats.
  • Banana: Bananas Foster Pancakes, Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal.
  • Peanut Butter Powder: Strawberry Banana Smoothie, Peanut Butter Caramel.
  • Frozen Berries: Triple Berry Smoothie with Granola and Single Serving Baked Oatmeal.

Did you make these overnight oats with yogurt? Leave me a comment & rating to share how it turned out!

glass jar with oats, chia seeds, and frozen berries in it

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Take 5 few minutes to prep these overnight oats with yogurt to make the fastest breakfast in the morning. Just add oats, yogurt, milk, fruit, seeds, and peanut butter powder. It’s as easy as the drive-thru, but less expensive.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 person
Author Rebecca Clyde MS, RDN

Equipment

  • Mason jar or sealable bowl
  • spoon
  • knife
  • cutting board
  • Measuring Spoons

Ingredients

  • ½ cup Greek yogurt flavored or plain
  • ½ small banana (optional) sliced or mashed
  • ½ cup dry oats like old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • 1-2 teaspoon peanut butter powder optional
  • ½ cup frozen berries or other fruit
  • ½ cup milk or more if desired
  • 1+ teaspoon sweetener (optional) honey, maple syrup, brown or white sugar, etc

Instructions

  • Add ½ c Greek yogurt, ½ banana, ½ c old fashioned rolled oats to a mason jar or travel bowl, layer in fruit, peanut butter powder, and chia seeds (in no particular order). Cover oats with ½ c milk. 

    You don’t need to stir overnight oats, as long as you layer in the yogurt, banana (optional) and then oats and remaining ingredients. The yogurt and banana block liquid from soaking into the oats, so they won’t soften in the fridge.

  • Refrigerate at least overnight, or for up to 4 days. Grab in the morning, and enjoy hot or cold.

Notes

  • Old fashioned oats work best because they don’t get mushy (like quick cook oats) and aren’t too chewy (like steel cut oats).
  • Use whatever fresh or frozen fruit you have on hand like strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, peaches, mango, apple, & banana.
  • Other great toppings: Fresh fruit, nut butter, flax seeds, chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla, or jam.
  • If you have a narrow jar or bowl, add the milk in before the yogurt so you don’t have to stir!
  • If yogurt blocks milk from soaking into the oats, secure a lid on top and shake until oats are submerged. Stir before eating.

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