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Overnight oats with blueberries and coconut in a white bowl with fabric background.

Overnight Oats (& The Health Benefits)

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  • Author: Ally Milligan
  • Prep Time: 5 Minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stir
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free


The easiest overnight oats, packed with nutrition. Simply mix together rolled oats, chia seeds, plant-based milk, and optional sweetener in a bowl or jar and allow to set overnight in the fridge. Top with desired toppings and enjoy! Vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free.


  • 1/2 cup rolled (aka old-fashioned) oats (I like this brand and this brand)
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup plant-based milk (see notes)
  • pinch of salt
  • sweetener of choice, optional (I like maple syrup)
  • toppings, optional (see post for ideas like fruit, nuts, seeds, nut butter, etc.)


  1. To a bowl or jar, add the oats, chia seeds, plant-based milk, salt, and sweetener of choice, if using. Give a good stir, let sit for a few minutes, and stir again. If topping with frozen fruit, I like to add it now so that it thaws in the fridge. Cover and put in the fridge to set overnight.

  2. In the morning, top with toppings of choice like fresh fruit, nuts, seeds, nut butter, and/or a dash of cinnamon.


Plant-Based Milk. Using 1/2 cup of plant-based milk will yield a thicker consistency. If you prefer your overnight oats with a thinner consistency, add a few extra tablespoons of milk.

Meal Prep. This recipe is super simple to meal prep too, if that’s your thing! I usually just take a few minutes each night to make a single serving for the following morning (to save fridge space), but feel free to make several servings at once.