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peanut butter banana overnight oats in a jar

How to Make Perfect Overnight Oats (plus recipes!)

Learn how to make overnight oats that are perfectly thick, creamy, packed with nutrients, and absolutely delicious! With this step-by-step tutorial and a few key tips and tricks, you'll be able to make the best overnight oats for the perfect meal prep breakfast. Flavor ideas and our best recipes included!

Course Breakfast, Gluten Free, Nut Free, Vegetarian
Cuisine American
Keyword how to make overnight oats
Servings 2 servings
Author Monique Volz of AmbitiousKitchen.com


  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt or dairy free yogurt (vanilla or plain)
  • 1 1/4 cup milk of choice
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 cup rolled oats, gluten free if desired
  • Optional to sweeten:
  • 1-2 tablespoons maple syrup or honey**
  • Optional add ins:
  • 1 large banana, mashed
  • 1/4 cup berries
  • Optional toppings:
  • 2 tablespoons nut butter
  • Banana slices
  • Fresh berries
  • Shredded coconut
  • Homemade granola


  1. Add yogurt, milk and mashed banana (if using) to a large bowl and stir together until well combined and creamy. Stir in oats and chia seeds. Then cover and place in the fridge for 4 hours or overnight.

  2. Once ready to serve, divide between two 12 ounce mason jars, layering nut butter and fruit in the middle, if you’d like.

  3. Top each overnight oat serving with more nut butter and fruit, if desired. If you like crunch, add extra chia seeds, granola and/or chopped nuts on top. Serves 2. See the full post for all of our recipes and flavor ideas!

Recipe Notes

**You likely won't need to sweeten much if you are using banana and/or a flavored yogurt, such as vanilla.

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