6 Delicious Ways to Make Overnight Oatmeal

Overnight Oatmeal

Have you discovered overnight oatmeal? Also, commonly known as overnight oats, it’s a healthy eating trend that requires absolutely no cooking! Forget making oats the traditional way on the stove or in the microwave. Instead, combine rolled oats with liquid and other fixings, then let it sit in the fridge overnight. In the morning you’ll have a creamy and nutritional breakfast special that’s perfect for throwing into your work or gym bag.

You’ll be fired up with a whopping 25 grams of protein and nearly half of your daily fibre intake. And the best part? This grab-and-go breakfast can help you lose weight[i]! If you’re new to this game-changing breakfast, read on for the foundational basics, and then level up with six of our favourite and most delicious recipes to set yourself up for success!

Easy Overnight Oats

Here are the foundational ingredients for traditional overnight oats.

  • ½ cup rolled, uncooked oats
  • 1 cup liquid
  • ½ tsp spices
  • 1-2 cups fruit
  • A handful of nuts and/or seeds


  1. Start with ½ cup of rolled oats in a container with a lid
  2. Add 1 cup liquid – milk, almond milk, coconut milk, or water all work
  3. Sprinkle on the spices – cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger are good
  4. Stir in fruit – berries, diced peaches, sliced banana, the options are endless
  5. Top with nuts and/or seeds such as almonds, pecans, chia seeds, or walnuts
  6. Cover and refrigerate overnight, or until the oats have absorbed all the liquid

Feel free to use this recipe as a starting base and add a touch of your creativity and flair to suit your taste buds!

Simple & Nutritional Breakfast in 6 Easy Steps

Here are six of our favourite overnight oats recipes! We promise you’re sure to find one that suits your tastes!

1. Apple Pomegranate

  • 1 cup steel-cut oats
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup plain or vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1 diced apple
  • ½ cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1 tbsp toasted almonds

Start your week off on the right foot with this delicious breakfast bundle!

2. Tropical Oats

  • 1 cup steel-cut oats
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 sliced banana
  • 1 sliced mango
  • 1 tbsp coconut flakes

Combine and enjoy for a boost of energy on a gloomy Monday morning!

3. Pumpkin Pecan

  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup pureed pumpkin
  • ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 handful pecans

Our team of weight loss experts at SmartShape™ can’t get enough of this recipe!

4. Matcha Madness

  • 1 cup steel-cut oats
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 cup non-fat milk
  • ½ cup plain/low-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1-2 cups diced mango, pineapple, and kiwi
  • 1 tbsp coconut Flakes

This recipe is so filling and delicious you could enjoy it for breakfast or lunch!

5. Carrot Cake

  • 1 cup steel-cut oats
  • 1 cup non-fat milk
  • ¼ cup shredded carrot
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 handful pecans

This overnight oat recipe is so good you’d assume it was dessert!

6. Cranberry Pecan

  • 1 cup steel-cut oats
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • ½ cup skim milk
  • ½  cup low-fat Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp cranberry sauce /jelly
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 pinch of ground cloves
  • 1 handful chopped pecans

Well, there you have it! Six of the most delicious and highly-nutritious overnight oats recipes. Not only do they taste amazing, but they’re easy to make too! For more insightful recipes or information about living a healthy lifestyle, take a look at the other articles in our blog! To learn more about the solutions offered here at the SmartShape™ Weight Loss Centre, contact us today or schedule a free consultation!

[i] Journal of the American College of Nutrition [Online]. Accessible: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/07315724.2013.816614#.VmUO0uMrJmA Retrieved 2018-14-03