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Honey Vanilla Overnight Oats Recipe

A grab-and-go breakfast makes life so much easier. That’s why these Honey Vanilla Overnight Oats are perfect. You make them the night before, with only six ingredients, then enjoy them in the morning.

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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. We all know that. But, it’s also the most inconvenient. We all know that too.

You’re just getting out of a dream, one you probably wanted to continue. You don’t have coffee in your system yet, and it might be a day when your coffee needs coffee. But you’re still supposed to figure out what to eat for the most important meal of the day. It’s too much to ask of that still sleepy brain that’s still halfway in that really good dream.

So you grab a cereal bar or that cup of coffee and run out the door.

Not anymore. Now you can grab these delicious Honey Vanilla Overnight Oats.

You make overnight oats the night before, let them sit in the fridge while you sleep, and they’re ready to eat in the morning.

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Honey Vanilla Overnight Oats Recipe

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Honey Vanilla Overnight Oats Ingredients:

How To Make Honey Vanilla Overnight Oats:

Oats, milk, and yogurt in a bowl.

Put the oats, milk, and yogurt in a bowl. Gently stir them together until everything is combined.

Chia seeds in a measuring spoon being poured into a bowl.

Add the chia seeds.

Honey in a measuring spoon being poured into a bowl.

Add the honey.

Vanilla extract in a measuring spoon being poured into a bowl.

Finally, add the vanilla extract.

Overnight oats in a bowl.

Stir.

Overnight oats being poured from a bowl into a mason jar.

Pour the contents from the bowl into a pint mason jar (or any glass container).

Overnight oats in a mason jar.

Allow them to sit in the fridge overnight before enjoying.

That’s it. Honestly, that’s it. It’s so easy, which means you don’t have an excuse to not try it.

A spoon lifting overnight oats out of a mason jar.

Overnight Oats Variations:

We love this Honey Vanilla Overnight Oats recipe. It’s sweet, but not too sweet. It’s our basic recipe, but you can definitely jazz it up.

Chocolate Overnight Oats

Add 1 tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder to the overnight oats mixture. The next day, add a handful of mini chocolate chips to the top.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Overnight Oats

Skip the honey and instead all 1.5 tablespoons of your favorite jelly and a tablespoon of peanut butter. Stir them in with the rest of the ingredients. The next day, you can chop peanuts and sprinkle them over the top of the overnight oats.

Strawberry Overnight Oats

Use strawberry yogurt when you make the overnight oats. The next day, slice fresh strawberries and top the overnight oats with them. Instead of strawberries, you can do this with other fruit, like mango, raspberries, blueberries, etc.

Overnight Oats: Frequently Asked Questions

Which milk is best for overnight oats?

Any type of milk works in overnight oats. Personally, we use 2% milk because that’s what I buy just to drink as milk.

But if you have whole milk or skim milk, they’ll work.

Non-dairy milk, like almond or oat milk, will work as well. Oat milk is delicious and will actually go really well with overnight oats since it will add to the overall oat flavor.

Can you use regular yogurt in overnight oats?

Instead of Greek yogurt, you can use traditional yogurt. Greek yogurt is a high protein food, which is why it’s great to use in breakfast. But, if that’s not a concern for you, you don’t need to use Greek yogurt.

If you use a flavored yogurt, that will flavor your overnight oats. So, keep that in mind.

Will oats expand overnight?

As the overnight oats sit in the fridge, the oats will expand overnight. They don’t expand that much, but they do expand. That’s why you want to use a pint size mason jar rather than an smaller one. You want to give the oats enough room to expand. Plus, you want room in case you want to add any toppings.

Can you double or triple the batch?

You absolutely can double or triple the ingredients to make more overnight oats. Just know that you’ll need to use multiple mason jars or glass containers.

How do you store overnight oats?

Store overnight oats in an airtight container in the fridge.

How long do overnight oats last?

Overnight oats will last for about five days. So, if you are multiplying the recipe, only make as much as you can eat in a workweek.

A bag of Viva Naturals Chia Seeds.

Do you need chia seeds for overnight oats?

Chia seeds act as a thickening agent and add texture to overnight oats. Both qualities are really important to overnight oats.

If you omit the chia seeds, you’ll want to double the amount of oats that you use in the recipe in order to thicken the overnight oats. If you omit the chia seeds and use the listed amount of oats, the overnight oats will be really thin and won’t taste that great.

Chia seeds also add a really nice texture to overnight oats. If you don’t add them, the overnight oats have a really soft consistency. Chia seeds breaks that up.

We use Viva Naturals chia seeds in this recipe. They’re really tasty. They’re naturally gluten-free, which is perfect for May, which is Celiac Awareness Month. Actually, oats are naturally gluten-free as well, making this entire recipe gluten-free.

Viva Naturals actually has an entire gluten-free section on its website, so you can the brand’s other options, like cocoa powder, coconut flour, and quinoa. The brand sells supplements too, and you can save 10% on those with the code SUPPLEMENT10. Even better, you’ll get free shipping when you spend $79.

Viva Naturals chia seeds come in a one pound bag, which means you’ll want to find some other ways to use the seeds. The bag of the back recommends adding them to salads and smoothies. You can also use them as an egg substitute, which is great if you’re vegan and can’t use traditional eggs.

Yield: 2 Servings

Honey Vanilla Overnight Oats

A grab-and-go breakfast makes life so much easier. That’s why these Honey Vanilla Overnight Oats are perfect. You make them the night before, with only six ingredients, then enjoy them in the morning.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup honey vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon Viva Naturals chia seeds
  • 1.5 teaspoon vanilla honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Put the oats, milk, and yogurt in a bowl. Gently stir them together until everything is combined.
  2. Add the chia seeds, honey, and vanilla extract. Stir.
  3. Pour the contents from the bowl into a pint mason jar (or any glass container).
  4. Allow them to sit in the fridge overnight before enjoying.

Notes

If you omit the chia seeds, double the amount of oats.

Nutrition Information

Yield

2

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 346Total Fat 3gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 9mgSodium 64mgCarbohydrates 65gFiber 3gSugar 50gProtein 14g

Have you tried this Honey Vanilla Overnight Oats recipe? Let us know what you thought in the comments.

Karren

Saturday 25th of June 2022

I love overnight oats, but adding the chia is such a healthy ingredient!

Jan

Tuesday 31st of May 2022

This sounds so fast and convenient-love it-thx!

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Tuesday 31st of May 2022

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