Overnight Oats Four Ways

Four mason jars full of overnight oats.

A Taste of Wild - Blue Ridge Mountains

Jon and Aubrey return back east to visit Jon's family in North Carolina, cooking up all of his favorite Southern-inspired meals from his time growing up in the South.

Overnight Oats Four Ways

Jon and I are what you might call “breakfast people.” We love to spend a slow morning cooking delicious food; egg, pancakes, grits, the whole thing!  

But we also love sunrise hikes. And on these mornings, we need convenience from our breakfast without sacrificing taste. And that’s where Overnight Oats truly shine.

In the heat of the late days of summer (and early fall in the South), what you make for breakfast can be deeply dependent on whether or not you have AC. Oatmeal, a hot and hearty classic in cooler weather, is not typically the first choice for breakfast, especially in the close environment of an RV kitchen. But overnight oats are just the thing.

If you’ve never had them, you make them the night before with cold ingredients, and the oats absorb the liquids while you sleep, resulting in a ready-to-eat breakfast that’s both filling, refreshing and cooling. They’re perfect for meal preppers, as they store easily in pint-sized mason jars (get the wide-mouth ones) and travel well.

They’re also easy to adapt to individual tastes. When summer delivers a surfeit of juicy stone fruits and berries, adding them to overnight oats is an easy way to begin your day with something joyful. In the fall and winter, they go great with nuts and warming spices like cinnamon or cardamom. When we travel, we particularly love to stop at farmer’s markets to stock up on regional fruit, local honey, farm-fresh milk and any nuts or seeds that catch our eye.

If fruits aren’t your thing, no worries. Overnight oats are so versatile that they go equally well with peanut butter, chocolate, brown sugar or any flavor profile you can think of. The only limit to what you can make with the basic overnight oats recipe is your own imagination. Here, I’ve shared four variations that Aubrey and I love to make, but we hope they inspire you to come up with your own combinations.

Overnight Oats Four Ways

Overnight Oats Four Ways

Yield: 1 mason jar
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Cherry Chia Vanilla Almond Overnight Oats

  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1cup milk, any kind
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • ½ teaspoon honey for drizzling
  • ⅛ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup cherries, halved and pitted
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt, plain
  • 1 tablespoon sliced almonds

Directions:

  1. Fill mason jar with oats, milk, chia seeds and vanilla extract. Mix with a spoon to combine, let sit overnight (at least 6 hours) in the refrigerator.
  2. In the morning, top with cherries, almonds and yogurt. Drizzle with honey and enjoy.

Chocolate Coffee Crunch Overnight Oats

  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1 cup milk, any kind
  • ¼ teaspoon instant espresso
  • 1 tablespoon chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon sliced almonds or pecans
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt, plain
  • ½ teaspoon cocoa powder
  1. Fill mason jar with oats, milk, cocoa powder and instant espresso. Mix with a spoon to combine, let sit overnight (at least 6 hours) in the refrigerator.
  2. In the morning, top with chocolate chips, almonds and yogurt. Dig in.

Blackberry Chia Cinnamon Overnight Oats

  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1 cup milk, any kind
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • ½ teaspoon honey for drizzling
  • ⅛ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ cup fresh blackberries
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt, plain
  1. Fill the mason jar with oats, milk, chia seeds and cinnamon. Mix with a spoon to combine, let sit overnight (at least 6 hours) in the refrigerator.
  2. In the morning, top with blackberries and yogurt. Drizzle with honey and savor with coffee.

Chocolate Banana Nut-Butter Overnight Oats

  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1 cup milk, any kind
  • ½ banana, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon nut butter of your choice
  • ½ tablespoon almonds or other nut
  • 1 tablespoon chocolate chips
  • ½ teaspoon honey to drizzle on top
  • ½ teaspoon cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt
  1. Fill the mason jar with oats, cocoa powder and milk. Mix with a spoon to combine, let sit overnight (at least 6 hours) in the refrigerator.
  2. In the morning, top with yogurt, banana, nut butter, almonds and chocolate chips. Drizzle with honey and eat with a spoon.

Cooking Tools

1 mason jar

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Jon and Aubrey made their latest trip in a 2021 Thor Motor Coach Sanctuary.

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