Overnight Oats with Yogurt is a healthy make ahead breakfast recipe. Learn the perfect ratio to make this oats and yogurt breakfast.
Overnight Oats with Yogurt is a healthy and quick breakfast
Mornings can be a bit crazy around here. As much as I love to have a nice slow sit down breakfast, that isn't always the case.
This Overnight Oats with Yogurt recipe is delicious and filling, and a favorite make ahead breakfast. It helps me save time in the mornings.
I spend a few minutes in the evening preparing this recipe before I place it in the fridge to set up. Next, I sleep! Finally, I wake up to a healthy breakfast waiting for the entire family in the fridge.
Together, oats and yogurt make a healthy and nutritious breakfast because:
- oats provide fiber, and
- yogurt fills you up with protein, calcium and gut-friendly probiotics.
If you need a healthy but convenient breakfast, try this easy Overnight Oats with Yogurt recipe.
Can you eat uncooked oats with yogurt?
Yes! This Overnight Oats with Yogurt uses uncooked oats and it's delicious.
Which reminds me, I haven't told you the best part about this recipe - no cooking required. Traditional oatmeal is cooked, which quickly softens the oats and creates the familiar texture of oatmeal.
On the other hand, this Overnight Oats with Yogurt recipe replaces the step of cooking with soaking the oats in a mixture of yogurt and milk. As a result, the oats soften as they soak.
How to make Overnight Oats with Yogurt
I can't tell you enough how easy this recipe really is. It only takes a few minutes of work!
I kept this Overnight Oats with Yogurt recipe pretty basic. Consequently, you have a good base recipe that you can customize how you like.
Ingredients for this Overnight Oats with Yogurt recipe
You only need three basic ingredients to make this recipe. In fact, you might have these ingredients in your kitchen right now:
- Old fashioned oats
- Whole milk
There are many ways to adjust this oats and yogurt recipe, but you need to use old fashioned oats for the best result. In the UK, this is called jumbo rolled oats.
Quick cook oats or instant oatmeal will be very mushy and unpleasant.
In contrast, steel cut oats won't soften as well. Steel cut oats aren't steamed like old fashioned oats, so I personally also don't like eating them raw.
Making Overnight Oats with Yogurt
In short, simply mix the three ingredients together and let them set up in the refrigerator overnight.
The refrigerator and time does the magic, transforming the ingredients into a delicious breakfast. Finish with your favorite toppings before you dig in the following morning.
Oats and yogurt are great for meal prep
This recipe only yields two portions, but you can easily double or triple the ingredients.
When I do this, I mix everything in a big bowl and then portion out individual servings the next morning. Mixing the ingredients in one big bowl gives me room to stir everything together easily.
Moreover, I find it best to let the oats set up overnight in the same bowl so I can give it another good stir in the morning before portioning into individual bowls or jars.
Easy to remember perfect ratio for overnight oats
This overnight oats with yogurt recipe is very simple to remember thanks to the 1:1:1 ratio for the main ingredients.
- 1 cup oats
- 1 cup yogurt
- 1 cup milk
If you want to double this recipe, use two cups of these ingredients. To triple, use three cups, and so on.
Make overnight oats with your favorite yogurt
Because yogurt is one of the main ingredients in this recipe, I recommend using your favorite yogurt.
I didn't develop this recipe using all Greek yogurt, but it works too. Feel free to use Greek yogurt in this recipe if you prefer. Just be aware that overnight oats with 100% Greek yogurt will be thicker than you see in the pictures here.
Regular yogurt mixed with Greek yogurt is our usual choice to use in this breakfast recipe. If you like something sweet, strawberry yogurt is delicious to use.
At home, the combination we use most often is ½ plain Greek yogurt and ½ fruity regular yogurt. As a result, there's a bit of sweetness in the overnight oats from the yogurt, but not too much.
TIP: Try different yogurts to create slightly different textures and flavors.
Can I make this recipe vegan?
You can easily adjust this recipe to be vegan-friendly. In fact, we have made this with almond milk and almond yogurt and loved it!
Additionally, you will need to use maple syrup instead of honey to make this recipe vegan.
This recipe is very forgiving - you can adjust and use the ingredients you love, using the ratios that are written in the recipe.
TIP: It's very simple to make this oats and yogurt recipe vegan or gluten-free. Just use non-dairy milk and yogurt, and gluten-free oats.
Overnight breakfasts save time on busy weekdays
I love overnight no-cook breakfasts. Despite spending only a few minutes on the recipe in the evening, I have a quick and healthy breakfast waiting for me in the morning.
Overnight breakfasts such as this recipe are also perfect for grab and go mornings when you have to rush out the door.
If you are looking for more inspiration, here are other healthy overnight breakfast recipes I think you'll love on The Worktop:
- Simple Bircher Muesli (soaking oats in apple juice)
- Overnight Chia Seeds in Yogurt
- Overnight Chia Pudding in Almond Milk
- Healthy Chocolate Chia Pudding
- Chia Pudding with Coconut Milk
Toppings for this oats and yogurt breakfast
This recipe is delicious with many toppings, or no toppings at all. As I mentioned before, this is a basic recipe that you can easily tailor.
The photos in this post show a mixture of nuts, seeds, dried fruits and drizzle of honey. I like a combination of crunch with a little sweetness.
Here are some other toppings I think would taste wonderful with overnight oats:
This Superberry Fruit Fusion is a delicious blend that works perfectly topped on this overnight oats too.
Use containers to this breakfast on the go
Here are a few fun and handy containers if you want bring this breakfast out and about.
Babymoov Leak Proof Storage Bowls | BPA Free Containers With LidsOXO Good Grips 1 Cup Smart Seal Leakproof Glass Round Food Storage ContainerPreserve Food Storage Container, 8 Ounce/Mini, Made from Recycled Plastic, Set of 4, Apple GreenSage Spoonfuls Glass Snack Jar 4pk, Clear
Oats and yogurt is a healthy and portable breakfast for busy mornings
I hope this recipe makes its way into your breakfast routine soon. I love how much time this breakfast saves me in the morning.
Best of all, I feel great knowing my day is starting with something healthy.
Any questions? Feel free to ask in the comments below. And I’d love to hear how you use your Overnight Oats with Yogurt below too.
Overnight Oats with YogurtPrint Recipe
- 1 cup old fashioned oats (jumbo rolled oats) (use GF if needed)
- 1 cup yogurt (regular or Greek yogurt is ok, but Greek yogurt will be thicker)
- 1 cup whole milk
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup or honey - adjust according to your sweetness preference
- ¼ cup dried fruits
- ¼ cup nut and seed mixture
- In a large bowl, mix together the oats, yogurt and milk. Cover and refrigerate overnight, at least 8 hours.
- In the morning, give everything a good stir. If it is too thick, add a bit more milk or yogurt. Divide into 2 bowls and top with your favorite toppings.