Make breakfast a breeze with a grab-and-go recipe for Healthy Overnight Oats with Chia and your choice of toppings.
For every bowl of macaroni and cheese, there is a plate of zucchini noodle stir-fry. And now, for every plate of stuffed French toast, there is a glass full of Healthy Overnight Oats with Chia. Balance, or, as I like to say, “just a taste” is the theme around here.
While I’ve been a longtime oatmeal enthusiast, chilled overnight oats is a relatively new discovery for me. But the great news is that there’s
not much of a no learning curve.
All you have to remember is the ratio 1:1. That’s one part rolled oats to one part liquid (i.e. milk, yogurt, juice, etc.). Stir in a tablespoon of nutrient-rich chia seeds then pop your breakfast into the fridge.
Now here’s your chance to get creative when it comes to toppings! I’ve topped my overnight oats with everything from a dollop of yogurt or peanut butter to chopped nuts, every fruit imaginable and lastly, a thick drizzle of honey. And your make-ahead, grab-and-go breakfast is served!
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- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup milk (dairy or non-dairy variety)
- 1 Tablespoon chia seeds
- 2 teaspoons honey
- Fresh fruit, for serving
- Combine the rolled oats, milk, chia seeds and honey in a Mason jar or small bowl. Stir to combine and cover with a lid or plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight.
- When ready to enjoy, stir the oats, top with fresh fruit and serve.
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How many calories is in one serving? And is the 1x recipe one serving?
Hi Hannah! You can find the estimated nutritional info for one serving by clicking on the purple button below the recipe that says ESTIMATED NUTRITION INFORMATION. The 1x recipe yields 2 servings.
I want to try what size mason jars do I use
Hi Brigida! I’d recommend a 16 oz. Mason jar or a small bowl. :)
I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe, Trish!
I have tried similar recipes without the chia…I thought it made it a little dry, but with fruit it was really good. I put in chopped pineapple.
I make this excellent breakfast every day but changed it as follows:
Instead of honey, I make as follows:
1 cup almond milk
1/2 cup oats
2 tsp chia seeds
1 chopped banana( instead of honey)
2 tsp shredded unsweetened coconut.
May add: I tsp hemp seeds
1 tsp ground flax seeds.
Love it with Macafamia Nut Milk. I add extra milk since it was a little dry for my taste. I also omit any sweetener. With the fruit I add raw coconut flakes and macadamia nuts.
Would you be able to prep this days in advance or is it something you’d make each night with dinner?
Can’t wait to try it!
Hi Katherine! Overnight oats can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to five days. But keep in mind that the oats will continue to soften the longer they sit.
I make this all the time! It takes the guess work out of breakfast and I love that I can mix it up by adding peanut butter or different fruits and jam.
Max allowed chia is 15gr per day
Recipe looks very nice I’ll try it
Thanks so much – enjoy!
Fantastic twist on boring old oatmeal.
I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk; very nice!
So glad you enjoyed the recipe, Kurt!
Can you use almond milk instead of skim milk? Can’t wait to try this!
OMG, sounds so good and what a time saver. Just wondering, with the cold weather coming, is it ok to heat up a little in the microwave?
Sure! Then you’ll have oatmeal :)
Will steel cut oats work the same way? I really want to try this out :)
Definitely, Kari! They should work out great. Enjoy!
This is the best! I make this all the time and so healthy for breakfast or a snack. Add nuts any fruit, honey… what ever you like. It’s just great!
Awesome! And I totally agree — so simple and healthy!
Do you cook the oats first or put them in raw? sounds so good!
Raw! They’ll soak up the milk and soften overnight :)
I’m all about balance too – everything in moderation! Love these overnight oats! The addition of chia makes them so much more visually appealing.
What a great and easy way to make breakfast! I need to try this. Thanks for posting! :-)