Overnight oats are the perfect make-ahead summer breakfast. The flavor combos are endless and if you make them in a big batch, they require no prep work in the morning if you need to grab your breakfast and run. Here in Florida, the temperature is usually around 80°F by the time I finish walking my dog in the morning. I love hot oatmeal in the fall, but when I’m already sweaty before breakfast, nothing sounds better than a cool, creamy bowl of overnight oats.
It took me a while to come up with an overnights oats recipe that I enjoy. Not to sound like Goldilocks here, but some of the recipes I tried came out too thick, and others didn’t thicken up enough. I played around with the ratio of oats, milk, yogurt, and chia seeds to find the combination that was just right.
I love that overnight oats are so versatile. You can easily create different flavor combinations for every day of the week. I had a big bag of cherries that needed to be used up, so I went with cherry and vanilla flavors for this batch. You can substitute any fruit that you have, and the same goes for using a different type of yogurt or milk.
In the morning, I love to top my oats with nut butter for healthy fat or granola for crunch. As I was making this batch of overnight oats, I remembered I had about a serving or so of chocolate almond butter left in my latest favorite jar. I was sad the jar was almost empty, but realized it would be the perfect container for storing my overnight oats.
My dog Miles and I picked up the pace of our walk on this particular morning because I couldn’t wait to dig into my overnight oats. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
If you like this recipe, make sure to check out our recipe for Chocolate-Strawberry Overnight Oats too.
If you’re feeling really pressed for time or hate prepping, check out Oats Overnight. They sell packets in several flavors like Green Apple Cinnamon and Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana that you just mix with a cup of milk and leave in the fridge overnight.
Cherry Vanilla Overnight Oats
Makes 1 serving. Feel free to double, triple, or quadruple the ingredients to make enough for the next few days!
1/3 cup old-fashioned oats
1/4 cup vanilla yogurt (I used vanilla Noosa)
1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (soy or dairy milk can be used for extra protein)
1 teaspoon chia seeds
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
½ banana, thinly sliced
¼ cup pitted and sliced cherries (you can sub any berries you have on hand)
Combine all ingredients in a small container that has a lid (or an almost empty nut butter jar if you have one!). Mix everything together and cover the container with its lid. Place the container in the refrigerator overnight to allow the mixture to set up. In the morning, top your oats with chopped nuts, nut butter, or granola and enjoy!