Looking for an easy & healthy overnight oats recipe? This recipe uses just three items – it’s quick, easy, and you can customize it how you like! Note: This post contains affiliate links.
Lately the words “easy” and “fast” are music to my ears. Most of you know that I just had a baby in January, and little man is now just barely one month old. I have planned on sharing my fitness/weight loss journey with you all from the start, and now that we’re getting the ball rolling, I’ve decided to focus on nutrition. Although we’re adjusting well, I am still one sleepy mama. I did quite a bit of stocking up and meal prepping the month before baby was due, and it helped a lot – but now that stuff is gone!
To be honest, I’m still too tired to a do a lot of meal prepping and since I haven’t even been cleared for exercise yet, I’m okay with it. I told myself that when I’m cleared by my doctor at 6-8 weeks postpartum, I’d start getting more serious about nutrition. B
ut for now I am *trying* to get back into clean eating and trying new things to nourish both baby and I. I have, however, been paying attention to my calories and macros. That’s mostly because I am still trying to eat healthy and get to know my body’s new needs. I’m breastfeeding, pumping, and supplementing – and figuring out how to increase my supply but continue to maintain/lose weight has been tricky.(Click here to read about my breastfeeding struggles & tips.)
So anyway, this healthy overnight oats recipe has come into play as a quick, portable breakfast. It’s something that I can eat while pumping or breastfeeding – plus oatmeal is known to promote breastfeeding, so that’s another plus. I just pull out my mason jar filled with overnight oats every morning and I’m ready to go!
A Simple, Easily Customized & Healthy Overnight Oats Recipe
I came up with this easy recipe on my own a few years ago after looking up overnight oats on Pinterest. They all looked so yummy, but to be honest, some of the recipes I found were either “too much” or too complicated for me. It seemed like they could stand to be much easier, quicker, and simpler. My recipe might not be as pretty and colorful when you see it on your Pinterest feed, but it’s exactly what I need right now.
So what happened was that I gleaned a few ideas from different recipes across the web and made my own! This recipe is simple and helps me get my yogurt in (I’m not a fan of yogurt but I try to eat it!). There are only three items you need and probably already have on hand. Plus, you can customize the heck out of it! You just need yogurt (I prefer Greek), milk, and oats!
Fiber, Protein, & Calcium-Packed
If you use old fashioned oats like I do, you’re getting a great serving of whole grains with this recipe. In that, you’re also getting a ton of great fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Oats are considered one of the healthiest things you can eat (look at this article – this stuff is seriously great for your body!) and having them at breakfast is a great way to start the day. (You’ll be feeling full and satiated longer from the oats.) This healthy overnight oats recipe also has a good amount of protein if you use Greek yogurt, which I recommend for a creamier, thick texture. (The milk itself adds protein, but it’s not a lot.) You can find Greek yogurts that are super low in sugar and high in protein. I personally like Oikos or Chobani, but I plan on making the switch to a lower-sugar yogurt soon. (Taking recommendations!)
Pro Tip: Want more protein? This is the BEST protein powder I have found as a personal trainer – add half a scoop to your oats for a protein boost that fits your macros! Depending on your choice, you can easily tailor this recipe to fit your macros and fitness goals. Plus, both the milk and yogurt contribute for a pretty decent amount of calcium.
Add Nutrients With Fruit, Nuts, & Seeds
The beauty of this recipe is how versatile it can be – it’s really a base recipe. I like it plain but you might want to switch it up. Obviously, you can use any flavor of yogurt you want for this healthy overnight oats recipe. I personally usually only buy Vanilla or plain yogurt because I can use it for many different snacks and recipes. But that’s up to you!
Another way to make this recipe healthier, customized to fit your macros, or add variety is to add nuts, fruit, or seeds. Once you’re ready to eat (after your oats have soaked), top the mixture with your favorites! I’d suggest berries, some flax seeds, sliced banana, almond slivers, etc. It’s a great way to add healthy fats, carbohydrates, vitamins & minerals, etc. Whatever your body and taste buds need!
So let’s get to the recipe!
Easy Peasy Healthy Overnight Oats Recipe
Easy Overnight Oats Base Recipe
A quick and simple overnight oats recipe.
- 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
- 1/4 cup milk of choice
- 1 cup Greek yogurt
Mix all ingredients together in a portable container w/lid.
Cover and let sit overnight or 6+ hours.