Basic Overnight Oats

It’s crazy to think that as an oat and porridge enthusiast, I have scoured my blog for an overnight oats recipe and found none.

I must admit that porridge > cold cereals/smoothies for me on most days, however, the ease of soaking oats overnight has been a blessing in disguise.  From being able to get extra zzz in bed to providing me with a quick post-work-out fix, it is handy to have a batch in the fridge of this creamy concoction for when life happens.

Now the recipe is for a solo eater (ahem), but multiply it to your heart’s desire to suit thy needs.  Make it in bulk at the start of a busy week and it should last a few days – that is if you can resist the glossy temptation brought about by the addition of chia seeds.

Tahini and nut butters work well with porridge and overnight oats - they add some extra creaminess.
Tahini and nut butters work well with porridge and overnight oats – they add some extra creaminess.

Here’s a pro tip: if you have almost-empty jars of nut butters, spreads or tahini that you usually enjoy with your breakfast bowl, why use these for storing your overnight oats in and let the flavours diffuse overnight.  Upcycled jars and all that too, giving you a delicious, zero-waste breakfast to start the day.

Basic overnight oats

Makes 1


1/2 cup oats

1 tsp chia seeds

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk (any milk can be substituted here)


  1.  In a jar, mix all the dry ingredients together.
  2. Add the almond milk.  Seal the jar with a lid and shake.
  3. Leave to soak for 8 hours or overnight, if possible.  Shake – and stir, if required – once more during the soaking period.
  4. Top with your favourite drizzle, fruit, nuts, and seeds.

Some simple topping ideas:

  • sliced bananas, figs, coconut flakes, hemp seeds and tahini drizzle on top
  • home-made applesauce, sultanas and walnuts
  • sliced bananas, peanut butter and fresh berries

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