Try this simple recipe for overnight oats, then check out our coconut overnight oats, healthy overnight oats, vegan overnight oats and more healthy breakfast recipes.

Forgot to soak your oats overnight? Whip up our homemade muesli or healthy granola for a speedy breakfast fix instead.

Overnight oats recipe tip: use a milk alternative and coconut yogurt to make your oats vegan.

How to make Overnight oats...step-by-step video

Overnight oats recipe


  • 75g porridge oats
  • 175ml milk (of your choice)
  • 2 tsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin or sunflower seeds
  • 2 tsp maple syrup (optional)


  • chopped nuts or nut butter
  • seasonal fruit (such as chopped apple, berries or sliced banana)
  • yogurt (of your choice)


  • STEP 1

    Put the overnight oats ingredients in a bowl and mix together, adding the maple syrup for sweetness, if you like. You can add some cocoa, mashed berries, grated apple or a few pinches of ground spice such as cinnamon and cardamom if you prefer to flavour the oats. Cover and chill overnight.

  • STEP 2

    In the morning, give the oats a stir and add a splash more milk if you prefer them a little looser. Top with nuts, fruit, yogurt or whatever you fancy.

More overnight oats ideas below:

Vegan overnight oats

All it takes is 10 minutes and four ingredients to make these vegan overnight oats. Finish with grated apple, coconut yogurt and maple syrup.

Vegan Overnight Oats Recipe

Healthy overnight oats

Prep your oats the night before to make this quick and easy vegan breakfast for two. It may be low calorie but it'll leave you feeling satisfied and full until lunchtime.

Two Bowls of Overnight Oats Topped with Plums and Almonds

Coconut overnight oats

You can soak oats in any milk overnight but we love the creaminess that coconut milk gives. This makes a few portions for the week.

A Bowl of Coconut Overnight Oats topped with Yogurt and Passionfruit

Overnight bircher muesli with cherries, peach and coconut

This recipe for overnight bircher muesli with cherries, peach and coconut is a great healthy, make-ahead breakfast if you're short of time in the mornings.

Overnight bircher muesli with cherries, peach and coconut

Bircher muesli with chia seeds

To make this bircher muesli we've used chia seeds, yoghurt and some extra fruit. You can soak the oats for just a few hours if you like, but it's best when it's left overnight.

Bowl of Bircher Muesli with Blueberries, Banana and Chia Seeds


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