With a quick stir-together method, this easy Overnight Oats with yogurt recipe can be ready and waiting come morning—so you can serve up a delish breakfast without even having to think about it. (Because I know we’re not always getting a full night of sleep as parents…)

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Overnight Oats with Yogurt

Overnight oats are a perfect ready-to-eat breakfast. They are usually a combination of yogurt and milk that gets combined with oats and sometimes seeds. And then the mixture sits overnight to soften and thicken. The result? A creamy pudding-like breakfast that’s grab-and-go ready in the morning.

This recipe is a nutritious toddler breakfast with a nicely balanced mix of protein from the yogurt and seeds, complex carbohydrates from the oats, and vitamins from the fruit. But mostly, I really love the convenience factor—for the kids and for myself!

This recipe is also a great way to serve up one of the 2-3 servings of dairy that the kids need and it provides calcium and vitamin D for strong bones, as well as necessary fat.

TIP: Find my other go-to Calcium-Rich Recipes for Kids.

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Ingredients You Need

To make these Blueberry Overnight Oats, here are the ingredients that you’ll need:

TIP: You can make this dairy-free by using nondairy yogurt and nondairy milk.

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Step-by-Step Instructions

Here’s a look at the simple process of making this recipe. Scroll down to the bottom of the post for the full information.

  1. Stir everything together in a bowl except for the berries.
  2. Portion into containers (Mason jars or any container with an airtight lid will work!)
  3. Top with berries.
  4. Refrigerate overnight. Mash the berries into the yogurt if desired or just serve.

TIP: These are meant to be served and eaten cold.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why do you grind the oats or call for quick oats?

I like the texture of quick oats (or raw oats ground quickly in the blender or food processor) for little ones and myself in overnight oatmeal since they create a creamier and less chunky final texture. If you don’t mind or think your kids won’t mind, you can use old fashioned Quaker oats right out of the container.

Do you eat Overnight Oats hot or cold?

You eat them chilled right out of the fridge. Think of it like a yogurt parfait.

Can I use dairy-free yogurt?

You can absolutely use a favorite nondairy yogurt if you need to avoid dairy. Just pick one that you or your child likes, use a nondairy milk, and otherwise follow the recipe.

Can I make this recipe with steel cut oats?

So I know that there are recipes out there for overnight steel cut oats, but I wouldn’t substitute them directly in this because I tried it and they don’t soften enough. You could try instant steel cut oats since they are ground a little but the final texture will be chewier than using the oats I call for below.

Can I make this recipe with Greek yogurt?

You can use regular or Greek yogurt in this overnight oats recipe. Greek yogurt will make it thicker—but it will also have more protein which is always nice. I like to double the recipe to make a serving for myself, and to vary the ingredients to keep things interesting.

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Other Fruit Ideas

Sure! We also like to use mango, strawberries, or raspberries. You can also make this recipe with mashed banana. (Just know that the final result may be a smidge brown.)

Overnight Oats for Babies

This recipe has a very subtle texture so it’s a nice step up from straight pureed baby foods and can be a good Stage 2 baby food combination.Skip the added sweetener if serving to babies. And know that if you blend the ingredients together using raspberries, strawberries, bananas, or mango, this is a great recipe to put into a reusable pouch.

TIP: Don’t blend this recipe with blueberries as they will cause some separation to occur with the yogurt. But they are great left whole or cut in half!

Best Tips for Success

  • Use ground raw oats or quick oats for a smoother final texture that the kids might prefer.
  • Try blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, diced mango, or mashed banana as the fruit.
  • Try chia seeds, hemp seeds, or ground flaxseeds to add fiber, protein and healthy fats.
  • Know that chia seeds may thicken the mixture more than hemp seeds.
  • If you find the texture too thick, you can always stir in an extra tablespoon or two of milk.
  • You can blend the fruit right into the yogurt mixture for a smoother overall texture. This works well with strawberries and mango. Just put everything into a food process or blender and process until smooth.
  • You can stir the yogurt mixture together with fork-mashed raspberries or mashed banana.
  • Know that the mixture will thicken as it sits overnight in the fridge.
  • This recipe will keep for 3-5 days when stored in airtight containers in the fridge.
  • You may also like Mango Overnight Oats, Strawberry Overnight Oats, and Applesauce Overnight Oats.

I’d love to hear what you think of this recipe, so please comment below with feedback!

This post was originally published June 2018.

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Overnight Oats with Yogurt and Berries

This overnight oats recipe makes two toddler-size breakfast portions (or 1 mama-size serving). Double it to make additional servings. 
4.89 from 17 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes
Cuisine American
Course Breakfast
Calories 105kcal
Servings 2 toddler servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup whole plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons milk (dairy or nondairy)
  • 2 tablespoons rolled oats, ground in a blender or food processor (or quick or instant oats)
  • 1-2 teaspoons hemp seeds, chia seeds, and/or shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
  • 1-2 teaspoons maple syrup or honey (optional)
  • 1/4-1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries, or raspberries, blackberries strawberries, mashed banana, or mango

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients except optional sweetener and berries in a small bowl and stir gently.
  • Taste and adjust sweetness if desired.
  • Divide mixture into small storage containers.
  • Top with berries. Store in the fridge at least 4 hours or overnight. (The mixture will thicken as it sits overnight in the fridge.) Serve cold.

Notes

  • This recipe will keep for 3-5 days when stored in airtight containers in the fridge.
  • Use ground raw oats or quick oats for a smoother final texture that the kids might prefer.
  • Try blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, diced mango, or mashed banana as the fruit.
  • Try chia seeds, hemp seeds, or ground flaxseeds to add fiber, protein and healthy fats. (Chia seeds may thicken the mixture more than hemp seeds.)
  • If you find the texture too thick, you can always stir in an extra tablespoon or two of milk.
  • You can blend the fruit right into the yogurt mixture for a smoother overall texture. This works well with strawberries and mango. Just put everything into a food process or blender and process until smooth.
  • Dairy-free: Use nondairy yogurt and milk.

Nutrition

Calories: 105kcal, Carbohydrates: 13g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 9mg, Sodium: 36mg, Potassium: 160mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 8g, Vitamin A: 108IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 104mg, Iron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    This is such a great easy quick way to add something different to our breakfast rotation. Hands down my favorite overnight oats for our toddler AND us to enjoy!

  2. 5 stars
    Delicious! We’ve been in a breakfast rut so this was a welcome change – definitely one of my new go to’s now. Thanks!

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