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 healthy breakfast for the kids in before they can say they’re hungry. This is a great make-ahead breakfast for babies, toddlers, and parents.
Overnight Oats with Yogurt
Overnight oats are a perfect ready-to-eat healthy breakfast. They are usually a combination of yogurt and milk that gets combined with oats and sometimes seeds. I like to add fruit for added nutrients and sweetness, 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 healthy overnight oats recipe doesn’t have any added sugars since the fresh fruit adds natural sweetness—though you can sweeten to taste. It’s 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.
Easy Overnight Oatmeal
I love to meal prep at least one healthy breakfast at the start of the week to make sure that both the kids and myself have a nutritious option on even busy mornings. This oatmeal recipe is a nice change from our standard breakfasts and I like that you don’t even have to cook the raw oats!
Blueberry Overnight Oats
This recipe is a great way to serve up the 2-3 servings of dairy that the kids need for proper growth—since it provides calcium and vitamin D for strong bones, as well as necessary fat. If you have ripe blueberries or even frozen ones, this is a great recipe to add them to.
Ingredients in Overnight Oats with Yogurt
To make these Blueberry Overnight Oats, here are the ingredients that you’ll need:
- Whole milk plain yogurt
- Rolled oats ground in the food processor or quick oats
- Chia, hemp, or ground flaxseeds
- Pure vanilla extract
- Optional sweetener
How to Make Overnight Oats with Yogurt Step-by-Step
Here’s a look at the simple process of making this overnight oats recipe.
- Gather your ingredients.
- Stir everything together in a bowl except for the berries. Add a little sweetener if you’d like.
- Portion into containers (Mason jars or any container with an airtight lid will work!) and top with berries.
- Refrigerate overnight. Mash the berries into the yogurt if desired or just serve.
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.
Which other fruits can I use in this breakfast recipe?
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. It helps babies learn to move more complicated textures in their mouths and is a nutritious way to serve yogurt and oats to babies. 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!
Tips for the Best Overnight Oats with Yogurt
- 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.
- Use sweetener to taste if desired.
- 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.
Wean Green storage cubes are shown above.
I’d love to hear what you think of this recipe, so please comment below with feedback!Print
This overnight oats recipe makes two toddler-size breakfast portions (or 1 mama-size serving). Double it to make additional servings. You can use frozen fruit and add it to the jars as stated below or warm it for about 30 seconds in the microwave before adding to jars. Both work!
- 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 tablespoons sesame seeds, chia seeds, and/or shredded unsweetened coconut
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1–2 teaspoons maple syrup or honey, optional
- 1/4–1/2 cup blueberries (or raspberries, blackberries strawberries, mashed banana, or mango)
- 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. Serve cold.
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.
Use sweetener to taste if desired.
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.
Stir in a little all-fruit jam for added sweetness and flavor.
Try quick steel cut oats instead of old-fashioned.