By now, you must know about my passion for prepping breakfast ahead of time. And this little recipe is one that I go to pretty often, because it takes minutes to prepare and can literally be served straight from the fridge in the morning.

Overnight Oats are nothing new – they’ve been around for a few years now, and I’m pretty sure Angela from Oh She Glows was the original creator (thank-you Angela!) However, I know there are still a few people who haven’t had a chance to try them, and they’re pretty life changing so I felt I owed it to the mamas in my community to share my basic formula. 

Overnight Oats simply involves mixing oats and liquid together with some chia seeds (which absorb the moisture), resulting in oatmeal with a creamy porridge-like consistency. And of course, like with most of my recipes, there are SO many ways to modify and change it up, so I encourage you to get creative with different add-ins and toppings each time you make it.

And yep, you eat these cold! But trust me, it’s delicious – especially in the summer months. In fact, I think I prefer cold oats better than warm ones now.

It’s a pretty amazing feeling to wake up and know we’re having Overnight Oats for breakfast because it means I have a few extra minutes to get myself and the kids ready before heading downstairs. Ahhhhh, the luxury of actually being able to brush my hair once in a while!

Oh, and I should mentioned that these make a great on-the-go breakfast. I often make a batch when we’re travelling and I need something to hold over my hungry kids in a hotel room when we wake up. I just mix the oats, chia seeds and cinnamon together ahead of time in a plastic container, and then add the banana and milk/water the night before. Don’t forget to pack a spoon!

Overnight Oats
Serves 2
A simple and delicious prep-ahead brekkie that will satisfy both kids and parents. This is just a basic formula - be creative and come up with your own favourite combinations.
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
  1. 1 cup rolled oats
  2. 1 ripe banana
  3. 2 cups regular milk, almond milk or water (can add more or less depending on your desired consistency)
  4. 3 tbsp chia seeds
  5. 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  6. a drizzle of honey or maple syrup (optional)
Additional Mix-Ins/Toppings
  1. coconut flakes
  2. nuts and seeds
  3. raisins or other dried fruit
  4. fresh berries or other fruit
  5. yogurt
  6. nut or seed butter
  7. a drizzle of honey or maple syrup
  1. Slice banana or mash up in bowl.
  2. Add oats, chia seeds, cinnamon and any other mix-ins.
  3. Add liquid.
  4. Stir to combine.
  5. Place in fridge and let sit overnight.
  6. In the morning, serve with desired toppings.
  1. * Have your child help prepare the Overnight Oats the night before
  2. * Encourage them to get creative with mix-ins and come up with their own Overnight Oats recipe
  3. * Provide a buffet of topping choices, making sure to include things your child doesn't currently accept
  4. * If your child tries it and doesn't like it, ask "What would make it better for you? Is it too thick? Too watery? Too sweet? Not sweet enough?"
  5. * Layer with yogurt and serve in a fun parfait cup with a long spoon.
Sarah Bester



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