5 Ingredient Overnight Vanilla Oats

These delicious 5 ingredient overnight vanilla oats are super easy to make, very healthy, and the perfect on-the-go breakfast that you’re sure to fall in love with, spoonful by spoonful!

Overnight Vanilla Oats

A while back, I read  The Fault in Our Stars and balled my eyes out because it was so good, yet very sad.

My reading experience was very dramatic, Clover (my dog) licked my tears (see her concerned face here), and Nick (my husband) asked if I was alright more than once because of the sobs (I was definitely loud-ugly-crying).

Fast forward to this week, I saw the movie…and I think no one would be surprised to hear that it had the same effect on me-lots and lots of tears!

My girlfriend and I went through no less than 4 tissues… each … in the first half of the movie!  Truth be told, we were warned walking into the movie theater by the girl taking our ticket stubs “I hope you ladies brought lots of tissues, I’ve seen it twice and cried.”

So after seeing the movie, we composed ourselves a little (I mean, you can’t just bounce back to normal after watching something like that!) we left the movie theater and since we were parked on total opposite ends of the mall I drove her to her car.

My car was a little big of a mess (I’m always rushing around and use my car as a travel-coffee-mug-and Tupperware-container-cabinet), so as I threw stuff into the back seat,  I felt like the one thing I needed to explain further (after apologizing about the mess of course) was my empty mason jar with a spoon clanking around.

What was the explanation? Well, it was that the mason jar had once been the holder of my amazing breakfast, these Overnight Vanilla Oats!

Overnight Oats with yogurt

They’re so easy to throw together, and are perfect for a healthy breakfast on the go! I like that there is a little crunch from the nuts and that the oats are cold. I mean, who wants to eat piping hot oatmeal in the summer?

To make the overnight oats, all you do is put the oats, flax, water and yogurt in a mason jar or container and refrigerate it overnight, then the next morning add a tablespoon of brown sugar and walnuts to give it some crunch, mix, and enjoy!

How to make Overnight Vanilla Oats

As I drove to work, eating my overnight vanilla oats -for the fifth day in a row-I definitely thought about what a fantastic book The Fault in Our Stars was, I followed it up by reading Where’d You Go, Bernadette which was fantastic, but am now on the lookout for a good book to read…any suggestions?

5 Ingredient Overnight Vanilla Oats
 
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • ½ Cup Oats
  • 1 Tbs Flax
  • ½ Cup water
  • ⅔ Cup French Vanilla or Vanilla Yogurt
  • 1 Tbs Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tbs Walnut Pieces
Instructions
  1. In the bottom of a mason jar or a container add oats and flax, then pour water over the oats, and cover with vanilla yogurt. No need to stir. Refrigerate overnight (8-12 hours).
  2. In the morning top with Brown Sugar and Walnut pieces and enjoy!
Recipe adapted from the lovely Pinch of Yum blog recipe for Flax and Blueberry Vanilla Oats

 

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  • Reply

    OHMYGOD!!!!!! I cried like a babyyyyy when I read the book! The last 100 pages especially were so painful!!!!! I just couldn’t take it!!!!! the movie is releasing here on 4th July and I’m going to advance book my tickets next week!!!! I can’t wait for it to be out! I know this is going to be a cry fest! 🙁 🙁 These overnight oats are just brilliant! I tried it for breakfast once and my mum is surprised that I have actually started eating oatmeal! I have, however, tried only basic flavors but this one sounds so delicious! Vanilla yogurt, walnuts and brown sugar! Need to make this stat!

    • Sweetphi
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      You’ll LOVE the movie Samina! Thank you for the sweet comment about the oats…they’re soooo good and a wonderful summertime breakfast because you can eat them cold! Enjoy!

  • Karis
    Reply

    I read both of those books this year and really liked them both. Are you on Goodreads? I’ve had great luck with recommendations from there. I also get suckered into the recommended books that pop up when I finish a book on my Kindle. I thought I had downloaded too many books but then we cut our cable this month and suddenly I’m tearing through them…funny how that happens 🙂 Anyway, the book I would highly recommend is The Tao of Martha.

    • Sweetphi
      Reply

      Thank you for the suggestion about Goodreads and The Tao of Martha, just added it to my download list! Thank you thank you-your suggestions are always spot on Karis 🙂

  • Abby @ The Frosted Vegan
    Reply

    Ahh I read the book and STILL need to see the movie! I know AJ won’t want to see it, so I need to just suck it up and go myself, but I cried through the book! AJ would come into the bedroom when I was reading and be like ‘Um why are you crying?!’ haha. Also, I LOVE overnight oats, my favorite! : )

    • Sweetphi
      Reply

      Girl, we can totally go together, I’d definitely see it again!! And Overnight oats are my new favorite, I’ve had them every morning and am loving the simplicity, taste, and cool temperature!

  • seasonssuppers
    Reply

    This is a fabulous idea! My daughter is an oatmeal lover and she needs this. Thanks!

    • Sweetphi
      Reply

      Thank you! I think your daughter will love them, if she likes oatmeal, she definitely will…to be honest, I never loved oatmeal that much until I had these overnight oats, now I totally want them for breakfast every morning, they’re so healthy AND delicious 🙂 Thanks for commenting!

  • Kathy @ Olives & Garlic
    Reply

    I’ve been playing around with overnight oats for a little while and can’t seem to get the right consistency. I’ve mastered overnight chia oats but not plain oats just yet. Trying this Sunday night for Monday morning. Sounds delicious Phi. 🙂 Have a great weekend

    • Sweetphi
      Reply

      Let me know how they turn out! The texture is great in these, I think the trick is to layer the ingredients and not stir them, then in the morning stir and add the brown sugar and walnuts, gives the perfect crunch when they’re stirred up….sooo yummy!

  • Ashley
    Reply

    I still have yet to make overnight oats – which is weird because I love oatmeal anything! I always forget to mix it up the night before! haha I need to write myself a note : ) These sound awesome – vanilla is my favorite!

    • Sweetphi
      Reply

      If you like oats I have a feeling you’re going to loooove this! Girl, these overnight oats are soooo good!

  • cheri
    Reply

    What a great post Phi, very nice one of your best yet. Love vanilla oats.

    • Sweetphi
      Reply

      Awe, thank you Cheri, that means so much coming from you!!

  • Victoria
    Reply

    This is an awesome idea!

    xoxo,

    Victoria

    • Sweetphi
      Reply

      Thank you! These overnight oats are so good, definitely worth trying 🙂

  • Charles
    Reply

    Since you obviously love dogs and can get emotional while reading, read “A Dog’s Purpose” and “A Dog’s Journey” by W. Bruce Cameron. They are wonderful and at different times will make you laugh and definitely cry. I had to stop and give my dog lots of hugs while I was reading them.

    • Sweetphi
      Reply

      Thank you so much for your suggestions, I’m totally going to check those out!!

  • Lynn Dobi
    Reply

    I just made the over night vanilla oats. Delicious!!! Thank you for the recipe. I will be making these many more times!

    • Sweetphi
      Reply

      YAY – I am so happy to hear you liked the recipe! Thank you so much for coming back and sharing your experience. Your comment inspired me to make them again and I just had them for breakfast – yum!

  • Michael
    Reply

    Are the oats cooked or raw when put in the mason jar? Does it matter what type of oats you use, i.e. steel cut, quick oats or regular?

    • Sweetphi
      Reply

      Hi there, the oats are raw when you put them in the mason jar. I’ve tried quick oats and regular oats and they turn out great. I’ve tried quick cooking steel cut oats but I did not like the way they turned out, so I would not suggest them.

  • Patty
    Reply

    I was wondering if its supposed to be greek yogurt?

    • Sweetphi
      Reply

      I used regular yogurt, but you could definitely use Greek yogurt if you like the taste of it!

  • Mia
    Reply

    would almond milk instead of water taste ok as well?

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