Basic Chia Overnight Oats

My go-to basic chia overnight oats recipe. Soak these oats overnight and you’ll get a thick and creamy bowl of oatmeal in the morning. Top it with fruit and nut or seed butter for a delicious and satisfying breakfast.

Basic Chia Overnight Oats

There’s an abundance of overnight oats recipes on the internet, but I couldn’t help but share my own. I mean, everyone needs a go-to overnight oats recipe. If you’ve never tried it before, this is the time. Trust me, it’s life changing.

That may be a little dramatic for a bowl of oatmeal, but I take my food very seriously.

Think about it: It takes 5 minutes (probably less) to put together. You wake up and breakfast is done.

All I do the night before is mix together the oats, chia seeds and milk (that’s all!). When I’m ready to eat it, I add my favorite oatmeal toppings, usually nut or seed butter and fruit.

Just like any other oatmeal recipe, it’s completely customizable. Add a touch of vanilla or cinnamon. Use different fruits that are in season. Try different nut or seed butters. Make it your own!

I use chia overnight oats mostly for warm summer mornings. The Okanagan heat makes it hard to enjoy anything warm over the summer, so overnight oats are the best this time of year. However, if heat is not an issue for you, you can always heat the oats a few minutes on the stove top (or maybe the microwave with an extra splash of milk).

Overnight oats are also perfect for busy mornings or for breakfasts on the go. I used to bring them to work when I went to the gym and needed a second breakfast at work. It was perfect!

Finally, note that if you’re making chia overnight oats in advance for quick breakfasts over the week, make it a few days in advance at the most. I personally wouldn’t prepare it more than 2 days ahead. I usually prepare mine the day before. No matter what, it still saves time in the morning and allows you to eat a delicious cold porridge over the summer.

Basic Chia Overnight Oats
Basic Chia Overnight Oats

Looking to flavor up your overnight oats? Try these chocolate hazelnut overnight oats, cherry coconut overnight oats, caramel and coconut latte overnight oats or peanut butter and chia jam overnight oats.

Basic Chia Overnight Oats

My go-to chia overnight oats recipe. Soak these oats overnight and you'll get a thick and creamy bowl of oatmeal in the morning. Top it with fruit and nut or seed butter for a delicious and satisfying breakfast.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine gluten-free, vegan
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2


  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 1/2 cup plant-based milk of choice, unsweetened

Suggested Toppings

  • Fresh fruit
  • Nut or seed butter


  • Stir the oats, chia seeds and plant-based milk in a bowl or sealable container. Cover and let sit in the fridge overnight.
  • The next morning, stir the oats and add an additional splash of milk if desired.
  • Serve with toppings of choice.


I recommend eating overnight oats within 3 days and not to prepare them for an entire week in advance.
I like to serve mine with half a mashed banana, berries and peanut butter or sunflower seed butter. My favorite milk to use is unsweetened almond milk, but you can use what you have on hand.

If you try this recipe, make sure to tag your photo #unsweetenedcaroline on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter! Don’t forget to also tag me @unsweetened.caroline on Instagram so I can see your creations!

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