No-Cook Overnight Oats

overnight oats
Photo: Bryan Gardner
Prep Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
8 hrs 5 mins

Making overnight oats really is easy. The no-cook dish just needs some time. Mix the oats with your choice of milk—cow's milk or alternatives like oat or almond work, too—cover, and place in the refrigerator overnight. In the morning, add your choice of mix-ins and enjoy. This is where you can get creative: Try using a different milk or adding fresh or dried fruits, nuts, and seeds as toppings—or make our recipe variation for Tropical Overnight Oats below, which calls for coconut milk.


  • 1 cup rolled oats

  • ¾ cup whole milk, plus more if desired

  • Pinch cinnamon

  • Kosher salt

  • Toasted pepitas, dried cranberries, and pure maple syrup, for serving


  1. Combine oats, milk, cinnamon, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in an 8-ounce jar or bowl; cover. Refrigerate overnight. Stir in additional milk to loosen, if desired. Top with pepitas, cranberries, and a drizzle of maple syrup; serve immediately.


Tropical Overnight Oats
Swap out the milk for coconut milk and omit the cinnamon. Top the oats with toasted coconut, sliced kiwifruit, pineapple, and mango, and a drizzle of honey.

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