Overnight Oatmeal

My latest obsession: overnight oatmeal!

I love oatmeal and I was worried about trying this because I thought it would be weird eating cold oatmeal. I was SO wrong. It’s really, really good!

I decided to make these after getting back late this past Sunday night from spending time with my fam. My mom’s sisters and brother live in San Jose so we were mostly down in South Bay for the weekend. I was not feeling well after Kabul (I blame it on the dust) and I was fighting jet lag so it was a little rough but I was happy to see my mom, sis and cousin. It was nice hanging out with everyone. On Saturday we drove down along the coast making a stop at Montara Beach to see the Pacific Ocean and then headed to Santa Cruz.

From left to right: My sis holding her prizes, my sis and cousin, the beach at SC, the sea lions near the pier.

I won my sister a stuffed-Chococat from one of the carnival games on the boardwalk, woohoo! I was playing against three-year olds but that’s a minor detail.

We ended up in Palo Alto that night for dinner at the Palo Alto Creamery. It’s standard diner food but the only place on a Saturday night that could seat a party of 8. I had breakfast here before and it’s pretty good. For dessert we tried green tea shaved ice with green tea ice cream and red beans from Paris Baguette.

It was the size of my head.

On Sunday we were bopping around San Jose – had some dim sum, frozen yogurt and bubble tea. The highlight was dinner at Boiling Crab. We got there at 5:30pm and you know what the wait for dinner was? TWO AND A HALF HOURS. And yes, we were crazy enough to wait! My sister and I got a bit hungry about two hours in so we got some pizza and wings at the place next door. When we finally sat down to dinner, we were still able to do some major eating. It was glorious!

They have three different kinds of crab, shrimp, and oysters that are sold by the pound with your choice of seasoning. It comes in a bag and you just dig in. It got really messy! I guess that’s what the bibs are for. It was good but I don’t know if I would wait two and a half hours again. All in all, I had a fun but exhausting weekend. I’ve said this before but I wish NY and SF were closer. (Sigh.)

I didn’t make it back until late that night o SF. I knew I wanted to have something quick and easy for breakfast the next day so I immediately thought of trying to make overnight oatmeal. I adapted the recipe I typically use for hot oatmeal and crossed my fingers. It turned out so good that I have been making it every day this week for breakfast! You can swap in whatever ingredients you prefer just make sure your oats to liquid ratio is 1:2. I like PB and cinnamon in my oatmeal but other good additions would be raisins and brown sugar.

I added in bananas in the morning since I don’t think they would sit well in the fridge overnight. I also threw in a handful of Bear Naked Maple Nut Cluster Crunch cereal for well, crunch. Feel free to throw in whatever cereal or granola you have or just have the oatmeal with fruit. Either way, this is super easy and tasty.

Overnight Oatmeal
Makes 1 serving


  • 1/4 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup almond milk (could substitute regular milk)
  • 1/4 cup low-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon of crunchy peanut butter
  • dash of cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup frozen berries
  • sliced bananas (optional)
  • cereal (optional)

*In a small container or bowl mix together oats, milk, yogurt, peanut butter, and cinnamon until incorporated.
*Place frozen berries over oatmeal mixture and cover container or bowl.
*Place in the refrigerator.
*In the morning when ready to eat, add sliced bananas and a handful of cereal if desired.



6 thoughts on “Overnight Oatmeal

  1. Yes I've seen recipes that include steel oats. Some are prepared in the way I prepare old-fashioned oats, and other recipes have boiling water added to the steel oats before leaving it to set overnight. I would try both!


  2. i JUST tried this last night. I threw the bananas in to soak. The sweetness kind of permeates the whole mixture, but I made 3/4 cups of oatmeal and so the banana tasted really mild. It's nice but I prefer to have those punches of flavor so I'm going to leave them out next time. FYI.


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