overnight oats with blackberries

Back to Basics: Overnight Oats

Overnight Oats

Quite some time ago, I started a Back to Basics section on here for foods which I am so used to making that I sometimes forget that others might not know where to start! In the winter I love my porridge, but now the weather is sunny, and although I love pancakes, sometimes you just need something quick and easy. Enter overnight oats!

So you might be thinking, but surely ‘overnight’ oats takes planning the night before and that is not quick! Well, you can make ‘quick’ overnight oats whenever you chose! You can make them at night, or in the morning! The texture will be different the longer you leave them, but if you make them when you wake up, they will still be tasty half an hour later!

Photo by Visual Stories || Micheile on Unsplash

The Overnight Oats Recipe

Overnight oats can be a snack, a breakfast or even a dessert!

There is no recipe as such, more a pattern of layering!

There are three main ingredients you need!

Your base. Your filling. Your oats.

Overnight Oats

A cheat's version to overnight oats, ready in as little as half an hour!

Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Keyword: breakfast, oats, overnight oats, porridge
Created by:: Laurena @LifeDietHealth
  • Base – a liquid
  • You can use yogurt, fromage frais, even ice-cream, preferably plain, natural or vanilla, but any will work. You can even use milk, although you will need much less (unless you have time to wait overnight for them).
  • Filling – a flavour (or two)!
  • Fresh fruit, frozen fruit, jam, compote, nuts, seeds, nut butters, chocolate spread.
  • Oats
  • Plain oats, muesli or granola.
  • Get creative!
  • Enjoy!
  1. Collect all your ingredients and a nice glass or narrow bowl.

  2. I usually use frozen mixed forest fruits, plain soya yogurt and porridge oats.

  3. Add a thin layer of your base into your glass, top with your filling, then sprinkle over a few oats. Repeat this layering. If you are using milk as your liquid, then you will need less and you should swap the pattern so the oats soak into the milk.

  4. Get creative and go with a theme, try:

  5. Tropical: Coconut yogurt, desiccated coconut, mango puree, mango chunks, granola.

  6. Black Forest: Vanilla yogurt, Black cherries, cocoa powder, chocolate chunks, oats.

  7. Blackberry & Apple: Natural yogurt, apple compote, blackberries, toasted nuts, muesli.

  8. Peanut Butter & Banana: Plain yogurt, peanut butter, banana, crushed peanuts, oats

Photo by Visual Stories || Micheile on Unsplash

What do I need?

You can (as with most of my recipes), make these as easy or elaborate as you wish! Some people make these in kilner jars with a lid, so they can easily transport them in the morning, but if you’re eating them at home then any narrow glass will do.

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These are best served straight from the fridge. As previously mentioned, you can eat them after about 20-30 minutes and they will still be great. The longer you leave them, the more the oats will soften and the mixture itself will thicken. Eat straight from the container and enjoy!

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These store for several days in the fridge – although ensure the liquid you use is in date. They will freeze but allow space in the container for them to expand.


Overnight oats are usually made in individual portions for one person to consume. You can of course, make multiple glasses of these. I love seeing your adaptions and interpretations of my recipes and I’d love to see your photos of these! Do you (or have you) made overnight oats and what flavours do you like?

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I hope to speak with you soon

Laurena x


  • tulips79 12th August 2021 at 21:13

    Hi Laurena, my hubby loves overnight oats whilst I prefer baked or ‘regular’ porridge☺️ I like to top mine with fresh juicy berries this time of year, like those gorgeous blackberries in your photo. I sometimes do overnight Weetabix though😋I’m not that keen on the texture of overnight oats, maybe I’m just weird… I love adding tahini to oats and Weetabix, you’ll defo think I’m weird now haha

    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 12th August 2021 at 21:53

      Eva do you do the overnight oats with milk? This can alter the texture- yogurt makes it much different (& tastier). You could also make the overnight oats in a microwaveable dish, then cook it in the morning- best of both! I might have to try your weetabix thing… although, you could blitz the oats to make them finer which again would alter the texture. Tahini hmmm, maybe I’ll try that too! Peanut or almond butter work, so why not! I’ve got new brambles in the garden with loads of berries on – trying to eat them before the birds do!

  • tulips79 13th August 2021 at 11:28

    You’re very lucky having all that gorgeous fruit literally in your backyard ☺️ It’s such a shame when I see plums, cherries and figs squished on the ground around where I live! There are plenty of berry brambles around here too but I feel ‘cheeky’ picking them lol (or they may not be suitable to eat, not sure)- they look like blackberries, red berries and sea buckthorn to me. I’ve even seen ones that look like blueberries. Anyway, thanks for the tip about using yoghurt instead of milk, maybe that will render the texture less ‘snotty’ (sorry😝) I like the idea of heating it up the next day too👍 I found out about overnight Weetabix (and baked oats) from SW a few years ago. Have a lovely celebratory weekend, you must be bursting with pride right now x

    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 13th August 2021 at 12:40

      Yes… so lovely being able to step outside (builders permitting!!!) to pick blackberries, gooseberries, raspberries, mulberries, redcurrants, strawberries and blueberries (if I can find any without stray cement attached!!!). I’d just pick them bold as brass like they’re yours… and apologise if you get told off- they’ll probably only go to waste otherwise. Yes, so happy the teenager passed all his GCSE’s and some!👍🏼😊 Thank you


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