DIY Overnight Oats Bar – Healthy Breakfast in a flash


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Five minutes of prep in the evening is all it takes to put a healthy breakfast on the table! This DIY Overnight Oats Bar sends your kids to school with a full belly and a big nutritious punch in the morning.

DIY Overnight Oats Bar - Healthy Breakfast in a flash

*This post is sponsored by Nancy’s Yogurt. All opinions are mine.*

DIY Overnight Oats Bar – Healthy Breakfast in a Flash

I have never been an oatmeal fan. Yes, it’s the siren call of crunchy moms everywhere, but I just don’t like it. Something about the texture? The heat? Maybe I can blame my little sister who used to leave her nasty oatmeal crusted bowl in MY CAR in the mornings when I was forced to drive her to school? Whatever the reason, I’ll be perfectly honest with you, I just can’t stomach hot oatmeal. Luckily I don’t have too! Overnight oats is not the same thing, and this recipe is one healthy way I can enjoy a nutritious breakfast of oats like a good crunchy mom should! 😉

Overnight Oats Recipe

There are a lot of ways to do overnight oats. You’ve probably seen the pictures of the beautiful little breakfasts in mason jars? A lot of people make up individual sized servings of overnight oats in mason jars and eat them straight from the jars. While I love the idea, it just isn’t that practical for me with my four kids. It works better for me to make up a big bowl of overnight oats and then serve it with a variety of mix-ins so everyone can customize their own breakfast. The oats keep in the fridge for 4-5 days, so I get the biggest bang for my buck, so to speak, by making a large portion at once and storing it an airtight bowl.

Overnight Oats Bar - Healthy Breakfast in a flash

Overnight oats can also be made with a bunch of different ingredients. Some versions call for yogurt, and others don’t use yogurt at all. Some recipes make a runnier type of oats by adding more milk. I’ve even found vegan overnight oats recipes. My personal preference is to sweeten plain whole milk yogurt  and a little bit of milk with maple syrup, because I like my overnight oats on the thicker side. I also include vanilla because it tastes good and chia seeds because of the nutrition these little seeds pack!

If you’d like to give our version a try, it’s really simple. 

Overnight Oats

Yield: 4-6

DIY Overnight Oats Bar – Healthy Breakfast in a flash

DIY Overnight Oats Bar - Healthy Breakfast in a flash

Quick & healthy breakfast for busy mornings.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1 cup Organic Plan Whole Milk Nancy's Yogurt
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 TBS maple syrup
  • 1 TBS chia seeds
  • Toppings of choice: chopped fruit, peanut butter, jelly, nuts, granola, unsweetened coconut, chopped nuts etc


  1. Combine the yogurt, oats, milk, maple syrup, and chia seeds. Cover and refrigerate overnight or at least 8 hours.
  2. Add your choice of toppings.
  3. Enjoy!

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When it comes to topping your Overnight Oats – the possibilities are endless! 

Here are some ways we like to top our overnight oats:

  1. Rainbow of fresh fruit – we like strawberries, pinapple, kiwi, and blueberries
  2. Peanut butter and banana
  3. Chopped apples and cinnamon
  4. Chocolate Berry or Chocolate Banana
  5. Tropical mix – mango, coconut, pineapple

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This recipe is made in partnership with Nancy’s Yogurt. Nancy’s has been family owned and operated in Oregon since 1960. They source organic milk from small family farms and make delicious and nutritious dairy products. We’ve been eating their yogurt for years and love it. Recently, we’ve also started buying many of their other products as well, mostly in bulk through Azure Standard. You can head over to their store locator to find Nancy’s Yogurt in your area.

Are you ready to try your hand at overnight oats? How do you think you’ll top your creation?

This DIY overnight oats bar gets a nutritious and delicious breakfast on the table in minutes so your kids will have time to eat before heading to school. The best part is, it's fully customizable so everyone gets what they like.

About Michelle Marine

Michelle Marine is the author of How to Raise Chickens for Meat, a long-time green-living enthusiast, and rural Iowa mom of four. She empowers families to grow and eat seasonal, local foods; to reduce their ecological footprint; and to come together through impactful travel.

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  1. I love the idea of an overnight oats breakfast bar. I have never heard of this brand of yogurt before. I will have to look for it. I am going to try this – I think my family would love it.

  2. I really want to try overnight oats, I really like the idea of how convenient it is and ready in the morning. This recipe looks great!