For these easy Healthy Overnight Oats Recipe you combine oats with yogurt and let it sit overnight. It makes a delicious and healthy treat for breakfast! You can play around with all kinds of mix-ins, but I added banana, blueberries, and honey. Kids love it!  

Healthy Banana Blueberry Overnight Oats Recipe

Originally posted January 27, 2017

Eric and I just had this moment standing a few feet away from each other, looking into each other’s eyes with small smiles. The baby just barely stopped crying and is finally in the crib, I’m about to start working on this blog post you’re reading, and he’s heading to bed at 11:53 after we finished our episode of Friday Night Lights. A typical weeknight evening.

I think we’re having this silent moment of like, I don’t know, mutual gratitude for another day lived together, or a loving look of “well done today,” or maybe a “you can do it.” I’m thinking that he’s probably feeling guilty that he’s going to bed when the baby will likely wake up again soon, and I still have a long way to go on this post, and I’m feeling like he shouldn’t feel guilty at all, but it’s definitely nice to be worried about.

How to make overnight oats

Then he squints and is like, “I can tell you’re smiling, but I don’t have my glasses on so I’m not sure if this is like an ironic smile or a normal smile, or really just what’s going on with your face right now.” I laughed so hard. So much for reading that man’s face.

Healthy Overnight Oats

Eric’s boss (who has been married for years) told him one time that couples who have been together long enough stop looking at each other when they’re talking. You may be thinking, that’s not true, we look at each other every time we talk, BUT YOU’RE WRONG. I thought the same thing when he told me about it: “Psh. Maybe OTHER couples don’t look at each other but we TOTALLY look at each other, okay.” Uh uh. His boss says this is why men and women have such a hard time communicating.

(Or maybe the real problem is that SOMEONE doesn’t have their glasses on.)

Easy Overnight Oats

I started doing Instagram stories yesterday. I can’t decide if the stories are awesome or weird. They are strangely addictive (to watch). Are you on Instagram? Help me make up my mind! You can follow along here. You have to be on mobile and on an updated version of the app to see the stories. (P.S. I love Instagram because if you use the hashtag #thefoodcharlatan when you make a recipe of mine, I get to see it! I never get tired of that!)

Quaker Overnight Oats

How to make Overnight Oats

Have you ever made overnight oats? It literally takes 2 minutes to throw together, but just you wait, tomorrow morning you will be gushing about how awesome last-night-you was. Overnight oats are meant to be eaten cold straight from the fridge, there’s no cooking involved. The oats soften in the yogurt all night and become deliciously tender.

It is way more hearty than just eating yogurt, you really feel quite full when you are done. (Am I the only one who’s not full after a cup of yogurt?) You can add in whatever mix ins you want, use whatever kind of yogurt or fruit you like. I’m really into bananas lately, and honey and blueberries are never a bad idea. I meant to add a dash of cinnamon but I forgot. I added it as an option on the recipe so I don’t forget next time!

Bananas sliced in half
Cut your bananas like this when you only want half. Then you don’t have weird blackened peels hanging out next your half eaten banana. Just cut off the end and you’re golden.

Not that you really need to look up the recipe every time you make this. Put some yogurt into a bowl, tupperware, mason jar, or anything you can cover in the fridge. Add about half the amount of oats. Add a little milk, sweetener of your choice, and some fruit. Voila! Super easy. I made this recipe to serve 2, but it’s really easy to cut in half, or you could make the full amounts and save some of it for the next day.

Banana Blueberry Overnight Oats

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Banana Blueberry Overnight Oats

5 from 2 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 2 Servings
For these easy Healthy Overnight Oats Recipe you combine oats with yogurt and let it sit overnight. It makes a delicious and healthy treat for breakfast! You can play around with all kinds of mix-ins, but I added banana, blueberries, and honey. My kids loved it!


  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 2 tablespoons milk, any kind
  • 1-3 teaspoons honey
  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 banana, sliced
  • dash cinnamon, if desired


  • Add all the ingredients to a bowl and stir. Refrigerate for several hours or overnight. You can also mix it in a tupperware, or a mason jar with a lid.


Overnight oats are meant to be eaten cold straight from the fridge, there's no cooking involved. The oats soften in the yogurt all night and become deliciously tender.
*You can totally use old fashioned oats too. I prefer the texture of quick oats.
Source: I was inspired by my friend Amy over at Amy's Healthy Baking! She has so many overnight oats recipes.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 217kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 54mg | Potassium: 213mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 119IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 161mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Calories: 217
Keyword: banana, Blueberry, oats, overnight
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  1. Do you stir in the banana when you mix it the night before or in the morning when you eat it? I just wanted to make sure. Thanks!!

    1. Hey Patricia! I stir in the banana the night before, but that’s just me. The yogurt coating them keeps them from browning too much. It would work fine to do it in the morning!

  2. I keep meaning to make some overnight oats for myself on those busy weekday mornings, but I always seem to forget! I have all of these ingredients, and will be tossing these in the fridge Tonight! YUM!

  3. Karen, I laughed so hard at this Chip had to come and find me and find out why? “You must be watching funny cat vidoes on YouTube?” No Chip, I’m reading Karen’s blog post. I so needed this this morning – the post office has been screwing up my mail for the past week and three different packages (and who knows how many actual pieces of 1st class mail – like say, our W-2’s?) are being sent back to where they came from, marked “Undeliverable – moved, left no forwarding address.” This is totally freaking me out so reading this blog post made me stop ruminating on this. Almost.

    I wish I would have made this last night. Usually, I’m in such a hurry in the morning I just mix my muesli into my yogurt and eat it, but your way is definitely better.

  4. You are hilarious Karen! I love this story so much! Also, OMG, you have to go to bed earlier. I got tired just reading this! . . . That sounds bad. You totally kept me entertained! But I was exhausted thinking about you blogging with a baby!

  5. I haven’t been married that long, but we’ve definitely fallen into patterns of communication that are all our own. It feels so nice. I imagine many couples are like that.

    This sunny bowl of oats is lovely! Have great weekend, Karen.

  6. can you used rolled oats? i bought this big bag of rolled oats because they were on sale and i was like “i’m totally going to be the type of person that eats rolled oats.” then i got home and was like “actually, i don’t have a clue what to do with these” and they’ve been sitting in the cupboard ever since, lol!

    also, most yogurt does nothing for me either. noosa fills me up, but their containers are 8oz so it’s more yogurt. they also have twice as many calories as say, a regular little yoplait. but they also have more than twice as much protein. so since i can eat them as a standalone meal and they actually fill me up, i don’t stress about the calories too much. (and of course some flavors are more dessert-y than others.) or i could just not be a pig and eat half (the lids are resealable!) but…let’s be real i’m not doing that, haha.

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