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With only five minutes prep and packed with protein and fibre, this versatile overnight oats recipe is a super simple and delicious way to start your day.

  • Serves4
  • Prep time5 minutes, + overnight soaking
Overnight oats in a glasses resplendent with fresh fruit

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups (135g) Coles Traditional Wholegrain Rolled Oats
  • 1/3 cup (60g) flaxseeds
  • 1 1/4 cup (310ml) skim milk
  • 1 cup (280g) Coles Simply Light Greek Style Yoghurt
  • 150g blueberries
  • 150g raspberries
  • 150g strawberries, quartered
  • 150g blackberries

Nutritional information

Per serve: Energy: 1654kJ/396 Cals (19%), Protein: 16g (32%), Fat: 12g (17%), Sat Fat: 2g (8%), Sodium: 96mg (5%), Carb: 48g (15%), Sugar: 26g (29%), Dietary Fibre: 16g (53%).

Check ingredient labels to make sure they meet your specific dietary requirements and always consult a health professional before changing your diet. View dietary information here.

Percentage Daily Intake information on our recipes is calculated using the nutrition reference values for an average Australian adult.

Method

  1. Step 1

    Combine the oats and flaxseed in a large bowl. Add the milk and yoghurt, stir to combine.

  2. Step 2

    Cover with plastic wrap. Place in the fridge overnight to soak.

  3. Step 3

    Spoon half the combined berries among four glasses or jars. Divide the oat mixture evenly over the fruit and top with the remaining fruit.

Recipe tip

COOK. STORE. SAVE.
Smart swap:
You can substitute fresh berries for frozen berries, a tropical fruit mix of pineapple, passionfruit and papaya, or pear or mango.

Clever storage: Transfer the remaining oats to an airtight container and store them in a cool dark place or the fridge. Linseeds are high in omega-3 fatty oils, which are best stored in the fridge.

Use it up: Oats are not only for breakfast! They can also be used in baked treats, such as these wholesome oat cookies or an apricot and oat muesli slice.

Make this overnight oats recipe to enjoy as part of your morning routine

The breakfast choice of the Scots for over 5000 years, oats are a great way of kicking off your day. Whether in the form of a classic porridge, bircher muesli or blender pancakes, their dense nutritional profile provides a low GI breakfast that will keep you full until lunch. 

What are overnight oats? Essentially oats that have been soaked. The simplest – almost magical way – of preparing this healthy oats recipe is to soak them in liquid overnight. We have added a handful of flaxseeds to this overnight oats healthy breakfast and then topped the ingredients with milk and yoghurt. 

Start your day right with more easy breakfast recipes from our collection, including quick breakfast ideas for when you need to get out the door and toddler breakfast ideas for tiny tummies. 

Can I use different types of oats in this healthy overnight oats recipe?

Oats can be bought in three main forms, all differing in size, shape and cooking times. First, we have steel-cut oats. These are the least refined, with only the inedible husk removed before the remaining groats are chopped into finer pieces with steel blades. Taking about 30 minutes to cook, steel-cut oats aren’t ideal for overnight oats as they become chewy (not creamy) and are best used for a traditional porridge recipe. 

Quick oats, also known as instant oats, are the most processed of the three as they are steamed before being pressed between rollers. Super handy for porridge in a minute, they aren’t suited for overnight oats as they lose texture and become mushy. 

The third type, rolled oats (also known as old-fashioned oats) have also been steamed before rolling, but for not as long as instant oats, making them perfect for simple overnight oats. 

Tips for how to make overnight oats

An important step when soaking oats overnight is to measure your ingredients correctly to ensure the ratio of oats to liquid is enough for the oats to be submerged. While you can use milk to soften the oats, we add yoghurt as it not only provides a rich tang but also thickens the mixture. If you decide to use plant-based milk, check the ingredients. Some brands have added thickeners, emulsifiers or even oil to give the milk a thicker mouthfeel, which may interrupt the soaking. And remember to give the oats a good stir before topping them with berries.

What are some other overnight oat flavours?

Another great aspect of this recipe for overnight oats is that you can make it as simple or elaborate as you want. We’ve simply topped them with fresh berries, but you could also sweeten this dish with a natural sugar like honey, maple or agave syrup. For a chocolate twist, try whisking some cacao into the milk before adding it to the oats. You can also give the oats a quick burst in the microwave for a more porridge feel. Serving it up for guests? Make breakfast in a jar by soaking the oats in individual glasses or mason jars. You could also make a stewed rhubarb or frozen berry compote to top the oats before serving.

FAQs

      Overnight oats

      Overnight oats
      • Serves4
      • Prep time5 minutes, + overnight soaking
      Ingredients
      • 1 1/2 cups (135g) Coles Traditional Wholegrain Rolled Oats
      • 1/3 cup (60g) flaxseeds
      • 1 1/4 cup (310ml) skim milk
      • 1 cup (280g) Coles Simply Light Greek Style Yoghurt
      • 150g blueberries
      • 150g raspberries
      • 150g strawberries, quartered
      • 150g blackberries
        Description

        With only five minutes prep and packed with protein and fibre, this versatile overnight oats recipe is a super simple and delicious way to start your day.

        Method
        1. Step 1

          Combine the oats and flaxseed in a large bowl. Add the milk and yoghurt, stir to combine.

        2. Step 2

          Cover with plastic wrap. Place in the fridge overnight to soak.

        3. Step 3

          Spoon half the combined berries among four glasses or jars. Divide the oat mixture evenly over the fruit and top with the remaining fruit.