Overnight oats

Overnight Oats

Nancy Martz, Apples to Zucchini Cooking School
What’s better than waking up and being one minute away from a warm, delicious breakfast that will keep you satisfied until lunch? If that sounds like a dream, try this super-simple recipe for Overnight Oats from Nancy Martz of Apples to Zucchini Cooking School.You may already have everything you need on hand - the basic recipe is just steel-cut or rolled oats and your favorite plant-based milk. Here are a few flavor combinations we love:
• Sliced apples with cinnamon and walnuts
•Blueberries and strawberries with hemp seeds
• Cranberries and coconut with chia seeds
• Banana walnut with flax seeds
What will you put in your oats?
Course Breakfast


Must haves

  • Steel-cut or rolled oats. Do not use quick-cooking oats.
  • Jar or container with lid
  • Water or plant-based milk of choice

Optional add-ins

  • Cinnamon
  • Date or Agave syrup
  • Flax Hemp, and/or Chia Seeds
  • Diced dried fruit and berries or unsweetened shredded coconut
  • Slivered almonds or crushed cashews walnuts, or macadamia nuts
  • Fresh fruits


  • Fill jar half way with oats (approximately 1/2 cup per serving)
  • Add optional ingredients.
  • For a one-quart jar, here are some guidelines (will make approximately 2 1/2 servings)
  • use up to 1 Tbsp each of seeds
  • up to ½ Tbsp cinnamon
  • ¼ cup dried fruit
  • ¼ cup nuts
  • Shake and roll jar to mix ingredients.
  • Fill jar to top with liquid (approximately 1/2 cup per serving).
  • Secure lid, and shake again to distribute ingredients
  • Place in refrigerator overnight.
  • When ready to eat, scoop a serving into bowl with 1/3 cup plant-based milk and heat in microwave for one minute. Or heat on stove, with extra liquid.
  • Top with fresh fruit.


  • Remember, do not use quick-cook oats!
  • You can enjoy Overnight Oats hot or cold!
  • Get creative and mix up your toppings to encourage eating the rainbow!
Nancy Martz is the Executive Director of Apples to Zucchini Cooking School, whose mission is to teach children and their families how to prepare delicious, nutritious, affordable meals made from real food. Join Apples to Zucchini Cooking School for live, in-person, outdoor classes! Visit www.atozcookingschool.org for more information and registration.