Kendall Reagan Nutrition Center Recipe of the Month – Customizable overnight oats

Start your day off with a convenient and healthy breakfast of customizable overnight oats! This recipe is prepared in the evening for an on-the-go breakfast.Mug of customizable oats with fruit on a wooden board.

Serving Size: 1 cup

Yield: 1 serving

Ingredients for “base recipe”:

  • 1/2 cup rolled old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup milk of choice (low-fat milk or unsweetened oat milk or almond milk)

Optional ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup yogurt of choice
  • 1/2 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon sweetener of choice (honey or maple syrup)
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Place oats, milk, and optional yogurt, chia seeds, sweetener, and vanilla extract into a mason jar or food storage container with a lid.
  2. Shake until all ingredients are combined.
  3. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight. Toppings can be mixed in before refrigeration or added immediately before serving.
  4. Remove lid and serve. May be enjoyed cold or heated within two days with fruit mix-ins or up to five days without.

*This recipe can be used for meal prep! Prepare a batch without fruit mix-ins and add fruit toppings when you are ready to enjoy as breakfast or a snack throughout the week.

Suggested Topping Combinations

Nut Butter and Preserves

Cinnamon Apple

Banana Nut

Chocolate Almond Peanut

Blueberry Muffin

1 tbsp. nut butter of choice

1/4 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tbsp. semisweet chocolate chips

1/4 tsp. cinnamon

1 tbsp. fruit preserve of choice

1 tbsp. pecans, chopped

1 tbsp. walnuts, crushed

1 tbsp. almonds, chopped

1 tbsp. walnuts, crushed

¼ cup berry of choice

1/4 cup apples, diced

1/2 banana, sliced

1/4 coconut, shredded

1/4 cup blueberries

Nutrition Information / Amount per serving

Calories – 240

Total fat – 4 g

Saturated fat – 1 g

Cholesterol – 6 mg

Sugars – 7 g

Protein – 10 g

Total Carbohydrates – 40 g

Dietary Fiber – 5 g

Sodium – 54 mg

Added Sugars – 0 g

For more delicious recipes, nutrition tips, and cooking and nutrition classes, contact the Kendall Reagan Nutrition Center at (970) 495-5916 or see the KRNC website. More health tips are also available at the College of Health and Human Sciences Pinterest board. Lastly, don’t forget to sign up for the KRNC monthly newsletter!

The Kendall Reagan Nutrition Center is in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, part of CSU’s College of Health and Human Sciences.

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