5 Mornings Of Overnight Oats: A Full-Stomach Review

In the age of fast paced lives and an encouraging emphasis on productivity, people are often seeking ways to make their lives easier and simpler. From the moment our alarm clocks ring in the morning, our brains are functioning again and organizing the day’s to-do list.

With the number of things we must accomplish through the course of the day remains imprinted in our minds, breakfast can become a meal that is easily skipped.

Overnight oats has been advertised as the perfect breakfast hack. Preparing a few ingredients, allowing the flavors to mix together while sleeping, you will be able to wake up to a healthy and satisfying breakfast that is ready to enjoy.

But how delicious are overnight oats? And which flavors are the tastiest?

Writing Colorfully made overnight oats five days in a row. A review of each flavor, along with the recipe, is highlighted below. All recipes were discovered on Pinterest, which is home to numerous flavors.

The five flavors I picked were cherry vanilla, peaches and cream, clementine and cocoa, butterscotch French toast, and banana coconut cream pie.

Scroll to learn more about these recipes, see a gallery of the building process along with the final result, as well as my review of each. Click the links to visit the webpages of where I found these recipes.


Cherry Vanilla Dark Chocolate

  • 1/2 cup plain, non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon flax meal
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup pitted, chopped cherries
  • 1 tablespoon chopped dark chocolate

This recipe called for a pinch of salt, chia seeds, and flax meal which I had excluded from the recipe. My store was not currently selling fresh picked cherries from the farm, so I had to purchase a jar of Maraschino cherries instead. I also substituted dark chocolate for Hershey’s chocolate chips. This recipe allows room to add your favorite chocolate.

I was excited for this flavor of overnight oats because of the Greek yogurt, cherries, and the chocolate. This is definitely one of my favorite flavors I had test tasted this past week. There is a noticeable sweetness as the ingredients blend together, but is nothing too rich for the early hours of the morning. This version of oats had a thickness to it that I appreciated. I would love to make this flavor again!

Also, in the preparation process, the red cherries added a nice burst of color.

Peaches & Cream

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 6 tablespoons milk
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup fresh, chopped peaches
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon honey

The recipe called for half and half, which I excluded from the recipe.
Supposedly, this helps with a thick or thin consistency.

This flavor was another hit for me! I enjoyed the thickness of this version, thanks to the Greek yogurt. I also changed a few measurements and added an additional ingredient. First, I used two tablespoons of honey rather than one and topped the recipe off with brown sugar. This flavor was another one of my favorites, even as someone with shifting tastebuds toward peaches.

Clementine and Cocoa

  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup peeled clementine sections, check and remove seeds
  • Slivered almonds for topping

This recipe calls for slivered almonds to top, which are optional.

I mixed up this recipe a bit too, using sweetened cocoa powder, Greek yogurt, and two teaspoons of maple syrup. When eaten, I could taste the cocoa flavor, but the color was a lighter brown compared to the chocolatey darkness that the recipe images suggested. You can find those images at the link above. I liked the crunchy, nutty taste that was added to this overnight oat version, through the help of the almonds.

Butterscotch French Toast

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup of milk
  • 1/3 cup of butterscotch chips
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Chopped fruit for topping

The recipe used organic milk, but any milk of your choice will suffice. 
Fruit topping is optional. Instead of butterscotch chips, I used peanut butter chips.

This was a version of overnight oats where I added some extra ingredients. First, since I have come to find that I enjoy a thicker consistency of oats, I added some plain Greek yogurt to help. I also substituted butterscotch chips with peanut butter chips, and increased the amount of syrup, doubling the ingredient. While I did not add an optional fruit topping, I did use coconut shavings, an ingredient found in the banana coconut cream pie version.

Overall, this did not taste like French toast or boast a strong peanut butter flavor. This was more of a simple version of overnight oats. This was one of my least favorites.

Banana Coconut Cream Pie

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1/4 coconut chips
  • 1/2 banana

This recipe called for a packet of stevia, but I excluded that from the recipe. I also used whole milk instead of coconut milk. Feel free to swap your choice of milk as necessary.

Unlike what the recipe suggests, which was to top with bananas the next morning, I would suggest incorporating the bananas to the jar and have them soak and blend along with the other ingredients. Out of all the mornings, this was my least favorite flavor. A banana lover, however, would be sure to enjoy this one most!

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