Overnight Oats for a Crowd
Overnight oats are brilliant! Convenient, simple, wholesome. But when you are feeding lots of people, those individual jars are too tedious. Here is our simple hack and some of our favorite recipes.
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Have you tried overnight oats? I remember when the original post first swept Pinterest. It was brilliant, simple, and almost didn’t work for me. Those individual jars are cute, but for anyone feeding more than 1.5 people or trying to make oatmeal to last the week, it might feel tedious.
Sure, you follow the recipes, but they essentially tell you to sweeten the oatmeal to taste and figure out what works for you. First of all, I love recipes like that. Second, I don’t want to spend the time taste-testing each little oatmeal jar. I’ve read a lot of posts on overnight oatmeal, but none of them addressed feeding a crowd.
Here’s a Secret (It’s Not Really)
Use a big bowl, add liquid and sweetener to taste, then either cover and refrigerate the bowl or spoon it into individual jars. That way you can still take a cutesy mason jar picture for Instagram.
Not that I encourage the perfect-life facade. I’m just sayin’.
So here is my solution. It’s not brilliant, by any means, but since I haven’t seen it anywhere else, I think it’s worth sharing. Because it’s easy, it’s cheap, and it’s fast. – 3 qualities that more often herald a bad dating relationship than healthy food that feeds a crowd.
This recipe doesn't use measurements because you don't need any! For fun flavor combinations, see the list below this recipe.
- Oats (quick or old-fashioned)
- Liquid (see Recipe Notes for suggestions)
- Sweetener (see Recipe Notes for suggestions)
- Pinch of salt (optional)
- Add-ins (see Recipe Notes for suggestions - excuse the repetition)
Take a large bowl or container with a lid, and fill it about halfway with oats.
Add liquid until oats are just barely covered. Add optional salt and some sweetener (better to add less than you need at first).
Stir well. Taste test, and add more sweetener if needed.
Option 1: Cover your bowl and refrigerate it. It will keep for up to 3 days. When ready to serve, set out a variety of add-ins and let everyone spoon out a bowl of oatmeal and flavor it as desired.
Option 2: Stir in whatever add-ins you desire then cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.
Option 3: Divide the oatmeal into jars and flavor them individually. Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.
Heads up - this list contains affiliate links, which means I receive a small compensation if you make a purchase using the links. You can view my full disclosure policy here.
- Liquids - Any kind of dairy or non-dairy milk (dairy and almond are my favorites), plain or flavored kefir, Greek yogurt and milk/water, plain yogurt and milk/water, flavored yogurt and milk/water.
- Sweetener - Whatever you like! Raw honey, maple syrup, sugar, brown sugar, coconut sugar, evaporated cane juice, sucanat, rapadura (those last two links are for educational purposes in case you don't know what those sweeteners are - I've never purchased those particular brands), date paste (not an affiliate link; just a recipe), stevia, molasses (use with another sweetener as molasses has a very strong flavor). Consider what add-ins you will use when choosing your sweetener. For example, if you're making raspberry oatmeal, you might not want to use molasses. However, molasses tastes great with apple cinnamon oats.
- Add-ins - Chopped nuts, chia seeds, ground flax seeds, hemp hearts, chopped fruit (almost any kind), cocoa powder, protein powder, collagen powder, superfood powders (matcha, cacao, baobab and other words I can't pronounce), etc.
Fun Flavor Combinations:
Try the flavor combinations in these recipes!
- 5 Recipes from Chocolate Covered Katie
- Peanut Butter Oats from Minimalist Baker
- 8 Classic Overnight Oats Recipes from Wholefully
- Or just search “overnight oats” on Pinterest and find every recipe you can imagine.
More Easy Make-Ahead Breakfasts: