Overnight Chia Oatmeal

overnight chia oatmeal

I realize that chia pudding falls in the love-it-or-hate-it category.

I definitely belong in the former group. I can’t get enough of the cold, creamy, almost jelly-like pudding (my favorite is coconut chia pudding). And it’s incredibly healthy, which is not something I can say about my other breakfast favorites.

I recently experimented with chia pudding by combining it with another breakfast staple: overnight oats. They’re pretty similar already – you have to soak both in your preferred dairy overnight, chill in the fridge, and by morning the chia seeds and the oatmeal will have absorbed the liquid and whatever other flavors you add.

overnight chia oatmeal pudding

I used uncooked old-fashioned oats, chia seeds, 1% milk, half a chopped apple, a handful of walnuts and cranberries, and a drizzle of honey. The resulting concoction was a pudding with plenty of texture. Some chewiness, some crunch, and a lot of deliciousness.

For those unfamiliar with chia seeds, it’s one of the health world’s newest darlings because it’s a great source of protein and omega 3s. When the seeds get soaked in liquid for a few hours or overnight, it plumps up with a gelatinous coating, magically transforming the slightly weird looking mixture into pudding.

This is the perfect weekday breakfast for me, because I do all the prep work the night before and I don’t need to rush in the mornings. I love this breakfast because it has the one-two punch of chia and oatmeal, both of which keeps me full for hours. The addition of fruit and healthy fats from the walnuts is an added bonus.

overnight chia pudding in jar chia oatmeal

If you’re just starting out with chia seeds, you can decrease the amount and increase the oatmeal. It’s easy to customize the flavors to your liking – use almond milk or soy milk, add a different fruit (blueberries or a chopped banana would be great), different nuts. You can also try my favorite Coconut Chia Pudding – it tastes like dessert!

Yield: 1 serving

Overnight Chia Oatmeal


2 tablespoons chia seeds
1/4 cup old-fashioned oats
1 cup milk (I used 1% milk)
1/2 apple, chopped
1 tablespoon walnuts, chopped
1 tablespoon dried cranberries
1 teaspoon honey


  1. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl or covered container and mix well.
  2. Chill in the for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight.

overnight oats with chia

If you really can’t get behind the chia pudding craze but still want a healthy and delicious breakfast, may I suggest this Chocolate Cherry Smoothie instead? It has all the flavors of Cherry Garcia ice cream, but it’s much more nutritious. That’s going to be hard not to like.


35 Responses to “Overnight Chia Oatmeal”

  1. #
    Sues posted July 10, 2014 at 9:05 am

    I love it! And I especially love that this one involves apples and cranberries :)

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet posted July 10, 2014 at 11:15 am

    This is my favorite kind of summer breakfast! Lately I must have it with blueberries:-)

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      Bianca Garcia posted July 11, 2014 at 9:13 am

      I had it today with blueberries, too – so good!

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    Alyssa @ My Sequined Life posted July 10, 2014 at 11:18 am

    Love this combination of flavors! Breakfasts you can prep the night before are the best!

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      Bianca Garcia posted July 11, 2014 at 9:13 am

      Thanks, Alyssa! I hate rushing in the morning so having breakfast ready to go is really nice :)

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert posted July 10, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    I like slimy chia pudding too! This sounds like a wonderful combination – good one!

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      Bianca Garcia posted July 11, 2014 at 9:14 am

      Hehe slimy indeed! But oh so good :)

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    PassTheKnife posted July 10, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    I’ve been doing the chia/oatmeal thing too lately! Such a great breakfast! I usually add some nonfat greek yogurt for some tang and more creaminess. I tried your Chocolate Cherry Smoothie— it was heavenly!!

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      Bianca Garcia posted July 11, 2014 at 9:14 am

      Yay I’m glad you tried the smoothie! I will add some Greek yogurt next time :)

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    Vicky & Ruth- May I Have That Recipe posted July 10, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    We love overnight chia oatmeal! We make it all the time!

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    Happy Valley Chow posted July 10, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    What a delicious recipe, very creative with tons of great flavors. Thanks for sharing :)

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

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    Meghan posted July 10, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    We’re big on chia seeds in smoothies! I love the texture!

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      Bianca Garcia posted July 11, 2014 at 9:16 am

      I actually have never added chia seeds in a smoothie – I will definitely try next time!

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    Leah | So, How's It Taste? posted July 10, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    Yum! Love how healthy this is and easy to make!

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      Bianca Garcia posted July 11, 2014 at 9:16 am

      It has the right amount of sweetness, too – perfect for people with a giant sweet tooth like you and me :)

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    Dana @ Simply Romanesco posted July 11, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    What a great recipe, Bianca! So simple yet full of flavor; the perfect breakfast :)

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    Ceara @ Ceara's Kitchen posted July 11, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    I love overnight oats – the texture, the creaminess, the taste – everything!!!! I have not yet tried them with apple chunks and I am sure it would taste amazing!!! Pinned and can’t wait to try :)

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    Thalia @ butter and brioche posted July 12, 2014 at 2:35 am

    Yum! this looks like the perfect breakfast.. definitely see myself making the recipe. thanks for sharing!

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    whatjessicabakednext posted July 12, 2014 at 5:24 am

    Love the idea of overnight oats- so delicious!

  14. #
    Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella posted July 13, 2014 at 6:00 am

    I really love chia seeds-not only are they healthy but they’re so versatile!

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    Lilli @ Sugar and Cinnamon posted July 13, 2014 at 6:44 am

    I’m still on the fence with chia pudding but I really really want to love it! There’s lots of yummy flavours in here so i bet I would love this!

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    Barbara posted July 13, 2014 at 7:15 am

    Love chia seeds! What a great idea for breakfast and I’d top with some fresh fruit.

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    The Squishy Monster posted July 13, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    I love the addition of oats in this, I never thought to do that but what a great idea!

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    Consuelo - Honey & Figs posted July 13, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    I’ve never had chia pudding but I love all things oatmeal so I’m pretty sure I’d be a big fan of this! It looks amazing Bianca!

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    Ashley Cote posted July 13, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    I love chia in any form and this pudding looks incredble! I really love the crunch and texture that chia seeds add to any meal. I like the throw them in everything and this pudding is the perfect breakfast or dessert :)

  20. #
    Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes posted July 13, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    I’ve never had chia pudding before, but I can see it falling in the “love it” category for me! Looks awesome!

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    Amy @ Elephant Eats posted July 14, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    I keep meaning to give chia seeds another try. I think I didn’t let them soak enough…but I’ve got a pack of them in my pantry so i will try this!!! It does look creamy and delicious :)

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    Ashley posted July 14, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    I am an oatmeal nut but I still have yet to try overnight oats. I don’t even have a good reason for it! haha I loveee chia seeds and this sounds absolutely delicious – it may be time for me to finally make it happen!! :)

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    Shashi @ runninsrilankan posted July 15, 2014 at 11:35 am

    I have been wanting to combine chia with overnight oats for the longest time – THANK YOU for getting the quantities correct – love the consistency of this easy and healthy breakfast!

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    Natalie @ Tastes Lovely posted July 15, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    I love chia seeds! What a smart idea to add them to your overnight breakfast oats. So, I’m bad, and I’ve never actually tried overnight oats before. Eeek! I know. But you’ve inspired me to give them a try. What a fun and easy breakfast to grab on the way out the door in the morning.

  25. #
    grace posted July 17, 2014 at 8:13 am

    chia is so neat. i’m glad someone decided we COULD eat it and everyone else decided we should. :)

  26. #
    Jen @ Yummy Healthy Easy posted July 18, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    I’ve been meaning to try Chia pudding, love this chia oatmeal! I have a giant bag I need to use up, so I’ll be trying this soon!

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