The best milks to use when making overnight oats

If you’re new to overnight oats, perfecting the ratio of oatmeal mix to liquid can take some trial and error. With our pre-packaged servings, there’s no guessing game— and no soupy oats for breakfast! But there are a *lot* of different options when it comes to choosing the best milk from cow’s milk to plant-based alternatives like nut and soy milks. Here are some of the best milk options and why we love them:


Soy milk

For anyone living a vegan plant-based lifestyle, soy milk can be a simple and easy way to add even more protein into your diet. Most soy milks are gluten-free, too! Add soy milk to your overnight oats for a super creamy texture with a more neutral flavor.


Try it with: Apple Cinnamon

Almond milk

There is something about the subtle nuttiness of almond milk that makes overnight oats extra delicious! It’s not quite as creamy as some other milks, but it does pack a little more flavor.

Try it with: Almond Berry


Oat milk

Oat milk for overnight oats? A bit on the nose, but absolutely delicious! Like soy milk, oat milk also offers more protein than some other options, though not quite as much as soy. It’s also creamier than nut milks, and way more environmentally-friendly!


Try it with: Cranberry Walnut


Cashew milk

If you’re looking for a plant-based alternative to a 2% or whole cow’s milk option, try adding cashew milk to your overnight oats mix! Cashew milk is also a great way to get your daily intake of healthy fats, as well as other nutrients like magnesium, iron, and potassium.


Try it with: Oatmeal Raisin

Coconut milk

Making your overnight oats with coconut milk is another great plant-based alternative to a higher fat cow’s milk. Coconut milk will add a ton of creaminess and body to your oats, plus the yummy taste of coconut! We think it's a perfect match with mix-ins like chocolate or other fruits.

Try it with: Banana Chip


Cow’s milk

The classic milk option! Cow’s milk offers a good amount of daily protein and calcium, and has numerous options in terms of fat content and creaminess. It’s also quite neutral in terms of flavor so it is a great option for any choice of overnight oat mix-ins.

Try it with: Oatmeal Raisin


Bonus: Yogurt (mixed with water)

If you’re feeling super adventurous, you can also use yogurt as a mix for your overnight oats! We suggest watering it down so it has more of a milk consistency to avoid super clumpy, sticky oats. Give it a try with cow’s milk yogurt, lactose-free options, or any plant-based yogurt alternative.

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