No Cook Overnight Oatmeal Chia Breakfast Pudding

I have had a version of this recipe every day for breakfast the last 2 weeks, and I am a little obsessed.
I got the recipe from Oh She Glows, and she, too, is obsessed and warned that it could happen to me.  It did, so don’t say I didn’t warn YOU!
These are originally named Vegan Overnight Oats, but the ingredients are flexible, so they do not have to be vegan.  I renamed them because to me, it is a bit like eating a textured pudding since you eat them cold.
Just throw the ingredients together the night before, add a spoon of peanut butter or almond butter and some maple syrup (or agave) in the morning, and you have an instant, HEALTHY, and FILLING breakfast.
I was skeptical at first, but I am so glad I tried them!  They have been perfect to throw into a small mason jar with a lid and take as a “to go” breakfast or healthy snack.
They are incredibly filling, and there are all kinds of versions one could make. I have added ground flax seeds to make them even more healthy, and I have also added my protein shake powder in place of the banana a couple times.


Easy Overnight Oatmeal Chia Breakfast Pudding

PM Ingredients

1 banana, mashed

1/3 cup regular oats

2/3 cup almond milk (or regular, soy or coconut milk) 

2 Tbls Chia seeds

1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract


Mix all together in a bowl. Cover and refrigerate overnight.


AM Ingredients

peanut butter or almond butter

maple syrup, honey or agave nectar


Add to taste and serve cold.  Enjoy!


This nutritional information below includes:

 1/3 cup oats, 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk, 2 tablespoons chia seeds, and 1 small banana.



If you add 1 Tablespoon of ground flax, it brings the total to

 13 grams of fiber and 11 grams of protein!!

The peanut butter is even MORE protein.

Not a bad way to start the day!! No wonder this keeps me full clear up to lunch time!


How about a chocolate version? Chocolate Chia Oats are so good with any type of nut butter.


{my girls use the Chocolate Peanut Butter version as a super healthy apple dip!}


A little bit about:

Chia Seeds


Chia seeds and I are becoming fast friends.  Why?

~the are jammed packed with protein and minerals and healthy fats and fiber

~they provide more

plant based

Omega 3’s than any other food, even FLAX

~they have 5 GRAMS of fiber PER TABLESPOON!

~they are flavorless and dissolve in juice, soups, stews, shakes etc..

~they are FILLING!

What about you? Have you ever had chia oats?

Can you imagine eating your oats cold? I was skeptical, but then tried it and LOVE it.

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  • Anonymous
    March 21, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    I even found Chia seeds in Home Goods, Marshalls, TJ Maxx and almost every supermarket. They are becoming very popular.

  • Ashley
    June 12, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    I made this last night for breakfast this morning, and it was wonderful! Thanks so much for the awesome recipe!

  • Jenny
    June 3, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    Had this for breakfast today, very yummy.
    Thank you!

  • Alison
    May 3, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    I am curious about the serving size. Is this recipe for one serving or more? I ate all of it this am because it was so good but I didn’t know if I should have split it in half. 🙂

  • MamaKueg
    July 3, 2012 at 9:58 am

    I just made this! It’s wonderful. I eat oatmeal almost every morning, and this was such a nice change. It’s hitting 100 degrees every day this week, so the cold oatmeal is perfect.

    By the way, if anyone is still having trouble finding chia seeds, you can get them online at Amazon.

  • Tales from Goshen
    May 10, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    Are ground chia seeds the same thing? I saw that Whole Foods carries those, but I wasn’t sure if they were the same…

  • CeCe
    May 10, 2012 at 11:08 am

    I don’t like the idea of it being cold. Anyone eat it hot/warm?

  • Anonymous
    June 2, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    Fred Meyers/Krogers carries Chia seeds in their health food section. Also some stores have them in the bulk section. Thanks Amy for all the great tips!

  • Anonymous
    May 11, 2011 at 12:45 am

    Whole foods doesn’t have them!

  • Amy Bowman
    March 25, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    jenna-amazing way to start the day!

    destri-that is funny..I thought the same thing when I read the recipe!

    gen-HI!! Nope, Trader Joes does not have them. HyVee does in their organic section, any health food store should have them. Whole Foods I’m sure has them.

  • Anonymous
    March 24, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    Hi Amy-

    Do you know if Trader Joes has Chia Seeds?? Or somewhere else here in Omaha? I want to try this recipe this weekend:).


  • Destri
    March 14, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    How have I never heard of these? I have a friend who is always up on the latest healthy stuff, maybe just this once I can teach her something :). Sweet! Thanks dear

  • jenna
    March 14, 2011 at 1:55 am

    I found Oh She Glows through you and I’m so glad I did! I have the oatmeal or a green monster smoothie every morning now and I love them. Thanks for helping me find her. If you live in a town with a Sunflower Farmers Market, they have Chia in the bulk section for 6 bucks a pound! Sweet!

  • Amy Bowman
    March 13, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    Hi DaShannon
    That is funny! She is great…love her blog and recipes.
    I just added a link to Chia seeds on Amazon in the post (click on the bag of chia seeds) or most health food stores have them.

  • DaShannon
    March 13, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    I just found her blog this morning how serendipitous is that? And where might I find chia seeds?

    • Jeannine
      March 20, 2012 at 12:38 pm

      This brand is available at Whole Foods, & you can find them also at health food stores. I think they are with the grains like oats, spelt, etc.