$1.25 and 3 Minute Overnight Oats

$1.25 and 3 Minute Overnight Oats

For too long I lived my life under the false impression that oats are bad for you. I associated oats with carbs and carbs with unhealthy. Then I compared this belief to my eating values – unprocessed ingredients with minimal, all-natural sweetener – and saw that it was completely unfounded. Organic rolled oats were not something to be avoided, but to be enjoyed in moderation like all good food! This quick, healthy, affordable, and delicious overnight oats recipe along with my $0.50 and 5 Minute Oat Breakfast Cake recipe is a product of this change of heart and have transformed breakfast in the Cafe4111 kitchen.

Overnight Oats Recipe

$1.25 and 3 Minute Overnight Oats

Overnight oats is the perfect way to have breakfast ready BEFORE you wake up!
Prep Time3 mins
Total Time3 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: overnight oats
Servings: 1 bowl
Calories: 400kcal
Author: apartmentchefnick
Cost: $1.25


  • Small bowl
  • Spoon for mixing


  • 1/2 cup milk (any kind will do)
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 tsp your choice of spice (cocoa powder and cinnamon are my favorite!)
  • 1/16 tsp salt (aka a sprinkle of salt)



  • Add all ingredients into the small bowl in any order.
  • Mix with a spoon until evenly combined.
  • Put in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
  • Enjoy!
Chocolate Oats with Banana
A delicious bowl of overnight oats with banana, unsweetened coconut flakes, and walnuts!


Ingredients: If needed you can swap the chia seeds for flax seeds at a 1:1 ratio. In my opinion, flax is a stronger flavor while chia is more neutral. I prefer to use chia and let the spices do the talking!

Step 3 – You need an hour to allow the oats and chia to absorb the milk. This will give you that oatmeal texture without turning on the stove or the microwave!

I usually do steps 1 and 2 right before going to bed so that they’re ready when I roll out of bed in the morning. Hence Overnight Oats!


  • 1/2 cup whole milk ~ $0.25
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats ~ $0.25
  • 2 TBSP unsweetened coconut flakes ~ $0.15
  • 1 TBSP chia seeds ~ $0.10
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder ~ $0.10
  • <1/16 tsp of salt – negligible
  • Toppings ~ $0.50

Cost per serving ~ $1.25


You’re running out of good excuses not to start off your day with a healthy, delicious breakfast. These $1.25 and 3 Minute Overnight Oats prove once again that your first meal of the day can be quick and affordable. Plus now you’ve got a couple great options to keep your palate to keep your palate entertained!

Happy breakfasting!

As always, make informed food decisions. Know your ingredients, know your costs!

PB and Chocolate Overnight Oats
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