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Busy mornings call for Cinnamon Overnight Oats! This healthy and quick breakfast is made without yogurt, is vegan-friendly and can easily be made ahead of time and eaten on the go.
The last thing you want to do when you wake up on a chaotic Monday morning is to make breakfast, right? Thankfully, these Cinnamon Overnight Oats are ready to eat before you even get up!
This overnight oats recipe is cozy and filling thanks to a handful of simple ingredients. Rolled oats, dairy free milk, maple syrup, chocolate chips, and cinnamon are transformed into a delicious meal that always keeps you full for hours (just like my coffee overnight oats and PB&J overnight oats). Plus, you can’t beat the convenience of grabbing a jar and heading out the door!
- This recipe is made without yogurt, but can easily be customized to your liking.
- It’s a naturally dairy free, vegan, and gluten free meal prep recipe.
- A quick, simple, and filling breakfast you can prepare days ahead of time.
- Rolled oats - Old fashioned oats (AKA rolled oats) are my favorite in overnight oat recipes because they soften without getting soggy. They’re the best choice over steel cut oats or quick oats.
- Cinnamon - You can even add a cinnamon stick for a gorgeous presentation.
- Almond milk - Any dairy free milk or regular milk will work.
- Maple syrup - The warmth and sweetness from maple syrup will balance each bite. Honey, cane sugar, brown sugar, or stevia works too!
- Vanilla extract - Optional, but so warm and delicious.
- Chocolate chips - To give this healthy breakfast some pizazz.
Step 1: Stir everything together. Stir the milk, maple syrup, and vanilla extract together in a bowl. Whisk in the oats, cinnamon, and chocolate chips next.
Step 2: Store in jars. Pour the mixture into small mason jars (or leave it in the bowl) and place in the fridge overnight.
Step 3: Enjoy! Top the soaked oatmeal with sliced bananas the next day and dig in!
Tips and FAQs
- If you need the overnight oats to be gluten free, make sure the rolled oats you use are certified gluten free.
- Top each jar of oats with sliced bananas, chopped apples, fresh berries, cinnamon raisin granola, whipped cream, or homemade jam for a boost of flavor.
- Want to replicate your favorite cinnamon rolls? Add a drizzle of vanilla glaze on top to give your cinnamon roll overnight oats a burst of sweetness!
- For one serving, store the oats in one 16-ounce mason jar. If you prefer smaller servings, pour the oat mixture into two 8-ounce mason jars.
What else can you add to overnight oats?
Chopped apples and bananas pair so well with cinnamon and oats. You could also stir in chia seeds, hemp seeds, protein powder, cocoa powder, Greek yogurt, vegan yogurt, or peanut butter to give the taste and texture a boost.
How long can overnight oats be stored in the fridge?
Cinnamon overnight oats will keep for about 5 days when kept in sealed glass jars in the fridge.
Can overnight oats be frozen?
Yes! You can double or triple the recipe and freeze them in sealedsingle serving jars. Just let them thaw overnight in the fridge, then enjoy the next day.
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Cinnamon Overnight Oats
- Stir the milk, syrup and vanilla together in a bowl. Then, add the oats, cinnamon and chocolate chips and stir to combine.
- Pour the mixture into a jar (or leave it in the bowl) and place it in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours, but preferably overnight. Enjoy!
UPDATE NOTE: This post was originally published in May 2015. It was updated with new text and photos in January 2022.