Made with the welcome boost of cold brew, these Coffee Overnight Oats are an easy make-ahead breakfast to keep you full and energetic all morning long.
Here it is: the breakfast that will save you every time you forget to set the auto timer on the coffee maker. Coffee Overnight Oats are made with rolled oats, dairy free milk, protein, and tasty add-ins just like every delicious overnight oats recipe. Except for this time, I added a boost of caffeine!
I love the flexibility of overnight oats. You can mix in practically anything you love, like pumpkin and even strawberries and bananas. Healthy or not, they’re always the perfect breakfast or filling snack.
Overnight oats with coffee not only negates the need to stop for the $6 coffee on your way to work, but it cuts out two time-sucking tasks in the morning: cooking breakfast and making coffee. Keep a few jars in your fridge at all times so no matter if you’re late or on time, breakfast is always ready.
- Eat them as a quick breakfast, after a workout, or for a protein-packed snack.
- They’re so easy to customize! Add in chocolate, protein powder, or swap the coffee for espresso.
- Adding a little caffeine, like cold brew, to these oats starts your morning off on the right foot.
- Oats - Rolled or old fashioned oats are best or use a gluten free alternative. Just don’t use quick oats or else they’ll soak up the liquid right away and turn to mush.
- Coffee - I like cold brew but brewed coffee, decaf, or espresso works too.
- Dairy free milk - Vanilla almond milk helps this breakfast taste like a vanilla latte. However, my second choice of milk would be oat milk.
- Chia seeds - For healthy omega 3’s and protein.
- Nut butter - Protein-packed almond butter, cashew butter, tahini, or peanut butter are all great options.
- Maple syrup - For just a touch of sweetness. Feel free to use honey or agave syrup instead.
Step 1: Combine the wet ingredients. Whisk the syrup, nut butter, vanilla, coffee, and milk together in a large bowl.
Step 2: Add the dry ingredients. Add the oats, chia seeds, and protein powder to the same bowl.
Step 3: Refrigerate overnight. Transfer the oat mixture to a bowl or jars and store in the fridge. Enjoy after a few hours or the next day!
Expert tips and FAQs
- Protein powder or collagen are always welcome in overnight oats to make them extra filling.
- Craving mocha overnight oats? Add cocoa powder or chocolate protein powder to the dry ingredients.
What can I add to overnight oats?
Any of these add-ins or toppings will give your coffee overnight oats the best flavors:
- Cocoa powder
- Chocolate chips
- Hemp hearts
- A drizzle of honey
- Whipped cream
- Pumpkin pie spice
- Sea salt
- Chocolate syrup
How quickly can I eat this?
The oats are ready to go after about 2 hours. This gives them time to soak up the liquid and soften so you aren’t eating crunchy oats and chia seeds.
How long do overnight oats last?
When covered and stored in the fridge, overnight oats will last for about 3 to 5 days. The oats will continue to soften and soak up the liquid as they sit, so you may need to pour in some extra milk.
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Coffee Overnight Oats
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon almond butter or any nut butter
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ⅔ cup cold brew coffee or brewed coffee
- ¾ cup vanilla almond milk or milk of choice
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 2 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 scoop protein powder optional
- Whisk syrup, nut butter, vanilla, coffee, and milk together in a large bowl.
- Add the oats, chia seeds and protein powder (optional) to the same bowl and stir to combine.
- Transfer the oat mixture to a smaller bowl or jar and place it in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, but preferably overnight, which will allow the oats to soften. Enjoy!