Gingerbread Overnight Oats are a fun way to start the day off with a tasty breakfast that you can meal prep for the entire week in just five minutes.
This recipe was first featured in our 2019 Christmas in July on Day 25. It was such fun ride getting a taste of the season to come! Thoughts of: “What are you going to make? Did you get inspiration? Did you go to Pinterest on those hot days and start dreaming of snowflakes falling and cooking baking?” got all going.
We created a Christmas in July Pinterest Board so you can easily find what you want all in one spot. https://www.pinterest.com/savorandsavvy/christmas-in-july/
If you have never tried overnight oats, here is your chance! People often ask “what does that taste like?” Overnight oats are smooth and have a creamy ice cream or pudding texture. They are best served chilled and it feels more like you are eating a dessert rather than a nutritious breakfast.
Whether you are are in the mood for something festive as the holidays near or just want something different, these are perfect. They only need a few ingredients, but the flavor is insanely good.
Old Fashioned Oats: Of course, you can’t have overnight oats without the oats! We recommend old fashioned because they give you an excellent result every time.
Spices: Use a combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger. I need to warn you…it’s AMAZING! You can adjust the spices to fit your taste buds.
Molasses: To get the best sweetness, a little bit of molasses is exactly what you need. If you don’t have any, use maple syrup.
This breakfast recipe comes together so easily for your meal prep! Start off by collecting a couple pint jars or containers as this recipe serves two pints. I like using the small mason jars as it is easy to screw on the lid and take the breakfast to work.
Step One: Combine the traditional oats, almond milk, yogurt and spices in a bowl and stir.
I prefer to start out with using about ¾ cup of almond milk and see how it goes. Remember that the oats will absorb the liquid overnight, so you want this to be a bit soupy initially.
Step Two: Pour into cups and put the lid on tight. Place in the refrigerator for up to three days.
🥯 Expert Tips
Generally, a good gingerbread comes from a combination of flavors of ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and molasses. There are recipes that include cardamon which adds a fun spicy twist. If you are going to experiment, try adding just a tiny bit at a time. The first couple of times I tried it with mine, I went a bit crazy on the spices and it was just too much. My husband still ate them, but it was a bit much for me. I toned down the spices as shown in this recipe and it is delicious without being overbearing.
🍳 Recipe FAQ
No. Traditional oats are best. Steel cut and quick/minute oats provide a poor texture when soaked overnight.
Absolutely! We like almond milk in our house but you can use any other plant based milk as well. Learn how to make almond milk at home. If you prefer dairy milk, that will work just fine in this recipe.
You can use a yogurt that you like for this recipe. Plain or vanilla is going to work best so it doesn’t conflict with the spices but try something out to see what you enjoy. I like the extra creaminess that comes with a little bit of yogurt, but it isn’t required.
Absolutely! Pop them in the microwave for 30-60 seconds and stir.
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Gingerbread Overnight Oats
- 1 cups Old Fashioned Oats
- 1 cup Greek Yogurt
- ¾ cup Almond Milk substitute milk that you prefer
- ¼ tsp Cinnamon
- sprinkle Nutmeg
- 1 tsp Molasses
- ⅛ tsp Cloves ground
- sprinkle Ginger
- Combine the all the ingredients into a bowl and stir well.
- Pour into two containers and place in the refrigerator overnight. They will be ready to eat the following morning.