These cinnamon overnight oats are the perfect mix of creamy oats, sweet maple syrup and a hint of spice. Made without yoghurt, these healthy oats are a fun vegan and gluten free (using suitable oats) breakfast for all the family.
Easy breakfasts are just the thing for a busy weekday morning. When time is tight, I know that anything complicated or that takes too long is not on the menu!
If quick breakfast ideas using oats are something you need in your life too, then perhaps you may like to see my mango blueberry smoothie, my apple pie porridge and my berry porridge. All super healthy and easy to make!
These overnight oats can be made the night before as a meal prep breakfast, for those that this method of 'cooking' is appropriate (no actual cook time!). Or you can make and leave in the fridge for a couple of hours.
Why this recipe is so good
Full of flavour. The combination of cinnamon and ginger gives the best hint of spice, and goes so well with the creamy oats.
Meal prep idea. If making ahead works for you, then this is a tasty and convenient way to start the day.
So easy to make. Just combine ingredients and give them a stir!
Some notes on a couple of the ingredients (all are in the recipe card below):
- Oats - use gluten free if required.
- Non-dairy milk - choose the type that works best for you, whether coconut, hemp, almond or other.
- Chia seeds - these are optional, but help thicken and are a good source of plant-based protein.
Variations to the recipe
There is both cinnamon and a touch of ginger in this recipe, but you can leave out the ginger if you prefer or add a touch of cardamom instead.
The chia seeds are optional. You could also add a small pinch of milled flaxseeds.
Step by step instructions
With its combination of flavours, this tasty recipe of cinnamon roll overnight oats is perfectly sweet and super easy to make. Just a few steps:
Add all the ingredients (other than any toppings) to a bowl or a dish that can be sealed. A simple tupperware works well!
Stir to combine, and then place in the fridge for at least two hours so the oats soak up the milk and spices.
Recipe tip: if you can, stir after an hour or so and adjust with more milk if the oats seem too dry.
Frequently asked questions
Traditional oatmeal is cooked, often on the stove top, whereas overnight oats are soaked in milk and flavourings for several hours or overnight.
Old fashioned rolled oats work best for overnight oats. Finer oats go too mushy and steel cut oats don't tend to soak up the milk as well.
Fruit, nuts and seeds all work well as toppings for overnight oats.
A note for my low histamine readers
Due to histamine formation, it may be advisable for my low histamine readers to soak the oats for a couple of hours rather than leaving them overnight in the fridge. They will still go creamy and taste good!
More breakfast recipes to enjoy
From chia pudding to smoothies to oatmeal, there are lots of tasty ways to start the day on my breakfast recipes page.
Cinnamon overnight oats
- Add all the ingredients to a dish that can be sealed.
- Stir very thoroughly so the oats are evenly distributed in the milk. Set aside in the fridge for at least two hours. Stir after an hour, adding more milk if it seems too dry.
- Top with fresh fruit and enjoy!
- Stir the oats very thoroughly so they combine evenly with the milk.
- If you can, stir again after an hour in the fridge. Add more milk if it seems too dry.
- Adjust the amount of spice to taste preference.
- Use certified gluten free oats if required.
- cinnamon scores 0 on the SIGHI list, but is debated. Other lists rate it as higher.
- Ginger scores 1.
- Non-dairy milk will have variable scores.