Cinnamon overnight oats are a healthy breakfast recipe made with simple ingredients. Sweetened with pure maple syrup and a generous sprinkle of cinnamon these oats are loaded with flavor. With just a few minutes of prep time you can make a delicious breakfast the whole family will love!
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Table of contents
- Why These Cinnamon Overnight Oats Are The Best!
- What Exactly Are Overnight Oats?
- Can You Heat Up Overnight Oats?
- Equipment Needed
- Key Ingredients
- Step-By-Step Instructions
- Serving Suggestions
- Storage Recommendations
- How Long Can You Store Overnight Oats?
- Can You Freeze Overnight Oats?
- Substitutions or Additions
- Looking For Other Overnight Oat Recipes? Try These!
Why These Cinnamon Overnight Oats Are The Best!
This overnight oats recipe is a healthy and easy breakfast. I love to mix up a batch of overnight oats so that my husband and I have a quick breakfast to grab on a busy morning. Store portions in a mason jar for an easy make ahead breakfast.
This is one of my favorite overnight oatmeal recipes because it tastes like a cinnamon roll. It has lots of sweetness from the pure maple syrup and that warm cinnamon flavor.
What Exactly Are Overnight Oats?
Overnight oats are oats that are left to soak in a liquid, usually milk or non-dairy milk, for at least 4 hours or overnight for the best results. This softens the oats without the need of cooking for a quick grab-and-go breakfast option.
The flavor combinations for overnight oats is endless which makes them perfect for meal prep because you can make different flavors and not get tired of eating the same thing day after day. Strawberry overnight oats and protein overnight oats are a few of my other favorites!
Can You Heat Up Overnight Oats?
Yes, if you are not a fan of cold oatmeal you can easily heat the overnight oats in the microwave for 1-2 minutes. Overnight oats are meant to be eaten cold but can be served either way.
mason jars- or any other airtight container.
old fashion oats- are my favorite type of oat for this recipe. They are less processed than quick oats which would become a little too mushy in an overnight oats recipe. Steel-cut oats are less processed than all of the oats and would not soften enough without cooking slightly first. Try this recipe for steel-cut overnight oats.
Greek yogurt- I add a little Greek yogurt for extra protein in the recipe. You can use the Chobani Madagascar Vanilla and cinnamon flavored yogurt but any vanilla Greek yogurt will work.
In a large bowl mix together the almond milk and Greek yogurt. Add the oats, chia seeds, vanilla extract, salt, 2 tablespoons maple syrup and ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon.
Portion the oat mixture into small mason jars or another glass jar. Mix together the remaining maple syrup and cinnamon. Drizzle the maple syrup mixture over the top of the oats. Secure lid on the oats and place in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or preferably overnight.
I like to just grab a spoon and dig into my overnight oats. I like mine oats cold but they can always be warmed up in the microwave for 30-60 seconds if you prefer.
You can pair the cinnamon oats with fresh fruit. Crisp apples, sweet strawberries or juicy blueberries would all taste great paired with the maple cinnamon flavor.
What makes overnight oats so appealing is the ability to make individual portion sizes that can be stored in an airtight container to grab the next morning before work or school. Any container will work. Plastic containers are perfectly fine and if you do not have a lid you can always cover tightly with plastic wrap.
How Long Can You Store Overnight Oats?
Overnight oats are perfect for meal prep because they stay fresh in the fridge for up to 5 days. If the liquid begins to separate you can always give the mixture a stir and enjoy.
Can You Freeze Overnight Oats?
Yes, you can freeze overnight oats for up to 3 months for the best taste and texture. Once you combine the mixture add it to freezer safe containers and store in the freezer immediately.
To thaw, move the oats to the refrigerator to thaw overnight.
Substitutions or Additions
Greek yogurt- I used Chobani Madagascar Vanilla and Cinnamon yogurt but you can use any Greek vanilla yogurt or plain yogurt. You can even make this a vegan option by using a vegan yogurt instead.
almond milk- I always have almond milk on hand but you can use your favorite milk. Cashew milk, coconut milk, oat milk or regular milk will all work to make creamy oats. Just remember the flavor may be a little different and also the calorie count will change.
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Easy Cinnamon Overnight Oats Recipe
- 1 5.3 ounce cinnamon Greek yogurt (I used Chobani)
- 1 cup almond milk
- 4 tablespoons pure maple syrup, divided
- 2 cups old-fashioned oats
- 2 teaspoons chia seeds
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon, divided
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- In a large bowl mix together the yogurt and milk. Add the oats, chia seeds, salt, vanilla extract, 2 tablespoons of the maple syrup, and ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon to the milk mixture. Stir well to combine.
- Portion the oat mixture into 4 small containers. Mason jars work well for overnight oats.
- In a separate small bowl mix together the remaining maple syrup and cinnamon. You will have to mix well to get the cinnamon to dissolve in the syrup.
- Drizzle the cinnamon mixture over the top of the oats.
- Secure the lid on each container and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight. Oats will last in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.