Healthy, delicious, and super easy to prepare, these Vanilla Coffee Overnight Oats are a great make-ahead breakfast option. Double or triple the recipe and meal-prep it for the entire week (vegetarian, gluten-free).
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About This Recipe
Vanilla Coffee Overnight Oats are a delicious combination of rolled oats, coffee, and milk. It is a breakfast treat for coffee lovers.
These overnight oats with coffee are a perfect grab-and-go healthy breakfast for your travel or busy working days. They take 5 minutes of working time and you get ready to eat breakfast the next morning.
Double or triple the recipe, transfer in single-serving mason jars (glass jars), and meal prep the breakfast for an entire week. Then all you have to do is grab one jar and have it on the go.
These coffee-flavored oats are gluten-free too.
Oats – I personally prefer rolled oats to make overnight oats as they soak up well without getting mushy but you can use instant oats (quick oats) too.
Don’t use steel-cut oats for this overnight oats recipe.
Coffee – I used instant coffee powder to make coffee oatmeal but you can use any type of coffee that you prefer. French press cold brew coffee, espresso shot, coffee brewed in a mocha pot, or even coffee brewed in a simple coffee brewer also works fine.
If using brewed coffee, then reduce the amount of milk slightly.
Milk – Use whole milk (full-fat milk) for the creamiest texture. You can use skim milk or low-fat milk if you are watching your weight.
To make a vegan version, replace dairy milk with any plant-based milk (dairy-free milk) like almond milk, soy milk, coconut milk, oat milk, etc.
Vanilla Extract – Adding vanilla extract gives the oats a nice and distinct flavor and aroma.
Dark Brown Sugar – To add sweetness to the overnight oats, I have used dark brown sugar. You can also use honey, agave syrup, maple syrup, etc.
Chia Seeds – Add in some chia seeds that are packed with nutrients. They fluff up a bit when soaked in milk and add a great texture to the oats.
You can also add in a little cocoa powder or chocolate syrup to add that little chocolaty flavor.
Add in some protein powder too, if making it for your pre or post-workout meals.
How To Make Coffee Overnight Oats
Add 1 cup rolled oats (old-fashioned oats), 1 teaspoon instant coffee powder, 1 cup whole milk, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 2 tablespoon dark brown sugar, and 2 teaspoon chia seeds to a medium-size mixing bowl and mix well.
Note – If you like stronger coffee flavor, then increase the amount of coffee a little.
Cover the bowl with a lid and refrigerate overnight or a minimum of 4 hours.
Thin out with some more milk if the oats are too thick.
Serve chilled or heat it in a microwave to serve warm.
Garnish with cocoa nibs before serving.
I like to keep things simple and top these coffee-flavored oats with just cacao nibs but you can you ahead and add more topping to make them even more filling and nutritious. Here are some ideas
Add healthy fats to these oats by topping them with nut butter like almond butter, peanut butter, pistachio butter, etc.
You can top the oats with chopped nuts like almonds, pistachios, walnuts, pecans, pine nuts, etc.
Seeds like chia seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, and hemp seeds are also great for topping oats.
Chopped seasonal fruits like banana, berries, peach, and mango also go well with these.
Nutella, coconut flakes, dark chocolate chips, whipped cream, etc are some other topping options that you can consider.
Prepare the coffee vanilla overnight oats and store it in a mason jar or any other covered container for up to 5 days in the fridge.
Although it stays good for 5 days, I will recommend you to eat it within 2 days for the best taste.
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Vanilla Coffee Overnight Oats Recipe
- 1 cup rolled oats (old-fashioned oats) (or instant oats)
- 1 teaspoon instant coffee powder
- 1 cup whole milk (full-fat milk) (plus some more if needed)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons chia seeds
- Add oats, coffee powder, milk, vanilla extract, dark brown sugar, and chia seeds to a medium-size mixing bowl and mix well.
- Note – If you like stronger coffee flavor, then increase the amount of coffee a little.
- Cover the bowl with a lid and refrigerate overnight or a minimum of 4 hours.
- Thin out with some more milk if the oats are too thick.
- Serve chilled or heat it in a microwave to serve warm.
- Garnish with cocoa nibs before serving.
Did you make this recipe? Let me know!