This summer’s obsession = overnight oats. I’m not sure why, but I’ve been loving them! I’ve also been obsessed with mangos lately and these mango overnight oats are perfection!
They make a quick and easy breakfast, fill me up for hours, and the flavor possibilities are endless. And we always have the ingredients on hand.
This mango overnight oat recipe is a little different from most recipes as you are blending fruit into the liquid. While it takes just a little more time (about 2 minutes more), I find it adds so much flavor! You get that mango taste in every bite rather than just when you would get a piece of fruit if it were mixed in.
I also have been making overnight oats with Greek yogurt lately and loving it. Not only does it add protein, but it makes super creamy overnight oats. Combined with the yogurt, overnight oats with chia seeds help to make a pudding-like consistency. Chia seeds can absorb up to 10-12 times their weight in liquid, which gives the gel-like consistency.
Chia seeds are a high source of omega-3 fatty acids and are prized for their ability to provide sustainable energy. They are also high in antioxidants and fiber. Eating them for breakfast will give you the energy to tackle your day and also help you stay full longer with all the fiber.
This recipe makes the perfect pre or post-workout as well. They have protein and complex carbs, while not too much fat, to help you replenish your amino acids and glycogen stores that you lose during your workout.
Mango overnight oats
Mango overnight oats take a simple overnight oat recipe and spices it up with blended fresh mango. Makes a fresh and healthy make-ahead recipe perfect for breakfast, meal prep, snack, or pre or post-workout. Packed with 25 grams of protein and 11 grams of fiber!
Here is what you need:
- rolled oats
- fresh or frozen mangos
- almond milk
- chia seeds
- vanilla extract
First, you need to blend your liquid and mangos. This gives you the mango flavor in every bite! Add your mangos, almond milk, and vanilla extract in a blender and blend until smooth, about 30 seconds.
Next, take two large jars and evenly divide the rest of the ingredients. Per jar you will have 1/2 cup rolled oats, 1/2 cup yogurt, 1 tablespoon chia seeds, and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Then divide your mango milk between the two jars. Mix well to combine. You can also put the lid on the jar and give it a good shake.
Place the jars in the refrigerator at least 2 hours, or overnight, until the liquid is absorbed. Then, when ready to eat or they reach your desired consistency, stir them up, top with some toppings (I love more mango and coconut), and enjoy!
How long do overnight oats take
Overnight oats don’t really need to be “overnight”. I actually usually do a “quick overnight oats” and make them the morning of, let them sit for an hour or two, and then enjoy. An hour is usually enough for the chia seeds and the oats to absorb the liquid. I also don’t use that much liquid as I love them super creamy. The reason why most people make them at night is that it just makes your morning easier. Just grab and enjoy! But if you forget, you can totally make them the day of.
Additions and substitutions for overnight oats
Mango overnight oats are so customizable and you can tweak them to your preference and your macronutrient needs. Here are a few suggestions for this overnight oat recipe:
- mango – use fresh or frozen mango for this recipe (I used fresh)
- milk – any kind of milk will work. Feel free to use nut milk, oat milk, coconut milk, or regular dairy milk. Coconut milk would be delicious with mangos!
- oats – you can use quick-cooking oats instead of rolled oats. While you can use steel-cut oats for overnight oats, they are a lot coarser (they aren’t as processed) and need to soak for at least 10-12 hours. You will need more liquid if using steel cut oats as well.
- yogurt – use full-fat yogurt, fat-free yogurt, or dairy-free yogurt. The yogurt helps give them a super creamy consistency. You could leave it out if you like.
- sweetener – I find this recipe doesn’t need a sweetener as it has the sweetness from mangos, but if you like things sweeter, you can add a little honey or maple syrup.
- nut butter – add nut butter or seed butter for some added fat. Try almond, cashew, pecan, sunbutter (sunflower seed butter), or tahini (ground sesame seeds). You can either mix it into the overnight oats mixture or use it as a topping.
- toppings – fresh fruit (more mangos!), coconut flakes, nut butter, chia seeds, cinnamon, nuts, or seeds.
More healthy oatmeal recipes
- chocolate peanut butter overnight oats
- oatmeal chocolate chip muffins
- peach baked oatmeal
- oatmeal raisin bars
- coffee overnight oats
Cinnamon Mango Overnight Oats
- Place almond milk, diced mango, and vanilla extract in a blender and blend until smooth and combined, about 30 seconds.
- Divide the remaining ingredients between 2 large jars. Per jar, you will have 1/2 cup rolled oats, 1/2 cup yogurt, 1 tablespoon chia seeds, and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Pour in the mango milk, evenly dividing between the two jars.
- Stir well to combine or place the lid on the jar and shake well until all ingredients are thoroughly combined. Place in refrigerator for at least 2 hours, or overnight, until mixture thickens. Top with toppings of choice and enjoy!