Combine cold brew coffee, rolled oats, yogurt, chia seeds, nut butter, and spices to make these creamy Coffee Overnight Oats. Just 5 minutes to prep for a healthy make-ahead breakfast or snack packed with complex carbs, protein, fiber, and healthy fats. Easily customizable to fit your dietary preference and macro needs.
Breakfast doesn’t get much easier than overnight oats! And this overnight oat recipe combines the best of both worlds – your morning coffee and your breakfast!
They are thick and creamy, packed with protein, absolutely delicious. Not to mention, a breeze to prep for busy days.
The funny thing is, I don’t even drink coffee. I just never got into it growing up and honestly, it doesn’t really give me that buzz as most people find. But I do like coffee-flavored things.
And that is exactly what we are doing here. The coffee flavor is combined with tangy yogurt, nutty cashew butter, sweet honey, and a little spice from the cinnamon. It’s like a latte but in overnight oat form!
What I love about this recipe so much is it’s so balanced. It is packed with protein from Greek yogurt. It also has complex carbs from oats, which are slower to digest.
Then healthy fats from nut butter, yogurt (depending on the kind you use), and chia seeds. And then fiber from the oats and chia seeds.
Not only is having a balanced meal with protein, carbs, and fat beneficial for balancing your blood sugar and energy levels, it’s also important for when you drink coffee. It’s helpful to get some protein and fat with your morning cup of coffee so it’s not super taxing on your body and doesn’t make you jittery.
Coffee overnight oats with Greek yogurt
Coffee protein overnight oats take a simple overnight oat recipe and adds cold brew coffee, spices, and yogurt for an absolutely delicious way to start the day. Makes a healthy make-ahead recipe perfect for breakfast, meal prep, snack, or pre or post-workout. Packed with 25 grams of protein and 10 grams of fiber!
Coffee overnight oats ingredients:
- rolled oats
- greek yogurt
- cold brew coffee
- cashew butter
- chia seeds
Simply add all your ingredients to a large jar, stir to combine or put on the lid and shake, and place in the refrigerator. When they are to your desired consistency, stir them up, top with some more toppings, and enjoy!
Overnight oats are meant to be eaten cold, but you could heat them up in the microwave or on the stove to your desired temperature. If heating them up on the stove, you may need to add more almond milk.
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.
How long do overnight oats last?
We keep ours in the fridge for up to 5 days. The longer they sit, the more time to soak up the liquid. Overnight oats will last for 5 days, but they might be a little bit mushier than on day 2 or 3.
They make a great option for meal prep – I will make a few servings at a time (these jars are perfect for them) and just keep them in the fridge for something quick and easy to grab during the week.
They also make a great post-workout snack or meal, especially if you add some protein powder.
Additions and substitutions
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:
- 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.
- sweetener – maple syrup will work instead of honey.
- nut butter – any kind of nut or seed butter will work. Try almond, cashew, pecan, Sunbutter (sunflower seed butter), or tahini (ground sesame seeds).
- protein powder – for a boost of protein, add a scoop or two of your favorite protein powder. Chocolate or vanilla would both be delicious!
- vanilla extract – to add a little vanilla to your coffee.
- toppings – fresh fruit (strawberries, banana), coconut flakes, nut butter, cinnamon, nuts, seeds, chocolate chips, or cacao nibs are all great choices to put on top!
Do you need yogurt for overnight oats?
Yogurt is not a necessary ingredient for making overnight oats. I do find the yogurt helps give them a super creamy consistency, almost pudding-like. It also adds a boost of protein, especially if you using Greek yogurt, without having to use any protein powders.
If you don’t like yogurt, you could leave it out. If you do leave it out, you would need a little more liquid. I would suggest adding 1/4-1/2 cup milk of choice to help them come together.
More overnight oat recipes
Coffee Overnight Oats
- 1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats (50 grams)
- 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt (4 ounces - I used Siggis 4%)
- 1/2 cup cold brew coffee (I used Stumptown original (unsweetened))
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon cashew butter
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- optional toppings: cashew butter, cinnamon, fruit, chocolate chips...
- Add all ingredients to a large jar. Stir well to combine or place the lid on the jar and shake well until all ingredients are thoroughly combined. Place in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, or overnight, until mixture thickens
- Eat out of the jar or transfer to a bowl and top with toppings of choice. Enjoy!
Recipe by Kelly Nardo, Eat the Gains | Photography by The Mindful Hapa
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