This creamy cinnamon roll overnight oats recipe is like having dessert for breakfast but healthy, easy to make, and great for on-the-go. It's creamy and smooth with flavors of warm cinnamon, a hint of molasses and caramel and drizzled with a healthy icing to complete this delicious breakfast!
I love when I wake up and my coffee and breakfast are ready to go! We all have those mornings (mostly Mondays for me) when we would prefer to just stay in bed rather than start the day. Overnight oats are one of the most convenient breakfasts for busy mornings (or you don't feel motivated to cook anything).
These easy overnight oats can be made the night before and stored in a jar and are ready to go when you wake up!
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What are overnight oats?
Overnight oats are made by soaking rolled oats in milk and/or yogurt overnight. The oats absorb the liquid and create a creamy mixture that can be enjoyed cold or warmed up in the morning. It's perfect when you need a quick breakfast or something to take on-the-go!
- Old fashioned oats: You can substitute for quick oats or steel cut. Steel cut oats need to be soaked for at least 4 hours because of their tougher exterior.
- Coconut yogurt: I love the creaminess of coconut yogurt in this recipe, but feel free to substitute for another plant-based yogurt such as Greek yogurt, almond, or soy.
- Brown sugar: Creates a caramelized molasses flavor. You can sub for maple syrup if preferred.
- Oat milk or another plant-based milk such as coconut milk or almond milk
What is in the healthy icing?
- Coconut yogurt or another plant-based yogurt: You can use one that is sweetened
- Plant-based milk such as oat, soy or almond.
- Pure Maple syrup: To add just a touch of sweetness
- Lemon juice: Balances the sweetness
See recipe card for quantities.
Step 1: In your mason jar or large bowl mix together all the dry ingredients: oats, brown sugar, chia seed, flaxseed, cinnamon, and a pinch of salt.
Step 2: Add in plant milk, yogurt, and vanilla extract. Mix with a spoon until combined.
Step 3: Divide into 2 mason jars or glass container. Cover and let it set overnight or at least 4 hours.
Step 4: In a small bowl mix together yogurt, lemon juice, maple syrup, and plant milk. Drizzle this over your final cinnamon roll overnight oats and enjoy! *Make the icing into a swirl shape just like a cinnamon roll! You can also top with a mixture of cinnamon sugar if desired!
When I was growing up I tried so many different cinnamon roll flavors (chocolate chip was my favorite!). You can play around with fun flavors for these cinnamon roll overnight oats too.
- Cream cheese icing: Mix together some 2 tablespoon softened vegan cream cheese with 1 tablespoon powdered sugar and a splash of plant milk. Add more powdered sugar if you want it more sweet. Drizzle on top of your oats.
- Apple: Add diced apples in your overnight oats
- Chocolate: Add in some dairy-free mini chocolate chips and/or drizzle with melted dark chocolate
- Pumpkin: Perfect for the fall season! Add in some pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice into the cinnamon roll overnight oats.
These are a great make-ahead breakfast that can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days. Make sure they are in an airtight container or jar so they don't get dried out.
FYI- If you plan to add other toppings don't add them until you are ready to eat the overnight oats. Certain toppings such as granola, fresh fruit, or nuts will get soggy if sitting for multiple days in the fridge.
Yes, you can heat up overnight oats if you prefer to eat them warm. Simply microwave them for 30-60 seconds or heat them on the stove over low heat until warm.
They last up to 5 days in the fridge (which makes them great for meal prep). Make sure they are in an airtight container so they don't dry out.
Yes, you can use steel cut oats but they require a longer soaking time. Make sure to let them soak for a full 8 hours before eating.
Technically, no. The oats will start to soften and become creamy after ~4 hours hours. If you are using steel cut oats it will likely take the full 8 hours.
Looking for other delicious breakfast recipes? Try these!
- Old-fashioned oats create the creamiest texture for these overnight oats, but you can substitute with quick oats or steel cut if necessary (steel coats needs to sit for at least 8 hours).
- You can adjust the amount of liquid depending on how thick or thin you want your oats. In the morning you can add more oat milk if needed.
- Try out fun cinnamon roll flavors like chocolate chip, pumpkin, and more!
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The Best Creamy Cinnamon Roll Overnight Oats
- 2 mason jar or glass jar with cover
- 1 spoon
- 1 Small bowl for mixing healthy icing
Optional: Healthy Protein Icing
- 1 tablespoon coconut yogurt or another plant-based yogurt (such as almond)
- ½ teaspoon maple syrup
- ½ teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon oat milk or another plant-based milk such as soy or almond
- In a medium size bowl mix together all the dry ingredients: oats, brown sugar, chia seed, flaxseed, cinnamon, and a pinch of salt.
- Add in plant milk, yogurt, and vanilla extract. Mix with a spoon until combined.
- Pour into two small mason jars. Cover and let it set overnight or at least 4 hours.
- Once oats are set, give it a good stir and add more milk to adjust the thickness to your liking. Make your healthy icing (optional). In a small bowl mix together yogurt, lemon juice, maple syrup, and plant milk. Drizzle this over your final cinnamon roll overnight oats and enjoy!
- Use maple syrup in place of brown sugar
- Use any plant-based milk or yogurt if you don't have coconut or oat
- Omit the healthy icing if preferred
- Make your icing into a swirl shape just like a cinnamon roll! You can also top with a mixture of cinnamon sugar if desired!