Current situation: I’ve eaten WAY too many non-healthy holiday cookies lately and need balance STAT! These holiday parties, man. The struggle is REAL!
Solution: Healthy cookies, and healthy breakfast recipes that are basically cookies. 🙂
As in, literally, there’s a gingerbread cookie in my overnight oats. Ok….that might be a little extravagant, maaaayyyybe even a little unnecessary…..or maybe super necessary, depending on your mood. Either way, you could make these Healthy Gingerbread Cookies and add them, buy mini gingerbread cookies, or just omit that all together.
What are Overnight Oats?
Overnight oats are a super easy and healthy prep ahead breakfast recipe. They are made using rolled oats and liquid usually milk (dairy or nut) or water and whatever flavor combo you like.
The easiest way to make them is in a mason jar, just mix all the ingredients together and pop it in the fridge overnight and your breakfast is ready to grab and go in the morning. Overnight oats are usually eaten cold but you could warm it up in the microwave if you prefer and aren’t in a rush.
Tip: you might need to add a little extra liquid if you want to heat them up.
But even on their own, these Gingerbread Cookie Overnight Oats are filled with all things holiday, delicious, and gingerbread.
How to Make Gingerbread Cookie Overnight Oats
Simply combine these ingredients with maple syrup and almond milk (add more if you want thinner oats, or less if you want thicker oats!), place in jars, refrigerate overnight, and that’s it!
The Gingerbread Cookie Overnight Oats will be ready to go in the morning to take on the go. You can also add fruit to take these oats to the next level!
Personally, I like the idea of prepping in advance to make our busy lives just a little bit easier. If you’re looking to save even more time, make a big batch of the dry ingredients and throw them in a freezer bag. Keep it in your pantry, and when you’re ready to make them, just add the maple syrup and milk! SO easy, friends.
Top Tips to Remember
- Overnight oats don’t keep well for more than a day (the texture will change) so if you want to prep ahead make a big batch of the dry ingredients and add the liquid only the night before you need them.
- The longer you leave the oats the softer they will become, 8 hours is ideal but you could leave them for 4-6 hours.
- You can easily adapt this recipe with your favorite spices and natural sweeteners such as honey or applesauce.
More Overnight Oats You Might Like:
- Strawberries and Cream Overnight Oats
- Banana Coconut Cream Pie Overnight Oats
- Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats
- Mocha Latte Overnight Oats
Gingerbread Cookie Overnight Oats
- 1 Tablespoons white chocolate chips
- 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil
- 1/4 cup vanilla Greek yogurt (or dairy-free yogurt)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Divide the overnight oats ingredients into jars and mix (or combine in a large bowl and divide into containers).
- Melt the white chocolate chips and coconut oil in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds until smooth.
- Slowly add the yogurt into the white chocolate mixture, 1 Tablespoon at a time, stirring or whisking until smooth.
- Smooth the topping into each of the containers and sprinkle with cinnamon.
- Add lids and store in the fridge overnight. Enjoy in the morning!