7 ingredients and 5 minutes are all it takes to make these easy Cookie Dough Overnight Oats. Perfect as a healthy breakfast or on-the-go snack!
What is it about overnight oats? Why do we love them so much?
It's basically magic and it doesn't feel like breakfast should be this easy. But it is!
I'm a big fan of an easy breakfast recipe but I do get a bit tired of the same old things.
So may I present to you these delicious Cookie Dough Overnight Oats! Made with vanilla, chocolate chips and your favourite nut butter, these oats are indulgent and creamy yet nourishing.
I love making a double batch and keeping them in the fridge for those days when I really don't feel like making breakfast, because they make me feel instantly more productive!
(Another great option for make-ahead breakfasts is this Vegan Baked Oatmeal which makes 6 servings.)
What are overnight oats?
Overnight oats are basically like a lazy version of porridge or oatmeal. Just pop your oats, plant milk, flavourings and sweetener in a bowl or tupperware, stir and leave in the fridge overnight.
The mixture will thicken to give you beautiful, thick oatmeal that tastes pretty similar to porridge, but without the cooking!
Soaking oats can also make them easier to digest. Find more info on why soaking oats is beneficial here.
Why you'll love this recipe
It's really quick - All you need is 5 minutes to throw ingredients into a bowl, mix thoroughly, then refrigerate overnight. That's it.
Tastes like cookie dough - This basic overnight oats recipe is mixed with vanilla and chocolate chips for the perfect cookie dough flavour. It's like dessert for breakfast.
Great make-ahead breakfast - You can make a double batch of this on Sunday night and have 4-5 portions for the week ahead. Breakfast sorted!
Oats - I love using either quick or slow cook rolled oats for this recipe, and you could even use steel cut! Quick cook oats will give the softest texture.
Chia seeds - These help the mixture firm up and give it a pudding-like texture.
Dairy free chocolate chips - These give the oats that 'cookie dough' flavour, along with the vanilla. I love using dark chocolate chips, but feel free to use milk or white.
Peanut or almond butter - For extra creaminess. You could use any other nut butter here as a substitute, or even coconut butter if you have a nut allergy.
Maple syrup - Give a rich flavour and sweetness. You can sub in your favourite liquid sweetener if preferred.
Vanilla extract - Crucial for the cookie dough flavour! You can also use raw vanilla bean powder or paste if preferred.
Dairy free milk - I like using almond or soy, but any works well. You could even use coconut milk for a really creamy flavour.
1) In a large bowl, mix oats, chia and chocolate chips together.
2) Add nut butter, maple syrup, vanilla extract and oat milk and mix thoroughly until combined.
3) Divide oat mixture between two bowls/storage containers and cover each.
4) Store in fridge overnight until ready to eat. Enjoy!
Check out my web story showing you how to make these overnight oats.
Add protein - To make this overnight oats recipe more filling, optionally add 1 scoop of protein powder to the mixture per 2 servings.
Try cacao nibs - for a healthier, more nutritious version of this recipe, try switching out chocolate chips for cacao nibs instead.
These cooke dough overnight oats can be stored in the fridge in a sealed container for up to 5 days.
What's the best container for overnight oats?
Either a covered bowl or a food storage container/tupperware. The food storage container is a great option as it already has a lid so will seal properly.
Cookie Dough Overnight Oat FAQs
Absolutely. You can use either slow cook or quick cook oats.
Yes! Use them in the same way as regular oats, just be aware they might have a chewier texture. You can really use any type of oats for overnight oats.
You can! I love adding a scoop of my favourite vegan protein powder to this recipe for an extra boost. I find it keeps me fuller for longer if I do this, too.
Yes! To make it sugar free, just make sure you use sugar-free chocolate chips or cacao nibs, and swap out the maple syrup for a sugar-free sweetener like monk fruit or stevia.
More Easy Vegan Breakfast Recipes
Cookie Dough Overnight Oats
- 1 ½ cups rolled oats (slow or quick cook - gluten free if needed)
- 2 tablespoon chia seeds
- 3 tablespoon vegan chocolate chips (or cacao nibs)
- 2 tablespoon peanut or almond butter
- 3 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups dairy free milk
- 1 scoop your favourite vegan protein powder
- In a large bowl, mix all dry ingredients together.
- Add wet ingredients and mix thoroughly until combined.
- Divide mixture between bowls/storage containers and cover.
- Store in fridge overnight until ready to eat. Enjoy!
Nutritional information per serving
Wondering how to go vegan? Check out my guide!
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