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Flavorful Espresso Overnight Oats made with chia seeds, greek yogurt and topped with banana slices and mini chocolate chips is an easy make-ahead breakfast. This oatmeal recipe is super healthy and will keep you full and satisfied!

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Espresso Overnight Oats is one of our new favorite healthy, meal-prep-friendly breakfast options. This overnight oats recipe is a way to make oatmeal with no cooking needed. Instead of heating up the oats on the stovetop or in the microwave, they soak with milk and a few other ingredients. As they absorb the liquid, they become soft, chewy, and delicious.

We have a variety of delicious flavor options, from Cookie Dough Overnight Oats to Banana Bread Overnight Oats. They are greatly enjoyed right out of the refrigerator or warm them up a bit in the microwave. The consistency is thick and creamy, like a porridge or pudding. You’re sure to love this convenient, satisfying meal!

top view har with overnight oats topped with sliced bananas

Why you should make this recipe

  • Quick and easy: This coffee-flavored oatmeal recipe comes together within minutes! After all of the ingredients have been mixed, place pre-portioned jars into the refrigerator overnight for a breakfast that’s ready to go in the morning.
  • Delicious: The taste of espresso, naturally sweetened with honey or maple syrup is absolutely incredible!
  • Healthy: Old-fashioned rolled oats are high in fiber, protein, and complex carbs to keep you satiated all morning long. Plus, this recipe is filled with healthy fats from the chia seeds and extra protein from the Greek yogurt.
  • Perfect for meal prep: Double the recipe and make these ahead of time, you’ll have breakfast covered for the next several days.
Spoonful of overnight oats with mini chocolate chips.

Ingredients needed

This espresso overnight oats recipe is filled with nutritious ingredients. These also make for a hearty breakfast, snack, or dessert with a good balance of fat, protein, and carbs. Here’s everything you’ll need to make them:

  • Espresso coffee: You’ll need 2 shots of espresso coffee that have been cooled to give these overnight oats their signature flavor.
  • Milk: We like to keep this recipe dairy free and use almond milk, but use any milk that you prefer.
  • Sweetener: Add in just a bit of honey, maple syrup, or even agave to make these oats perfectly sweet.
  • Chia seeds: To thicken up the oats for fabulous texture. They also add healthy fats, fiber, and protein.
  • Yogurt: Makes the oatmeal perfectly creamy! Use Greek yogurt for an extra protein boost or plant-based yogurt to keep this recipe vegan and dairy free.
  • Rolled oats: For best results use old-fashioned rolled oats. Quick oats may be used in a pinch, but won’t get as thick and creamy. To ensure this recipe is gluten-free, make sure to use certified gluten-free oats.
  • Toppings: For extra flavor, add some sliced banana or mini chocolate chips over the top before serving.
Ingredients for making espresso overnight oats divided into small bowls.

How to make this recipe

This recipe could not be easier to make! Simply, stir, soak, and enjoy! Here’s the simple process:

  1. Mix wet ingredients: In a bowl, add the coffee, milk, honey or maple syrup, and yogurt. Mix until diluted and combined.
  1. Add the dry ingredients: Next, add the oats and chia seeds. Whisk to combine.
  1. Let chill in the fridge: Cover the bowl and store in the fridge for 6 hours or overnight. Divide into two servings and serve with the toppings of your choice.

Expert Tips

  • Rolled oats or quick oats work great, but we do not recommend using steel-cut oats, as the consistency will not be very good and the oats will be too hard.
  • After soaking for about 2 hours, you will notice the oats start to thicken. They will thicken enough to enjoy after about 4 hours but are best enjoyed after chilling for 6 hours to overnight.
  • To make this recipe vegan and dairy free, use plant-based milk, plant-based yogurt, and maple syrup for sweetener.
  • Not a fan of cold oatmeal? You can actually serve overnight oats warmed up, too! Simply heat them in the microwave for 30 seconds to a minute or two, depending on how warm you like them. Once heated, give them a stir, and feel free to add a bit more milk.
Side shot of overnight oats with chia pudding in a jar topped with sliced bananas and chocolate chips.

Frequently asked questions

Are overnight oats healthy?

This recipe for espresso overnight oats is packed with great nutrition! The ratio of ingredients is a good balance of healthy fats, fiber, carbs, and protein. You will be full and satisfied for several hours.

Is it OK to eat overnight oats every day?

Yes! There is nothing wrong with enjoying overnight oats every day. You can even use different mix-ins and toppings to change the flavor so that you never get bored.

What is the secret to overnight oats?

To make the best overnight oats, be sure to have a good liquid-to-oats ratio, usually at least double the liquid per serving of oats, depending on the other ingredients used.

Espresso overnight oats in glass jars.

Storage recommendations

Espresso overnight oats will keep in the refrigerator in an airtight container or mason jars for up to 4 to 5 days. You’ll have a portable breakfast for on-the-go during busy weekdays! Before enjoying, to refresh them, give them a good stir and add another splash of milk.

side shot of overnight oats in a jar

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Espresso Overnight Oats

By: Rena
Servings: 2 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 6 hours 5 minutes
side shot of overnight oats with chia pudding in a jar topped with sliced bananas and chocolate chips
Flavorful Espresso Overnight Oats made with chia seeds, greek yogurt and topped with banana slices and mini chocolate chips is an easy make-ahead breakfast. This oatmeal recipe is super healthy and will keep you full and satisfied!

Ingredients

For the Overnight Oats:

  • ½ cup espresso coffee, 2 shots, cooled
  • ¼ cup almond milk, or any milk of choice
  • 2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup, you may also use agave
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt or plant-based yogurt
  • 1 cup rolled oats or quick oats

Optional toppings

  • Greek yogurt
  • Sliced bananas
  • Mini chocolate chips

Instructions

  • In a bowl add the coffee, milk, honey or maple syrup, and yogurt. Mix until diluted and combined.
  • Next, add the oats and chia seeds. Whisk to combine.
  • Cover the bowl and store in the fridge for 6 hours or overnight. Divide into two servings and serve with the toppings of your choice.

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Notes

Note: Before storing in the fridge you may divide your mixture into two jars and store in the fridge as two servings.
Store: Leftovers keep in the fridge, in an airtight container, for up to four to five days.

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 286kcalCarbohydrates: 47gProtein: 10gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 57mgPotassium: 305mgFiber: 8gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 7IUVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 185mgIron: 3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
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About Rena Awada

Hi, I’m Rena! Welcome to my blog. I am here to help you prepare delicious, light, fresh meals that your whole family will love!

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