Matcha Overnight Oats

These matcha overnight oats are just as amazing to eat as they are to look at! A full teaspoon of matcha powder gives these overnight oats a gorgeous color and a wonderful flavor.

Top them with a some fresh berries and a drizzle of honey and you’ll be in breakfast heaven.

image of matcha overnight oats

As an added bonus these overnight oats come together in about 5 minutes! They also last in the fridge for up to 4 days so they’re the perfect make ahead breakfast for a busy week.

I usually make a batch of 4 at the beginning of the week so I have one ready to go each morning (on Fridays I like to treat myself to a bagel).

Having a healthy, delicious breakfast each morning helps me start my day on the right foot.

What Exactly is Matcha?

Matcha is made from special green tea leaves that are ground down into an incredibly fine consistency.

These leaves are specifically grown to make matcha powder.

The tea leaves are special in a lot of ways but a big part of it is how they’re grown. They’re grown in the shade for the last 3 to 4 weeks before they’re harvested.

Pretty wild, right?? But there’s a method behind the madness. Growing these tea leaves in the shade increases the amount of caffeine they contain and intensifies their color.

You can buy matcha powder at most grocery stores in either the tea and coffee section or the international section. I get mine from Whole Foods but you can also order matcha powder on amazon.

image of matcha powder in hand to make a  matcha cake

I’m not going to lie, matcha powder is not cheap. This tiny little can was $13, and there’s not a ton of powder in there!!

The good news is a little goes a long ways. I find one little tin makes about 8 batches of these matcha oats.

Getting the Ratio in These Matcha Oats Just Right

Oatmeal can be a divisive topic. Most people prefer their oatmeal one of two ways. Either thick like paste, or thinner and a bit wetter. I’m going to be honest with all of you, I like my oatmeal a bit “wetter.”

However, that’s not how this recipe is formulated. I created this recipe to make a thicker oatmeal once it comes out of the fridge. This way everyone is happy in the end!

People who like a thick oatmeal can eat it straight out of the fridge and anyone who wants it a bit thinner can add a splash of milk or water.

image of milk being poured into match oats

I find that the proper ratio of liquid to oats varies based on a lot of factors. For instance, I love adding chia seeds to my oats because they’re a great source of fiber, omega-3s and protein. But they absorb a ton of moisture!

Usually I stick to a 1:1 ratio of oats to milk, but I use 2/3 of a cup of milk in this recipe because of the chia seeds.

How Far in Advance Do You Need To Make Overnight Oats?

Despite their name, overnight oats don’t actually have to sit in the fridge overnight.

However, they do need a bit of time to soak up the water or milk and soften. If I forget to make my overnight oats ahead of time, I find they only need about 3 hours to soak before they’re ready to go. They’re definitely a bit thinner when they soak for less time though.

Letting them sit overnight not only helps them fully soften, it also gives the flavors a chance to develop.

Long story short, an overnight soak is ideal but not necessary if you are short on time.

Can Overnight Oats Be Eaten Warm?

Not everyone can get behind the idea of eating uncooked, cold oats. And I get it, if you haven’t tried overnight oats before it does seem like an odd concept.

But trust me on this one, cold overnight oats are absolutely delicious. They’re also an incredibly refreshing breakfast on a warm day.

With that be said, you can eat overnight oats warm. They can be heated just like any other bowl of oatmeal. Pop them into the microwave and heat in 30 second intervals until they’re warm.

Matcha Overnight Oats Ingredients & Substitutions

While I love this recipe for matcha overnight oats just the way it is, I know some of you might not have all of these ingredients on hand!

Below are some swaps and substitutions that can be made in this recipe:

image of ingredients in a bowl to make overnight oats with chia seeds, greek yogurt, brown sugar, berries, honey and old fashioned oats
  • Rolled Oats – This recipe turns out best with rolled or old-fashioned oats. You can use quick oats if that’s all you have, but you should reduce the amount of water or milk to 1/2 a cup.
  • Chia Seeds – If you don’t have chia seeds, you can omit them from this recipe. They absorb a lot of liquid though, so you will need to reduce the amount of milk to 1/2 cup to get the right consistency.
  • Matcha Powder – Be sure you’re using food-grade matcha powder! Green tea leaves meant to make tea will not work. It’s easy to order online or can be found in most large grocery stores like Whole Foods or Walmart.
  • Brown Sugar – This recipe uses brown sugar, which gives it great flavor! You can also use 2 tsp of honey or any sweetener you like.
  • Greek Yogurt – Greek yogurt adds a wonderful creaminess to these oats along with a lot of protein. However, you can use any yogurt you have or like, or use dairy free yogurt.
  • Berries – These oats turn out best with 1 cup of ripe, juicy berries. I usually add a mixture of blackberries, raspberries and blueberries, but any berry will work. You can also use frozen fruit.
  • Milk – I prefer making these oats with skim milk but you can also use water or any dairy free milk.

Tips for Making The Best Matcha Overnight Oats

  • Make your oats in a sealable container like a mason jar!
  • Feel free to double this recipe or make multiple jars to last the entire week.
  • These matcha overnight oats stay good in the fridge for up to 4 days.
  • Make vegan matcha overnight oats but using dairy free yogurt and milk. Coconut, oat, soy, or almond milk and yogurt all work great!
  • If you like your oatmeal a bit thinner, I suggest adding a splash of water or your favorite milk before eating.
  • Give your oats a really good stir before refrigerating them. This helps the flavors blend together and makes it easier for the chia seeds and oats to absorb the milk.
  • Top your overnight oats with additional fresh berries, a sprinkle of granola and/or a drizzle of honey to take them to the next level.
image of matcha oatmeal topped with granola, honey and fresh berries

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Matcha Overnight Oats

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These matcha overnight oats are the best breakfast! They come together in a few minutes and a great way to start the day.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 5 minutes

Ingredients

Matcha Overnight Oats

  • 1/2 cup old fashioned or rolled oats (50 grams)
  • 2 tsp chia seeds (6 grams grams)
  • 1 tsp matcha powder (3 grams)
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar (20 grams)
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt or dairy-free yogurt (155 grams)
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen berries (125 grams)
  • 2/3 cup milk of your choice (160 grams)

Optional Topping:

  • fresh berries
  • granola
  • drizzle of honey

Instructions

  1. Add 1/2 cup rolled oats, 2 tsp chia seeds, 1 tsp matcha powder, 2 Tbsp brown sugar, 1/4 cup greek yogurt, 1 cup frozen berries and 2/3 cup of milk into a mason jar or bowl.
  2. Give the oats a good stir to mix the ingredients together.
  3. Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours or overnight.
  4. When you're ready to eat the oats, remove from the fridge. You’ll see that the oats absorbed a lot of the liquid, so you might want to add a little more water or milk of your choice before eating.
  5. If desired, top with additional berries, a sprinkle of granola and/or a drizzle of honey and enjoy cold!
  6. These matcha overnight oats keep in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Notes

How To Make the Best Matcha Overnight Oats:

  • Make your oats in a sealable container like a mason jar!
  • Feel free to double this recipe or make multiple jars to last the entire week.
  • These matcha overnight oats stay good in the fridge for up to 4 days.
  • If you like your oatmeal a bit thinner, I suggest adding a splash of water or your favorite milk before eating.
  • Top your overnight oats with peanut butter and a sprinkle of chopped nuts to take them to the next level.

Nutrition Information

Yield

1

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 487Total Fat 11gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 29mgSodium 531mgCarbohydrates 73gFiber 10gSugar 52gProtein 30g

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