Maple Overnight Oats

image of maple overnight oats made in mason jars

To no one’s surprise, I’m still very into overnight oats and have continued to make a new flavor each week. I was recently gifted a jug of maple syrup from Vermont and figured I should put it to good use! I decided to start using it by making these maple overnight oats.

This recipe uses maple syrup, a bit of brown sugar and maple extract to pack these overnight oats with maple flavor. They’re so delicious it almost tastes like you’re eating dessert for breakfast.

image of maple overnight oats made in mason jars

Getting the Ratios Just Right in These Maple Overnight Oats

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 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 thicker 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 ingredients in a mason jar to make maple overnight oats

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 liquid!

Usually I stick to a 1:1 ratio of oats to water or 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 These Maple 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 and have an amazing texture. 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.

Substitutions & Swaps in these Cocoa Overnight Oats

While I love this recipe for maple 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 maple syrup from vermont and maple extract.
  • 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 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.
  • Brown Sugar – This recipe uses brown sugar which gives it great flavor. I prefer using light brown sugar but you can use dark too. You can also use honey or any sweetener you like in its place, and adjust the amount to suit your taste.
  • Greek Yogurt – Greek yogurt packs these overnight oats with protein. You can also use whatever yogurt you like best or omit adding any yogurt.
  • Maple Syrup– This adds so much flavor to these oats! If you don’t have maple syrup you can use whatever type of syrup you have.
  • Maple extract – The maple extract in this recipe is optional but it really helps enhance the flavor in these oats. You can find it in the baking aisle in most large grocery stores or order it online.
  • Milk – I prefer making these oats with milk but you can also use water or dairy free milk.

Customizing These Overnight Oats

One of the best things about maple overnight oats is that they are totally customizable to your dietary preferences!

In addition to the substitutions discussed above, you can easily make these overnight oats vegan, gluten-free or low-sugar. Below are some specific swaps for these maple overnight oats:

  • Vegan substitutions: Use plant-based milk and yogurt or water.
  • Gluten-free substitutions: Use gluten-free oats.
  • Low Sugar substitutions: Skip adding the brown sugar or use stevia or monk fruit sweetener instead.

Tips for Making The Best Maple Overnight Oats

  • Make your oats in a sealable container like a mason jar!
  • Double this recipe or make multiple jars to last the entire week.
  • Adjust the amount or type of sugar in this recipe as needed to suit your preferences!
  • These maple overnight oats stay good in the fridge for up to 5 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 a dollop of whipped cream and some fresh fruit to take it to the next level. I love adding sliced bananas or blueberries (it reminds me of pancakes)!
image of maple overnight oats made in cute mason jars and topped with fresh fruit

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Maple Overnight Oats

image of maple overnight oats made in cute mason jars and topped with fresh fruit

This recipe for maple overnight oats comes together in a few minutes and can be made days in advance! It's the perfect quick and easy breakfast on a busy day.

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

Ingredients

Maple Overnight Oats

  • 1/2 cup old fashioned or rolled oats (50 grams)
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds (10 grams grams)
  • 2 Tbsp light brown sugar (26 grams)
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup (20 grams)
  • 1/4 cup greek yogurt (70 grams)
  • 1 tsp maple extract - optional (4 gram)
  • 2/3 cup milk of your choice or water (160 grams)

Optional Toppings:

  • sliced bananas
  • fresh blueberries
  • whipped cream

Instructions

  1. Add 1/2 cup rolled oats, 1 Tbsp chia seeds, 2 Tbsp brown sugar, 1 Tbsp maple syrup, 1/4 cup greek yogurt and 1 tsp maple extract.
  2. Pour in 2/3 cup of milk or water and give the oats a good stir.
  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 whipped cream and/or fresh fruit.
  6. These maple overnight oats keep in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Notes

How To Make the Best Maple 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 maple overnight oats stay good in the fridge for up to 5 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 whipped cream and an additional drizzle of maple syrup to take them to the next level.

Nutrition Information

Yield

1

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 583Total Fat 10gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 21mgSodium 131mgCarbohydrates 95gFiber 8gSugar 51gProtein 18g

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