Cinnamon Raisin Overnight Oats – All the flavors you love in an oatmeal raisin cookie turned into overnight oats! This meal-prep breakfast is delicious! (Gluten-Free + Vegan)
I tend to alternate between savory and sweet breakfasts. I’ll go for ages eating some roasted veggies or veggies & potatoes with eggs, then I’m alllll about sweet breakfasts, like chia pudding, smoothies, or oatmeal.
This cinnamon raisin overnight oats recipe is PERFECT when I’m riding the sweet breakfast train. It harnesses everything I love about an oatmeal raisin cookie and channels it into a (more breakfast-appropriate!) overnight oats recipe.
With just about 5 minutes of prep, this make-ahead breakfast will MAKE your whole day. Here’s what you need to make these cinnamon raisin overnight oats (it’s mostly pantry staples!)…
HERE’S WHAT GOES INTO MY CINNAMON RAISIN OVERNIGHT OATS RECIPE:
(GLUTEN FREE) ROLLED OATS. Rolled oats are my favorite for overnight oats since they strike the perfect balance of soft after soaking without being mushy. (Want to know if you can use another kind? See the FAQ below!)
CHIA SEEDS (OPTIONAL). Chia seeds add plant-based protein and healthy fats to my cinnamon raisin overnight oats, and they also make them extra creamy. If you’re not a chia seed person, feel free to skip them. (Your oats won’t be *quite* as thick and creamy, but you can offset this by using 1/2 yogurt and 1/2 milk instead of all milk if you like.)
A PINCH OF SALT. A little bitty pinch of salt (less than 1/8 tsp.) is a must for me in my overnight oats. I love that it keeps them from tasting flat!
A LITTLE MAPLE SYRUP. You can add as much or as little syrup as you like to these cinnamon raisin overnight oats. I usually like about 1-2 tsp, but follow your tastebuds!
WHATEVER MILK YOU DRINK. You can use whatever milk you like for honey almond overnight oats. We’re dairy-free, so we use almond, oat, cashew, or coconut though soy, rice, and dairy milk also work. Use what you like!
A LITTLE VANILLA. To play up the cookie vibes, I love adding a few drops of vanilla to my cinnamon raisin overnight oats. It adds a sense of sweetness that’s lovely!
YUMMY WAYS TO PLAY WITH THIS CINNAMON RAISIN OVERNIGHT OATS RECIPE:
Cinnamon raisin overnight oats taste fantastic on their own, but if you feel like playing with the recipe, you can try…
- ADD A FEW MINI CHOCOLATE CHIPS! My kids like raisins a lot more when there’s a little chocolate involved. I don’t blame them! Mini chocolate chips go a long way and you don’t need many to make these cinnamon raisin overnight oats feel special.
- TRY IT WITH SOME NUTS! Some pecans or walnuts can be delightful with the cinnamon raisin flavors!
- SPRINKLE WITH A LITTLE GRANOLA. For a little crunch, I like using a sprinkle of granola on top. It really makes these taste like cookies!
- ADDING A SWIRL OF PEANUT BUTTER OR ALMOND BUTTER. Cinnamon + raisin go GREAT with peanut or almond butter. Try adding a little swirl on top for a fun finish!
- TRY USING MY CHAI SPICE MIX INSTEAD OF CINNAMON! For another yummy twist, I love swapping the cinnamon for a little of my chai spice mix. It’s DELICIOUS.
FAQ + TIPS & TRICKS FOR THE BEST HONEY ALMOND OVERNIGHT OATS
MY FAVORITE CONTAINERS FOR OVERNIGHT OATS. I love using these Weck jars or these small glass containers for overnight oats, though you can use just about anything that can be covered. (You just ideally want something with a lid so they stay covered in the fridge.)
DO YOU EAT HONEY ALMOND OVERNIGHT OATS WARM OR COLD? Overnight oats are typically eaten cold, though if that weirds you out, you *can* warm them up on the microwave for about a minute, or on the stovetop. You may want to leave the almonds out until after heating if you go this route and may need an extra splash of milk to maintain their creamy texture.
GLUTEN-FREE? READ THIS! You’ll want to make sure you use certified gluten-free oats. Oats don’t contain gluten, but they’re often grown and processed in ways that cause cross-contamination, so you’ll want to buy certified gluten-free oats. Trader Joe’s, Bob’s Red Mill, and these sprouted oats are my favorites.
CAN I USE STEEL-CUT OATS OR QUICK-COOKING OATS INSTEAD? It’s up to you! Rolled oats are my favorite for texture in this honey almond overnight oats recipe (they soften but don’t go mushy). Quick-cooking oats can get a little mushy after a couple of days, and steel-cut often remain pretty chewy for my taste. But you do you!
HOW LONG DO OVERNIGHT OATS LAST IN THE FRIDGE? Generally speaking, overnight oats last well 2-3 days in the refrigerator. If you plan to make them several days in advance, I recommend…
TIPS FOR MAKING THEM SEVERAL DAYS AHEAD OF TIME. If you plan to make this honey almond overnight oats recipe several days in advance, I recommend only mixing in about half the cherries and almonds. They’ll soften over time and flavor the oats more fully, but for the best texture, I love adding the other half of the cherries and almonds right before serving.
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