Honey Almond Overnight Oats – Creamy overnight oats studded with crunchy almonds and a kiss of honey. This is one delicious meal prep breakfast! (Gluten-free)
If there’s one thing I love in the kitchen it’s a VERSATILE, FLEXIBLE recipe. There’s nothing like a great blank canvas, amiright? I totally feel that way in the kitchen. Having a good base recipe you can use and change up whenever you want means you can rely less on recipes and more on what sounds good or what’s in season. Win-win!
These honey almond overnight oats are the PERFECT blank canvas at breakfast time. Enjoy them as-is (they’re delicious!), or top them with whatever fruits are in season–apples, berries, peaches, etc.
It’s a simple, yummy recipe that you can mix up in just a couple of minutes and enjoy the next day no matter how much time you have in the morning.
Here’s what you need to make these honey almond overnight oats (spoiler: you probably have everything on hand!)…
HERE’S WHAT GOES INTO MY HONEY ALMOND 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 honey almond 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 HONEY. You can add as much or as little honey as you like to these almond overnight oats. I usually like about 1-2 tsp, but follow your tastebuds! (Also: if you’re vegan, you can swap this out for apple “honey,” agave, or pure maple syrup. They all work!)
- 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!
- SLICED OR CHOPPED ALMONDS. For some crunch and additional healthy fat/protein, I love adding some almonds to these overnight oats. I usually add half upfront, then top them with the other half right before serving for a little crunch.
- A TINY BIT OF ALMOND EXTRACT (OPTIONAL). To play up the almond flavor, I recommend adding 1-2 drops of almond extract to your honey almond overnight oats, if you have it. If not, no biggie! You can use some vanilla instead.
YUMMY WAYS TO PLAY WITH THIS HONEY ALMOND OVERNIGHT OATS RECIPE:
These honey almond overnight oats are the perfect blank canvas for allllll kinds of toppings & variations. Here are a few of my favorites…
- TOAST THE ALMONDS. Toasting almonds in a dry pan on the stove for a few minutes till they’re golden gives them SO much flavor. It’s an easy way to add more depth to this recipe!
- DRIZZLE WITH A LITTLE ALMOND BUTTER. You can play up the almond flavor even more with a little drizzle of almond butter right before serving. It’s tasty!
- TOP WITH FRESH BERRIES. Fresh berries (blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries) are all *delicious* on these honey almond overnight oats. Plus, they add a bright splash of color! Bananas, peaches, and mangos are also delicious!
- SPRINKLE WITH A LITTLE GRANOLA. Sometimes for a bit more crunch, I like using a sprinkle of granola on top. (I even have a honey almond granola recipe you can use!)
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.