These molasses-sweetened gingerbread overnight oats are the perfect cozy winter breakfast. Perfect for meal prep or as a healthy dessert!
Overnight oats are a great meal prep recipe year round. Whether you enjoy them hot or cold (I’m personally all about heating them up for super creamy no-fuss oatmeal!) you are sure to love these cozy winter oats.
The winter-y gingerbread flavor is made using molasses, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves.
Aside from those ingredients, this recipe uses your classic oatmeal ingredients:
- Rolled oats
- Milk of choice (soy milk is my go-to, but almond, cashew, or regular milk will work)
- A pinch of salt
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Molasses is the main sweetener in these oats, but a spoon of brown sugar can be added for extra sweetness and that classic oatmeal feel.
For a complete, filling breakfast we will add pomegranate seeds and chopped pecans. Pecans provide healthy fats and are a source of protein, while pomegranates add a literal POP of texture, flavor and color.
This recipe makes two servings of gingerbread overnight oats. To make the recipe, simply combine all ingredients together in a medium mixing bowl. Let rest overnight, or for at least 4 hours.
Alternately, divide the ingredients between two pint sized Ball jars (cute and functional!).
How to serve
Overnight oats can be eaten cold but I like to reheat them, especially in the cold winter months.
Reheating overnight oats makes extra creamy oatmeal. You can reheat oatmeal in a Ball jar or bowl in the microwave for 1-2 minutes. Stir to distribute heat evenly.
Another option is to reheat your overnight oats in a sauce pan over medium heat. Heat until warmed through, stirring occasionally. This will take 5-8 minutes.
How far in advance can I make overnight oats?
For best quality, make overnight oats no more than 72 hours (3 days) in advance. The longer the oats sit together, the softer they will get.
Pro tip: Mix your favorite vanilla yogurt into cold overnight oats just before eating (this doesn’t work as well if you’ve warmed up the oats). Not only does this add protein and calcium, but yogurt makes the oats even more creamy.