These molasses-sweetened gingerbread overnight oats are the perfect cozy winter breakfast. They are ready in just 5 minutes and are 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 gingerbread-inspired overnight oats.
- Requires just 5 minutes of active time
- Filled with warming flavors just like gingerbread cookies and gingerbread
- Can be eaten hot or cold
- Perfect for meal prep
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!).
- Molasses and gingerbread spices like ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves combine to make a classic gingerbread flavor.
- Rolled oats are the backbone of overnight oats. Instant oats work but steel-cut oats do not.
- Milk: Choose your favorite non-dairy milk to make this recipe vegan or stick to 2% or whole milk. Vanilla soymilk is my go-to in overnight oats.
- Pomegranate seeds and pecans are my go-to gingerbread oatmeal topping. Both of these ingredients are optional. Pomegranate seeds add a pop of color and texture.
- For extra protein, mix your favorite vanilla yogurt into cold overnight oats just before eating. Not only does this add protein and calcium, but yogurt makes the oats even more creamy.
- For extra sweetness, add light brown sugar, maple syrup, or honey. Molasses is lightly sweet but may not be sweet enough if you prefer sweet overnight oats.
- Milk: Any kind of milk works. Try using chocolate milk for a chocolate twist.
- Extra nutrition: Add 1 tablespoon chia seeds, ground flaxseeds, or hemp seeds for extra nutrition and healthy fats.
- Fruit: Sliced strawberries also go well with gingerbread flavor if pomegranate seeds aren't available.
- I share a lot more tips and customization ideas in my How to Make Overnight Oats video.
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.
Overnight oats can be warmed up or eaten cold out of the fridge, it's up to you! You can reheat oats in the microwave in just 1-2 minutes, stirring halway through. 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.
Definitely! Use any kind of pint-sized glass or container to make overnight oats.
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Gingerbread Overnight Oats
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 2 cups unsweetened soy milk
- 3 tablespoons molasses
- ¼ cup pecans plus more for topping
- ¼ cup pomegranate seeds plus more for topping
- ½ teaspoon ginger
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon cloves
- Pinch of salt
- 6-8 ounces yogurt of choice
- brown sugar as needed for sweetening
- Stir all ingredients (except yogurt) together in a medium bowl or divide evenly between two pint-sized Ball jars. Cover and refrigerate overnight or for at least 4 hours.
- Enjoy topped with yogurt, pecans, pomegranate seeds and cinnamon.
- Nutrition facts are calculated using soy milk and do not include additional toppings or yogurt.
- For best quality, enjoy overnight oats within 72 hours of making.
- To reheat overnight oats: You can reheat oatmeal in a Ball jar or bowl in the microwave for 1-2 minutes. Stir to distribute heat evenly. To reheat in a sauce pan: Place over medium heat, stirring occasionally and heating until warmed through. This will take 5-8 minutes.