The most amazing morning pick me up with coffee, cinnamon, and vanilla in your morning oatmeal. Easy to make, nutritious, and filling.
Vanilla Latte Overnight Oatmeal is a burst of coffee goodness to help you get your morning started right.
We are huge fans of overnight oats here and this new version just might be my favorite. They are so good, so filling, and have just the right secret pick me up!
Have you ever wondered what your oatmeal would taste like if it was made with something besides milk or water? Orange juice is an option, but my favorite has to be coffee – yes, you can make your oatmeal in coffee, and it tastes even better if you leave it sit overnight!
Before you get started on making it though, keep reading to learn some of the health benefits of overnight oatmeal – and a whole lot more!
What Goes in Overnight Oatmeal?
Starting with rolled oats, overnight oatmeal is no more complex than instant oatmeal or overnight muesli if you have ever made that.
For this Vanilla Latte Overnight Oatmeal, you're going to need strong coffee (not for drinking right then, no matter how much you want to!), almond butter, chia seeds, vanilla extract, unsweetened almond milk, your favorite sweetener, and just a pinch of salt
Further down you'll find some alternatives to swap in, in case there's anything in this recipe you don’t like!
What Type of Coffee Works Best?
When it comes to putting coffee in your overnight oats, the best coffee to use is normal percolated coffee; flavored or unflavored is entirely up to you, though I don’t recommend going with a cheaper brand for this, since even the small amount of coffee in this recipe will stand out.
Called “Cowboy Oatmeal” in some parts of the country, you can actually swap out the almond milk in this recipe with even more coffee if you really wanted!
Yes, I really am talking about making your oatmeal in coffee – it won’t be as creamy as it would be if based on almond milk, but it is a heck of a pick me up! You can get a bit of that creaminess back by adding in 2 tablespoons of unsweetened almond milk. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but if you’re a two or three cups of coffee in the morning sort of person, you can always use one of those cups in your breakfast oatmeal!
Can You Make Sugar Free Overnight Oatmeal?
If you have to avoid sugar for dietary reasons, then the sweetener in this recipe is what you'll need to avoid. Instead, sweeten your oatmeal with fruit, stevia, or xylitol.
Vanilla latte overnight oatmeal is just as delicious without the sweetener if you want to try going without completely!
Health Benefits of Overnight Oats
- Improves Blood Sugar: Oats may help lower blood sugar levels, especially in people who are overweight or have type 2 diabetes. Studies have shown that they might even improve insulin sensitivity.
- Packed with Antioxidants: Your oats are high in avenathramides, an antioxidant that is found almost exclusively in oats. These avenathramides are not only antioxidants but they also have anti-inflammatory and anti-itching effects as well.
- Improves Regularity: The high fiber content in oats helps regulate bowel issues, including frequent constipation that comes with age.
- Lowers Cholesterol: Your oatmeal also helps lower your cholesterol and protect LDL cholesterol (the bad one) from oxidizing which is one of the things that helps heart disease form.
Can You Make Overnight Oatmeal With Tea?
This might seem like a little bit of an odd question to some (in fact, I had to do a bit of a double-take when I first saw a recipe for tea infused oatmeal), but the answer to that question is yes!
To make your overnight oatmeal with tea, steep tea bags in warmed almond milk – this works with any type of tea you can think of from Green Tea to Earl Grey. However, I don’t recommend using any of the “sleepy” types of tea, since the last thing you need when you’re trying to wake up in the morning is tea telling you to go back to sleep!
You can take the idea of coffee flavored oatmeal and extend it to include all of your favorite coffee flavors – even the iconic pumpkin spice latte. Keep reading for a few ideas to get you started:
- Pumpkin Spice Latte: Pumpkin puree and pumpkin spice mix with a splash of vanilla extract.
- Cinnamon Mocha: Cinnamon and Baking Cocoa topped with whipped cream the next day for a sugary treat.
- Nutella Latte: Scoop in a few spoonfuls of Nutella or another Hazelnut Chocolate spread for a nutty coffee flavor.
- Café Borgia: Add chocolate and a few squeezes of your favorite citrus for oatmeal that tastes just like café Borgia.
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1/2 cup rolled oats
2 tbsp brewed coffee (strong)
2 tsp almond butter
2 tsp chia seeds
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 Pinch salt
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
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