This healthy chai spiced overnight oats recipe with cold brew coffee is a deliciously spiced breakfast treat made the night before.
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For YEARS Bry and I have been eating my Peanut Butter Overnight Oats recipe almost every week day. Sure, there are mornings where I’ll throw in a jar of Protein Strawberries and Cream or Peach Crisp oats, but usually it’s the OG PB ones.
That was until I made this recipe.
Filled with warming spices and lightly sweetened with maple syrup, these healthy chai overnight oats are my ideal make ahead breakfast recipe.
These overnight oats are made without yogurt, so they can easily be heated in the morning if you prefer a hot breakfast. Plus, you can also make a dirty chai version by adding a few splashes of cold brew concentrate.
I do, but you don’t have to eat overnight oats cold. Personally, I love how thick and batter-like cold oats are.
However, if you prefer a warm breakfast, you can warm them in the microwave in the morning.
Yes, overnight oats can be a very nutritious breakfast. Let’s take a look at the ingredients and some of the nutrients they provide:
Oats: Fiber, protein, manganese, phosphorus, copper, thiamine, zinc, iron, and magnesium.
Chia seeds: Omega-3 fatty acids, protein, fiber, magnesium, manganese, calcium, and phosphorus.
Spices: Antioxidants, anti-inflammatory plant compounds, small amounts of minerals.
Almond butter: Protein, healthy fats, fiber, vitamin E, copper, magnesium, phosphorus, and riboflavin (vitamin B2).
Oat milk: Fiber, vitamin A*, calcium*, vitamin D*, vitamin B12*, riboflavin*, phosphorus*.
*Depending on whether your oat milk is fortified. My go-to milk is Oatly Low-Fat (basically oat milk but doesn’t have any fat added to it).
Plus, oats are one of the only known food sources of avenanthramides — a family of antioxidants that are being studied for their role in protecting against heart disease and colon cancer.
>>Get all you need to know about the health benefits and uses of oats in my ingredient guide!
Old fashioned rolled oats are the best type of oats to use for overnight oats. These are the ones that take 5 minutes to cook, rather than 1 minute.
Unlike quick-cooking oats, old fashioned ones retain a chewier texture so that you won’t end up with mush. On the flip side, I don’t recommend using steel cut as they won’t soften enough.
Making a homemade chai spice blend is SUPER easy! All you have to do is combine a few spices in a jar and store it for up to 1 year.
Here’s what you’ll need:
I’ve also made this blend without allspice and it still turned out delicious. But I do think it tastes best when you have all of these ingredients.
While cold brew concentrate will give you a concentrated coffee flavor (as redundant as that is), you can still get that coffee flavor by using brewed coffee instead.
In fact, this is a great way to use up those last few drops in your coffee pot.
Instead of adding 2 tablespoons of concentrate, you’ll want to reduce the oat milk to 1/4 cup and add 1/4 cup of brewed coffee to keep your oats nice and thick.
If you prefer thinner oats, then keep the oat milk at 1/2 cup and just add the 1/4 cup of coffee.
Looking for more ways to put your chai spice to good use? Here are some healthy chai-spiced breakfast recipes to try out:
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