These matcha latte overnight oats are a fun twist on a tasty morning beverage and are easy to prep for a quick grab and go filling breakfast. Simply prepare your oat mix in the evening and wake up to breakfast ready to go!
Why you need to add these oats to your meal prep rotation
- This pretty much combines my two favorite ways to start my day, enjoying a matcha latte and some oatmeal. It’s the ultimate morning pick me up thanks to the stable caffeine in the matcha and the sustained energy provided by the oats.
- This takes a total of 10 minutes to prep the night before, 5 of those minutes being wait time to stir before placing in the fridge.
- Thanks to the combo of oats, chia seeds and yogurt, these oats are not only creamy, but also super filling and satisfying.
- Matcha Powder: opt for good quality matcha where you can; I used Ippodo Tea USA for this recipe
- Rolled Oats: I chose gluten free rolled oats to make this recipe gluten free
- Chia Seeds: this will help your oats gel up and become creamy
- Vegan Yogurt: any yogurt will do for this, so feel free to opt based on your dietary/allergy preference
- Medjool Date: for natural sweetness, but you can swap in some liquid sweetener of your choosing
- Unsweetened Plant Milk: you can use any plant milk you prefer, I really like this with oat milk and almond milk
How to make matcha latte overnight oats
Start by preparing your matcha. Sift your matcha into a matcha bowl. Add your water and using a flicking motion with your wrist, whisk your matcha with the water in a “W” pattern back and forth until your water and matcha are well combined and free of clumps.
In a medium sized jar, combine your oats, salt, chia seeds and mix well. Add in your sweetener of choice, yogurt, milk and the matcha you prepared. Carefully stir well until well combined and allow to sit for five minutes.
Give your mixture a really good stir to make sure that your chia seeds haven’t clumped together. Seal your jar and allow to thicken overnight in the fridge. Before serving, get another good mix in and if desired add a little more milk to achieve your desired consistency then serve.
Tips for making these overnight oats
- The type of matcha you use tends to make a big difference in it’s flavor. Naturally, matcha has an earthy taste to it and should have a nice green color to it as well. Lower grade matcha tends to be a little more yellow and grey in color and have more of a bitter taste to it. If it is possible, aim for good quality match where you can. Personally, I am picky with my matcha, and opt for ceremonial grade most times unless I am baking something with matcha in it. Since we are making overnight oats and really wanted a smooth taste, I opted in using ceremonial grade in this recipe.
- Sift and whisk your matcha well. Sift your matcha powder into a matcha bowl before adding water and whisking. Sifting your matcha will prevent the formation of lumps when liquid is added to it later. Once you sift the powder, add a small amount of warm water to your powder, and with a match whisk, whisk your matcha by flicking your wrist in a “W” shaped pattern back and forth until your matcha is mixed well in the water.
- You can make these oats allergy friendly by opting for both plant based yogurt and plant based milks that are nut free. My personal favorite option is oat milk and oat or coconut based yogurt.
Overnight Oats FAQ
Are overnight oats healthy?
Yes! Oats count as a whole grain option, so highly recommend them. Because they are a whole grain, oats provide a good deal of fiber and fullness. Fiber may aid better digestion and help promote better heart health. When combined with the chia seeds, the satisfaction level also increases. The healthy fats from the chia seeds and the fiber from the oats help to keep your energy more stable between meals.
What are the health benefits of matcha?
I actually talk a lot about matcha’s health benefits in my stove top version of these matcha latte oats. In short, matcha has a lot of benefit. Some of the main benefits of matcha include:
- A boost in antioxidants, specifically catechins such as EGCG, which may help prevent cellular damage (more research is needed)
- Improved cognition and concentration
- Stress relief and improved mood
Are there any substitutes for matcha?
If good quality matcha is not within your budget, I would recommend that you opt for some good quality culinary grade matcha instead. It is more affordable, and while it might not be as smooth as ceremonial grade matcha, for a recipe like this it does the trick. In general, when it comes to matcha, you can tell a lot about it’s quality from both it’s taste and color. Technically, there isn’t a really great alternative to matcha powder for these matcha oats. But, if you value the antioxidant properties of matcha, a great alternative to these oats would be some oats made with cocoa powder instead. Nothing wrong with a little chocolate.
How long do these oats keep for?
For best results, I love these no more than 2 days out from prepping, but they can last up to 4-5 days in the fridge. Just note, you may need to add a little more milk when getting ready to serve as the oats and chia will absorb a great deal of the liquid as they continue to sit.
What can I enjoy overnight oats with?
Feel free to pair your oats with things like fresh fruit. To keep the green theme going, I opted for some kiwi along with some banana slices for extra sweetness. For protein and a little healthy fat I also love adding some nuts and seeds. For this version I made, I used pepitas and some hemp hearts sprinkled over top. Love this texture as it adds some more chew and crunch.
More Make Ahead Oat Recipes
These matcha latte overnight oats are a fun twist on a tasty morning beverage and easy to prep for a quick grab and go filling breakfast. These are gluten free and can be made nut free with a few simple swaps.
- 1/2 tsp matcha powder
- 2 tbsp hot water
- 1/2 cup gluten free rolled oats
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 mashed medjool date or 2 tsp maple syrup
- 2/3 cup unsweetened almond milk or oat milk
- 2 tbsp unsweetened vegan yogurt
- Pinch of salt
- Sift your matcha into a matcha bowl. Add your water and using a flicking motion with your wrist, whisk your matcha with the water in a “W” pattern until your water and matcha are well combined and free of clumps.
- In a medium sized jar, combine your oats, salt, chia seeds and mix well.
- Add in your sweetener of choice, yogurt, milk and the matcha you prepared then stir well to combine and allow to sit for five minutes.
- Give your mixture one more good stir, then seal your jar and allow to thicken overnight in the fridge.
- Before serving, mix again and if desired add a little more milk to achieve your desired consistency then serve.
For best results, please used rolled oats for this recipe. Do not sub your rolled oats for steel cut oats.
The longer your oats sit, the thicker and softer they will get. Note that you might want to opt to prep these containers 2 at a time before setting up your next batch if prepping for the week. I often like to prep all the dry ingredients in the jars for the week and then add in the wet ingredients the night before to help minimize prep work.
I recommend adding your fruit, nuts and seeds the morning you plan to enjoy. This will prevent the texture of the fruit from getting strange as it sits.
Keywords: gluten free, breakfast, oatmeal
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