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Matcha Overnight Oats

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Start your day off right with this easy, flavorful matcha overnight oats recipe! Loaded with fiber and antioxidants and prepped in just 6 minutes, this is the perfect healthy breakfast recipe that you can make ahead and enjoy the next morning. Top them with fresh fruit, granola, or a drizzle of maple syrup and dig in!

Matcha overnight oats recipe served in a tall glass topped with berries, granola, maple syrup, and mint leaves.

These overnight matcha oats are my new favorite meal prep breakfast! They’re tasting, filling, and have a wonderful sweet, earthy flavor thanks to the combination of matcha, vanilla extract, and maple syrup.

Matcha is a type of powdered green tea made from high-quality green tea leaves that have been ground down into a fine green tea powder. It has amazing health benefits and a really unique flavor. If you’re already a matcha lover, you should also try my matcha muffins for an easy breakfast!

Matcha has a distinct, sweet, grassy flavor and is usually used in lattes, smoothies, and desserts. This matcha overnight oatmeal is made with sweet and creamy coconut milk and just a little bit of sweetness for the most delicious green tea overnight oats! 

The oats will absorb the liquids overnight and become soft and delicious. If you’re new to matcha, don’t hesitate to give this matcha oats recipe a try. Keep reading to learn how to make overnight oats!

👩🏽‍🍳 Why This Recipe Works

  • Quick and easy to make
  • Rich in antioxidants
  • Low in calories
  • Satisfying, filling breakfast
  • Vegan and gluten free
  • High in protein and fiber
  • Versatile and can be customized with different toppings
  • Perfect for meal prepping
  • Great way to start your day with a nutritious breakfast
  • Best matcha overnight oats recipe ever!

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🥘 Ingredients

Double this recipe and make these matcha overnight oats on a Sunday night to have breakfast ready for the first few days of the week. The full measurements and recipe details for these healthy overnight oats can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

Ingredients for matcha overnight oats recipe on a white background.
  • Rolled Oats: Old-fashioned rolled oats are best used in this matcha latte oatmeal however you can use quick oats if that’s all you have.
  • Chia Seeds: Chia seeds help thicken the overnight oats with matcha tea and gives them a creamy texture. These powerhouse seeds are packed with health benefits including dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats.
  • Food-Grade Matcha Powder: Use a high-quality matcha powder for your green tea oatmeal for the best possible flavor. You can find matcha powder online or even at many grocery stores.
  • Coconut Yogurt & Almond Milk: Coconut yogurt and unsweetened almond milk add to the moisture, sweetness, and the creamy consistency of your matcha oatmeal recipe.
  • Vanilla Extract & Maple Syrup: Vanilla extract is an important flavor enhancer for this green tea oatmeal. This is because matcha does have a somewhat strong flavor, so it needs some balancing to make it more pleasant. Pure maple syrup is used to help sweeten this matcha green tea overnight oats recipe.

✔️ Substitutions

  • Yogurt: If you don’t have coconut yogurt, any plain yogurt will work. To keep this dairy free, use soy yogurt or almond milk yogurt. If you don’t need to make a vegan matcha overnight oats recipe, you can use regular plain yogurt or even Greek yogurt.
  • Milk: You can use any type of plant-based milk you prefer, like oat milk or soy milk. Regular milk will work too if you don’t need this creamy oatmeal to be vegan or dairy free!
  • Sweetener: Maple syrup can be substituted with a drizzle of honey, brown sugar, or even coconut sugar. However, these sugars may alter the taste and color of the dish, and keep in mind, if you use honey it won’t be vegan friendly.

🔪 Instructions

Follow these step-by-step instructions for this simple overnight oats recipe and enjoy the incredible health benefits of matcha! You’ll be blown away by how easy and quick prep time is for this meal! Get the full details in the recipe card below.

Combine Dry Ingredients: Add the old-fashioned oats, chia seeds, and matcha powder in a mixing bowl, mix until well combined.

Matcha powder, oats, and spices mixed in a mixing bowl.

Combine Remaining Ingredients: In a separate bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients.

Wet ingredients for overnight matcha oatmeal mixed in a mixing bowl.

Combine Both Mixtures: Pour the wet ingredients into the dry, and stir until incorporated.

Wet ingredients being added to matcha powder and rolled oats in a glass container.

Chill Overnight: Transfer to a sealable container or mason jar and place in the fridge for 3 hours – overnight. The oats soak up most of the liquid, so if you’d prefer, you can add some additional almond milk to thin it slightly when serving. Enjoy this overnight green oatmeal as is, or top it with fresh berries, granola, coconut yogurt, or a drizzle of maple syrup.

Green tea overnight oats transferred to a glass container for storing overnight in the fridge.

💭 Expert Tips

  • Chia seeds can sometimes get clumpy as this mixture is setting. Make sure all the ingredients are well mixed, and if you want to add a little extra caution, you can take your matcha oatmeal out of the fridge after about 30 minutes to an hour and stir it up one more time before chilling overnight. 
  • Running short on time? If you’re running short on time you can soak these oats for 3 hours instead of overnight.
  • Don’t use steel cut oats for this recipe. Steel-cut oats are too chewy, and won’t soak up the liquid as well as rolled oats. While you can technically use instant oats for overnight oats, they will yield a softer and mushier texture compared to rolled oats. If using instant oats, you may want to reduce the soaking time or add them directly to the mixture an hour or two before consuming for a less mushy texture.
  • Adjust the thickness to your liking. This recipe creates a thicker oatmeal when it comes out of the fridge. But if you like it to be a little thinner, just add some almond milk before serving!
  • Stir well before serving. Before digging in, give your oats a good stir to ensure all the ingredients are well combined. This will evenly distribute flavors and ensure a creamy texture.
  • You don’t need ceremonial grade matcha. While you do need a good quality matcha, ceremonial matcha is much more expensive, and is meant for brewing on its own to enjoy its unique flavor. Culinary grade matcha should work just fine in this recipe!

📖 Variations

  • Strawberry Matcha Overnight Oats: You can add chopped strawberries to the mixture before you let it set up, or you can top it with strawberry slices before serving. 
  • Fresh Fruit Matcha Overnight Oats: Top your matcha with a variety of berries, apples, pears, bananas, or any fresh fruit you like!
  • Make It Gluten Free: All you need to do is use gluten-free oats to make these overnight matcha oats gluten free friendly!
  • Tropical Matcha Overnight Oats: Mix in diced pineapple, mango, and coconut flakes to top your green overnight oats to give them a tropical flavor!
  • Add Protein: This matcha oatmeal recipe already has 12 grams of protein per serving. To increase the protein (up to 30-35 grams per serving), just add a scoop of your favorite protein powder into the mixture before chilling. I recommend a vanilla flavored protein powder to complement the matcha flavor. You can also top with sliced nuts, chia seeds, hemp seeds, nut butter, or Greek yogurt (if you don’t need this recipe to be vegan friendly) for even more protein!

🍽 Serving Suggestions

You can serve these creamy matcha overnight oats all on its own, or with a variety of toppings and breakfast drinks. Here are some of our favorite ways to serve overnight oats:

🫙 Storage Directions

For best results, transfer your oats to an airtight container or mason jar. Keep them stored, covered, in the fridge for up to 4 days. I don’t recommend freezing this recipe as the consistency of the oats will change when frozen and defrosted.

Meal Prep Tips

These matcha oats are so convenient for busy mornings and are great for meal prep! You can easily double or triple the recipe to make a big batch that will last for several days. Just ensure you store the overnight oats in a sealed container in the refrigerator and consume within four days.

❓Recipe FAQs

DO YOU EAT OVERNIGHT OATS WARM OR COLD?

Overnight oats are usually eaten cold, but they can be easily heated if you prefer to eat them that way! Just transfer them to a microwave safe container and heat until warmed through (about 1 minute).

ARE OVERNIGHT OATS ACTUALLY HEALTHY?

Yes, overnight oats can be a very healthy breakfast option as they are packed with dietary fiber, protein, vitamins, and minerals. The key is to make sure you aren’t loading them up with sugar, unhealthy fats, and dessert toppings like chocolate, whipped cream, or sweet sauces like caramel or syrups! 

WHAT IS THE BEST LIQUID FOR OVERNIGHT OATS?

Regular milk or a plant based milk is the best liquid for making overnight oats. It will create the creamiest texture and best flavor possible.

WHY CAN’T YOU USE WATER WITH OVERNIGHT OATS?

Technically, you can use water to make overnight oats. But you won’t get as much of a creamy texture if you just use water. Regular milk or non-dairy milk will give the oats a little more of a creamy taste and complement the matcha flavor better!

How far in advance do you need to make overnight oats?

Overnight oats typically need to be prepared at least 3 hours in advance to allow for sufficient soaking time. But the ideal timeframe is to make the oats the night before, to let them soak overnight, which gives the oats ample time to soften and absorb the flavors of the other ingredients. This longer soaking period also ensures a creamy and delicious texture! Prepping overnight oats the night before or even a couple of nights in advance is a convenient way to have a ready-to-eat breakfast waiting for you in the morning too!

What is the ratio of oats to liquid for overnight oats?

A common ratio for overnight oats is 1 part oats to 1 part liquid. This can be adjusted based on your desired consistency. If you prefer thicker oats, reduce the amount of liquid slightly, and for thinner oats, increase the liquid.

Matcha overnight oats recipe served in a tall glass topped with berries, granola, maple syrup, and mint leaves.

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Matcha Overnight Oats

Start your day off right with this easy, flavorful matcha overnight oats recipe! Loaded with fiber and antioxidants and prepped in just 6 minutes, this is the perfect healthy breakfast recipe that you can make ahead and enjoy the next morning. Top them with fresh fruit, granola, or a drizzle of maple syrup and dig in!
Prep Time6 minutes
Overnight Soaking Time3 hours
Total Time3 hours 6 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine: Japanese, Vegan
Diet: Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 2
Calories: 325kcal
Author: Anjali Shah

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Mix together the oats, chia seeds and matcha powder until well combined.
  • In a separate bowl whisk together the remaining ingredients.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry, stir until incorporated.
  • Transfer to a sealable container and place in the fridge for 3 hours – overnight.
  • The oats soak up most of the liquid, so if you’d prefer you can add some additional almond milk to thin slightly when serving.
  • Enjoy the overnight oats as they are or top with fresh berries, granola, coconut yogurt or a drizzle of maple syrup.
  • Overnight oats can be stored, covered, in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Notes

  • The oats will absorb the liquids overnight and will become soft and delicious.
  • Rolled oats are best used in this recipe however you can use quick oats if that’s all you have.
  • Yogurt has been used to give this recipe a delicious creamy taste, if you don’t have coconut yogurt any plain yogurt will work.
  • Make sure you use a good quality food grade matcha powder.
  • Maple syrup can be substituted with honey, brown sugar or even coconut sugar however these sugars may alter the taste and color of the dish.
  • This recipe can be double so you have enough for a few days of meal prep.
  • Any plant based or dairy milk can be used.
  • If you’re running short on time you can soak these overnight oats for 3 hours instead of overnight.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 325kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 98mg | Potassium: 219mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 15g

10 responses to “Matcha Overnight Oats”

  1. This was absolutely delicious. The perfect breakfast option. I loved that I could eat it while getting ready for work!5 stars

  2. I love making overnight oats. I am always in a rush in the mornings, and this makes eating breakfast easier. I sometimes grab and go and eat them on the way.5 stars

  3. I love the way these matcha oats look! They are beautiful and colorful. Can’t wait to make it soon!5 stars

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