Golden Milk Overnight Oats

Oats continue to be my #1 pick for budget breakfasts because they literally cost pennies, they’re a blank slate for flavors, and you can eat them either hot or cold. Every summer I trade in my hot baked oatmeals for cold soaked overnight oats because they’re just as filling, but oh so refreshing in this heavy heat. The other day I saw Golden Milk Overnight Oats on a restaurant menu and, being a huge fan of golden milk, knew that I had to try them immediately! I spiced up some milk with some turmeric and other warm spices, then used the spiced milk to soak my oats overnight. The resulting flavor was deliciously earthy and aromatic, while still being cold and refreshing! Totally a winner!

A bowl of Golden Milk Overnight Oats with dried cranberries and coconut, on a wood plate.


The recipe below is for ONE SERVING of these oats, but I generally make about four at a time (you can adjust the ingredient amounts in the recipe below by just changing the number in the servings box). They’ll stay good in the fridge for about five days. For everything that I listed a “pinch” of, that would be roughly 1/8 tsp once the recipe is adjusted up to four servings.

Can I Use Non-Dairy Milk?

You can use any type of dairy or non-dairy milk for these Golden Milk Overnight Oats, just keep in mind that if your milk is sweetened in any way, you may want to consider reducing the honey in the recipe. Personally, I love the way that dairy milk pairs with the earthy flavor of the turmeric and the subtle sweetness of the honey (milk + honey is such a classic flavor combo!).

What Else Can I Add?

Feel free to mix in other types of seeds and nuts with the oats, similar to what I did with my Make Ahead Seeded Oats, keeping in mind that you may need extra milk if using something absorbent, like chia seeds.

How Do You Serve Overnight Oats?

You can eat these overnight oats hot or cold, and you can eat them plain, or top them with whatever fun things you have hiding in your pantry. Today I added dried cranberries and some unsweetened shredded coconut. Bananas, pistachios, or almonds are also great matches!

A spoonful of Golden Overnight Oats being lifted from the bowl.

Earthy, slightly sweet, and full of aromatic spices, these Golden Milk Overnight Oats will be your new favorite make ahead summer breakfast!
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Golden Milk Overnight Oats

Earthy, slightly sweet, and full of aromatic spices, these Golden Milk Overnight Oats will be your new favorite make ahead summer breakfast!
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 8 hrs
Soak Time: 8 hrs
Total Time: 8 hrs 5 mins
Servings: 1


  • 1/3 cup rolled oats ($0.06)
  • 2/3 cup milk ($0.21)
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric ($0.03)
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon ($0.02)
  • 1 pinch cloves ($0.01)
  • 1/8 tsp vanilla ($0.04)
  • 1/2 tsp honey ($0.02)
  • 1 pinch salt ($0.01)


  • Add the turmeric, cinnamon, cloves, honey, and salt to the milk and whisk to combine. The spices may still clump slightly, but that's okay. They'll loosen as they hydrate while soaking overnight.
  • Add the oats to a jar or other air-tight container. Pour the spiced milk over the oats and stir briefly to combine. 
  • Place a lid on the container and refrigerate for at least 8 hours, or up to five days.
  • To serve, stir the soaked oats and eat straight from your container or place them in a bowl. Feel free to top with fruit and nuts, if available.
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Serving: 1 ServingCalories: 208 kcalCarbohydrates: 28.5 gProtein: 9.3 gFat: 7.5 gSodium: 498.9 mgFiber: 3.2 g
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How to Make Golden Milk Overnight Oats – Step by Step Photos

Golden Milk Overnight Oats Ingredients

Here’s what I used to make my Golden Milk Overnight Oats: 1/3 cup rolled oats, 2/3 cup milk (I used whole milk for extra richness), 1/4 tsp turmeric, 1/8 tsp cinnamon, a pinch of cloves, 1/8 tsp vanilla, 1/2 tsp honey, and a pinch of salt (not pictured). 

Add spices to milk

Make the golden milk first by adding the turmeric, cinnamon, cloves, vanilla, honey, and salt to the milk, then whisking to combine. The spices may still clump a little after whisking, and that’s okay. They’ll have plenty of time to hydrate and diffuse as they soak overnight. 

Add Golden Milk to Oats

Place your oats in a container (something air-tight to keep refrigerator smells out), then pour the golden milk overtop.

Pre-soaked Golden Milk Overnight Oats

Give the oats a brief stir, then close up your container and pop it in the fridge. This is what it looks like before soaking. It’s not even very yellow, but that changes as it soaks.

Soaked Golden Milk Overnight Oats

Soak the oats for at least 8 hours, or up to five days. Before eating, make sure to give them a good stir! See how yellow they are now?

A spoon sitting in a bowl of Golden Milk Overnight Oats with dried cranberries and coconut.

As with any oats, feel free to dress them up with any fruit or nuts that you have laying around the kitchen!