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 using the same basic flavors as my Golden Chai, then used that to soak my oats overnight. The resulting flavor was deliciously earthy and aromatic, while still being cold and refreshing! Totally a winner!
The recipe below is for ONE SERVING of these oats, but I generally make about four at a time. They’ll stay good in the fridge for about five days. To adjust the ingredient amounts below, simply change the number of servings at the top to your desired yield, and the ingredients below will automatically adjust. :) For everything that I listed a “pinch” of, that would be roughly 1/8 tsp once the recipe is adjusted up to four servings.
Scroll down just past the recipe for some options and substitution ideas!
Golden Milk Overnight Oats
Golden Milk Overnight Oats
- 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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Swaps and Add-ins for Golden Milk Overnight Oats
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!).
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.
You can eat these oats 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!
Step by Step Photos
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).
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.
Place your oats in a container (something air-tight to keep refrigerator smells out), then pour the golden milk overtop.
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.
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?
As with any oats, feel free to dress them up with any fruit or nuts that you have laying around the kitchen!