Golden Milk Overnight Oats

$0.40 each
by Beth - Budget Bytes
4.88 from 25 votes
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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.

How Many Does This Serve?

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 To 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.
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Golden Milk Overnight Oats

4.88 from 25 votes
Earthy, slightly sweet, and full of aromatic spices, these Golden Milk Overnight Oats will be your new favorite make ahead summer breakfast!
Earthy, slightly sweet, and full of aromatic spices, these Golden Milk Overnight Oats will be your new favorite make ahead summer breakfast!
Servings 1
Prep 5 minutes
Cook 8 hours
Soak Time 8 hours
Total 8 hours 5 minutes


  • 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: 1ServingCalories: 208kcalCarbohydrates: 28.5gProtein: 9.3gFat: 7.5gSodium: 498.9mgFiber: 3.2g
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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! 


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  1. Very tasty! Oatmeal was pretty runny (used soy milk and rolled oats), but otherwise, super easy and great taste 💛

  2. I LOVE the flavors of this, but I’m not a huge fan of the “overnight oats” texture. Would you consider making a baked oatmeal version of this delicious flavor combo??

  3. I love this recipe! I’ve made hot and cold versions of this, and am in love with the cool, lightly sweetened milk. It is so refreshing! Thanks for making my mornings a little easier and a lot tastier.

  4. The first bite of this hits so hard! Amazing flavor. I compared it to a regular bowl of oatmeal and wondered what I was doing my whole life for breakfast!

  5. I used coconut milk (the kind in the carton) and added a pinch of cardamom. Yum! And turmeric has so many health benefits! Can’t wait to try with flax.