This is a variation of our overnight oats base recipe. Cinnamon overnight oats are great for breakfast and can make busy mornings a breeze. We love this cinnamon overnight oats recipe because it has the flavors of a cinnamon roll, but offers way more nutrition!
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Want to make a quick and healthy breakfast for the entire week or for the whole family? To speed up prep time, make a big batch in a bowl, then distribute into individual servings.
Do you love cinnamon as much as we do? Use ½ teaspoon.
Don’t worry if the almond butter doesn’t mix in all the way. It will soften as it sits in the refrigerator overnight.
- Oats: use old-fashioned or quick oats. Old-fashioned oats create a firm, chewy texture, whereas quick oats create a soft, mushy texture. Do not use steel cut oats, as these have to be cooked.
- Milk: use regular or dairy-free milk. Don’t have milk? You can also make overnight oats with water, but they won’t taste as creamy.
- Greek Yogurt: substitute regular plain yogurt. Choose a fat content that works for your overall diet. Choose sugar-free varieties and sweeten to your taste. To make your cinnamon overnight oats vegan, leave out the yogurt, but note that they will not be as creamy and will be lower in protein. You can also substitute a plant-based yogurt.
- Almond Butter: substitute 1 Tablespoon peanut butter to make peanut butter cinnamon overnight oats. Alternatively, substitute 2 Tablespoons toasted, slivered almonds.
- Honey: substitute maple syrup, agave nectar, or brown sugar. You can also use jam, juice, or pureed fruit.
- Cinnamon: substitute pumpkin or apple pie spice.
- Raisins: substitute any fresh or dried fruit. If using larger dried fruits, such as figs, apricots, or dates, chop into smaller pieces. Sliced banana, diced apples, or fresh raspberries are also great on cinnamon oats.
Feel free to add other mix-ins or toppings of your choosing: fruit, chia seeds, flax seeds, toasted pumpkin seeds, dark chocolate chips, unsweetened coconut flakes, cocoa powder, toasted nuts, etc.
Make banana cinnamon overnight oats by adding banana slices in the morning.
Need some overnight oats recipe inspiration?
Use our base recipe as a guide, or check out our favorite overnight oats variations!
Take a look at our stovetop oatmeal base recipe and its variations for even more ideas!
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Cinnamon Overnight Oats are a Healthy Breakfast
The first meal of the day can affect how you feel for the rest of the day. A balanced breakfast should contain fiber-rich complex carbohydrates, protein, and healthy fats. The featured ingredients in this healthy overnight oats recipe are oats, Greek yogurt, almond butter, and raisins. This recipe also contains a touch of honey, but a much lower amount of added sugar than most breakfast cereals.
Oats are a whole grain and are a good source of fiber and complex carbohydrates. Fiber is important for digestion, satiety, stable blood sugar, good cholesterol, and healthy gut bacteria. Complex carbohydrates are important for steady energy and focus. (1, 2)
Making overnight oats with Greek yogurt creates a creamy texture and taste. Plus, it adds a nutritional boost! Greek yogurt is a great source of protein, calcium, and gut-friendly probiotics.
Almond butter contains plant-based protein, fiber, and healthy monounsaturated fats. These nutrients help you feel satisfied until your next meal and can support heart health. (3)
Raisins contain carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals. As part of a healthy, balanced diet, raisins may contribute to disease prevention. (4)
Less Sugar than Cold Breakfast Cereal
Many breakfast cereals contain large amounts of added sugars that don’t support health. By making your own homemade blueberry overnight oats, you get to control the amount of added sugar that you eat!
Cinnamon roll overnight oats aren’t just for breakfast! Oats with honey and cinnamon can also be a great snack or post-workout treat.
Serve hot or cold.
How to Store Cinnamon Raisin Overnight Oats
Store overnight oats in the refrigerator. They’ll be ready to eat the next morning but can be stored for up to one week. The longer the oats are held in the refrigerator, the mushier they will become.
If storing for more than a few days, add fresh fruit in the morning for best taste and texture. This is especially important for quick-to-spoil fruits like berries.
Want more healthy breakfast recipes?
Check out these healthy base recipes, then adjust flavors to YOUR taste!
Cinnamon Overnight Oats
- ½ cup old fashioned oats
- ½ cup milk/milk alternative
- ¼ cup Greek yogurt (optional)
- 1 Tablespoon almond butter
- 1 teaspoon honey (or to taste)
- ¼ – ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 Tablespoons raisins
- Mix oats, milk, yogurt, almond butter, honey, and cinnamon in a bowl. Top with raisins or add them in the morning.
- Cover and refrigerate overnight.
- Enjoy cold!