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Gingerbread Overnight Oats

November 16, 2022

Get the taste of the holiday season with this easy meal prep gingerbread overnight oats recipe. Simple and healthy ingredients mixed together in a jar and ready for breakfast the next morning!

Angled shot of chocolate gingerbread muffins cooling on a wire rack.

Even though the majority of my life I have lived through never-ending winters in the north, it wasn’t until last winter that I fully embraced the season. I loved cozying up by the fire in big sweaters, taking the dogs to frolic in the snow and creating seasonal recipes with ingredients that are just made for winter… like gingerbread!

These overnight oats are great for a comforting breakfast or snack that can be prepped in advance. And even better, they taste just like gingerbread cookies – but healthy! You don’t want to miss out on this delicious vegan and gluten-free breakfast recipe!

Ingredients in Gingerbread Overnight Oats

  • Rolled oats – make sure you grab gluten-free oats if needed. Do not use steel cut oats for this recipe.
  • Chia seeds – adds protein and fiber to this breakfast but also helps the mixture thicken.
  • Blackstrap molasses – key for making that gingerbread flavor we know and love! If you don’t have molasses on hand, you can also use maple syrup or honey but the taste will be a little different. 
  • Vanilla extract – a flavor enhancer.
  • Maple Syrup– adds creaminess and sweetness to this breakfast. 
  • Unsweetened vanilla almond milk – any dairy-free milk works but I like using unsweetened vanilla almond milk. 
  • Spices – a combination of ground ginger, cinnamon, ground cloves is what makes these overnight oats “gingerbread” flavored!

How to Make Gingerbread Overnight Oats

STEP 1: Mix together the dry ingredients in a glass jar or container. Shake or stir to combine. 

Dry ingredients of gingerbread overnight oats in a clear bowl. Wooden mixing spoon in the background.

STEP 2: Add the molasses, vanilla extract, banana and almond milk. Give the mixture another good shake to mix or stir.

Mixture of gingerbread overnight oats in clear bowl before soaking overnight.

STEP 3: Cover and place in the refrigerator overnight or for at least 6 hours. In the morning add more milk to thin out to desired texture (if needed) and top with any desired toppings.

Angled shot of gingerbread overnight oats in a white bowl with a spoon sticking out.

How to Serve Overnight Oats

You can enjoy this breakfast as is, right out of the refrigerator! If you don’t want your oats to be as thick, you can add a splash of almond milk (or other liquid) in the morning. I like to top these oats with a dollop of peanut butter but you could also add some chopped nuts, more sliced bananas or even berries. Choose your own adventure in a bowl!

How to Meal Prep a Larger Batch

If you’re like me, quick and easy breakfasts are the name of the game lately. I like to mix all of the dry ingredients in glass jars so they’re ready for the wet ingredients. The night before you want to indulge, simply add the wet ingredients and refrigerate overnight!

Alternatively you can easily double or triple this gingerbread oatmeal recipe so you have a few days worth of breakfasts in the fridge already. I wouldn’t recommend prepping too far in advance as anything over 3 days will make the gingerbread overnight oats pretty mushy but totally your preference!

More Overnight Oat Recipes

More gingerbread recipes to try:


Overnight Gingerbread Oats

Get the taste of the holiday season with this easy meal prep gingerbread overnight oats recipe. Simple and healthy ingredients mixed together in a jar and ready for breakfast the next morning!

  • Author: Davida Lederle
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 6 hours
  • Yield: 1 serving 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Raw
  • Diet: Vegan


  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 tsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp blackstrap molasses
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 12 tbsp maple syrup (depending on sweetness preference)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk + more for next day
  • optional toppings: nut butter, banana, crushed gingerbread cookies, chocolate chips etc…


  1. Mix together all dry ingredients in glass jar or container. Shake.
  2. Add molasses, vanilla, banana and almond milk. Give another good shake.
  3. Place in refrigerator overnight or for at least 6 hours.
  4. Next day add more almond milk to thin out. Top with optional add-ins.

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Overhead shot of gingerbread overnight oats in a white bowl. Red cookie cutter sitting next to the bowl.


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  • Reply
    May 20, 2014 at 9:38 am

    Just had this for breakfast- so good! Legit gingerbread taste- I’m impressed! thanks for the recipe!

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