Oatmeal Cookie Dough Overnight Oats

Check out the fun breakfast recipe that’s coming your way in a minute!

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But first let’s keep things consistent around here and begin with a morning workout recap.

Workout

Today’s workout began with 20 minutes on the elliptical. I was tempted to just pedal away and take it easy, but instead I cranked up the intensity for 10 minutes with some intervals.

My 20-minute elliptical workout looked like this:

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This workout could easily be done back-to-back for a 40 minute session. It made my time on the elliptical go by much faster than usual!

Also, to give you a point of reference for the above workout since I know many ellipticals are very different, the ellipticals at my gym go up to a resistance level of 20. Also, I would guess that the cross ramp setting would be at about a nine for this workout, but my elliptical didn’t have that particular setting option like many do.

I finished up my workout with some strength training before calling it a day.

Breakfast

Breakfast this morning was a bit of an experiment, but one that worked out surprisingly well!

I’ve had a few people email me about a dairy-free option for overnight oats and while I’ve played around with a few recipes in the past, last night I finally created a winner.

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This morning, when I took my first bite, I was immediately reminded of oatmeal cookie dough. If that’s not an indicator of a yummy recipe, I don’t know what is!

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Oatmeal Cookie Dough Overnight Oats

Serves One

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or milk of your choice), plus a bit more if necessary
  • 1/2 tablespoon honey
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients together, stirring to mix well.
  2. Let sit overnight (or at least an hour) in an airtight container.
  3. Stir oats and add another splash of milk if they’re a little too thick. (I probably added close to 1/4 cup of additional almond milk.)
  4. Top with nuts, fresh fruit, granola or desired toppings and enjoy.

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Since a few of you were curious about the nutritional information of my original overnight oats recipe, here’s the nutritional breakdown of this recipe:

overnight oats nutrition information

Fiber! Protein! Talk about some serious staying power. Woo!

Also, for my vegan friends out there, if you omit the honey or replace it with a sweetener of your choice, this recipe could easily work for you as well.

I should also say that while I love this dish, if you’re funny about texture, I must warn you that the oats are very doughy and a bit chewy due to the thickening power of the chia seeds. While I personally love the texture, I know it might not be for everyone, especially those who already have an aversion to basic overnight oats made with Greek yogurt.

I ended up eating my oats for breakfast along with a small banana and a hot mug of coffee.

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As you can see, I made sure to take a second to pop off the creepy little nubbin on the top of the banana before eating it. Say no to the nubbin!

Off to cram in a few hours of work before an afternoon committee meeting for the Taste of Ocala.

Enjoy your morning!

Comments

  1. says

    Hey Julie! That eliptical workout looks intense – I’ll have to try that! Do you feel like your working through molasses as you’re going through it? Hahah I can just imagine myself looking like I’m going in slow-mo when the resistance is so high!

    On another note, I’m wondering if you could share how you were able to figure out the nutrition stats on your overnight oats?

    Have a great day! 🙂

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  2. says

    Your recipe for cookie dough overnight oats sounds great! If you want a change try this recipe….it’s my favorite ever and really does taste like cookie dough:

    The night before, mix together oats, Greek yogurt, milk, cinnamon and chias!

    In the morning, stir in peanut butter & vanilla protein powder (and what other else toppings you like…I love adding strawberries & almonds too)!

    I just replenished my Sunwarrior stash so can’t wait for tomorrow morning!

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  3. says

    That oat recipe is interesting, I’m surprised only 1/2 cup of liquid is needed, I usually end up putting in about 1.5! And is that 10g of protein just from the oats and milk or are your toppings included? That’s a lot, which is awesome!

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  4. Nicole says

    I had overnight oats for breakfast also – I made mine with oats, greek yogurt, almond milk, coco powder and raspberries! I think its too funny that you take off the nubbin of the banana – it’s my favorite part!! save them for me!

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  5. says

    I tried chia seeds for the first time the other day in a smoothie and the texture sort of freaked me out :(…I want to like them! Perhaps I need to try them in oats before I fully commit to disliking them haha. And I love that you take off the banana nub on the top. I used to be the same way about the bottom!

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  6. says

    That looks amazing. I might have to switch it up for tomorrow! I normally don’t add greek yogurt but do add a protein powder to mine. Even the vanilla is just so tart first thing in the morning! I’ve been using Silk Almond Dark Chocolate though and good grief. So.So.So. good.

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  7. Katie says

    I can eat the top banana nubbin, but not the bottom one. But pickles, EW, pass me a knife STAT. No nubs for me!

    I like Almond Breeze’s 1/2 Almond 1/2 Coconut blend for my overnight oats. It has a bit more sugar than I’d like, but it has a yummy taste and gives a bit of a different texture to the oats. Yum!

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  8. Amanda says

    Hey Julie! Could you maybe add the miles you complete on your posted treadmill/elliptical workouts? I don’t know if your elliptical machines track the miles but I’d love to see the treadmill miles! Thank you!! 🙂

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  9. says

    I’m thinking those overnight oats need raisins and actual cookie dough to be considered oatmeal cookie dough oats.

    I take the nubs off my bananas too. Way too nipple like for me to put in my mouth. 😛

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  10. Sarah says

    The other day I had my first overnight oats! SO glad I did cuz it was in the high 80s! It was so summery and light. I used oats, vanilla almond milk, lemon zest, strawberries, raspberries, and some chocolate shavings- SO good. This is the only way I’ll ever make it 🙂

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  11. Rachel says

    I’m eating my overnight oats as we speak. I did mine with coconut milk and added chia seeds. This morning I added a little chocolate protein powder, a dash of cinnamon, a tablespoon of roasted flaxseed almond butter and a cut up banana.

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  12. says

    These look fantastic! I’ve been chowing down on overnight oats the last week or so myself (thanks to your blog) and posted my recipe today too! Yours looks so yummy! I’ve been using flax seeds, since I don’t have any chia, but will be picking up a bag this weekend!

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  13. says

    I’m so happy to see this recipe. I try to cut back on dairy as much as possible so it’s great to see a recipe that doesn’t require greek yogurt. I may be out of almond milk right now so I might have to wait a bit to try this 🙁

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  14. says

    I’ve never made overnight oats before, I may have to try this! is it weird I swore that the title was ‘chocolate cookie dough overnight oats??’ i might have to consider that as a topping in mine. haha!

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  15. says

    I could have sworn you used yogurt in your overnight oats. I haven’t just used milk yet but I think I need to try it. I’m always afraid not using yogurt will make them oats too soupy in the morning.

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  16. says

    Not sure if you’ve tried mashing the banana into the oats the night before, but that is THE MOST DELICIOUS way in my opinion! 😛 This vegan one sounds good! And have you tried Oh she glows’ VOO’s? They’re amazing! I think you’ll like the different types of “flavors” she features. Have a blessed and beautiful day~

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  17. says

    I’m so happy you posted that elliptical workout. The elliptical is one of those machines I get so bored on, but I know can be a killer calorie burner. I am def going to try this!!

    ahh, and those oats. It’s been a while since I’ve made overnight oats, they look so yummy!

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  18. says

    I say no to the nubbin too! But my pug eagerly eats any part of the banana. Have you ever had Chia pudding? It’s soooo good! Think overnight oats meats Chia Seeds(minus oats). It’s one of my favorite breakfasts – and of course – there is peanut butter involved. 🙂

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  19. Cristina says

    Thanks for posting the elliptical workout! I needed something different At what intensity do you set the elliptical at while switching between resistance levels?

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  20. Vanessa G. says

    I cannot find chia seeds anywhere. ): I live in Palm Coast, FL so we probably have the same stores- where do you find yours?

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  21. says

    That sounds delish! I love to make my overnight oats Bircher style and use orange juice for a less gummy and slightly more summery flavour. Oh and add peach or apricot slices whilst soaking.

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  22. Charlotte says

    Haha, sorry this is a weird question but I’m just wondering, do you peel your bananas by holding the long part (that breaks off)? Or do you ‘break’ the long top part off to peel it? Because I peel bananas the latter way, and my ‘nubbin’ is always at the bottom! I just find it odd that you open it upside down (it’s upside down to me, anyway) 🙂 x

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  23. says

    I FINALLY tried this recipe out as part of a little vegan challenge I’m giving myself this month. Of course, I had to replace the honey with agave nectar, but it came out delish! I used unsweetened vanilla soy instead of almond milk, and came up with 345 Cal for the recipe, hmmmm. Does almond milk have that much less calories per serving? Were you including the chia seed calories? I did not add any milk or toppings, so I’m curious about the discrepancy… any ideas?

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  24. mj says

    haaa … i’m not the only one who thinks the “nubbins” are not meant to be eaten! this recipe sounds awesome … i know what i’ll be having for breakfast tomorrow. 🙂

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  25. Amanda says

    I came across your blog a week or so ago on pinterest. I love it! My husband and I are addicted to overnight oatmeal, thanks to this recipe! It is the best oatmeal I’ve ever had. One of my favorite substitutions is the International Delight Iced Coffee in the place of milk. It is a perfect Friday (or Monday!) morning pick-me-up. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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  26. Kate says

    I just found your blog and I love it! This is a really dumb question, but for the recipe above- do you need to cook the oats first? Really stupid, I know, but just curious! Looks good!

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  27. leslie says

    Thanks for the post! I’m working on easing dairy back out of my life but love overnight oats. This is a great solution!

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  28. Tiffany says

    Hi Julie!

    I know this post is super old, but i had to come and say thank you so much for this recipe!!

    I gave up dairy a few years ago and was missing the texture of my overnight oats with greek yogurt and this totally replicated that texture! (I did add an extra 1/4c of liquid to the oats because they were a bit too thick.)

    Thank you again! I can’t wait to try the peanut butter version.

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