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Coffee and breakfast all in one? These Vanilla Cold Brew Coffee Overnight Oats are the perfect breakfast combination! This recipe is simple, healthy and so delicious–all the fuel you need to start the day!

Overnight oatmeal in jar with coffee beans on top.
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This recipe was originally published July 2017 and updated in May 2021.

My Overnight Oats recipes are by far some of my most popular recipes, they are shared the most, I get the most questions about them and the most excitement with every new version, etc. And they are SO easy and SO convenient.

So adding a bit of coffee to them is a bonus all in itself. Breakfast and coffee all in one? Count me in!

If you love overnight oats as much as I do, make sure to check out these coconut cream pie oats, protein overnight oats, Nutella overnight oatmeal or this zucchini bread oatmeal recipe! So many goodies to try!

Why you will love these:

  • 5 minutes of prep. The reason I love easy overnight oats so much, is the simplicity of making them. Not even 5 minutes to whip them up and then breakfast is literally ready and waiting in the morning when you wake up.
  • Perfect for meal prepping. If you like to plan your meals out in advance, these coffee overnight oats are perfect. You can make several at a time and have them in the fridge for the whole week.
  • Perfect morning fuel! Hearty oats plus coffee. Need I say more??
Overhead view of oatmeal in jar with cold brew in jar beside it and spoons laying on the other side.

I love using cold brew coffee for these coffee overnight oats, more of a concentrated coffee that is brewed overnight, or for about 12 hours to make a nice, less acidic, smooth brewed coffee. It’s the dreamiest.

For recipes like this, it’s even better because it brings the flavor without any extra bitterness. I added the vanilla to give a touch of flavor to the oats, you know for my vanilla latte lovers out there! And as always, toss in some superfoods like chia seeds or add some more protein powder, anything to give it your personal touch and then go!

Ingredients and Substitutions:

  • rolled oats: regular or gluten free. I have made mine with quick oats before and they are not bad either. I do not like using steel cut oats. They are way too chewy but some people really love them.
  • cold brew coffee: (see below for directions to easily make your own!) There are also lots of ready made cold brews you can find at the grocery these days! No cold brew? No problem! Sub with your favorite coffee, just make it a stronger brew for more flavor.
  • milk: your choice! I like to add a vanilla almond milk for this coffee overnight oats recipe because  it brings out more of the vanilla flavor. I will opt for whole milk if not.
  • vanilla extract
  • vanilla almond butter–I looooove vanilla almond butter. Makes it thick and creamy and even more vanilla. Don’t sweat it if you can’t find any. They can be pricey too. I love adding it, but have made these coffee overnight oats without the almond butter and they taste amazing still. Vanilla yogurt is also a great option to sub.
  • maple syrup or honey: my faves but sweeten as you like to be honest
  • chia seeds (optional)
  • sea salt (optional but I love a dash of it!)

Want a protein boost in your overnight oats?

It’s as easy as adding a scoop of your favorite protein powder! I suggest a vanilla flavored powder to bring out the vanilla in these overnight oats.

You may need to add some extra liquid in the morning before serving as it could dry it out a touch. Other than that, you have an even more protein powered breakfast!

How To make cold brew coffee:

  • Combine 1 1/2 c cold water and 1/3 c coarsely ground coffee in a sealed jar or container overnight.
  • Strain twice in the morning.
  • Combine equal parts cold brew and water or milk if drinking or add it straight to these Cold Brew Coffee Overnight Oats!

Notes and Tips:

  • For a fun twist on these coffee overnight oats, you can certainly use a shot of espresso. Think vanilla latte oats!
  • Fun add ins: chocolate chips, cacao nibs, coconut, a drizzle of caramel, hemp seeds, and so much more. Lots of fun ways to bump up the flavor all the more.
  • I used Weck Jars in these images and get asked a lot about them. They should work for this recipe, but they are a tad bit small so you may want to use something a bit larger. I think they are so adorable though!

You can find so many more overnight oats recipes here but I definitely suggest you trying this one first! Also, I typically make several of these at a time to really make meal prepping it’s best!

Coffee overnight oats with white spoon scooping into jar and coffee beans on top.

Enjoy these Vanilla Cold Brew Coffee Overnight Oats! Did you make them? I would love to hear about it below in the comments!

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4.87 from 45 votes

Vanilla Cold Brew Overnight Oats

Coffee and breakfast all in one? These Vanilla Cold Brew Coffee Overnight Oats are the perfect breakfast combination! This recipe is simple, healthy and so delicious–all the fuel you need to start the day! 
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Chill: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 1

Ingredients 

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Instructions 

  • Add all ingredients to a bowl or jar that can be sealed shut.
  • Stir well to combine and cover in the refrigerator overnight.
  • Serve hot or cold in the morning. Garnish with cacao nibs or your favorite topping!

Notes

  • You could also use vanilla yogurt in place of the almond butter but I like the almond butter to make it a bit thicker.
  • For a fun twist on these coffee overnight oats, you can certainly use a shot of espresso. Think vanilla latte oats!
  • Fun add ins: chocolate chips, cacao nibs, coconut, a drizzle of caramel, hemp seeds, and so much more. Lots of fun ways to bump up the flavor all the more.

Nutrition

Calories: 358kcal, Carbohydrates: 47g, Protein: 12g, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 12mg, Sodium: 58mg, Potassium: 382mg, Fiber: 7g, Sugar: 16g, Vitamin A: 198IU, Calcium: 234mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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52 Comments

  1. McKayla says:

    5 stars
    I wanted to try overnight oats, so I tried this recipe and I am hooked!

    1. Lorie says:

      Love love love to hear this, McKayla!

  2. Taysia says:

    5 stars
    This has been my go to weekend breakfast for the last few weeks! So yummy! I use chocolate Fairlife protein drink instead of milk to up the protein content, sprinkle a bit of additional salt and a few mini chocolate chips. So yummy! Thanks for a great recipe!

    1. Lorie says:

      Ohhh, I am going to check out that protein drink! thanks for the tip, Taysia! So happy you love these as much as we do!

  3. Stephanie A Mair says:

    I am curious what you think would happen if you just added a pinch of coffee grounds? AND!!! I am going to try it today!

    1. Lorie says:

      I bet if you put a little in it wouldn’t be too bad. If they are super super finely ground that would be ideal

  4. GeeGee says:

    5 stars
    Super yummy!

    1. Lorie says:

      One of my faves, so I am so glad you love it!

  5. Manirla says:

    Hi if I don’t have cold brew how much of instant coffee would you recommend ?

    1. Lorie says:

      Hi! I would use the same amount. You can make it a bit stronger than usual for more flavor for sure!

  6. Ilja says:

    Hey! What does 2 T cold brew mean exactly? Is it Tbsp or something different?

    1. Lorie says:

      Hi! Yes, 2 tablespoons!

  7. Sarah says:

    4 stars
    This recipe was fantastic. I used greek yoghurt instead of the vanilla almond butter and it seemed to work OK. I love the fact that this had a really nice coffee taste that isn’t overwhelming. I will be definitely be making this again

    1. Lorie says:

      So happy you loved it! Thanks Sarah!

  8. Neena says:

    Any Idea on the calories for this one? – love all your recipes

    1. Lorie says:

      Hi!! Will calculate those for you now hopefully. The nutrition calculator has been acting up lately but it should be up now!

  9. Connie says:

    I had the cold brew overnight oats today and it was sensational. I am going to have to try a few more, makes breakfast a snap. Thank you.
    Connie

    1. Lorie says:

      Yay!!! Love that you loved them so much!

  10. Liz stuckey says:

    Could you use peanut butter instead of almond butter?

    1. Lorie says:

      Hi! You absolutely could!!! I’ve done it before and enjoyed it.