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Matcha Overnight Oats

Matcha Overnight Oats are a healthy grab-and-go breakfast featuring bold matcha flavor, chia seeds, and hearty rolled oats for a meal-prep-friendly breakfast treat you’ll want to dig your spoon into. Plus, they’re vegan and gluten-free! For more breakfast ideas, check out one of these overnight oat recipes.

A container of matcha overnight oats.

What is Matcha?

To make traditional green tea, leaves from the camellia sinensis plant are brewed and steeped into an herbal tea. Matcha takes the process further by grinding the leaves into a fine powder whisked into piping hot water to make a frothy traditional Japanese drink that tastes amazing.

Matcha is delicious, but the health benefits are the real win. The powder is made from the whole leaf and has antioxidants called catechins, which help fight disease, improve cardiovascular health, protect against cancer, increase focus, and reduce inflammation.

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Matcha Powder: Overnight oats with matcha powder are a powerhouse breakfast, and there is no need for coffee in the morning! When purchasing matcha powder, look for organic kitchen-grade matcha.
  • Oat Milk: You can use water or any milk, like oat, almond, soy, or coconut milk. I prefer oat milk because the creaminess complements the earthiness of the matcha powder; coconut milk is delicious too!
  • Oatmeal: Old-fashioned rolled oats produce the best results. Steel-cut oats come out chewy since they take longer to absorb the liquid, and quick oats turn out mushy.
  • Chia Seeds: In addition to texture, chia seeds provide protein, fiber, and healthy fat.
  • Toppings: I love adding unsweetened coconut flakes and a drizzle of honey; cocoa nibs and fresh fruit are a perfect addition to overnight matcha oats.

How to Make Matcha Overnight Oats

The full recipe with measurements is in the recipe card below.

Step 1: Warm water in a microwave-safe mug for 1-2 minutes, then add the matcha and honey; stir until fully combined.

Matcha, hot water, and honey combined in a cup.

Step 2: Then, add in the oat milk.

Milk added to the matcha mixture.

Step 3: Divide the oats and chia seeds into two containers.

Oats and chia seeds in a cup.

Step 4: Cover them with the matcha-milk mixture.

Matcha and milk added to the oats and chia seeds.

Step 5: Cover and refrigerate overnight. When you’re ready to eat, drizzle the oats with honey and top with coconut flakes.

Matcha overnight oats topped with coconut flakes.

Expert Tips

  • Take the time to combine hot water, matcha powder, and honey before adding it to the oatmeal; it helps to disperse the matcha and prevents clumping. I love using my frother to blend the mixture and break up the powder.
  • Store overnight oats in a jar with room to spare since the oatmeal and chia seeds expand as they rehydrate, and so will any mix-ins you add.
  • Before adding the toppings, stir the mixture before digging in.

Serving Suggestions

There are many ways to elevate matcha overnight oats, from toppings to mix-ins; I like to add different toppings to my oats. Sometimes it’s honey and coconut flakes, and other times I reach for fresh fruit. Here are a few of my suggestions.

  • Chocolate Chips, Cocoa Nibs, Cocoa Powder
  • Chocolate or Vanilla Protein Powder
  • Walnuts, Pecans, Almonds
  • Honey, Agave, Maple Syrup, Monk Fruit
  • Dates, Blueberries Banana, Strawberries, Raspberries, Apple, Cherries
  • Greek Yogurt, Cottage Cheese
  • Almond Butter, Sunflower Seed Butter

How Long do Overnight Oats Last?

  • Refrigerate: Store the oats in an airtight container for five days in the refrigerator. If the oats seem dry after sitting in the fridge, add another splash of almond milk.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the ratio of oats to liquid for overnight oats?

People often like their oats in one of two ways. Some want their oats to be thin and wet, whereas others enjoy more of a thick paste. I prefer mine thin, but I try to keep a good balance with each one of my overnight oat recipes, and I usually shoot for a 1:1 ratio of oats to liquid unless I am adding chia or basil seeds; for those recipes, I use a 1:2 ratio. 

If my recipe is too thin for you, I recommend adding a tablespoon of Greek yogurt; this thickens the oats and increases the protein in your breakfast.

Can I prepare this recipe in advance?

Absolutely! In fact, it’s encouraged. While overnight oats need a minimum of 3 hours to set, I recommend doubling the recipe at the beginning of the week for a healthy make-ahead breakfast you will love.

Can overnight oats be eaten warm?

Do you prefer a warm bowl of oatmeal? You’re in good company. I understand that the idea of uncooked oats is off-putting to some; for those who feel that way, add them to the microwave and warm them in increments of 30 seconds.

What does matcha taste like?

Matcha is an earthy tea with a balance of grassy, floral, and nutty flavors.

Are matcha overnight oats a healthy breakfast?

Overnight oats with matcha are high in fiber and protein; they also have many health benefits due to vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

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A container of matcha overnight oats.

Matcha Overnight Oats

Tressa Jamil
Matcha overnight oats are a healthy grab-and-go breakfast featuring matcha, chia seeds, and rolled oats for a meal-prep-friendly breakfast treat.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Soaking Time 12 hours
Total Time 12 hours 10 minutes
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 2 Servings
Calories 217 kcal
Equipment
Ingredients
  
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons matcha powder
  • 2 teaspoon honey, plus more for garnish
  • cup oat milk
  • cup rolled oats, gluten free
  • 2 teaspoons chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoon unsweetened coconut flakes, for garnish
Instructions
 
  • Warm water in a microwave-safe mug for 1-2 minutes, then add the matcha and honey; stir until fully combined or use a frother. Then, add in the oat milk.
  • Divide the oats and chia seeds into two containers and cover them with the matcha-milk mixture.
  • Cover and refrigerate overnight. When you're ready to eat, drizzle the oats with honey and top with coconut flakes.
Notes
Expert Tips: 
  • Take the time to combine hot water, matcha powder, and honey before adding it to the oatmeal; it helps to disperse the matcha and prevents clumping. I love using my frother to blend the mixture and break up the powder.
  •  Store overnight oats in a jar with room to spare since the oatmeal and chia seeds expand as they rehydrate, and so will any mix-ins you add.
  •  Before adding the toppings, stir the mixture before digging in.
Nutrition Disclosure:
  • The nutritional information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for professional advice.
Nutrition
Serving: 1 Serving | Calories: 217 kcal | Carbohydrates: 34 g | Protein: 6 g | Fat: 7 g | Sodium: 39 mg | Fiber: 5 g | Sugar: 9 g
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Recipe Rating




Sarah

Monday 13th of February 2023

These Matcha Overnight Oats are amazing! The bold matcha flavor combined with chia seeds and hearty rolled oats makes for the perfect healthy breakfast. I love that they are vegan and gluten-free, and the meal-prep-friendly option is a bonus. Thanks for sharing this recipe, I will definitely be making it again and again!

Tressa Jamil

Monday 13th of February 2023

I am all about multitasking and this is the perfect breakfast for that; I am so glad you enjoyed it.