Start your day right with a delicious, zesty twist! This easy recipe for overnight oats is made with fresh lemon and will give you a nutritious breakfast and a refreshing zing. Try it today and taste the difference!
Looking to add a burst of freshness and flavor to your mornings? Say hello to a breakfast sensation that will have your taste buds dancing – Lemon Overnight Oats!
This delightful and healthy dish is not only a party for your palate but also a time-saver for those busy mornings. Let’s dive into the world of Lemon Overnight Oats and explore how to make this delicious creation that’s bound to become your new favorite breakfast, snack, or even dessert.
You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.
Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe:
- Lemon — We’ll use both the zest and the juice of the lemon.
- Oats — I used rolled oats for this recipe, but you can substitute instant oats.
- Chia — We’ll add some ground chia seeds to create a thicker texture. You can use whole chia seeds; I just prefer ground because it creates a smoother finished texture.
- Syrup — I used maple syrup, but you can substitute agave nectar.
- Milk — We’ll use almond milk for the best overnight oats! Substitute your favorite plant-based milk.
- Yogurt — I love adding some plant-based yogurt (plain, unsweetened) for an even more tangy flavor.
- Protein Powder — I add some vanilla protein powder for increased flavor and nutrients. If your protein powder is not sweetened, you may want to add an extra teaspoon or two of sweetener.
- Cornstarch — We’ll use cornstarch to thicken the lemon curd topping.
- Turmeric — A pinch of turmeric makes that lemon curd sunny yellow.
How to Make Lemon Overnight Oats
- Zest and juice a lemon.
- Stir together the oats, chia seeds, maple syrup, and 2 teaspoons lemon zest in a bowl.
- Pour in the milk and stir to combine.
- Stir yogurt with vanilla protein powder and remaining lemon zest.
- Mix almond milk, lemon juice, syrup, cornstarch, and turmeric.
- Cook and stir until the mixture bubbles. Cook for another 10 seconds, then remove from heat.
- Allow the lemon curd to cool slightly.
- Spoon the oatmeal mixture into the bottom of two serving dishes. Top with half of the creamy layer. Top with equal amounts of the lemon curd.
- Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to overnight.
- Serve chilled with fresh berries on top.
Can I use instant oats instead of rolled oats for Lemon Overnight Oats?
Yes, you can use instant oats instead of rolled oats for this recipe. However, remember that instant oats have a finer texture and might result in a slightly different consistency. Rolled oats are recommended for a heartier texture, but feel free to use instant oats if that’s what you have on hand.
Can I prepare Lemon Overnight Oats in advance and store them for multiple days?
Absolutely! Lemon Overnight Oats are perfect for meal prepping. You can prepare a batch of oats and store them in airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. Just remember to add any fresh toppings, like berries or nuts, right before serving to maintain their freshness.
The Benefits of Overnight Oats
Overnight oats are a breakfast game-changer.
That’s because overnight oats are a no-cook method of preparing oatmeal, where oats are soaked in liquid (usually milk or yogurt) overnight. This not only softens the oats but also enhances their digestibility, making the nutrients more accessible to your body.
Additionally, this preparation method offers a fantastic time-saving solution, as you can prepare your breakfast the night before and wake up to a ready-to-eat meal.
Cover any leftover overnight oats and store them in the fridge for 2 to 3 days. You can freeze lemon overnight oats, but it may change the texture of the lemon curd topping once it’s thawed.
Lemon Overnight Oats are a scrumptious way to elevate your breakfast routine while reaping the benefits of a nutritious meal.
With its zesty allure and easy preparation, this recipe is why I love experimenting with flavors!
So why not give your taste buds a refreshing wake-up call and dive into a bowl of lemony goodness tomorrow morning? Your body and taste buds will thank you for it!
Lemon Overnight Oats
- 1 medium fresh lemon
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 tablespoon ground chia seeds
- 2 teaspoons maple syrup
- 1 cup almond milk
- ½ cup plant-based yogurt (plain, not sweetened)
- 1 tablespoon vanilla protein powder (if your protein powder is not sweetened, add a teaspoon or two of maple syrup)
Lemon Curd Topping
- ½ cup plant-based milk
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- pinch turmeric (for color)
Prepare the Lemon:
- Zest the lemon. You should get around 3 teaspoons of lemon zest. Then cut the lemon in half and juice it. The average lemon will create around 3 tablespoons of lemon juice. Supplement with bottled lemon juice or juice a second lemon if you need more zest and/or juice for this recipe.
For the Overnight Oats:
- Stir together the oats, chia seeds, maple syrup, and 2 teaspoons lemon zest in a bowl. Pour in the milk and stir to combine. Set aside.
For the Creamy Layer
- Combine yogurt with vanilla protein powder in a bowl. Add remaining lemon zest. Stir until combined.
For the Lemon Curd:
- In a small saucepan, combine almond milk, 3 tablespoons lemon juice, syrup, cornstarch, and a small pinch of ground turmeric (for color). Stir until the mixture is combined and there are no lumps.
- Turn the heat to medium. Cook and stir until the mixture begins to bubble. Once it thickens and bubbles, cook for another 10 seconds or so, then remove from heat. Allow the curd to cool slightly.
- Spoon equal amounts of the oatmeal mixture into the bottom of two serving dishes. Top with half of the creamy layer. Top with equal amounts of the lemon curd. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to overnight.
For the Topping:
- Add some lemon zest or fresh berries on top if you'd like and serve chilled.
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