Cinnamon Raisin Overnight Oats

Loaded with cinnamon flavor and studded with raisins, these overnight oats taste just like an oatmeal raisin cookie. They’re vegan, gluten-free and packed with protein.

I’m back with another overnight oats recipe! Anyone complaining? Didn’t think so! I love making new overnight oats recipes because the flavor combinations are endless!

This recipe is inspired by an oatmeal raisin cookie (the best!) and this regular oatmeal raisin oatmeal. I wanted to create an overnight oats version. I personally prefer overnight oats in the summer because I want all of the cold, refreshing foods instead of warm, comforting foods (which I prefer in the fall and winter).

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Ingredients In Cinnamon Raisin Overnight Oats

  • old fashioned rolled oats – rolled oats are the best for overnight oats. Instant/quick oats and steel cut oats don’t work the same because they don’t absorb liquid like rolled oats do.
  • vanilla protein powder – I use a plant-based vanilla protein powder that is sweetened with stevia. If your protein powder isn’t sweetened, you’ll likely want to add a little sweetener like maple syrup to your oats.
  • almond milk – I like using unsweetened vanilla almond milk, but any type of milk will work.
  • chia seeds – these little seeds add a bit of fiber, protein and omega-3 fatty acids and they help absorb some of the liquid which gives the oats a thicker consistency.
  • vanilla – a nice flavor enhancer.
  • cinnamon – for some spice!
  • raisins – you can’t have cinnamon raisin without the raisins!
  • maple syrup – pure maple syrup is the perfect natural sweetener to use because it’s liquid so it blends in nicely with the oat mixture and I personally love the flavor. Honey or another natural liquid sweetener will work here. If you want to reduce the sugar in this recipe, feel free to use a sugar alternative like stevia or monk fruit

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How Long Do Overnight Oats Need to Soak?

Given the name, you’d assume overnight oats need to soak overnight, but you can actually make them in 2-4 hours if you’re in a rush. While it does take some time for the oats to absorb the liquid, they don’t necessarily have to be soaked overnight.

I recommend at least 8 hours for true overnight oats, but there have been mornings where I decide I want overnight oats for breakfast even though I didn’t prep them the night before. When this happens I’ll make them the morning of and let the oats soak for just 2-4 hours. With this quick soak, they’re not as soft as overnight oats that have soaked longer and they’re a bit more liquidy, but they’re still delicious.

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Can You Eat Overnight Oats Hot?

Short answer, yes! You can definitely warm up overnight oats, but the whole point of overnight oats is to eat them cold like muesli. Even if you think cold oats sound strange, I recommend giving it shot before you write them off. Of course, if you simply can’t do the cold oats you can always heat them up. Just pop the overnights oats in your microwave, cooking in 30 second increments until the oats are warm throughout and enjoy.

Overhead shot with 7 jars of overnight oats, each with different toppings.

How Long Do Overnight Oats Last?

When stored in an airtight container in the fridge overnight oats should last for up to 5 days. They will soften more the longer they sit so I find they’re best on days 1-3, but they’re still safe to eat on days 4 and 5. With this said, overnight oats are great for meal prep. Feel free to make a whole batch for the week on Sunday. I like prepping them in wide mouth 16 oz mason jars.

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If you try these cinnamon raisin overnight oats please leave a comment and star rating below letting me know how they turned out. Your feedback is appreciated and helps other EBF readers too! 

Glass jar of cinnamon raisin overnight oats, topped with cinnamon and raisins, and a silver spoon in the jar. Cinnamon sticks and raisins off to the side on the table.

Cinnamon Raisin Overnight Oats

Brittany Mullins
Loaded with cinnamon flavor and studded with raisins, these overnight oats taste just like an oatmeal raisin cookie. They're vegan, gluten-free and packed with protein.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 8 hrs
Total Time 8 hrs
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 1
Calories 476 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 scoop vanilla plant-based protein powder
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 Tablespoon chia seeds optional
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • 1-2 teaspoons maple syrup optional

Instructions
 

  • Combine ingredients: Add oats, protein powder, almond milk, chia seeds (if using) vanilla, cinnamon and raisins into a bowl or jar. Stir well to combine, until all the protein powder has dissolved. Seal container with a lid and place in the fridge overnight.
  • Serve: Take the container out of the fridge the next morning and stir the mixture. You’ll notice that the oats soak up a lot of the liquid so you may want to add a little more almond milk before serving. Top oats with a few extra raisins and a drizzle of maple syrup (if using) and enjoy.
  • Store: Overnight oats will keep for up to 5 days in the fridge in a sealed container.

Notes

  • Almond milk: Any type of milk will work.
  • Maple syrup: Honey or another natural liquid sweetener will work here. If you want to reduce the sugar in this recipe, feel free to use a sugar alternative like stevia or monk fruit

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 476kcalCarbohydrates: 66gProtein: 25gFat: 14gSodium: 384mgFiber: 13gSugar: 25g
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    13 comments
    1. Becky
      May 29, 2021 AT 7:18 pm

      5 stars
      I made a half recipe for my two-year-old and he LOVED it. He polished it off in under 5 minutes.

    2. Sarah
      May 5, 2021 AT 12:25 pm

      5 stars
      Delicious flavor! I love anything with cinnamon, and overnight oats are my favorite breakfast. I added vital proteins to bump up the protein.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 5, 2021 AT 1:12 pm

        I’m so glad you enjoyed these overnight oats, Sarah! Thanks for the review 🙂

    3. Samantha
      May 4, 2021 AT 10:07 pm

      5 stars
      I used cinnamon roll protein powder instead of vanilla and it was delightful!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 5, 2021 AT 1:05 pm

        Ah yay! Love that substitution, Samantha! I bet that tasted wonderful. Thanks for coming back to leave a review and a star rating! I really appreciate it!

    4. Marigolds11
      November 20, 2019 AT 4:25 am

      Hi,
      I made this last night and I must say it’s amazing!!!! I thought it would be good but still better than I imagined, so easy to make and yes like you said I had everything in the cupboard. I didn’t use the protein powder instead I put a large dollop of Greek yogurt and I used the maple syrup. This is definitely a keeper! Thank you so much for the recipe x

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 21, 2019 AT 5:02 pm

        Yay!! I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed these overnight oats. 🙂 I love it when you already have everything you need at home. Thanks for coming back to leave a comment, I really appreciate it!

    5. Mandy Maxwell
      September 18, 2019 AT 4:57 pm

      5 stars
      Enjoy your recipes

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 19, 2019 AT 12:30 am

        Hi Mandy, I am so happy to hear that! Thank you for coming back to leave a comment and star rating! I really appreciate your feedback.

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