Raspberry Lemon Overnight Oats

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These raspberry lemon overnight oats combine rolled oats, yogurt, protein powder, lemon zest and fresh raspberries for a refreshing, easy make-ahead breakfast that’s packed with protein.

If you didn’t already know, I am a huge overnight oats lover! I have over 20 recipes on the blog and counting and my newest creation is this raspberry lemon overnight oats!

This slightly sweet, slightly tart breakfast combines oats with vanilla protein powder, Greek yogurt, fresh raspberries and a hint of lemon for the perfect summer breakfast!

A jar of raspberry lemon overnight oats topped with extra raspberries and lemon zest. A spoon rests in the jar. A second jar is in the background.

What Are Overnight Oats?

If you’ve never made overnight oats, you might be wondering what the heck these are! Essentially, it’s a no-cook way to enjoy oatmeal. Instead of cooking oatmeal on the stovetop or in the microwave, you soak the oats in milk. Overnight, the oats absorb whatever liquid you’re using and soften them up. The next morning you will wake up to a ready-to-eat, delicious breakfast!

Ingredients measured out to make Raspberry Lemon Overnight Oats: oats, raspberries, yogurt, milk, lemon zest, vanilla protein powder, chia seeds and maple syrup.

Ingredients Needed

  • old-fashioned rolled oats – rolled oats work best for overnight oats recipes! Quick oats/instant oats get too soggy and steel-cut oats don’t soften enough. Oats are naturally gluten-free but are often cross-contaminated, so make sure you grab certified gluten-free, old-fashioned oats!
  • almond or oat milk – I prefer to use unsweetened almond milk or oat milk, but really any dairy-free milk or regular milk will work.
  • yogurt – yogurt gives overnight oats an extra creamy texture and thicker consistency while adding a bit of protein. I personally like using plain full fat Greek yogurt since it’s the highest in protein and lowest in sugar, but feel free to use your favorite type of yogurt! To make this recipe vegan or dairy-free you can use a non-dairy yogurt or skip the yogurt altogether and use additional milk.
  • vanilla protein powder – my favorite brand of protein powder is Nuzest! Use code eatingbirdfood for 15% off your order. If you don’t have protein powder on hand or aren’t a fan you can use collagen or skip it altogether!
  • chia seeds – adds fiber, protein and healthy fats to the recipe. It also absorbs some of the liquid and helps thicken the oats.
  • lemon zest – for a hint of brightness! If you’re looking for more lemon flavor feel free to add a squirt of fresh lemon juice to the overnight oats!
  • maple syrup – to add a hint of sweetness to the recipe. Feel free to use honey, agave or your favorite sweetener of choice.
  • fresh raspberries – can’t have raspberry lemon overnight oats without the raspberries! If you don’t have fresh berries on hand, frozen berries will work just fine.
Two jars of raspberry lemon overnight oats topped with raspberries and lemon zest.

Mix, Soak Overnight and Enjoy!

Once you have all your ingredients mixed together, simply cover and put the oat mixture in the fridge to soak overnight. I personally like to use wide mouth 16 oz mason jars for storing my overnight oats but any airtight container will work.

The next morning, grab your overnight oats from the fridge, give the mixture a big stir and top with your favorite toppings. My go-to toppings are fresh berries, lemon zest, chia seeds and coconut flakes.

At this point you can simply dig right in as overnight oats are meant to be eaten cold. See my note below if you’re not keen on eating cold oats.

A jar of raspberry lemon overnight oats topped with extra raspberries and lemon zest. A spoon rests in the jar and a second jar is in the background out of focus.

How Long do Overnight Oats Need to Soak?

While “overnight oats” is surely a catchy name, you actually don’t need to soak them overnight! The longer you soak them, the more liquid they will absorb and the softer the oats will be. If I’m on top of my meal prep, I do try to make these at night to allow them to soak overnight. Having said that, I have definitely forgotten to prep these in advance and just let them soak for a few hours in the morning.

Overhead view of a jar of raspberry lemon overnight oats topped with additional raspberries. A spoon rests on the counter and a second jar is in the background.

How Long do Overnight Oats Stay Fresh?

When stored in a sealed 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 so you have an easy and healthy breakfast ready to go throughout the week!

Can You Eat Them 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 overnight oats in your microwave, cooking in 30 second increments until the oats are warm throughout and enjoy.

More Overnight Oat Recipes to Try

Check out all of the overnight oats recipes as well as the full collection of oatmeal recipes on EBF!

Raspberry Lemon Overnight Oats

5 from 6 votes
These raspberry lemon overnight oats combine rolled oats, yogurt, protein powder, lemon zest and fresh raspberries for a refreshing, easy make-ahead breakfast that's packed with protein.
A jar of raspberry lemon overnight oats topped with extra raspberries and lemon zest. A spoon rests in the jar. A second jar is in the background.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Soak Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 5 minutes
Servings 1

Ingredients

  • ½ cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • ½ cup unsweetened almond milk or oat milk
  • ¼ cup full fat plain Greek yogurt or vegan yogurt
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla protein powder
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • ½ teaspoon pure maple syrup
  • ¼ cup fresh raspberries, plus more for topping

Instructions
 

  • Add oats, milk, yogurt, protein powder, chia seeds, lemon zest, maple syrup into a bowl or jar and stir together. Gently stir in the raspberries.
    Raspberries added to the overnight oat mixture.
  • Cover and place in the fridge overnight. If you’re in a rush you can shorten the soak time to 2-4 hours.
  • The next morning (or when ready to eat), remove the lid and give the oats a big stir. If they seem too thick you can add a little more milk to loosen the mixture. Top with additional raspberries and serve.

Nutrition

Serving: 1jar Calories: 361kcal Carbohydrates: 44g Protein: 25g Fat: 10g Saturated Fat: 3g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 8mg Sodium: 313mg Potassium: 352mg Fiber: 9g Sugar: 7g
Course: Breakast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: raspberry lemon overnight oats

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    7 comments
    1. Angela
      October 31, 2022 AT 1:42 am

      5 stars
      Wish I could leave this more than 5 🌟Ive tried lots of overnight oats and think this maybe my favorite. I love anything lemony, so zesty😋
      Have made it lots of times now, sometimes add blueberries and raspberries together, always soo good🙌

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 31, 2022 AT 9:53 am

        WOO! I am so excited to hear that you are loving this recipe, Angela. Thank you so much for coming back to leave your review + star rating, I really appreciate it.

    2. Gwenne Becker
      July 15, 2022 AT 11:13 am

      5 stars
      Love the taste of this and I enjoy preparing it the night before and then just taking it out of the fridge in the morning — when I don’t feel like doing anything fancy.

    3. Teresa
      July 15, 2022 AT 9:02 am

      2 stars
      This was so easy to assemble as I had everything I needed in my fridge & pantry! This morning I topped it with a extra raspberries as suggested and added just a few dark chocolate chips. Can’t wait to try it with blueberries!
      Thanks for sharing 😊

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 15, 2022 AT 9:57 am

        Ah! I am so happy that you are enjoying these overnight oats, Teresa! Adding raspberries and chocolate chips is a great idea. Thank you for coming back to leave a review & star rating, I so appreciate it!

    4. Courtney
      July 9, 2022 AT 8:28 am

      5 stars
      This oatmeal is SO DELICIOUS! Very refreshing taste with the raspberry and lemon combo. I have found a new breakfast staple!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 11, 2022 AT 12:30 pm

        Yes, the perfect summer flavor combo. I am so happy that you enjoyed the recipe and will be adding it to your breakfast line-up! Thank you for your review + star rating, I really appreciate it, Courtney!

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