Eggnog Overnight Oats

Need to use up leftover eggnog? Make eggnog overnight oats for an easy and healthy holiday inspired breakfast. Can easily be made gluten-free, dairy-free and/or vegan.

My dairy-free eggnog recipe inspired me to get creative in the kitchen and whip up a tasty little holiday breakfast — eggnog overnight oats.

Glass of healthy eggnog overnight oats, topped with pomegranate seeds.

Like most overnight oat recipes, these eggnog overnight oats are super simple. I basically just swapped my normal unsweetened almond milk for eggnog, topped it with fresh nutmeg and pomegranate arils and voila — eggnog overnight oats were born!

Glass of healthy eggnog overnight oats topped with pomegranate seeds. A spoon is taking a spoonful of the creamy oats.

The real key to making these eggnog overnight oats super festive is the pomegranate arils and fresh nutmeg.

This was my first time working with whole nutmeg and surprisingly, it wasn’t hard at all. I just used my microplane zester/grater to grate the seed and I quickly had a fine dusting of fragrant nutmeg.

Healthy eggnog overnight oats topped with pomegranate and freshly ground nutmeg.

Be sure to check out the full recipe and the notes to see how you can modify the recipe to make it work for you. I’ve made the oats several different ways — with leftover homemade diary-free nog and with store-bought vegan coconut milk eggnog — and they’ve all been delicious! And if for some reason you’ve landed on this recipe but don’t have leftover eggnog to use, that’s totally fine too. You can make these eggnog overnight oats with 3/4 cup of milk (I like using unsweetened vanilla almond milk) and extra spices as noted in the recipe. This version has less sugar and tastes similar to eggnog. 🙂

If you try these eggnog overnight oats be sure to let me know how they turn out by leaving a comment and star rating below. Your feedback is super helpful for me and other EBF readers who are thinking about making the recipe. 

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Vegan Eggnog Overnight Oats


  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1

Description

Use up leftover eggnog with this recipe for eggnog overnight oats — an easy and healthy holiday inspired breakfast. 


Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup eggnog OR 1/2 cup eggnog + 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • sprinkle of cinnamon
  • freshly grated nutmeg, for topping
  • 12 Tablespoons pomegranate arils

Instructions

  1. Combine oats, eggnog, protein powder (if using), chia seeds and cinnamon in small container, seal with a lid and place in the fridge overnight.
  2. You’ll notice that the protein powder, oats and chia seeds soak up a lot of the liquid so you may want to add a little more eggnog or milk to thin it out a bit before serving.
  3. Top oats with pomegranate arils and a sprinkle of freshly grated nutmeg and enjoy. Traditionally overnight oats are served cold, but you can certainly heat them up if you’d like.

Notes

  • For the eggnog, you can use whatever type of eggnog you have on hand. I’ve made it with homemade dairy-free eggnog and store-bought vegan coconut milk eggnog.
  • I like adding vanilla protein powder for a little extra protein. If you don’t do protein powder you can leave this out or add in 1/4 cup yogurt for extra protein.
  • No eggnog? No problem. Just use 3/4 cup of almond milk and add in 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon of freshly ground nutmeg and 1/4 teaspoon rum extract (optional).
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 with coconut milk eggnog
  • Calories: 358
  • Sugar: 26g
  • Sodium: 173mg
  • Fat: 9g
  • Saturated Fat: 5g
  • Carbohydrates: 56g
  • Fiber: 8g
  • Protein: 13g

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    9 comments
    1. Connie
      December 8, 2018 AT 9:33 am

      Great idea! I used the almond milk, cinnamon and nutmeg combination as I don’t have any eggnog. The ‘nog I make is way too decadent to include in breakfast!! These overnight oats are an easy tasty breakfast.
      And fresh grated nutmeg is AMAZING!! I only use nutmeg this way; it really is so much better! And the whole nutmegs freeze great!

    2. Abby Collins
      November 15, 2017 AT 4:18 pm

      Is there anything that you could replace the protein powder with? Or could you just leave it out?

    3. Steph @ Steph Stays Slim
      December 28, 2012 AT 7:02 pm

      I’m always hungry for breakfast too…whether I ate a ton or not the night before. I guess that’s a full-proof way to ensure that I’ll always get the most important meal of the day in 🙂

    4. Taya
      December 27, 2012 AT 2:34 pm

      Fantastic oatmeal idea! You inspired me to make my (plain) daily steelcut oats into an eggnog delight, by adding your additions of vanilla, nutmeg, maple syrup, and protein powder. The oats were already pepared, so I used your idea but didn’t have to wait overnight. (I prepare my oatmeal in a large batch and refrigerate it, so it’s ready to go. I just warm it in the microwave.)

    5. Jeanette
      December 27, 2012 AT 12:27 pm

      I’d never thought of combining Egg Nog and oats, but this looks delicious! So glad to hear you, Isaac and family had a nice Christmas celebration!

    6. {Moni} @ Moni Meals
      December 27, 2012 AT 11:42 am

      I agree on 2 things for sure with ya Brit!
      First of all… the day after Christmas can be SO SAD- I want to cry because it is over. just. like. that.! Not fair! I am like a kid again for sure. 😉
      Secondly- who are these people who are not just SO hungry for breaksfast?!?! I am with you- I am ALWAYS ready for breakfast and THIS recipe looks SO FANTASTIC! I can’t wait to try it as I eat oatmeal nearly everyday. 🙂

    7. Gillian @ Money After Graduation
      December 27, 2012 AT 11:02 am

      Yummy, looks good! I’m with you; seems the more I eat at night the hungrier I am in the morning for some reason. It snowed quite a bit here in Ontario but too bad it was all after Christmas was over.

    8. Liz @ I heart vegetables
      December 27, 2012 AT 12:12 am

      I’ve never actually had eggnog but these oats sound delicious!!

    9. Lauren
      December 26, 2012 AT 8:05 pm

      I don’t think I’ve ever used fresh nutmeg but I really need to. I hear Rachel Ray praise this key ingredient all of the time. 🙂

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