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These maple brown sugar overnight oats make a cozy breakfast on a crisp fall or winter morning. Made with brown sugar, real maple syrup and cinnamon. Then topped with toasted pecans and walnuts.
Overnight oats are always a quick and easy breakfast option. Plus, there are so many varieties of flavors to try.
- These oats are easy to prepare in less than 5 minutes. Most of the time making them is letting them sit in the fridge overnight.
- They make a healthy breakfast or grab-and-go midday snack.
- The brown sugar + maple syrup + cinnamon flavor combination makes these a perfect fall recipe.
Ingredients & Substitutions
- Maple Syrup: Since maple syrup is one of the main ingredients, use real maple syrup. Avoid artificial pancake syrup. If needed, you can substitute this with honey.
- Brown Sugar: Brown sugar adds sweetness and a rich, caramel flavor. You can use light, golden or dark brown sugar. Use granulated sugar as a substitute.
- Oats: Use rolled oats or old fashioned oats. These will create the perfect texture for overnight oats. Avoid quick or instant oats which will end up too soggy. Steel cut oats will also not work as their texture is too tough.
- Milk: Whole (3.25%) milk will make the creamiest oats. However, you can use any type of milk you like. For a non-dairy alternative, use oat milk or almond milk.
- Cinnamon (not pictured): A small amount of cinnamon adds a cozy, fall flavor.
- Vanilla Extract: A small dash of vanilla extract adds a bit of sweetness.
- Pecans & Walnuts: These oats are topped with toasted pecans and walnuts, which gives them a bit of crunch and makes them a filling breakfast.
- A small bowl to mix the ingredients together in.
- Airtight serving containers, such as small mason jars, to store and serve the oats in.
Step 1: Mix the rolled oats and milk together.
Step 2: Mix in the maple syrup, brown sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla extract. Divide into two serving containers and refrigerate overnight. Top with pecans and walnuts before serving.
- In the fridge: Overnight oats will last for up to 5 days in the fridge if stored in an airtight container. However, they will taste freshest if they are consumed within 2 to 3 days.
- In the freezer: Freezing overnight oats is not recommended. Freezing will significantly change both the taste and texture.
- For a bit of extra sweetness, add an extra drizzle of maple syrup and a sprinkle of brown sugar before serving.
- These oats can become thicker the longer they sit in the fridge. Add a splash of milk to refresh the oats right before serving them.
- If you prefer to eat overnight oats warm, heat them in the microwave for 30 to 60 seconds before serving.
All overnight oats recipes are flexible and easy to customize however you like. Here are some ideas for optional add-ins that pair well with the maple & brown sugar flavors:
- Yogurt: Add a scoop of plain or vanilla Greek yogurt which will add both creaminess and thickness to the oats.
- Fresh Fruit: Top with blueberries, raspberries or apple slices before serving.
- Caramelized Bananas: For an extra treat, top these oats with these warm air fryer caramelized bananas.
- Seeds: Seeds, such as chia seeds, hemp seeds or flax seeds can add in both protein and fiber.
Replace the cow’s milk with a vegan alternative, such as almond milk or oat milk.
Line the pecans and walnuts in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake at 350F for 7 to 10 minutes.