Say hello to my new favorite breakfast! Layers of rich, coffee-flavored oats nestle between blankets of sweet, creamy yogurt to make these delicious tiramisu overnight oats. This is a lightened-up version of the traditional Italian dessert, and it only takes a few minutes to put together. It makes a great no-bake dessert, too!
What are tirmamisu overnight oats?
These overnight oats borrow all of the flavors from tiramisu. Old-fashioned oats are combined with coffee, cocoa powder, and a few other ingredients and then left to rest overnight in the refrigerator. The oats absorb the liquid to become soft, flavorful, and delicious. After they've sat in the refrigerator the oats are combined with layers of creamy vanilla yogurt, which acts as a healthier replacement for the traditional mascarpone cheese. It's all topped with a dusting of cocoa powder to give you that essence of chocolate as soon as you dig in.
How do you make tiramisu oats?
This is a super simple recipe that only requires a few minutes to make and 6 hours to rest in the refrigerator. To make the oats you'll need:
- old fashioned rolled oats
- unsweetened cocoa powder
- maple syrup
- almond milk
- brewed coffee
- vanilla extract
You're going to combine all of the ingredients for the oats in a small mason jar, prep dish, or bowl. Give it all a good shake or stir, cover, and let it rest in the refrigerator overnight or for at least 6 hours.
When your oats are ready you'll want to mix up your yogurt layer. You'll need:
- unsweetened yogurt (see dairy free recommendations below)
- maple syrup
- vanilla extract
Whisk all of the ingredients in a bowl, then it's time to start layering. I like to start with a layer of oats, topped with a layer of yogurt, then repeat. End with a layer of yogurt on the top, then give it a nice dusting of cocoa powder. If I'm making this for dessert I'll add a bit of shaved chocolate and some flaked sea salt just to make it even more decadent.
Are these overnight oats dairy free?
Yes, these oats are dairy free and vegan! I make this recipe using dairy free yogurt, but feel free to use traditional Greek yogurt if that's your thing. Thick, Greek-style yogurt is preferable, but don't worry if you can only find a traditional style. I use an unsweetened option, and if your yogurt is sweetened you may want to reduce the maple syrup by half so it's not too sweet. Feel free to mix it up with half of the syrup, taste it, and add more syrup if it's not sweet enough for you.
Some of my favorite dairy free yogurts are:
Frequently Asked Questions
It depends on your individual needs. Raw oats are a great source of resistant starch and can help you feel satiated. They also provide fiber, protein, and vitamins, and are touted for contributing to good gut health. Oats do contain a fair amount of carbohydrates though, and may not be appropriate for someone following a low carb diet. Always check with your doctor about your individual dietary needs.
Yes! I created this recipe without chia seeds at the request of a few of my readers.
You can use any kind of coffee that you like! I've made this with a traditional brew, strong espresso, and decaf, all with great results. You'll want to skip flavored varieties here since it could change the overall flavor of the recipe.
Tiramisu Overnight Oats
For the oats
For the creamy layer
- 1 cup unsweetened yogurt see recommendations above for dairy free
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
- 1 teaspoon cocoa powder optional
- flaky salt optional
Make the oats
- Combine all of your ingredients for the oats in a small bowl or refrigerator-safe jar.
- Mix your oats well, cover, and refrigerate for at least 6 hours.
Make the creamy yogurt layer
- When your oats have rested and you're ready to enjoy them, whisk together all of the ingredients to make the creamy yogurt layer.
- Layer your oats and yogurt in a small mason jar or parfait cup. Start with a couple of spoonfuls of the oats, topped with a spoonful or two of the yogurt. Repeat the layers, ending with a layer of yogurt.
- Top it off with a sprinkle of cocoa powder and a pinch of flaky salt if you'd like. You can also give it a bit of freshly shaved dark chocolate.