Cookie Dough Overnight Oatmeal

Edit: I have new pictures!! I remade this recipe this weekend, and I snapped some better shots for the blog. Enjoy!


Another lazy blog week. And I promised myself I’d be better in December! The sad thing is, I actually had recipes I could have posted. In my defense, they were terrible pictures that I wasn’t desperate enough to publish.Β Seriously. You try taking good photographs at 5:30 am.

This is one of those refrigerator recipes that will actually be perfectly satisfying cold. I rarely eat my oatmeal cold, but this one is an exception. (To be honest, though, I still heated this one up a littleΒ bit!)

This will obviously not be as sweet as your standard cookie dough recipe. You could always sweeten it with honey or maple syrup. I only used two dates, and I found that to be sufficient.

Cookie Dough Overnight Oatmeal

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Yield: serves 1

What you'll need:

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (I use Country Choice Organic)
  • 1/2 cup milk of choice
  • 2 pitted dates, chopped finely
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp molasses
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon (optional)
  • handful of chocolate chips
  • pinch of salt

How to make it:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a mason jar.
  2. Cover with lid and shake, shake, shake until combined.
  3. Store in the refrigerator overnight (or for several hours). Eat cold or warm up in the microwave!

Just an FYI:

Variation: For an Oatmeal Raisin Cookie, swap the chocolate chips for raisins, and increase the amount of cinnamon to 1/4 tsp.

About Lauren Smith

Lauren is a herbivore, Slytherin, and connoisseur of oats. She is a former teacher who is currently studying to earn a master's degree in curriculum development. You can follow her on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.

30 Responses to Cookie Dough Overnight Oatmeal

  1. Anonymous says:

    Come on now. Give yourself a break. If blogging gets to be a chore you will stop blogging altogether. Then what would I do for breakfast. I have a 5 pound bag of oatmeal just waiting for new recipes to try. You do a great job now don’t worry about it. Julie

  2. m says:

    do you think i could use flax seeds instead? i’ve been really loving cold oatmeal lately!

  3. Ali says:

    I just made this as my first ever overnight oats! Although it wasn’t actually overnight…I made it at 4 and ate it around 8 because I couldn’t wait πŸ™‚ so maybe I’ll just call it refrigerator oats! Delicious, and it really does taste like cookie dough. Thanks so much for the recipe- and all of them!

  4. Lauren says:

    This looks freakin’ delicious! As a fellow oatmeal lover, I can appreciate every single recipe you have here. I will be making this tonight for my husband and I! πŸ™‚

  5. Anonymous says:

    could you substitute the molasses for anything? for some reason i can’t find it in the store πŸ™

    • Lauren Smith says:

      Either maple syrup or brown sugar. Brown sugar will lend a more authentic chocolate chip cookie taste, but it depends on your views on refined sugars vs. “natural sweeteners” (i.e. maple syrup).

      And that’s really strange. Molasses is a very standard ingredient.. I usually find it in the baking aisle, or even by the breakfast items next to the maple syrup.

  6. anoushedance says:

    Hi Lauren,
    I absolutely love your blog! I am a major oatmeal fan, and love it as a pre-dance snack! I’m currently working before I go back to University and found that cooking oats took too long in the morning (I never got up early enough and would have been late for work…:)). When I saw your overnight oats, I knew I just had to make it! I’ve tried a couple of your stove stop recipes (all the peanut butter ones being the absolute best, way to go!!) and have also fallen in love with tea steeped oatmeal (‘ve played with it a little though and now use earl grey tea and cashew nut butter, you should try it πŸ™‚ it’s deeeeelish! ) and wanted to try the cookie dough recipe for today, and wanted to mention, the recipe as is, is amazing!..but I have found some good add-ins that I think you could enjoy as well..Based on a recipe for almond butter oatmeal cookies (the cooking actress..) I thought I could add almond butter in to increase creamyness and boost protein, and added a bit of quark as well. The result: tasty πŸ™‚ (I’m going to be posting the recipe on my (new!) blog in case you are interested πŸ™‚ hope you like it and thank you for all the amazing recipes!

    • Lauren Smith says:

      Thank you so much! I love the almond butter idea. Sadly, I can’t buy it often because I….erm….have a tendency of eating the entire thing by the spoonfuls within a few days. πŸ˜›

    • anoushedance says:

      Glad you like it! Yes I can totally understand..nut butter is just so versatile, I can find an excuse to add it in to any meal of the day (my favourite being by the spoonful while watching something funny on Netflix πŸ™‚ )
      Hope there might be a little bit of almond butter left for you to try it, but the recipe you created is delicious as is anyways πŸ™‚

  7. Anonymous says:

    When I make oatmeal, I boil it on the stove and add applesauce and cinnamon. That’s all I know. I want to try this, but I have a dumb question. Do I need to boil the oats before I put them in the jar?

    • Lauren Smith says:

      Nope! They literally soften up simply from absorbing the liquid you put in the jar. It’s kind of amazing. I believe you only need to boil the oats first if you’re using steel-cut oats, but I’ve never done this.

  8. None says:

    You do some really awesome things with oats! I love oats too – so thought you might want to try this trick. You can make granola in a skillet right on the stove. (Check out some of Mr Breakfast’s ideas for oatmeal too!) Love your blog btw!

  9. Sam says:

    This looks amazing! I just wondered if you make a jar fof this how long will it stay good in the fridge for?

  10. Sandy says:

    I made overnight oatmeal for the first time last night and ate it cold.. I thought you were suppose to eat it cold cause of the yogurt in it.. You can heat it w yogurt and it will still be ok?

    Also, I have seen multiple recipes for overnight oatmeal that contain chia seeds. What do they do for the oatmeal? Is it for the texture or anything specific or just nutritional value?

  11. Kate says:

    I’m not a big fan of dates, do you have any suggestions for a substitution?

  12. Anonymous says:

    Can we skip the dates altogether and just add a different sweetener instead (such as honey, maple syrup, etc.)? And if so, how much? I absolutely love this blog, all the recipes I’ve tried have been awesome!

  13. Giulia says:

    I love this recipe! Sometimes I use raisins instead of dates or just leave them out totally since I am not a huge fan of them and I don’t use molasses because my hostmum doesn’t buy it. It still is sweet enough for me and if needed I just add a bit of brown sugar… One of my favourite recepies!

  14. Linus Hansen says:

    How much is a handful of chocolate chips in g? Just roughly..

  15. Lyndsey B says:

    Oh my gosh…memory lane! I believe this is the first recipe I tried of yours two years ago. It is a great introduction to oatmeal, since it’s basically a dessert! I don’t think I tried the chia seed option, and I sweetened it with maple syrup instead of dates. I wasn’t as adventurous back then…but I would love to try it soon with some of your healthier twists. Yum yum yum πŸ™‚
    PS- Am I the only one who eats more raw cookie dough than the baked cookies? No? Okay πŸ™‚

  16. Christine says:

    I have all of the ingredients to make this recipe! Now that the weather’s getting colder, I would prefer to have it warmed in the microwave. Would you recommend adding the chocolate chips after the oatmeal is warmed, instead of adding them along with the other ingredients the night before? Otherwise, the chocolate chips would melt.

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