French Toast Overnight Oatmeal

There are some recipes that take me forever to get right. Then, there are others that turn out exactly as I had imagined on the first try (like my Carrot Cake Oatmeal and Peanut Butter Cookie Baked Oatmeal).

Add this one to the list!


Admittedly, I spent a while mentally concocting this one, but after I bought some pitted dates, it all came together. This is the first time I’ve used dates in a recipe (let alone oatmeal), and I must say, I’m impressed! Letting it soak with the oatmeal overnight softened it up and let the oatmeal absorb the sweetness. It was the perfect amount of sweetness, especially when I added a touch of maple syrup on top.


I still have to experiment with using dates in stove-top or baked oatmeal, but when I figure it out, you’ll be the first to know! 🙂

UPDATE: I used dates to sweeten this Pumpkin Pie Steel-Cut Oatmeal.


French Toast Overnight Oatmeal

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Yield: serves 1

What you'll need:

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (I use Country Choice Organic)
  • 1/2 cup milk or choice
  • 1 pitted date, chopped finely
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup vanilla-flavored yogurt (I use Amande almond yogurt) (optional)
  • pinch of salt
  • maple syrup for topping

How to make it:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a mason jar.
  2. If you'd like to add any extra ingredients (coconut oil, dried fruit, nuts, sunflower seeds), do so now.
  3. Cover, and shake vigorously until ingredients are combined.
  4. Let it sit in refrigerator overnight (or at least a few hours).
  5. In the morning, either heat up or eat cold (this one is best warmed up). Top with maple syrup (or your syrup/topping of preference, like this warm Maple-Nut Sauce!).


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.

11 Responses to French Toast Overnight Oatmeal

  1. Aly Miazga says:

    Any substitution for the date?

    • Lauren Smith says:

      Sure! Just use a teaspoon or two of maple syrup (or honey, if you’re okay with that). You could also use a tablespoon of raisins because I’ve heard that has a similar effect, but I haven’t tried it myself, so I’m not sure what it’d be like. 🙂

  2. m says:

    This looks so good! And who knew dates could make a French toast flavored oatmeal? (: Great job!!

  3. a says:

    I tried this with the raisins instead of dates, and I slightly increased the milk since I like oatmeal soupier. Delicious! The raisins plumped up and the whole bowl was sweet enough without the maple syrup even!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Just prepared this for tomorrow’s breakfast! I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk and 1/4 cup of So Delicious Coconut Greek Style Vanilla yogurt that I picked up today for the first time. Next on my list: buy a ramekin to make those decadent baked oatmeal recipes of yours! 🙂

  5. Lauren Smith says:

    Yay! I love So Delicious Greek Style. I just finished eating some with some strawberries and a peach!

    I hope you like it! 🙂

  6. Hanna says:

    I just love dates in stove-top oatmeal. Warm dates taste like heaven!!! You dont even have to use any sweetener 🙂 my favourite one is with banana and ricotta cheese and a little agave syrup on the top!!! Heaven! 🙂

  7. Cassie says:

    I don’t like overnight oats that much, but I’ll look into this!

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