Matcha Yogurt Overnight Zoats

In my never-ending quest to acquire a taste for matcha, I came up with this recipe. By pairing the green powder with some sweet and creamy nondairy yogurt, I managed to replicate the qualities of a matcha tea latte.

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My other goal with this recipe was to make a larger portion size. Yes, friends, I have heard you: my overnight recipes tend to be small portions. While I stuck with the 1/4 cup oats (which is one serving when using quick cook steel-cut oats, as I did), I bulked up the recipe using both yogurt and zucchini. In the past, I have never used a full serving of yogurt in an overnight recipe, but this time I did. This gave better flavor and creaminess with the matcha powder, eliminated the need to add additional liquid, and created a more filling portion of overnight oats.

You’re welcome!

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Thus, I promise it’s not a mistake that the recipe does not call for any milk or water. You won’t need it! All that yogurt will provide all the “liquid” your oats will need to become soft and creamy. This is like matcha pudding. Hizzah!

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Matcha Yogurt Overnight Zoats

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Yield: serves 1

What you'll need:

  • 1/4 cup quick cook steel cut oats (I used BetterOats Classic Instant Oatmeal with Flax)
  • 1 single-serve (about 6 oz) vanilla yogurt (I used Trader Joe's coconut yogurt)
  • 2 tsp matcha green tea powder, or 3 tsp if you love a robust matcha flavor
  • 1/4 cup grated zucchini or yellow squash (peeling optional)
  • pinch of salt
  • sweetener, if desired (it should already be slightly sweetened from the yogurt)

How to make it:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a container with a lid (such as Tupperware or a mason jar) and stir or shake until thoroughly mixed.
  2. Taste and adjust sweetener as necessary (I didn't need any).
  3. Allow to sit in fridge overnight, or at least a couple hours. Eat cold!

Just an FYI:

This oatmeal does not need any milk or water! The yogurt and zucchini provide enough liquid for the oats.

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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.

9 Responses to Matcha Yogurt Overnight Zoats

  1. Christine says:

    I love yogurt in oatmeal! Would you recommend using regular yogurt or Greek yogurt? If there’s no liquid, I’m thinking that regular yogurt might work best. Please let me know – and do more yogurt recipes!

    • Lauren Smith says:

      I think you’re right that regular works best! Mine was regular. 🙂

      And I will try to make more yogurt recipes!

      • Christine says:

        That would be great – thank you! This isn’t the first time you have used a full serving of yogurt in an overnight recipe either. Your Tiramisu Overnight Oatmeal also uses a 6-ounce container of yogurt. I’ve been making that recipe a lot lately; that’s how I remembered!

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  3. Cassie says:

    If there’s anything I hate, it’s a measly cup serving of oatmeal. I mean, I’m all about VOLUME. Matcha oatmeal is so sweet but also mild and really nice-tasting, in my opinion. It’s great with blueberries like how you topped it!

  4. Sandra says:

    In terms of serving size, I truly believe it’s all a matter of what floats your boat. I love how all your recipes are customizable to flavor preference ratios, Lauren! When I first start making oatmeal I used a full portion of quick cooking oats for overnight oats, the same amount of liquid, a tablespoon of chia seeds, whatever looked right for flavor additions, plus a full cup of yogurt. Looking back at in hindsight, that was was way too much. Sometimes I was only able to eat half. All in all, overnight oats is all about experimentation and learning what your tastebuds and digestive system like best. I’m always open to new ideas on how to make overnight oats.

  5. Christine says:

    I had this for breakfast this morning. It was my first experience using matcha in oatmeal. It was delicious! I used Kite Hill vanilla almond milk yogurt, which was sweet enough that I didn’t need to add sweetener. I topped the oatmeal with banana slices and coconut, like in your picture.

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