Overnight Tea-Steeped Oatmeal

Coffee or tea?


Six years ago, I would have responded, “Neither.” I started drinking tea toward the final months of my senior year of high school as a way to calm my ever-tormented digestive system. I wasn’t crazy about it at first, but I learned to tolerate it. Now, I drink a glass of tea almost every day. (I’ve also learned to like coffee, too, but that’s beside the point.)

This is notΒ an oatmeal recipe for beginners. People who are trying oatmeal for the first time should look for recipes with bananas, lots of fruit, peanut butter, or chocolate; I find that those are the most “newbie-friendly” recipes. This is a fun and unique recipe, but it will appeal most to those who both A) loveΒ tea, and B) already love oatmeal.


This is one of my many tea-themed recipes. For others, check out Pear and Chai Oatmeal, Dirty Chai Oatmeal,Β or Montana Gold Oatmeal. Also, the recipe below is kind of a “blueprint” for any kind of tea-steeped oatmeal, so you can play with different combinations to make it your own. In the pictures, I used an orange cinnamon tea and added orange slices to it. I’ve also used ginger-peach tea before, which I obviously paired with sliced peaches.

Overnight Tea-Steeped Oatmeal

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Yield: serves 1

What you'll need:

  • 1 tea bag
  • 1/3 cup hot water
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup regular rolled oats
  • 2 pitted dates, chopped finely
  • 1/2 tsp chia seeds
  • fruit, nuts, and/or spices (optional)
  • pinch of salt

How to make it:

  1. Add 1/3 cup hot water to a mason jar and add your tea bag. Steep for about 5 minutes.*
  2. Add remaining ingredients to the mason jar.
  3. Cover with lid and shake, shake, shake until combined.
  4. Store in the refrigerator overnight (or for several hours). Eat cold or warm up in the microwave!

Just an FYI:

*Previously, I wrote that you should steep this for an hour. However, I've since learned that this doesn't make the tea stronger; it only makes it more bitter. Steep for the recommended time on the box of tea. It should end up strong simply because it's steeping in only 1/3 cup water.

**Be practical. Pick fruits/spices that would pair well with your tea. For example, my tea was Orange Cinnamon flavored, so I added orange slices and a dash of cinnamon. If you need help, tell me what kind of tea you're using, and I'll give you suggestions!


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.

28 Responses to Overnight Tea-Steeped Oatmeal

  1. Do you have any ideas for either pomegranate green tea (besides adding pomegranate arils) or lemon jasmine tea? Thanks and I love your blog! Oatmeal has never been so delicious! πŸ™‚

    • Lauren Smith says:

      Kiwi or pear might be a nice addition the pomegranate tea, but I’m not sure what would go well with lemon jasmine because I can’t remember what jasmine tastes like! I’m more of a lemon ginger person myself. πŸ˜‰

  2. Lanyb says:

    Celestial Seasonings Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride tea works great with oatmeal.

  3. Charlotte says:

    I have sugar cookie sleigh ride tea.. what should I use? πŸ™‚

    • Charlotte says:

      And also.. I don’t have chia seeds. Is it ok to just leave them out or are they important? And can I use coconut milk instead of almond milk? How many ml is 1/4 cup? Haha, that was a lot sorry. πŸ™‚

    • Lauren Smith says:

      Oh boy, I’m not sure what to pair with sugar cookie tea (but I’m jealous, as I have not been able to find that one personally). I bet raspberries would be good with it, or if you added cinnamon, it might taste like snickerdoodle! πŸ˜›

      You could use coconut milk, but it will definitely leave a strong coconut taste! I wouldn’t mind this, of course. As for chia seeds…they’re not important, but your oatmeal will not gel together as much. However, if you’re using coconut milk (which is thicker and richer), that might make up for it!

  4. Charlotte says:

    Thank you for your response!
    I was thinking apple but I’m definitely going to try raspberries.
    Do you know if 70 ml of coconut milk would be enough? I was thinking about doing 1/2 cup water and 70ml coconut milk. What do you think? πŸ™‚

    • Lauren Smith says:

      70 ml is actually .29 cups, which puts it somewhere between 1/4 and 1/3 a cup. You should be able to do 70 ml of coconut milk with the recommended 1/3 cup of water and be okay.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Are the dates you use dried or fresh? πŸ™‚

  6. What About Green Tea?”

  7. Wang Kelly says:

    Hi Lauren, will mint tea add a weird flavor to this ? oh, if it doesn’t, which fruit do you recommend that would go well with mint tea ?

  8. Anonymous says:

    what would you recommend for red bush tea?

  9. Anonymous says:

    I’m going to try this using stinging nettle/mint tea (herbs from my sister’s herb garden) with nectarines!
    Thought I would try!
    Emily J.

  10. I’m thinking dried fruit (I have sultanas, cranberries, dates, apricots and figs!) to go with cinnamon tea… What about lemon and ginger? LOVE all your recipes by the way!

    • Lauren Smith says:

      I’m actually a little hesitant about using lemon ginger tea for oatmeal. It doesn’t sound particularly appetizing to me. πŸ˜‰ Maybe grapefruit segments? Or any kind of citrus.

  11. Katie Erin says:

    Do you have any suggestions for honey vanilla chai tea?

  12. Justina says:

    How about plain vanilla chai tea?

  13. Lyndsey B says:

    Ahhh the age-old question of coffee vs. tea…it’s so difficult for me! I drink tea almost everyday, and it is a lifesaver for when I am sick, but I can’t live without my comforting morning cup of joe! I would have to go with coffee, I just love its place in my morning routine.
    As for this oatmeal, tea is definitely the way to go! I’ve enjoyed it with chamomile tea, honey, and berries, and a sort of ‘detox’ tea. Another variation could be a fruity tea, such as pomegranate, along with a topping of that same fruit. So many options, so little bowls of oatmeal!!

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