If you love the taste of cookie dough then you’ll love these cookie dough overnight oats for a delicious and healthy breakfast! This recipe is perfect for an easy breakfast at home or to take on the go.

chocolate chip cookie dough overnight oats in a glass

What are overnight oats?

We’re all familiar with having a big bowl of cozy warm oatmeal for breakfast, but you have not tried overnight oats before.

Overnight oats are made by combining oats with a type of milk and various other ingredients and then placing them in the fridge overnight to thicken. The result is a creamy, chewy cold oatmeal that can be enjoyed straight out of the fridge. Overnight oats can also be warmed up if you like, but generally, it’s enjoyed cold.

This recipe for Cookie Dough Overnight oats is flavoured with vanilla, nut butter and chocolate chips to create overnight oats that taste just like cookie dough!

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • Dessert for breakfast. If you have a sweet tooth then you’ll love these overnight oats! It takes like enjoying oatmeal cookie dough for breakfast but much healthier.
  • Make ahead recipe. The best thing about overnight oats is that they are ready to go in the morning! Prepare them the night before and you have breakfast waiting for you.
  • One bowl. This is an easy recipe that can be made in one bowl with minimal cleanup.

Overnight oats ingredients and substitutions

  • Oats: you can use rolled oats or quick oats. I recommend rolled oats for a chewier texture. You can’t use steel-cut oats for traditional overnight oats, but if you like to use steel-cut oats you can make these steel-cut overnight oats.
  • Chia seeds: chia seeds are packed with nutrients, but will also help to thicken the overnight oats.
  • Yogurt: you can use any type of yogurt you like. I use plain greek yogurt, but dairy-free or coconut yogurt also works.
  • Vanilla extract: use real vanilla extract for the best taste.
  • Almond extract: this is the “secret ingredient” that will make the oats really taste like cookie dough. If you don’t have almond extract, you can just use more vanilla extract.
  • Nut butter: I use cashew butter which I find gives a taste most similar to cookie dough, but almond butt, peanut butter or sunflower seed butter all work too.
  • Honey: you can use any sweeter you like here. Agave, maple syrup or even just brown sugar all work.
  • Milk: I use almond milk, but you can use oat milk, coconut milk or dairy milk.
  • Chocolate chips: regular or mini chocolate chips are both delicious!

How to make cookie dough overnight oats

Step 1

Add the oats chia seeds and a pinch of salt to a large mixing bowl with the yogurt, honey, vanilla extract, almond extract and cashew butter.

Step 2

Add the almond milk (or milk of choice) and mix together to combine.

Step 3

Stir in the chocolate chips, then cover the bowl and place it in the fridge overnight to set. Enjoy in the morning as is or with your favourite toppings!

Overnight oats Mix-ins and topping ideas

You can top these overnight oats with whatever you would top your regular bowl of oatmeal with! You can also add ingredients to mix into the overnight oats too. Here are some of my favourite add-ins!

  • Nut butter
  • Chia jam
  • Hemp seeds
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Sliced banana
  • Berries
  • Mango
  • Kiwi
  • Peaches
  • Cacao nibs
  • Dark chocolate chips
  • Coconut flakes
  • Dried fruits
  • Chocolate granola
  • Cinnamon

How to store overnight oats

Store the overnight oats in a sealed mason jar or airtight container in the fridge. The overnight oats will last up to 5 days in the fridge. Overnight oats cannot be stored on the counter.

Tips for making cookie dough overnight oats

  • Use rolled oats. While you can use quick oats in this recipe, I find they can become mushy after sitting overnight. Rolled oats will give the overnight oats a chewier texture which is delicious!
  • Store in individual jars. If you take breakfast on the go (or even if you eat at home), once the oats are prepared spoon the overnight oats into individual jars and store them in the fridge for perfect portions of breakfast.
  • Use unsweetened yogurt and milk. It’s best to use unsweetened yogurt and unsweetened milk since you can add your own sweetener to the oats. This way you have more control over how much sugar is in the recipe.

Cookie dough overnight oats FAQ

Can I add protein powder to overnight oats?

Yes! To make these overnight oats high in protein just add a scoop of your favourite protein powder to the recipe.

Can I make overnight oats without yogurt?

Yes, if you prefer to make this recipe without yogurt you can leave out this ingredient. This will alter the texture of the oats and make them slightly less creamy.

Are overnight oats good for weight loss?

Yes! Overnight oats are packed with 8 grams of fibre, 10 grams of protein and 360 calories per serving making them a great satiating breakfast option for weight loss.

How long should you soak overnight oats?

Overnight oats are typically soaked overnight (hence the name) but can be soaked for a minimum of 4 hours if you want to eat them sooner!

a cup of cookie dough overnight oats topped with chocolate chips

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a cup of cookie dough overnight oats topped with chocolate chips

Cookie Dough Overnight Oats

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  • Author: Jessica Hoffman
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Mix
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free


These overnight oats taste just like cookie dough for a sweet but healthy breakfast!


Units Scale
  • 1 cup rolled oats (can also use quick oats)
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup plain yogurt (regular, greek or dairy-free)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract (optional)
  • 2 tbsp nut butter (I use cashew butter)
  • 1 tbsp honey or maple syrup
  • 1 cup milk (I use almond milk)
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips


  1. Add all the ingredients to a mixing bowl or to a large jar and mix together to combine.
  2. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or the jar with a lid and place it in the fridge to set it overnight.
  3. Enjoy straight from the fridge in the morning as is or topped with yogurt and chocolate chips.


You can add a scoop of protein powder to the recipe if you want to make it high-protein.

Store in mason jars for easy on the go breakfast!


  • Serving Size: 1/2 of the recipe
  • Calories: 360
  • Sugar: 12g
  • Fat: 6g
  • Carbohydrates: 44g
  • Fiber: 8g
  • Protein: 10g