Did you know that tiramisu means “pick me up” or “cheer me up”? If tiramisu overnight oats are on the breakfast menu, I would certainly jump out of bed in a flash. This healthy and delicious combination of coffee-soaked overnight oats topped with tiramisu-inspired Greek yogurt layers and a generous dusting of cocoa will cheer you up for sure. An easy meal-prep-friendly breakfast that’s packed with fiber, protein and caffeine, making it an all-around delicious start to your day. Dessert for breakfast anyone? Yes, please!
- Oats – Rolled oats work best for this recipe.
- Coffee – A shot of good quality espresso adds some great flavor to the oats. You can use a strong brew of your choice or even decaf if you wish. Instant coffee works as well, simply prepare a strong coffee following the packet’s instructions.
- Greek yogurt – A thick Greek yogurt gives the overnight oats the mascarpone-like richness and creaminess. You can substitute it with quark.
- Milk – Full-fat milk adds richness to the oats but you can also use a lower fat version or plant-based milk, especially oat milk.
- Maple syrup – The syrup not only sweetens the dish but adds depth of flavor. You substitute it with other sweeteners of your choice including sugar, honey, or golden syrup.
- Vanilla – Vanilla extract gives the greek yogurt extra flavor. You can substitute it with vanilla essence, paste, or fresh vanilla beans.
- Almond butter – Creamy almond butter adds another classic tiramisu flavor to these overnight oats as well as extra protein. You can omit these for a nut-free dessert or use a crunchy version to add more texture to your oats.
- Cocoa – I generous dusting of dutch processed cocoa powder as a great chocolate flavor to this recipe. Alternatively, you can use raw cacao or cocoa powder.
- Meal prep: Double or triple batch the overnight oats and Greek yogurt layer for a week of tasty tiramisu. All that’s left to do is to add a generous layer of cocoa powder in the morning.
- Make sure the coffee has cooled down before adding it to the oats and subsequently to the Greek yogurt or it will impact their consistency.
- Don’t fill the mason jar to the brim as the oats will expand a bit.
- For a quicker version, use quick oats or creamy scotch oats instead of rolled oats and warm coffee if you don’t have time to soak them overnight. Soak them for a minimum of 3 hours.
- Serve it as a healthier dessert option. The classic Italian dessert typically features amaretto in the soaked ladyfinger layer. Simply add 1/4 tsp of amaretto to the oats alongside the coffee if you’d like to serve it as a dessert later in the day.
- Sugar-free: Substitute the maple syrup with monk fruit or stevia for a sugar-free version.
- Dairy-free / vegan: Use your favorite plant-based milk – oat milk works really well – and choose a plant-based yogurt to make this recipe dairy-free and vegan-friendly.
- Nut-free: Simply omit the almond butter.
- Gluten-free: Choose gluten-free labeled oats.
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Tiramisu Overnight Oats
Soaked Oat Layer
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/4 cup espresso cooled
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1 tbsp almond butter smooth
- 1 tsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
Greek Yogurt Layer
- 1/3 cup Greek yogurt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tsp maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp cocoa dutch-processed
- Make an espresso or strong coffee. Place it in the fridge to cool down.1/4 cup espresso
- In a small bowl, thoroughly combine all oat layer ingredients apart from the espresso.1/2 cup rolled oats, 1/4 cup milk, 1 tbsp almond butter, 1 tsp maple syrup, 1 tsp vanilla extract
- To make the yogurt layer, mix the Greek yogurt, vanilla extract, and maple syrup in a separate small bowl.1/3 cup Greek yogurt, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 2 tsp maple syrup
- Add the coffee to the oat layer mixture and combine it well. Set aside for 30 minutes.1/4 cup espresso
- To layer the tiramisu in a mason jar, start by adding half of the oat mixture to the bottom of the jar. Add half of the flavored yogurt and add the remaining half until you have 4 layers.
- In the morning, by using a small sieve, add a generous dusting of cocoa powder. Enjoy!1/2 tsp cocoa
Will the oats thicken as they soak? They seem quite runny.
Definitely. The oats will expand and you’ll end up with a creamy consistency. Make sure you’ll leave some space in the jar for them to expand.
How long will tiramisu overnight oats last in the fridge?
They will last up to 3 days in an airtight jar in the fridge.