Healthy Gingerbread Overnight Oats

The last thing you want to be doing on Christmas morning is worrying about breakfast. So do yourself a favour and whip up a batch of these healthy gingerbread overnight oats! You need just 5 minutes to prep them the night before and then you've got a healthy, wholesome and delicious breakfast ready and waiting for you on Christmas morning.

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A bowl of Healthy Gingerbread Overnight Oats surrounded by cinnamon sticks

What are you doing for Christmas breakfast this year? Or are you doing anything at all for Christmas breakfast this year? Maybe you just let everyone help themselves to cereal and mince pies. Or maybe you dream about lavish Pinterest-esque buffet tables laden with cinnamon rolls, gingerbread French toast and frothy caramel lattes.

That's the kind of Christmas breakfast that I dream about every year. And it never happens because:

  1. There are only 2 of us at home
  2. The annual Christmas eve buffet and Christmas day dinner leave us with plenty of leftovers
  3. My boyfriend isn't hungry in the morning

Ingredients you need to make Healthy Gingerbread Overnight Oats

I mean, really! What kind of person isn't hungry in the morning? Julia Child said "People who love to eat are always the best people". And I totally agree. I bounce out of bed totally ravenous every morning and would love to have a truly decadent Christmas breakfast buffet. But unless I'm going to eat that all on my own, I have to stick with a simple, single-serving breakfast. Hello healthy gingerbread overnight oats!

I'm sure most people (at least the ones in charge of the cooking!) agree that there is so much to be doing on Christmas day they'll take any shortcut available. These healthy overnight oats aren't exactly a shortcut, but they do make what can be the most stressful day of the year much, much more relaxed.

Healthy Gingerbread Overnight Oats with all the ingredients ready to be stirred in

Simply mix all your ingredients together in a big container, pop it in the fridge, and that's your job done! You can prep these oats on Christmas Eve or anywhere up to five days before you eat them, giving you plenty of time to get ahead. If you're thinking about how many calories you're going to be loading up on later, best leave these oats as they are. (I think they taste best that way, anyway. Honest!)

But if you're throwing calorie counting into the wind on Christmas Day, you could top these healthy gingerbread overnight oats with caramel sauce, grated white chocolate, Nutella...absolutely anything you fancy! After all, it's not Christmas every day, is it?

A bowl of Healthy Gingerbread Overnight Oats decorated with a gingerbread man cookie cutter and cinnamon stick

If you're not feeling the gingerbread vibe, I've got plenty of other healthy overnight oats recipes you'll love! How about black forest overnight oats? Chocolate orange overnight oats? Or (one of my favourites) chocolate chip cookie dough overnight oats?

P.S. What are you going to top your healthy gingerbread overnight oats with?

📖 Recipe

A bowl of Healthy Gingerbread Overnight Oats with a cinnamon stick and ground cinnamon

Healthy Gingerbread Overnight Oats

The best Christmas breakfast recipes are the ones you can prepare the night before! To make these healthy gingerbread overnight oats, you only need to put in 5 minutes of effort beforehand then you've got a healthy, wholesome and delicious breakfast waiting for you on Christmas morning.
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: British
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 280kcal


  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 dates chopped into small pieces
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • cup skimmed milk (you can substitute any kind of milk)
  • cup fat-free sugar-free natural yoghurt
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Place all the ingredients into a small container and stir together thoroughly. Pop a lid on the container and leave to chill in the fridge for at least 4 hours. When you're ready to eat, remove the lid and tuck in!


Calories: 280kcal

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  1. Chris

    What a fantastic and scrumptious idea! Such gorgeous photos as well!!!

    • Nicola

      Thanks so much, Chris. Happy holidays!

  2. Ayngelina

    I was hoping to find a healthy oats recipe that would be good for holiday brunch and this one is perfect, I love gingerbread!

    • Nicola

      Thanks so much, Ayngelina! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Merry Christmas!

  3. Kristen Chidsey

    I am all about overnight oats all year long! But this gingerbread twist is such a perfect flavor for Christmas.

    • Nicola

      Thanks so much, Kristen! It's a great way to enjoy the holidays while still being healthy. Merry Christmas!

  4. Ellen

    This would be perfect for Christmas morning! I've been looking for something for breakfast on Christmas! Such warm flavors and comforting.

    • Nicola

      Thank you so much, Ellen! It really is one of my favourite festive breakfasts. Happy holidays!

  5. Lisa

    Love the idea of these oats, but do you heat them up the next morning? I can't get my head around cold oatmeal.

    • Nicola

      Hey Lisa! Nope, you don't heat them up in the morning - you eat them chilled. The yoghurt thickens up the oats and because they're left to chill for a few hours, the oats are soft and not chewy. But I don't see why you couldn't go ahead and warm them up. Give it a shot! Merry Christmas 🙂