Lemon Poppy Seed Overnight Oats

lemon poppyseed overnight oats

What’s your typical breakfast routine? I actually want to know. I sometimes wonder how in line with the rest of the world I am when it comes to breakfast – I feel like I know so many people that say they either don’t eat breakfast at all, or they have something like a piece of toast and coffee a couple of hours after waking up.

I want to know – HOW!? How do you get through the morning without something substantial in your stomach? Whoever came up with the term ‘hangry’ probably coined it after witnessing me one morning, an hour after waking up with nothing in my stomach yet. I’ve always woken up RAVENOUS! I have to eat the minute I get up, or at least snack on something while preparing breakfast if it’s something that takes a bit of time. The odd time I’ve gone a few hours without eating in the morning I find myself feeling weak and shaky, and extremely irritable. Please someone, tell me I’m not alone here….

Regardless of whether you turn into a complete crazy person or not, isn’t it nice to have something already prepared for breakfast upon waking up?! This is why I love breakfasts that you can prepare the night before, like my Nutella French toast bake, or these overnight oats!

lemon poppyseed overnight oats

Overnight oats are one of the easiest make-ahead breakfasts you can do, and there are unlimited possibilities!! I’ve been trying out a few different ones the past few months, but this one has been one of my favourites. I’m really into lemon these days, which I think has something to do with the fact that I’m dying for sunshine and summer and all of the bright and happy things. Did you see my Instagram stories from the weekend? I made homemade lemon curd for a lemon cake – sooo good! I’ll be posting that cake next week ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyway, these lemon poppy seed oats areย super simple. Here’s what you do: get a bowl, measure out all of your ingredients, stir it all together. Done!

My recipe makes enough for 1-2 breakfasts, depending on how much you like to eat in the morning! I usually double everything so there’s enough to feed all 4 of us, and sometimes there’s even a bit leftover. The beauty of overnight oats is you can make a huge batch to last you all week, since it keeps in the fridge for 3-4 days just fine.

These oats are terrific cold, making it a perfect grab-n-go breakfast, but I like to heat mine up a bit if I have the time. Use any type of milk you want, and even a flavored yogurt if you feel like experimenting a bit. I always use plain Greek yogurt, but I imagine that vanilla yogurt would be delicious!

Please let me know if you end up trying the oats, and whether they saved you from turning into a hangry monster like me ๐Ÿ˜‰

Lemon Poppyseed Overnight Oats

 

Lemon Poppyseed Overnight Oats

Lemon Poppy Seed Overnight Oats

Prep

Total

Yield 1-2 servings

Save some time in the morning by preparing these sunshine-filled sweet and tangy lemon poppy seed overnight oats the night before!ย 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • juice and zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 3/4 cups steel cut oats (or rolled oats)
  • 1 cup almond milk (any other milk will do)
  • 1 tbsp poppy seeds
  • optional toppings:ย blueberries, coconut, slivered almonds, etc

Instructions

  1. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the yogurt, honey, lemon juice and zest. Add the oats, milk and poppy seeds and stir to thoroughly combine.
  2. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for 6-8 hours, or overnight. Serve cold or heat in a small pot on the stove.ย 

Leftovers keep well in the fridge, covered, for 3-4 days.

lemon poppy seed overnight oats

 

If you’re a big fan of poppy seed in the morning, try out these biscotti!

Save some time in the morning by preparing these sunshine-filled sweet and tangy lemon poppy seed overnight oats the night before!
 

31 Comments

  1. These overnight oats look and sound delicious! right up my alley with all the ingredients that you used….for beakfast I always have a greek yogurt with walnuts and blueberries, with an oj and green tea, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, I donยดt know how some people either eat nothing or something unhealthy…great post and recipe ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thank you Albert!! Breakfast is definitely the most important meal of the day – it gets everything started off on the right foot! Your Greek yogurt with walnuts and blueberries sounds like something I definitely need to try ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I get irritable when I’ve gone too long without eating so you aren’t alone. Weekday breakfasts for me usually involve something quick and then it’s a little more substantial on the weekend. I absolutely love lemon poppy seed anything and especially overnight oats so this is a total winner for me! Love that you topped this yumminess with blueberries too! Gotta give this a try!!!

    • Haha I’m glad I’m not alone in that – I am scary when I’m hungry, especially first thing in the morning! I love lemon poppy seed too – you would love these oats!! Thanks Dawn! Hope you’re having a great week!

  3. Ben|Havocinthekitchen

    My breakfast routine isn’t something that has been established – it’s changing. Normally, I need to eat something (like yogurt or oatmeal or even a spoon of peanut butter) especially if commuting is involved (I can easily get sick on an empty stomach). However, last year I had it differently as I would usually wake up early (before 5 a.m.) and walk to the gym (like 5 km) before my job, so most of those mornings I only had an apple/banana on my way with a normal breakfast few hours later. As you see, I’ve survived ๐Ÿ™‚ But again, it’s not written in the stone, and I often wake up so ravenous that I cannot stop for the whole day haha. Oatmeal is one of my favorite breakfast meals, and I do like this version with poppy seeds. Delicious!

    • Whaaat I don’t know how you walked 5km, and then worked out, and then went to work on nothing but an apple or banana. I’m shocked that you survived ๐Ÿ˜‰ I think you need to start incorporating some overnight oats before these epic mornings of yours, Ben!

  4. Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen

    I have always felt like there’s something wrong with me because I’m starving when I wake up. I can’t do brunch because there’s no way for me to wait that long to eat. . .and I come from a family of people who never eat breakfast so when I visit my parents I feel like a HUGE pig because I can’t shovel food into my mouth fast enough first thing in the morning. Phew. Thank you for letting me rant :). Overnight oats are one of my favorite things to eat in the morning so I’m definitely going to try these. LOVE all things lemon poppyseed!

    • Hahah, I loved the rant. I can totally relate to you, Kelsie! My Mom often isn’t interested in breakfast first thing in the morning and when I go to visit, I’m devouring a huge bowl of cereal or whatever else I can get my hands on while she’s sipping her coffee….! I think we’re right, they’re wrong ๐Ÿ™‚ You’ve got to try these oats my friend!!

  5. These pictures are just stunning! We sold lemon poppyseed muffins at my coffee shop and they were one of the most popular!
    I donโ€™t typically eat my โ€œbreakfast โ€œ or first meal until 1-2 pm. My bodyโ€™s just used to it I think. I get up and go, go, go and sround 1pm is when I feel the hangry monster.

    • Thank you so much, Patrick! I am not surprised about the popularity of the muffins at your coffee shop – they’re so good!! But wait – I can’t believe you don’t eat until after noon!!! That’s unreal to me. I would be a hot mess, haha!

  6. I have to eat first thing in the morning, so I’m right there with ya! YOU are not alone! ๐Ÿ™‚ They look sooo delicious Katherine!! PInning for later dear!!

  7. crumbtopbaking

    You know I share your love of breakfast! I also wake up hungry in the morning, and need to eat before I do anything else. I love having overnight oats at the ready, and this lemon poppyseed version sounds perfect for spring!

  8. YUM!!! these look absolutely delicious ๐Ÿ™‚ love the combo of poppyseed and lemon!

  9. ahhh this sounds like such a tasty breakfast option! it depends on how i ate the night before- ie i had a massive cookie + ice cream way too late last night, so i wasn’t hungry enough for breakfast today. oops. but on a normal day, i’ll have oatmeal or yogurt + granola or toast or something.

  10. Katherine, I know exactly what you mean, I also get so hungry in the morning and usually have at least a slice of toast with coffee to start the day. Now these lemon poppyseed overnight oats sound just so good, perfect and especially easy for weekday mornings. My son is a big fan of oats as well and I know that he will absolutely love this for his breakfast. Definitely pinning and saving to try ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thank you for the great recipe ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Girl, these overnight oats are the only good reason to wake up in the morning!! I get super hangry in the AM too and I’m all for opening up the refrig and grabbing a ready-to-eat breakfast. Especially if it’s made with lemon because I love dang lemon ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. marcie@flavorthemoments

    My breakfast routine is to make it ahead of time at least 80% of the time because starting the day without breakfast is NOT an option! I make overnight oats once or twice a week because they’re so easy. I love these flavors and the poppy seeds are so fun!

    • Ah, so glad you’re with me on that!! It’s so great starting the day with something that’s already ready and waiting for you, right? I hate having to wait around for things to cook on those busy weekdays. Thanks Marcie!

  13. We are such creatures of habit about breakfast – yogurt and fruit about 300 days a year. And I never skip breakfast – always wake up ravenous too!

    I haven’t made overnight oats before, but I’m totally inspired to try this recipe. Love the idea of it being done the night before – one more thing to spring me out of bed in the morning!

    • Yogurt and fruit is a great way to go – I can’t even imagine skipping breakfast! I’m so glad I’ve inspired you!! I hope you get a chance to try it, or at least another overnight oat! They’re life changing ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thank you Marissa!!

  14. I keep saying that I am going to make overnight oats ((sigh)). But really I am! And these look delicious ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a great weekend!!

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  16. I followed the recipe exactly, and it’s been nearly 24 hours. It’s soupy. Where’d I go wrong?

    • Oh dear! Sorry to hear that. I can’t think of why it has happened – I make the recipe as is quite often with no problems! If you’d like to try again I’d suggest cutting back on the amount of milk. ๐Ÿ™‚

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