Wake up to a mason jar full of these easy-to-make Maple Brown Sugar Overnight Oats—the perfect meal prep breakfast recipe! Simply combine old-fashioned rolled oats, maple syrup, cinnamon, and milk, and refrigerate overnight. This is the best oatmeal recipe for on-the-go busy weekday mornings!

A spoon digs into a jar of maple brown sugar oatmeal made in the fridge overnight.

Maple Brown Sugar Overnight Oats Recipe

Life can get a little hectic at times.  

Instead of grabbing whatever you can find on those busy weekday mornings when “hangry” hits, why not prepare some of these Overnight Oats and have them ready to go for the morning rush?!

You can prepare them the night before, pull them out of the refrigerator in the morning, and off you go with a happy morning in sight.

No more grumbling tummies while you are trying to find any glimmer of a nutrition bar in your purse.

If you’re loving the convenience of prepping breakfast ahead, try these other Overnight Oats Recipe for busy mornings.

Oats, brown sugar, milk, maple syrup, and pecans and the main ingredients for this dish.
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Ingredients

  • Oats. Old-fashioned oats are key. Quick oats will get soggy, while steel cut oats won’t soften. Be sure to grab gluten-free if needed.
  • Milk. Just about any type of milk will work—either regular or plant-based, like almond milk, coconut milk, or even oat milk. The higher the fat content the richer the oatmeal will be.
  • Sweetener. Dark brown sugar or light brown sugar along with pure maple syrup are used to add flavor to this oatmeal. You can easily sub for another type, like coconut sugar or honey.
  • Pecans. Toasted pecans add the perfect crunch and texture to this breakfast dish.
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How to Make Maple Brown Sugar Overnight Oats

Please see the recipe card below for ingredient amounts and more detailed instructions.

1. Combine Oats and Milk

The best thing to use when making overnight oats is an 8-ounce mason jar. These are the perfect size and conveniently have a top. But any airtight container will work.

Start by adding equal amounts of oats, milk, and vanilla extract in each jar. This should come out to about ½-cup oats, ½-cup milk, and ¼-teaspoon vanilla.

Give everything a stir to combine.

A spoon stirs the oatmeal mixture in teh jar.

2. Top with Sweetener

In a small or medium bowl, mix together the brown sugar, cinnamon, and maple syrup. Pour equal amounts over the milk and oats in each jar. Seal with a lid.

Place the prepared jars in the fridge for at least 2 hours, but they’re best after chilling overnight.

The sweetener is drizzled over the top of the milk and oat mixture.

3. Toast Pecans and Serve

Just before you’re ready to enjoy the oatmeal, toast the pecans in a single layer at 325℉ for 5 to 7 minutes.

Sprinkle some pecans in each jar and serve with extra cinnamon and maple syrup if you’d like! Pair with fresh berries or banana slices for the perfect breakfast.

Cinnamon sticks are added to the jar with maple brown sugar oatmeal.

Are overnight oats healthy?

Yes! Overnight oats are a super healthy way to start your day. Oatmeal has many health benefits, including lowering cholesterol and reducing the risk of heart disease. As part of a healthy lifestyle, this filling breakfast can potentially aid in weight loss.

Plus, making your own flavor combinations instead of using the packets gives you more control over the amount of sweetener you include.

What is a good sweetener for overnight oats? 

Depending on the flavor you like, some excellent sweeteners include pure maple syrup, honey, brown sugar, or coconut sugar.

 What not to add in overnight oats? 

The most important things to avoid in overnight oats are steel-cut or instant oats. Additionally, nuts and granola will loose their crispiness overnight, and some types of fresh fruit don’t do well.

Recipe Tips

  • Get rolling. Stick with old-fashioned rolled oats rather than quick or steel-cut oats for the best results.
  • Make it work. While maple syrup and brown sugar add to the classic flavor, you can easily change it up with different sweeteners.
  • Wait for it. Don’t add the toasted pecans until you’re about to dig into this brown sugar oatmeal recipe.
  • Add some fuel. An easy way to feel full longer is to include some optional add-ins, like protein powder, flax seeds, or chia seeds.
  • Go big. Whip up a double batch of this oatmeal and have breakfast taken care of all week.
Two jars of gluten-free overnight oats made with maple, brown sugar, and cinnamon for a healthy breakfast.

More Overnight Oats Recipes

Once you’ve had hot or cold overnight oats, you’ll be scouring the internet for more varieties. Thankfully, I have a ton of other versions that will quickly become your favorite breakfast.

Pumpkin Overnight Oats and Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats have the best fall flavors.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats are the cure to any sweet tooth.

Blueberry Overnight OatsStrawberry Shortcake Overnight Oats, and Peach Cobbler Overnight Oats are fresh and a great way to start your morning.

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Maple Brown Sugar Overnight Oats

Wake up to a mason jar full of these easy-to-make Maple Brown Sugar Overnight Oats—the perfect meal prep breakfast recipe! Simply combine old-fashioned rolled oats, maple syrup, cinnamon and milk, refrigerate overnight.
A spoon digs into a jar of maple brown sugar oatmeal made in the fridge overnight.
Yield 4 servings
Prep 5 minutes
Total 5 minutes
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Ingredients 

  • 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats gluten-free
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups milk regular or plant-based
  • 3 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • ¾ tsp. cinnamon
  • 3 Tbsp. pure maple syrup
  • ¼ cup pecans coarsely chopped, toasted

Instructions 

  • Combine Oats and Milk. In four 8-oz. mason jars place equal amounts of the oats, milk and vanilla in each. (½ cup oats, ½ cup milk, and ¼ teaspoon vanilla in each.) Stir to mix well.
    2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats, 1 tsp. vanilla, 2 cups milk
  • Top with Sweetener. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, cinnamon and maple syrup. Pour a quarter of this mixture in each of the jars over the oats. Refrigerate the oats for at least 2 hours or overnight.
    3 Tbsp. brown sugar, 3 Tbsp. pure maple syrup, ¾ tsp. cinnamon
  • Toast Pecans and Serve. Just before serving, toast pecans at 325 degrees for 5-7 minutes. Divide pecans and sprinkle in each jar. Serve with additional cinnamon and maple syrup, if desired, and enjoy!
    ¼ cup pecans
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Notes

**This recipe can either be made in two larger mason jars, each holding two servings, or four smaller mason jars, each containing one single serving.
Prep-Ahead Instructions:
This recipe is perfect to prep ahead. Simply combine all of the ingredients, except the pecans, in a jar. Leave in the refrigerator for up to 4 to 5 days.
Storage Directions:
Prepared jars will last in the fridge for up to 4 to 5 days.
Recipe Tips
  • Get rolling. Stick with old-fashioned rolled oats rather than quick or steel-cut oats for the best results.
  • Make it work. While maple syrup and brown sugar add to the classic flavor, you can easily change it up with different sweeteners.
  • Wait for it. Don’t add the toasted pecans until you’re about to dig into this brown sugar oatmeal recipe.
  • Add some fuel. An easy way to feel full longer is to include some optional add-ins, like protein powder, flax seeds, or chia seeds.
  • Go big. Whip up a double batch of this oatmeal and have breakfast taken care of all week.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 292kcal, Carbohydrates: 48g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 169mg, Potassium: 212mg, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 18g, Calcium: 206mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. how long should i heat it up for it I decide to heat it? And can you put mason jars in the microwave? I’m new to this overnight oats thing but am wanting to finally try it and this recipe looks amazing.

    1. Hi Tara! Yes, you should be able to place your mason jar in the microwave, as long as it is a newer jar and has the microwave safe symbol on it. Be sure to leave the lid off, though! How long to heat up the oats?… If they are coming directly from the refrigerator I would guess around 45-60 seconds? However, I would encourage you to let them sit at room temperature for a little bit so you do not have to heat them up too much in the microwave! This will ensure that the oats do not dry out too much. Feel free to add additional milk as needed to get the consistency you want. Hope this helps!

  2. 5 stars
    This was my intro recipe to overnight oats and I loved it. I had to change an ingredient to fit my food plan:
    Coconut palm sugar instead if brown sugar.
    I used alcohol free organic vanilla and unsweetened vanilla almond milk. It is delish. Could definitely do a half serving but hard not to eat it all.

    1. Hi Ashley!! I am so happy you loved them. We use coconut palm sugar a lot in ours, too! Definitely makes it a bit healthier 🙂

  3. This sounds delicious! However, I was wondering what kind of maple syrup you use? I’ve checked other recipes and they call for pure maple syrup. Do you also use pure maple syrup or do you use the kind of pancakes? 🙂

    1. Hi Nelly! I use pure maple syrup in this recipe. One my favorite brands is Coomb’s Grad A maple syrup. We are pretty spoiled and use pure maple syrup on our pancakes, too 🙂 Thanks for the question!!

      1. Oh okay 🙂 will it work with the other kind of maple syrup? That’s all I have until i get a chance to run out to the store.

        1. Oh ya! I am sure it will work out great. I would start with a little less of your maple syrup just to make sure it’s not going to be too sweet. You can always add more later 🙂

  4. Just wondering if you think this could be done with quick oats? I have a whole, unopened box and I’m moving soon so I also don’t want to buy a package of rolled oats right now, but this sounds so yummy I want to try it! I would probably just have to leave the oats sitting for less time, so probably not an overnight dish then…

    1. Exactly, Lisa!! You could totally make these with quick oats. Just let them soak for an hour or two, and try using a bit less milk. You can always add more milk if you need it! Would love to hear how they turn out 🙂

  5. Hi, sorry if it seems like a silly question but I was a little confused about the servings. Is it 2 servings or 4? I’m not sure what it means by 2 servings eaten over 2 days.

    1. Hi Alycia! The overnight oats recipe makes 4 regular-sized servings. I like to just make the entire batch in two larger (12-16 oz.) mason jars (versus 4 smaller jars) and then my husband and I will each eat from one of those jars for two days in a row. Hope this helped!

  6. Do you by chance know the nutritional info on this per serving? I had never had overnight oats before but this was so yummy. I wasn’t brave enough to try it cold but will tomorrow. Thanks!

    1. Hi Elizabeth!! I am so happy you enjoyed them 🙂 I have not calculated the nutritional info for this recipe. However, there are many online services (such as MyFitnessPal) that you can easily enter in the ingredients and it will tell you the nutritional date! Hope this helps!

    1. You definitely can but the flavor will probably not be as good. I would also decrease the water by 2-3 tablespoons/cup used. If you have coconut milk I would recommend that over water… it will have a bit of a coconut flavor though 🙂

    1. I would safely say for up to 3 days. Granted, the oats will start to change texture after a few days. My hubby still eats them up, though, so I don’t think it is very noticeable!

    1. Absolutely! Just know that the oats may expand a bit more and the texture will change. I was a bit skeptical too about cold oatmeal but it is surprisingly yummy!

      1. I wouldn’t warm them up. Maybe bring to room temperature but that’s it. I was very skeptical at first also. Try them chilled first. It tastes more like a parfait than oatmeal. To me anyway.

        1. I totally agree, Tammy. They definitely taste a bit different than normal oatmeal! Great idea to bring them to room temperature. Thanks so much for your comments!

    1. Actually, that is the beauty of this recipe! There is no cooking required. The oats plump up and absorb all of the liquid overnight and are ready to eat in the morning 🙂