The popular iced beverage takes a fun twist with these Thai Tea Overnight Oats! Creamy oats combine with brewed black tea and spices for a yummy breakfast.
Thai Tea is so popular for good reason – it’s refreshing, perfectly spiced, and the strikes the perfect balance between creamy and bitter (from the tea). So, I thought, why shouldn’t I be able to enjoy it for breakfast?
First of all, what’s in Thai Tea exactly?
Thai tea is an iced beverage that generally consists of:
- Brewed black tea,
- Condensed milk (milk + sugar),
- and, oftentimes, a Thai Tea seasoning mix.
We like to keep things dairy-free and refined sugar-free over here, but with a few easy swaps I was able to recreate that classic Thai Tea flavor and infuse it into oatmeal using only 7 plant-based ingredients! Thai Tea mix often contains dyes and other additives, so I decided to stay away from that too and recreate the flavors with some simple pantry spices.
Now, let’s make some overnight oats!
On a basic level, all overnight oatmeal is comprised of quick or rolled oats, chia seeds, and a creamy liquid.
First, we’ll create our Thai Tea base by combining brewed black tea with some spices, coconut sugar, and full-fat coconut milk or coffee creamer. The coconut sugar and coconut milk serve as a plant-based alternative to condensed milk. As for the spices, I used a combination of vanilla, cardamom, and (optional) star anise. After the oats cool a bit we’ll also add a splash of lime juice, which is a good substitute for commonly used tamarind.
After we make our Thai Tea, we’ll add in our oats and chia seeds. Then all you have to do is mix, divide into single servings, and let it thicken in the fridge overnight!
The next day you’ll be left with some thick, creamy, and tea-infused oats that are super yummy and satisfying. I like to store my overnight oats in old glass nut butter jars – they’re the perfect size to hold the oatmeal, plus you have a little extra room to add your favorite toppings. I went with some sliced banana and coconut chips for these recipe photos, but feel free to get creative.
These Thai Tea Overnight Oats are basically the closest thing you can get to having actual Thai Tea for breakfast. However, unlike the drink, they’re also full of fiber, healthy fats, and some plant-based protein to keep you full and energized until lunch!
A Few Final Thoughts:
- Do I eat overnight oats hot or cold? I get this question all the time…to be honest, it really doesn’t matter! I prefer to eat mine chilled, but if you want to microwave them for a minute or two, you can also enjoy them warm. If you know you are going to heat them up, I would suggest adding an extra cup of either tea or liquid. Otherwise, they’ll be a little too thick.
- Thai tea is naturally sweet. These oats do have a modest amount of coconut sugar in them, but I wouldn’t say they are overly sweet (like Thai Tea). Feel free to adjust the sweetness level according to your personal preference.
- Looking for more overnight oat recipes? You’ll also love these PB&J Overnight Oats, these Pumpkin Spice Latte Overnights Oats, and this Creamy Zucchini Oatmeal with Blueberry Jam!
The popular iced beverage takes a fun twist with these Thai Tea Overnight Oats! Creamy Oats combine with brewed black tea and spices for a yummy breakfast.
- 4 black tea bags (3 cups water)
- ½ tsp cardamom
- 2 star anise pods (optional)
- ½ tsp turmeric (optional, for color only)
- ¼ cup coconut sugar*, plus more to taste
- 1 cup full-fat coconut milk or coffee creamer*
- ½ tsp vanilla extract (optional)
- Juice of ½ lime
- 3 cups quick-cooking or rolled oats
- ¼ cup chia seeds
- Add the black tea bags to a large bowl along with the cardamom and optional turmeric and star anise. Pour almost-boiling water over the tea, then allow it to steep for 5 minutes before removing the tea bags. Add the coconut sugar to the tea and mix until dissolved. Pour in the coconut milk, vanilla, and lime juice; stir until a uniform liquid forms.
- Add the oats and chia seeds to the bowl and stir well. Allow the mixture to thicken for 5 minutes, then taste the oatmeal and add any extra sweeter, if necessary. Transfer the oatmeal into individual containers, then store in the fridge for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight.
- Top and serve as desired. Leftovers will keep in the fridge for up to 5 days.
- Substitutions: Coconut sugar can be replaced with maple syrup or another granulated sweetener, such as brown sugar. If you decide to use sweetened coffee creamer, omit the coconut sugar and sweeten to taste after you have mixed the oats and chia seeds into the tea mixture.