Lemon Poppy Seed Overnight Oats

two jars of lemon poppy seed overnight oats with lemon slices on top and gold spoons next to them.

Bright and tangy, naturally sweetened lemon poppy seed overnight oats are a delicious and healthy make ahead breakfast to wake up to with just a few simple ingredients and less than 10 minutes of prep time! (gluten-free, vegan option)


  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup milk of choice
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice (from 1 med lemon)
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1-2 tsp maple syrup (I use 1)
  • 1/2 tsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 tsp poppy seeds
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (certified gf if necessary)


  1. In a 16 oz jar or other container with a lid, whisk yogurt, milk, lemon juice, lemon zest, almond extract, and maple syrup.
  2. Stir in chia seeds, poppy seeds, and oats.
  3. Cover and refrigerate overnight, or at least 4 hours.
  4. If the oats are too thick in the morning, add a little more milk as needed.


  • Make sure your jar is big enough, so you don't make a huge mess! I like to use a 16 oz mason jar.
  • When zesting the lemon, make sure to only get the outer yellow portion. The white will be bitter, and you don't want that.
  • Don't squeeze the lemon juice directly into the jar. Lemons tend to have tons of seeds, and it will cause a lot of frustration trying to fish them out if you've already added the yogurt and milk.
  • Sweeten to taste with maple syrup. I like mine less sweet, so I use 1 tsp. If you like a little more sweetness, use 2 tsp.
  • If the oats are too thick in the morning, add a little more milk and stir to thin them out just a bit.
  • For vegan option, use your favorite plant-based yogurt and milk.
  • For nut-free, omit the almond extract.
  • For gluten-free, make sure you use certified gf oats.
  • If you don't have chia seeds, you can use flax seeds, hemp seeds, or just leave them out!

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