These sea salt and date overnight oats bring caramel flavor to breakfast! They are quick to make, made with simple ingredients, and packed with nutrients.
If you love sea salt caramel bars, you will love these sea salt and date overnight oats! And whether you’ve had overnight oats before or not, they make the perfect vessel for this classic flavor pairing are sure to be your new favorite.
Reasons you’ll love these Overnight oats
- Tastes like salted caramel! No, like it seriously tastes like caramel!
- Natural sugars from the dates add sweetness and the dates mimic the flavor of caramel
- Customize these overnight oats with nuts or a drizzle of chocolate
Ingredients for Date & Sea salt oats
Like most overnight oats, these use a few base ingredients. Then, we layer on the flavor with a few special add-ins!
- Rolled Oats: Grab half a cup of rolled oats to make a single serving. For more servings, just put ½ a cup of rolled oats into as many jars as you want.
- Milk: Any milk works for overnight oats. Plant-based milk or cow’s milk of any fat percent will all work.
- Dates: Pitted dates have a flavor very similar to caramel but with the added benefit of fiber! Find all about the health benefits of dates here!
- Sweetener: Honey or pure maple syrup will work. Honey has a lighter flavor while maple syrup has warm notes.
- Chia Seeds: These will absorb the liquid and help the oats set.
- Vanilla Extract & Sea Salt: Both vanilla and sea salt help to hammer home the salted caramel flavor. Just be sure to use flaky sea salt.
Types of salt
Table salt and flaky sea salt are not the same. Flaky sea salt is much larger, giving it more surface area and thus more salt flavor per bite. You can use table salt for this recipe, but it will not taste salted caramel candies. The only way to replicate that flavor is with flaky sea salt.
How to make Sea salt and date Overnight Oats
Making these is much easier than making your own candy! And, the work you put in to make one batch of overnight oats is the same as making a few batches.
- Assemble the jars, layering in all of the ingredients, and then mix it all together
- Refrigerate for at least 2 hours
- Serve straight from the jar!
After trying out a bunch of different jars for overnight oats, these are my favorites!
Storing overnight oats is incredibly simple. Just store them in the same jars you made them in! They will keep for 5 days in the fridge but are best on the first day.
- For The Milk you can use vegan milk to keep it vegan or use high-protein milk for added protein.
- For The Chia Seeds feel free to use ground flaxseeds or leave these out. If you leave them out, reduce the milk amount.
Make It Your Own!
- Add nuts to incorporate a crunch
- Add spices like cinnamon or nutmeg
- Add a drizzle of caramel or chocolate
- Add more dried fruits like dried cherries or banana chips
- Add almond butter for more gooey texture and added protein
More Overnight Oat Recipes You’ll Love
If you’ve eaten these salted date overnight oats and are just craving more, here are a few other ideas!
- PB & J Overnight Oats have the nostalgic, childhood favorite flavors in breakfast form.
- Pineapple Overnight Oats are packed with tropical pineapple and coconut flavors that make for a delicious bite.
- Peaches & Cream Overnight Oats are creamy, dreamy, and so simple to make!
- Banana Bread Overnight Oats taste like the perfect slice of banana bread wrapped up with creamy oats.
- ½ cup rolled oats 40 g
- ½ cup milk 120 mL
- 4 dates chopped
- 1 Tbsp honey or maple syrup 15 g
- 1 Tbsp chia seeds 7 g
- ¼ tsp vanilla extract
- Pinch flaky sea salt
- Assemble: Add all ingredients to a jar and stir to combine. Seal shut with a lid.
- Refrigerate: Set in the fridge for at least 2 hours, but preferably overnight, or until oats are soft.
- Serve: Serve chilled straight from the jar!