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Arabian Nights Overnight Oatmeal

Arabian Nights Overnight Oatmeal with yoghurt, pistachios, and dates is a delicious and nutritious suhoor meal perfect for the holy month of Ramadan. This recipe is not only easy to make, but it’s also packed with wholesome ingredients that will keep you feeling energised throughout the day.

To prepare this dish, combine rolled oats, chia seeds, plain yoghurt, unsweetened milk of your choice, orange blossom, cardamom powder, and finely chopped Medjool dates in a jar. Let it soak overnight in the fridge, and in the morning, add some pistachio silvers on top for an extra crunch.

The creamy texture of the yoghurt and milk, combined with the chewy goodness of rolled oats and the sweetness of dates, makes for a satisfying and delicious breakfast option. The chia seeds add an extra boost of nutrition, while the cardamom powder and orange blossom add a warm and aromatic flavour. The pistachios on top give the oats a satisfying crunch and provide additional protein and healthy fats.

Whether fasting during Ramadan or just looking for a healthy and flavorful breakfast option, Arabian Night Overnight Oats with yoghurt, pistachios, and dates is a recipe sure to become a staple in your breakfast routine. Not only is it easy to make, but it’s also a great way to fuel your body and mind for the day ahead.

Arabian Nights Overnight Oatmeal

Basic Ingredients for Arabian Night Overnight Oatmeal


Plain Yoghurt: This creamy and tangy ingredient is a good source of protein and calcium and provides a rich and creamy base for the oats.

Rolled Oats: These nutritious grains are high in fibre and provide a chewy texture to the oats.

Unsweetened Milk of your choice: Whether you prefer almond, soy, or coconut milk, this liquid adds extra creaminess and flavour to the oats.

Chia seeds: These tiny seeds are packed with fibre, protein, and healthy fats and add a fun texture to the oats when they soak up the liquid.

Orange Blossom Water: This fragrant water is made by steeping orange blossoms in water, adding a delicate floral flavour to the oats.

Pistachio Silvers: These delicious nuts are high in protein and healthy fats and add a satisfying crunch to the oats.

Cardamom Powder: This warm and aromatic spice adds a sweet and slightly spicy flavour to the oats.

Mejdoul Dates: These sweet and chewy dates are a great source of fibre and minerals and add a natural sweetness to the oats without added sugars.

alternative ingredients

  • Instead of plain yoghurt, you can use Greek, coconut, or non-dairy yoghurt as a vegan option.
  • Instead of rolled oats, you can use steel-cut oats, quinoa flakes, or buckwheat groats for a gluten-free option.
  • For the milk, you can use any unsweetened plant-based milk, such as almond milk, soy milk, or cashew milk.
  • Instead of chia seeds, you can use flaxseeds, hemp seeds, or pumpkin seeds.
  • You can use vanilla extract or rose water for a different flavour if you don’t have orange blossom water.
  • Instead of pistachios, you can use almonds, walnuts, or pecans.
  • You can use cinnamon, nutmeg, or ginger for the cardamom powder for a different spice.
  • Instead of mejdoul dates, you can use any other type of dates or dried fruit, such as raisins, apricots, or figs.

Preparation Tips for Arabian Night Overnight Oatmeal

  • Use a jar or container with a lid to prepare the oats. This will make mixing the ingredients easier and storing the oats in the fridge.
  • Mix all ingredients in the jar except for the pistachios. Stir well to combine all the flavours.
  • Let the oats soak in the fridge overnight or for at least 6 hours. This will allow the oats to absorb the liquid and become soft and chewy.
  • Before serving, add the pistachios on top of the oats for a crunchy texture.

Serving Tips for Arabian Night Overnight Oatmeal

  • Serve the oats cold, straight from the fridge. You can also warm them up in the microwave or on the stove if you prefer them warm.
  • Add some extra toppings on top of the oats, such as fresh fruit, coconut flakes, or a drizzle of honey for additional sweetness.
  • Enjoy the oats as a quick and easy breakfast or a suhoor meal during Ramadan.

storage tips

  • Store the oats in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
  • If you want to prepare the oats in advance, you can make a batch for the entire week and store them in separate jars or containers.

Arabian Night Overnight Oatmeal (Full Video)

Arabian Nights Overnight Oatmeal

Servings: 2 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Refrigerate: 1 day


  • cup plain yogurt
  • ½ cup (heaping) rolled oats
  • cup unsweetened milk of choice
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • ½ tsp orange blossom
  • 2 tbsp pistachio silvers
  • ½ tsp cardamom powder
  • 4 mejdoul dates, finely chopped
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tbsp date syrup or maple syrup


  • Whisk together all ingredients in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Spoon into a jar with a tight-fitting lid.
  • Close and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, but preferably overnight before eating.

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