‘Mithai’ Mango Overnight Oats Recipe | Vegan & Indian-Inspired
Mithai Inspired Mango Overnight Oats with Raisins, Pistachios & Almonds
In traditional Indian cuisine, sweets or desserts are often called “mithai,” and that’s exactly how this easy meal prep breakfast tastes! These sweet and creamy mango overnight oats are deliciously indulgent, but also full of wholesome fuel to start your day off right.
With delicious, Indian-inspired flavors like cinnamon, cardamom, and nutmeg, it’s a fun way to change up your overnight oats routine. Plus, I like to mix in some chopped pistachios and slivered almonds for an irresistible crunch!
Turning Mithai into Breakfast
There are SO many varieties of Indian sweets, but mithai is a commonly-used general term for sweets. And, they feature many similar ingredients, like dried fruit and fruit pastes, chopped pistachios and other nuts, as well as the classic aromatic spices and fragrant flavorings.
So, I’ve translated those mithai flavors into this wholesome mango overnight oats recipe! Instead of loads of refined sugars, I’ve just used a bit of honey and the ripe mango adds plenty of natural sweetness. Of course, you can use any sweetener you prefer, or feel free to add your favorite protein powder!
And, because we’re turning mithai into a breakfast, all of those flavors are infused into a nutritious batch of oats. Their complex carbs, resistant starches, and rich fiber content make these mango overnight oats a filling and fuel-filled start to the day!
Sweet & Tangy Mango Overnight Oats
The blend of comforting, fragrant Indian-inspired spices in this dish pair perfectly with another favorite in Indian cuisine: mango! It’s sweet, tangy, and scrumptious all on its own—especially when ripe. And, its bright, juicy flavor really makes this breakfast taste like a sweet, comforting dessert!
Mangos are ultra-sweet because they have a higher natural sugar content than most fruits. And, they’re actually one of the best sources of vitamin C! You only need to add a little to sweeten up your mango overnight oats, but just that ¼ cup of diced mango contains around 25% of your recommended daily vitamin C intake!
Make Breakfast Meal Prep Easier
Best of all, overnight oats are pretty much the easiest of easy meal prep recipes. Just prep and portion your dry ingredients, add your wet ingredients the night before eating, and devour cold in the morning!
For this mango overnight oats recipe, you can toss everything in a jar, but wait to add your milk, honey, and vanilla until the night before you plan to eat it. You can also add your mango then, but I like to stir mine in fresh in the morning!
If you’re already an oats fan, you probably keep your base ingredients on hand. And, with just a few spices and mix-ins, you can transform that plain base into these mithai-inspired mango overnight oats!
Or, if you’re an overnight oats newbie, this simple and tasty recipe is the perfect place to start. But, the flavor combinations and mix-in possibilities are endless—oats never have to get boring!
Mithai Mango Overnight Oats
- ½ cup oats
- 2 Tbsp raisins
- 1 Tbsp pistachios
- 1 Tbsp slivered almonds
- ⅛ tsp cinnamon
- ⅛ tsp cardamom
- pinch of nutmeg
- ⅔ cup milk of choice
- 1-2 tsp honey or maple syrup
- ½ tsp vanilla
- ¼ cup diced mango
- optional: 1 scoop protein powder
- Add dry ingredients to a jar. (For meal prep, make as many jars as you’ll need for the week!) Shake to combine.
- The night before you plan to eat the oats, add milk, vanilla extract, and honey (or sweetener of choice). Stir to integrate, return jar to the fridge.
- In the morning, stir oats and top with diced mango, or whichever toppings you prefer!