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Golden Overnight Couscous

6 hr + 5 min



One-bowl / one-pot

10 ingredients or less


This recipe is for those looking to try something different in place of the classic oatmeal for breakfast. It's also a more savoury-tasting breakfast, but can definitely be sweetened if desired with some agave syrup, and fresh fruit.



6 hr + 5 min


5 min


6 hr

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Optional toppings

  • fresh mint leaves
  • orange zest
  • pomegranate seeds
  • roasted pistachios
  • unsweetened shredded coconut
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  1. Combine all the ingredients in a mason jar or airtight container and let sit overnight in the fridge.
  2. The next morning, top with desired toppings and enjoy!


  • * Nutrition tip: aim to use plant-based milk that is fortified with calcium.
  • ** If using oats in place of the couscous, add twice as much.
  • To make this a complete meal, add a handful of fresh fruit and/or plant-based yogurt to the top.


  • Store in a mason jar in the fridge for up to 2 days.

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Isa - March 27, 2022, 5:54 a.m.

I saw this recipe in one of your YT videos and it caught my eye since I'm a huge overnight oats fan and I thought I should definitely try something different. So I made it, I used the exact same products and quantities and it turned out not savory but bitter. Like very bitter, I had to put 2 tbsp of pomegranate molasses to make it edible. I'd like to try it again but maybe with less tahini and more sweet/savory addings. Any suggestions?

PUL Team - March 27, 2022, 8:44 p.m.

Hey Isa! We suspect the bitterness may have come from the couscous used. Do you kindly remember what type of couscous was used or how old it was? Being sure to use fresh uncooked couscous is necessary for this one. Sometimes salt can help to balance out the flavours a tad as well. We hope this helps for now, Isa! We also have a few savoury oat recipes on the blog in case you're interested and haven't already seen them:… 😊

Renate - Dec. 12, 2021, 5:52 p.m.

This golden treat has become my favorite breakfast! However, I cook the couscous, and instead of orange zest, I use orange extract. I top it with fresh orange too if I have the patience to skin in advance. If not, I think dried cranberries or apple slices and sunflower seeds work great.

PUL Team - Dec. 13, 2021, 8:21 a.m.

Thanks a bunch for sharing the insight, Renate! We're so glad the recipe is being enjoyed 😃

Paolo - Oct. 7, 2021, 9:50 a.m.

Can I use pearl cous cous ?

PUL Team - Oct. 9, 2021, 11:22 p.m.

Hey Paolo, I haven't tried it myself but I'm inclined to say it wouldn't work. I think the pearls wouldn't soften through into the centre well enough. In case it helps, we have other overnight jar recipes though using oats:…

Maya - July 9, 2021, 5:12 a.m.


Cris S - June 5, 2021, 5:04 p.m.

I liked the taste of this recipe a lot but I think it messed with my bowels a little, otherwise I'd really make it again, perhaps with another grain because I love anything oriental!

PUL Team - June 5, 2021, 10:09 p.m.

We appreciate the review, Cris! Perhaps the fiber may have been the culprit so ensuring enough fluids are enjoyed would be a good idea if you enjoy it again, although it's always best to check with a medical professional such as a dietitian 😃

Camilla Costa - May 24, 2021, 2:14 p.m.

Beautiful inspirations! I'm a huge porridge and overnight oat addicted.... and these are bomb! 😋😋😋💞
I'd love to see new recipes with alternative grains for porridge on pick up limes! 😍

PUL Team - May 24, 2021, 9:08 p.m.

We're so happy you enjoyed the overnight couscous, Camilla! Thank you for the kind words and suggestion 😃

Miriam N. - April 29, 2021, 7:27 p.m.

This was an interesting alternative to the usual overnight oats. I added fresh berries and coconut yogurt to the top which I think is an absolute must, otherwise, it's a bit plain - but I guess that's true for most overnight oat recipes? It's good if you prefer a savoury breakfast, but I think I'll stick with the sweeter overnight oat recipes you've shared, I liked those much more.

PUL Team - May 1, 2021, 7:27 p.m.

Thank you for the honest feedback, Miriam! This one is definitely a more savoury recipe, but it's totally okay to prefer a sweeter breakfast! We're glad you've enjoyed our overnight oats recipes 🤗

Jane Eyre - March 24, 2021, 8:26 p.m.

I love overnight oats and these were definitely new... and flavorless...

PUL Team - April 2, 2021, 6:20 a.m.

Hi Jane, your honest feedback is really appreciated as it helps us grow and improve! We hope with some topping you were able to enjoy the overnight couscous. We’ll keep your feedback in mind moving forward so many thanks for taking the time to share :)