Breakfast

July 19, 2018

Vegan Overnight Oats + Flavor Combinations

These plant-based, vegan overnight oats are thick and creamy, extremely versatile, and simple to make. Perfect for meal prepping, on-the-go breakfasts, hot summer days, and fun flavor experiments!

Vegan Overnight Oats

Have you ever tried overnight oats before? If not, you're in for a treat. Overnight oatmeal, or overnight oats, are oats soaked in a liquid and placed in the fridge overnight to reveal a creamy, delicious breakfast porridge.

I eat overnight oats often because they are a quick grab-and-go breakfast that I can customize for each day of the week so I'm never bored. These oats make it easy to eat a healthy, superfood-rich, breakfast every morning. If you're not sold yet, read on. Deliciousness is coming your way.

Why I love Overnight Oats

  • Dietary needs — this recipe is dairy-free, plant-based, oil-free, gluten-free, and sugar-free
  • Easy to make — overnight oats are so easy to throw together. You just put the ingredients in a jar and let them sit.
  • Great for meal prep — this recipe saves so much time in the morning. Just grab your jar and go!

Vegan Overnight Oats

Ingredient Notes

  • Oats: I find that rolled oats create the best texture. They don't get too soggy. Quick oats can work but don't have as good of texture. Don't use steel cut oats, they will not get soft enough.
  • Plant-Based Protein Powder: this is optional. If you do choose to add protein powder, look for one with whole food ingredients and no added sugar.
  • Flaxseed: flax is a great source of fiber and omega-3s. Don't skip this - it adds so much nutrition and also a smooth nutty flavor
  • Cinnamon: of whatever spices you love.
  • Vanilla Extract: a dash of vanilla adds a nice depth of flavor.
  • Non-Dairy Milk: I typically use almond milk, but any unsweetened non-dairy milk will work well.
  • Fresh or Frozen Fruit: you can use any type of fruit you want. I personally prefer frozen fruit because when it thaws it releases juice and soaks into the oats.

Flavor Combinations

The possibilities are endless, but a few tasty combos come to mind:

  • Blueberries & Peaches
  • Strawberries & Mango
  • Mixed Berries: strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, & raspberries

I use a mixture of fresh and frozen fruit. I love frozen fruit because it lasts a while in the freezer. As it melts overnight, you get all those delicious fruit juices infusing flavor in your oats.

How to make Vegan Overnight Oats

The first step in making overnight oats is finding a container to make them in. Personally, I use mason jars. I can easily line up several jars at a time when I'm prepping, easily shake the jars to mix the ingredients, and take them with me to eat at work or in class. You can use whatever container you want, depending on how large a portion you wan to make or what you have laying around.

Step 1. Add oats, protein powder, flaxseed, and cinnamon to a mason jar or container.

Step 2. Chop fruit into bite-sized pieces, if necessary. Add fruit to the jar.

Step 3. Add vanilla extract and almond milk, using as little milk as needed to mix well.

Step 4. Place in the fridge for a few hours or overnight. Enjoy!

Vegan Overnight Oats

Frequently Asked Questions

What are flaxseeds?

Flaxseeds are tiny seeds that pack a huge nutritional punch:

  • Flaxseeds are high in Omega-3 fatty acids, a nutrient that most people don't get enough of. Omega-3s help your cardiovascular system and aid in the health of your hair, skin, and nails.
  • Flaxseeds are also high in fiber, an essential nutrient for digestion and gut health.
  • By eating just a tablespoon of these seeds a day, you can lower your blood pressure and help prevent or reverse cancer.
  • High in antioxidants, flaxseeds help neutralize free radicals in your body that can cause damage.

When the ground flaxseeds sit in your oat mixture overnight, they congeal, creating a thick, creamy texture for your oats -- yum!

How do I make the oats sweeter?

To make the oats sweeter add a mashed banana, a teaspoon of date syrup, or more fruit!

How long do the overnight oats have to sit?

You don't have to let them sit overnight, a couple hours will do. But they can also sit in the fridge for days and be just fine!

Recipe Prayer

Lord, thank you for these overnight oats. Thank you for giving us the ability to create easy, healthy, and delicious recipes to feed our bodies each morning. Help us to enjoy these oats in the way you will us to. Amen.

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Vegan Overnight Oats + Flavor Combinations

These plant-based, vegan overnight oats are thick and creamy, extremely versatile, and simple to make. Perfect for meal prepping, on-the-go breakfasts, hot summer days, and fun flavor experiments!

Author:

Elizabeth

Serves:

1

Prep:

10

min

cook:

0

min

total:

250

min

Ingredients

  • 1/3 Cup Rolled Oats Use certified gluten-free if necessary.
  • 1/4-1/2 Scoop Plant-Based Protein Powder Optional
  • 1 Tablespoon Ground Flaxseed
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4-1/2 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 1/3 Cup Fresh or Frozen Fruit - Blueberries & Peaches, Strawberries & Mango, or Mixed Berries

Instructions

  1. Add oats, protein powder, flaxseed, and cinnamon to a mason jar or container.
  2. Chop fruit into bite-sized pieces, if necessary. Add fruit to the jar.
  3. Add vanilla extract and almond milk, using as little milk as needed to mix well.
  4. Place in the fridge for a few hours or overnight. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

To make the oats sweeter add a mashed banana, a teaspoon of date syrup, or more fruit!

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June 22, 2022
Vickie
I really enjoyed this recipe. Fits PERFECTLY in my allergy to foods world. I used Ripple milk and no sugar added SunButter. Was truly surprised at how quickly the recipe came together! Thank you!
Hi Vickie - I'm so glad you enjoyed this recipe and that it works with your allergies. Thanks so much for leaving a comment with your kind words!
June 21, 2022
Linda Casados
It's close to my bedtime, but I've been thinking about making this recipe all day, so I made it just now. After all, it only takes 15 minutes! I used what I had, so I made a few minor substitutions...white beans for cannellini, purple basil from my garden, red onion for more color, and date syrup for maple. I took a bite before putting it in the fridge for tomorrow, and oh my! It's delightfully flavorful, light, and fresh-tasting. Thanks for sharing your recipe!
Hi Linda - I'm so glad you liked the recipe - and your substitutions sound great (wish I was growing purple basil in my garden!) Thanks so much for sharing!
June 18, 2022
Carol
Hi, is this ice cream soft to scoop out? I always find my ice creams are hard.
Hi Carol - yes, this ice cream is soft if you let it thaw a few minutes after you take it out from the freezer. It can become pretty solid if it's in a deep freezer, but still thaws quickly on the counter. Hope this helps!
June 18, 2022
Sonia Hope St Claire
thank you for the recipe.
June 13, 2022
Alexandra
I made this pie for my friend who recently discovered she has severe allergies to egg whites, gluten, and dairy. Her favorite pie is sweet potato pie :) She loved it and so did I!
Hi Alexandra - so great to hear from you!! I'm so happy you tried this pie and I'm glad you enjoyed it! It is seriously one of my favorite recipes :) -- Elizabeth
June 7, 2022
Harriett Whited
Love it!!! Wonderful!
Thanks for your feedback! Glad you love this recipe :)
June 7, 2022
Katherine
Hi Elizabeth! I found you by searching for plant based Catholics! There are very few of us! Thank you for your site and sharing recipes!! I look forward to trying these muffins! Can sugar be reduced safely in most of your recipes? -JMJ-
Hi Katherine, Thanks so much for reaching out! Glad to meet another plant-based Catholic - agree, there are so few of us. As for sugar, I never use white granulated sugar in any of my recipes. Most use maple syrup or date sugar/date syrup. I'm not sure if this is what you mean, or if you're asking about reducing the amount of date sugar that the recipe calls for. If that's the case, it really depends on the recipe. A lot of the baking recipes have specific ratios of flour to sugar and wet to dry, so it may not go well if you change the amount of sugar. I hope this helps, but if I didn't answer your question, please let me know. Also happy to advise on a particular recipe if you're looking to change it. Let me know how I can help :) Elizabeth
June 2, 2022
Sharon
Love this vegan lentil/mushroom stew! For some odd reason, I had never thought to put mushrooms into my lentil stew. Thank you for a wonderful addition to my recipe box!
Hi Sharon - I'm so glad you are enjoying this recipe (mushrooms are so good!!). Thank you for taking the time to share :) Elizabeth
May 23, 2022
Geraldine
Hello, I found you on FB and really enjoy your Catholic Plant Based GF information & recipes. About the Chickpea beet burgers: if the beans are dried and not cooked, do you think it is enough cooking for the beans? If beans are not cooked completely I have read they are toxic with phytic acid & also cause digestive problems. I am just wondering and will leave it to you to decide/research. To be safe I am toasting canned garbanzos and trying that way out. God Bless
Hi Geraldine, Thanks so much for reaching out. In the beet burgers, the beans do get cooked when the burgers are cooked. You soak them first and then incorporate the beans into the burger patty, then cook the patty. I find that this is the best way to achieve the proper burger texture - if you use pre-cooked beans or canned beans the burgers are mushy and don't get crisp. Your solution of toasting the beans sounds like a great idea to completely ensure the beans are cooked fully - I hope that it worked for you and your burgers turned out well! -- Elizabeth
May 18, 2022
viki avgen (i am israel)
hi,thank you for the recepie of the banana.Iam diebetik and i would love any recepies without sugar. thank you
Hi Viki - thanks so much for your kind words! Several of my other dessert recipes are only sweetened with fruit - you can find them on my Desserts page. If you have any specific requests, please let me know! -- Elizabeth
April 28, 2022
Jean Mastin
Elizabeth: Thank you so much for making my meal times wonderful again. I am 86 yrs plus, and was finding eating dull and dreary. Now it is " scrum delicious time to eat". . Blessings de Jean
Hi Jean - Thanks so much for your kind words. I'm so glad you are enjoying my recipes. Please let me know if you ever have recipe requests or if there's anything else I can do to keep your meals delicious!
April 9, 2022
Katie
Can you leave nutritional info for your recipes? Serving size/calories would be so helpful! Trying mushroom lentil stew tonight! and looking forward to crispy chickpea stuffed sweet potatoes very soon. Thanks for creating healthy, attractive recipes!
Hi Katie - so excited to hear that you are trying some of my recipes! I'd love to hear how they go. I haven't posted nutritional information for my recipes because I know it can be difficult for some people with disordered eating to see nutrition facts. I've gotten a lot of requests to add them recently, so I'm working on a solution that can provide information for those who want it but not be triggering for others. In the meantime, if you're curious about the nutrient info about a particular recipe, I recommend using Cronometer. It's a website/app to track and understand nutrient info and I think it does a great job of emphasizing all the nutrients (not just macros). I hope this helps! Please let me know if I can help in any other way.
April 9, 2022
Vickey
U mentioned date sugar on this recipe but it’s not in the instructions. I know u add it but just in case u wanna add to instructions. Love ur recipes! Thank u. I’m thinking of going to vegan a little nervous tho lol
Hi Vickey - thanks so much for catching that! I am updating the post now. So happy to hear you enjoy my recipes. And exciting that you are thinking about going vegan!! If there's anything that I can do to help, please let me know.
March 28, 2022
Sr Maureen Egan
I'd love to try this soup. What are the nutritional values, like how much fat does it contain, carbs, etc.
Hi Sr Maureen - I usually don't post macronutrient information because I know each person has their own goals and I don't want to encourage or discourage anyone's specific goals. But I often use Cronometer as a tool to understand the nutritional profile of my recipes. I plugged the ingredient information for this recipe into Cronometer and got the following nutrient information per serving: 521 calories, 44g fat, 23g carbs, 16g protein. I hope this helps. Please let me know if you have any other questions and if you try the recipe!
March 26, 2022
Margareta Ahle
This curry is absolutely delicious.
Thank you so much! It's one of my favorites :)
March 23, 2022
Martha maloney
Thank you I have been doing the fruit and oatmeal, etc for years and I love it. I will try the pears. I refrigerate my left over oatmeal and with a touch of milk or fruit juice liquid it’s fine the next day. Just a warning about tofu; it interferes with some medicines especially Thyroid medicine. Thank you for the short prayers, there are lovely.
Hi Martha - thank you so much for your kind words. I'm glad you like the prayers! As someone who doesn't take any medications I have no issues with eating tofu and encouraging others to eat it too (it's a great source of protein!). That said, you should always consult with your doctor about possible interactions with medications. I have plenty of recipes without tofu, so hopefully you can find things that work for you!
March 3, 2022
Susan Cunningham
I made this for Ash Wednesday and it was delicious. It was also simple and not much work time once the mushrooms and onions were cut.
Hi Susan - I'm so glad you liked it!
March 1, 2022
Jade
When you say shape into a rectangular loaf, what dimensions? 1/2 thick by 8 inches long or?
My loaf was about 7" long and 4" wide with about 1" of height. Then I sliced it 1/2" thick along the long end to get 12ish biscotti. I will clarify this in the post! Let me know if this makes sense and if you have any other questions.
January 16, 2022
Tracy Henry
Made this tonight. Absolutely delicious Elizabeth. You got this one just right!
Oh yay! I'm so glad you enjoyed it :)
January 16, 2022
L Collins
Hi Could you please confirm two things:1. The amount of salt. Seems like too much. 2. The directions say there is lemon juice in the dressing but it’s not listed under ingredients. ThanksL.
Hi there! Confirming that the two teaspoons of salt in the dressing is correct. I didn't salt the cauliflower when roasting it or the salad after it was done, so this amount of salt was perfect. If you're concerned about it you can decrease the amount of salt in the dressing and then add more at the end if you need it. As for the lemon juice, SO sorry about that! It was a typo in my directions and I've removed it now. Hope this helps :)
December 20, 2021
Martha
This looks lovely! Do you have a recipe for the red pepper hummus also? Thank you!
Hi Martha! I don't have a recipe for red pepper hummus on my site. I suggest taking a traditional hummus recipe and blending in roasted red pepper.
November 22, 2021
Amanda J Lehmann
I tried these and they were delicious! A bit dense but flavorful and the "buckeye" blend of peanut and chocolate was on point! Recommend!
Yay! I'm so glad you liked them! -- Elizabeth
December 6, 2021
Grace
Hi, these look amazing. I was wondering, could I used powdered peanut butter in place of creamy for the recipe? thanks
Hi Grace! There is already some powdered peanut butter in this recipe, so adding more might make the texture more gluey. Also, the real peanut butter adds some fat, which helps create flavor. That said, if you want to use powdered peanut butter, I would suggest mixing it with a high-fat liquid like coconut cream and then measuring out 2/3 cup. Hope this helps! Let me know how it goes :) -- Elizabeth
November 15, 2021
Becky
You mention using vegetable broth in your introduction but it isn’t included in the recipe
Hi Becky - thanks for pointing this out. I have removed mention of vegetable broth from this post. You do not need any vegetable broth. The mushrooms will release natural liquid which will prevent any sticking. -- Elizabeth
September 23, 2021
Tracy Henry
Hi Elizabeth, LOVE you recipes. Please keep them coming. :)I was wondering, can you share what is the vegan chocolate bar you used in this recipe?
August 28, 2021
Henry (Hank) Mader
thank you for the oil free recipe. I'm getting introduced to wild Bolete mushrooms here in Colorado, and everyone sautes Bolete's in butter or olive oil. I'm on a veggie, oil free regimen for heart health reasons. and your recipe suggestion may fill the bill. I can't wait to give it a try.
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This is so fun! Loving your creamy photography :)
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This looks incredible! So yummy and pretty photography