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Healthy Overnight Oats (No-Cook + Vegan)

head on view of a group of mason jars with overnight oats with toppings.

5 from 3 reviews

This no-cook, overnight oats is easily customizable and makes for a delicious and nutritious breakfast or snack! Store in mason jars for healthy grab-n-go meals or snacks all week long.

Ingredients

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  • 1/2 cup rolled oats, quick oats, steel-cut oats (see notes)
  • 1/2 cup plain or vanilla unsweetened non-dairy milk (almond, cashew, oat, soy, coconut, etc.)
  • 1 teaspoon flaxseed meal or chia seeds, optional
  • 24 tablespoons non-dairy yogurt (unsweetened plain or vanilla), optional
  • 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup, optional

To serve

  • 12 teaspoons pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup fruit or mixed fruits of choice
  • 2 tablespoons mix of nuts and/or seeds

Instructions

In a small container, mix the oats, optional flaxseed meal or chia seeds, and plant milk of choice. If adding yogurt and sweetener, you can add it here or add it when serving.

Cover and place in the refrigerator overnight or for at least 6 hours.

When ready to eat, top with optional toppings, sweeteners, and extra non-dairy milk.

The recipe serves 1 and can easily be doubled, tripled, or quadrupled!

Store: Keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Notes

Oats. I don’t like to knock anyone’s taste, but old-fashioned rolled oats work best here. Quick oats can be used but will be mushy. Steel-cut oats can also be used but will yield a stiffer texture. I much prefer my Overnight Steel-Cut Oats recipe.

Flavor variations:

  • Strawberries and Cream: Top with fresh sliced strawberries, coconut cream or Vegan Cream, pure maple syrup, and a sprinkle of cardamom. It’s so simple, yet utterly decadent!
  • Blueberry, Pecan & Applesauce: Top with fresh blueberries, pecans, Unsweetened Applesauce, a drizzle of pure maple syrup, and coconut cream or almond milk.
  • Peanut Butter, Banana + Chocolate Chips: For healthy, protein-rich oatmeal, serve with 1 – 2 tablespoons of nut butter over the top with sliced banana, a sprinkle of chocolate chips (or cacao nibs), a drizzle of maple syrup, and coconut cream (or almond milk).
  • Berries and Cream: Top soaked oats with raspberries, blackberries, blueberries. Sprinkle with cardamom or cinnamon, drizzle with coconut cream (or plant milk), and maple syrup.
  • Peanut Butter & Jelly: This another protein-rich oatmeal using 2 – 3 tablespoons of your favorite Almond Butter and Berry Chia Jam or Blueberry Compote with a drizzle of pure maple syrup and coconut cream or plant milk.
  • Cherry, Chocolate & Coconut: Serve with dried cherries, mini chocolate chips (or cacao nibs), toasted or shredded coconut, and a drizzle of maple syrup and coconut cream.

Adjusting for diet:

  • Gluten-Free: Make sure the oats are labeled as certified gluten-free, meaning they are processed in a facility that does not process foods containing gluten.
  • Low-Fat: Skip the nuts and seeds, or limit them to 1 tablespoon. Skip shredded coconut, and use plant milk instead of any cream.
  • Low-Sugar: Use low sugar fruits such as strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, or blackberries. Stick with unsweetened dried fruit. Limit maple syrup to 1 – 2 teaspoons. You can add vanilla extract and spices for added flavor.
  • Nut-Free: Use seeds only, such as pepitas, chia seed, or hemp seeds. Use sunflower butter in place of nut butter.

Nutrition information is calculated with oats, almond milk, and 1 tsp flax meal. Adding toppings will add the overall calculations, but since it can vary I have them out. You can check a nutrition calculator online inputting your personal ingredient choices.