Vegan Overnight Oats Recipe – How to Make it in 6 Simple Steps

Featuring the flavors of vanilla, nuts, and honey, our recipe for Vegan Overnight Oats has a wonderful texture and is a filling, nutritious, and tasty way to start the day. Mix up several jars of these oats, and they will keep for up to a week into the fridge.

If eating oatmeal for breakfast brings to your mind those overly sweetened, artificially flavored packets of instant oatmeal, you are not alone. For many school children, those instant oatmeal packets were cheap, warm, quick breakfasts for busy parents to put on the table before school. Of course, the charm of those packets wears off fairly quickly, and most people think of that instant oatmeal and go, “Ugh.”

Instant oatmeal is quick and easy to prepare, but sometimes the texture leaves a little to be desired. Instant oatmeal is rolled out thinner than old-fashioned oats, and it is also chopped into smaller pieces. This extra processing helps it to quickly absorb hot water, but it also makes the oatmeal mushier and sometimes slimy. This texture is what is often off-putting to oatmeal haters.

Three servings of overnight oats with various toppings.

Vegan Overnight Oats Recipe

April Freeman
Full of nutrition and lightly sweetened with honey, our recipe for Vegan Overnight Oats will give you a healthy, plant-based, filling breakfast. You can pop this mixture into the refrigerator, and in the morning, all you’ll have to do is to sprinkle the top with a few nuts and dig in with your spoon. Make several jars of oats at the beginning of the week, and they will wait for up to a week for you to grab them as you go out the door.
Prep Time 5 mins
Fridge Time 8 hrs
Total Time 8 hrs 5 mins
Cuisine American
Servings 1 Serving

Equipment

  • Pint Jar
  • Jar Lid
  • Spoon

Ingredients
  

  • cup Rolled Oats
  • 2 teaspoons Chia Seeds
  • 1 dash Salt
  • ¼ teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons Honey or another natural sweetener
  • ¾ cup Any Non-Dairy Milk
  • 2 tbsp Chopped Pecans or another kind of nut that you like
  • 2 drops Almond Extract or vanilla extract

Instructions
 

  • Into a pint jar with a tightly fitting lid, measure out the oats, chia seeds, cinnamon and salt. Also, add about half of the nuts. Cap the jar and shake it to combine these ingredients.
    Oats, Chia and Cinnamon are mixed in jar.
  • Add the milk, honey, and extract. Replace the lid and shake the mixture again. Taste the mixture and add additional sweetener, salt, cinnamon, or extract if you feel that the oats need the additional flavoring.
    Milk and honey are then added into the jar.
  • Replace the lid and put the jar in the refrigerator overnight or for at least three or four hours.
  • In the morning, you can add the rest of the nuts and drizzle with a bit of extra milk if you feel that the mixture needs more creaminess. Additionally, if you want a little more sweetness, feel free to add more honey.
  • If you want warm oats, microwave the jar of oatmeal for about a minute or until the mixture is warm and steamy.
    A bowl of vegan overnight oats with berries on top.
  • These oats are good hot or cold. You can make several jars of this oatmeal mixture ahead of time and eat them over the course of a week. Consume the oats within seven days.

Notes

Instant oatmeal is quick and easy to prepare, but sometimes the texture leaves a little to be desired. Instant oatmeal is rolled out thinner than old-fashioned oats, and it is also chopped into smaller pieces. This extra processing helps it to quickly absorb hot water, but it also makes the oatmeal mushier and sometimes slimy. This texture is what is often off-putting to oatmeal haters.
Our recipe uses Old Fashioned Oats rather than instant oats. Old fashioned oats are created when the oat seeds are rolled out flat between two large metal rollers. The oats have to be boiled for some time to soften in traditional preparation methods, but the nice thing about old-fashioned oats is that they have a much more delightful texture than instant oatmeal. That is the reason we used old-fashioned oats for our recipe for Vegan Overnight Oats.
However, our recipe doesn’t require any cooking at all. The oats sit in the refrigerator overnight, and as they do, they absorb the liquid in the jar and soften just enough to be tasty and delicious. However, the nice thing about this recipe is that the texture of the oatmeal is perfect. Because of the old-fashioned oatmeal and the addition of the chia seeds and the nuts, this recipe is creamy but with enough texture to make the pickiest breakfast diner happy.
We used honey to sweeten out Vegan Overnight Oats. However, if you want to use agave, maple syrup, or another sweetener you definitely can substitute. If you don’t have any of these on hand and you want to use white or brown sugar, that would be fine as well.
To keep this recipe vegan, using plant-based milk is essential. We chose almond milk, but soy milk, rice milk, or even oat milk will substitute well for almond milk. Be discerning as you read the plant milk labels. Some of them add additional sugar to the milk, and it is not necessary for this recipe.
When you remove the oatmeal from the refrigerator in the morning, you can eat it directly from the jar, or you can spoon it into a bowl. Our instructions mention that you should add another spoonful of nuts to the oatmeal. However, if you want to, you can add fruit to the oatmeal as well.
Strawberries or blueberries, either fresh or thawed frozen berries, will add a tasty sweetness to the oats. Alternately, a chopped apple sprinkled with a bit of cinnamon or a half of a banana would be delicious too. Raisins, dates, or dried cranberries are dried fruits that are great in oatmeal as well.
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