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.

Vegan Overnight 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.

I start every jar overnight oats with the same base of healthy ingredients: rolled oats, ground flaxseeds, almond milk, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and (optional) plant-based protein powder.

Now, I'm about to tell you a secret, so read carefully. The key to making thick and creamy overnight oats that are completely plant-based is the addition of ground flaxseeds.

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!

To prep your overnight oats, first add the dry base ingredients to your container of choice.

Vegan Overnight Oats

Flavor Combinations

Now the fun part: flavor combinations.

Today we're making:

  • Blueberry Peach
  • Strawberry Mango
  • Mixed Berry

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.

After you've decided what fruit or other add-ins you'd like to add, chop your fruit into bite-sized pieces and add it to your container.

Then add your milk and vanilla extract. I try to use as little liquid as possible to achieve super thick oats.

Finally, shake (or stir) to combine.

Place in the fridge for a few hours or overnight, and then enjoy your thick and creamy overnight oats.

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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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