Classic Vegan Overnight Oats Recipe

Classic Vegan Overnight Oats Recipe


We have had this vegan overnight oatmeal recipe in our recipe box for 10 years. It is a tried and true recipe that is made with all vegan ingredients. They are made with quick-cooking oats, chia seeds, almond milk, and maple syrup. Our dream fiber-packed breakfast.

Vegan overnight oatmeal in a jar topped with strawberries and bananas.

We’re back with another healthy overnight oats recipe, my friends! We know how much you love our oatmeal and overnight oatmeal varieties, so today we’re comin’ atcha with a vegan overnight oats recipe.

This recipe is a staple in every team member’s house. It has been taste-tested by our husbands, toddlers, and mom-friends and they all love it. Sunday afternoons, this overnight oat recipe is quadrupled in our house for an easy and healthy breakfast all week.

What You Need for Vegan Overnight Oats

  • Rolled oats: Old-fashioned rolled oats or quick-cooking oats can be used in this recipe. The difference between the two is old fashioned rolled oats will give the oats more of a bit. Quick-cooking oats will also be ready in a fraction of the time. Choose your adventure.
  • Chia seeds: Chia seeds are not only a great source of antioxidants, fiber, and omega-3’s, but they help thicken your overnight oats and make them extremely creamy and satisfying.
  • Vanilla extract: You can’t go wrong with vanilla. We almost always add a teaspoon of vanilla extract to all overnight oatmeal recipes!
  • Maple syrup: All-natural sweeteners are key when it comes to overnight oats. Ditch the table sugar or brown sugar for something more natural like maple syrup.
Overnight oats ingredients in bowls ready to be mixed together.

Variations + Substitutions

This is our base recipe for overnight oats, so the sky is the limit if you want to make this recipe your own. We use plant-based ingredients to keep this a vegan recipe but feel free to change things up.

Feel free to use agave syrup or honey in place of maple syrup. Just keep in mind that agave tends to offer a bit more sweetness, so start off with a little and add from there.

Any type of milk will work for this recipe, we just love almond milk.

You can really jazz up this vegan overnight oats recipe by switching up the toppings. We highly recommend fresh fruit, nut butter, and granola.

Overnight oats in a jar being mixed together.

Overnight Oats Pro Tips

We recommend preparing your overnight oats in the same container (HERE’S our fave for batches of any size) that you’re going to store them in for simple cleanup. That way you can give them a nice stir before placing the lid on — aka minimal prep time!

Whip up a batch before bed the night before you want to enjoy them so you can wake up and have breakfast already made. Meal-prep at its finest.

White jars stacked.

Vegan overnight oats in a jar ready to be served.

Storage Suggestions

Store these overnight oats in a meal prep container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. The liquid will continue to absorb into the oats as they sit in the refrigerator, so you will need to add more milk before serving.

Vegan overnight oats topped with strawberries and bananas on a spoon.

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