Vegan Overnight Oats

May 3, 2011 by Keri

Making warm, berry and syrup-loaded waffles before bed and expecting to wake up to a delicious ready-to-go breakfast probably wouldn’t go as planned, and most convenience grab-and-run breakfast products are loaded with refined sugars, artificial colors and flavors, and other undesirable hidden ingredients. If you’re not a morning person, and I know I’m not, having breakfast ready in the morning can mean the difference between eating or running out the door with an empty stomach, but honestly, if it’s between processed junk and nothing, I always pick nothing.

Enter overnight oats. This cold, wholesome breakfast used to be extremely popular around the vegan blog world, and I’m pretty sure the dish (jar) gets a revival every summer, as the weather again begins to get hot and steamy. Personally, a little snow isn’t going to stop me from having a cold jar of peanut buttery overnight oats, but I can see why it’s a warm-weather favorite. I first tried this vegan breakfast recipe when The Domestic Vegan posted her favorite recipe, and I’ve been hooked ever since. Using Jess’s suggestions, I played around with the ingredients until I got it just perfect for me, so I’ll share my favorite way to make them with you.

Vegan Breakfast Recipes

Vegan Breakfast Recipes

Vegan Overnight Oats Vegan Overnight Oats
May 3, 2011 Vegan

Overnight oats are a chilled vegan breakfast treat, perfect as a warm-weather alternative to cooked oats.

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Yield: 1 jar of oats, Serves 1
1/2 cup thick rolled old fashioned oats
1/2 cup almond milk
1/3 cup water
1 1/2 tablespoons peanut butter
1 tablespoon shelled hemp seeds
2 teaspoons maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
In a glass jar, combine all ingredients, screw on the lid, and shake jar to combine. Refrigerate overnight. Wake up and enjoy!

Vegan Breakfast Recipes

Vegan Breakfast Recipes

Delicious, right? I decided I prefer my oats without fresh or dried fruit, but occasionally I’ll add some banana. My little man loves a few dried cranberries in his, and the husband believes the more add-ins, the better. We all love extra peanut butter and hemp seeds! The best thing about overnight oats is that they are completely customizable, so make them your own! I’ve even been known to make a jar of these “overnight” oats in the morning to have for lunch, dinner, or an afternoon snack. Overday Oats!

What are your favorite oatmeal add-ins?

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  1. Jess - The Domestic Vegan says:

    I keep thinking that I need to make these again! It has been SUPER cold here lately (Spring? what’s that?) – but now it’s FINALLY warming up, and overnight oats are calling my name!

    Your blend looks delish! 🙂

    • Keri says:

      Yes! (Although, I even like them in the cold weather for some reason!) Thanks, Jess! 🙂

  2. aubrey @ itaktofood says:

    Yum! I just love when overnight oats are in a jar. It makes it so much more fun to eat. I like putting frozen blueberries or strawberries chopped up the night before, so that in the morning its thawed. It takes like cobbler or fruit and cream.

  3. I’ve been enjoyed OhSheGlows chia seed overnite oats and really like it (unsw almond milk, chia, rolled oats, banana in the morning on top) but I’m intrigued with hemp seeds.

    • Keri says:

      I’m a huge fan of hemp seeds. I know most people love the way chia gels in overnight oats, but I love the nuttiness of hemp!

  4. rawkinmom says:

    I make these too!!!! I love mine with almond butter, fresh blueberries and bananas!!! SO yummy!!!!

  5. Sometimes, when I know that I will want oats for breakfast, I also prepare them the night before. But the idea with oats in a jar is brilliant, especially now during a picnic season 🙂 really great idea.

  6. Verity Kae says:

    Im eating overnight oats right now!! Yumm. Mine is GF oats, homemade vanilla cashew milk, chia seeds, coconut butter, banana, in a near empty cashew butter jar. <3

  7. Jordan says:

    I just made my first batch now for tomorrow morning. They sound amazing and I’m so excited to try them!

    • Keri says:

      I always look forward to breakfast when I know they’re in the fridge! Hope you enjoy them!! 🙂

  8. Lisa says:

    This looks delicious! Perfect for busy mornings! Do you refrigerate the oats overnight or just leave them out on the counter?

    • Keri says:

      It should be refrigerated for safety reasons. But the cold oatmeal is awesome on a warm day (although, I love it any day)! 🙂

  9. I’m wondering what’s the best way to print out your posts? I can’t wait to this recipe. It looks delicious!

    • Keri says:

      Hey Jen! I went ahead and changed this recipe into my “new” recipe format. I’m not sure if that makes it easier for you. Let me know!

  10. Angela says:

    Thanks for the recipe!! I made mine with chocolate peanut butter.. ohh myyyyyy. It was so good.