7 Easy Overnight Oats Recipes (Vegan and Dairy-Free)

“I live on overnight oats! As a busy entrepreneur and mom, I prep them the night before in a mason jar that I can grab-and-go in the morning. The oats, mixed with hemp and flax seeds and topped with seed butter and fruit keep me satisfied and full throughout my busy day.” - Nicole Ledoux, Co-Founder

A big batch of overnight oats is the perfect recipe to prepare in the beginning of a busy week. You can grab your overnights jar as you run out the door for work or school and enjoy it in the car. With endless flavor variations, this meal can be your go-to breakfast without ever getting boring.

Studies* show that a filling, nutritious breakfast is the best thing we can do to start off on the right foot and prevent our well-intentioned diets from going haywire later in the day. Breakfast is also a key opportunity to get in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and fiber that may otherwise be missed.The key to a well-rounded bowl of oats, cold or hot, is to add a source of protein and healthy fat to the carbohydrate-rich, whole grain oats. The extra protein and fat will slow down how quickly the meal is digested, making it more filling and keeping your blood sugar (and energy level) on an even keel.

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To make our signature overnight oats, we start with a filling base of gluten-free rolled oats, chia seeds and hemp milk. Feel free to use any milk you prefer, but we like one that is neutral in flavor with no added sugar and a bit of protein. Soaking the chia and oats together overnight results in a thick parfait but feel free to add more milk if you enjoy a thinner consistency.

Chia seeds are the perfect addition to swirl into an overnight oat breakfast. The little seeds, chock full of healthy fats like anti-inflammatory omega-3’s, soak up liquid and contribute a thick oat texture, as if you had spent the morning over the stove, cooking up a creamy porridge. Chia seeds make simple oats filling, satisfying and super nutritious! We are also partial to adding seeds like hemp, flax, pumpkin and sunflower to our oats for a boost of plant-based protein, heart-healthy fats and a treasure trove of micronutrients, phytochemicals and antioxidants.

Note: You’ll notice that our base recipe doesn’t include any sweetener. This is intentional, as we found each recipe requires a different amount of added sweetness depending on the flavor variation. If you prefer your oats on the sweeter side, feel free to add a bit of your favorite natural sweetener. Some good options are maple syrup, agave, honey (for non-vegans), organic cane sugar, coconut sugar, stevia or date paste.

1. Thin Mint Overnight Oats

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½ Cup Oats
½ Cup Milk
1 Tbsp Chia Seeds
1 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
2 Tbsp Dark Chocolate Sunflower Seed Butter
1 Tbsp Chopped Mint Leaves

Mix oats, milk, chia seeds and cocoa powder together and let soak overnight. In the morning, mix in chopped mint leaves and top with Chocolate Seed Butter.

2. Bananas Foster Overnight Oats

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½ Cup Oats
½ Cup Milk
1 Tbsp Chia Seeds
½ Banana, Mashed
¼ Tsp Salt
¼ Tsp Cinnamon
¼ Tsp Nutmeg
½ Banana, Sliced
1 Tbsp Maple Syrup
2 Tbsp Vanilla Spice Sunflower Seed Butter

Mix oats, milk, chia seeds, mashed banana, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg together and let soak overnight. In the morning, add sliced banana and Vanilla Spice Sunflower Seed Butter and drizzle with maple syrup.

3. Chocolate Strawberry Overnight Oats

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½ Cup Oats
½ Cup Milk
1 Tbsp Chia Seeds
4 Strawberries, Chopped
2 Tbsp Dark Chocolate Seed Butter

Mix oats, milk, and chia seeds and let soak overnight. In the morning add the Chocolate Sunflower Seed Butter and chopped strawberries.

4. Carrot Cake Overnight Oats

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½ Cup Oats
½ Cup Milk
1 Tbsp Chia Seeds
2 Tbsp Shredded Carrots
½ Tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
Apple Ginger Seednola

Mix oats, milk, chia seeds, shredded carrots and pumpkin pie spice and let soak overnight. In the morning, add Apple Ginger Seednola on top for a bit of crunch.

5. Spiced Pear Overnight Oats

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½ Cup Oats
½ Cup Milk
1 Tbsp Chia Seeds
½ Tsp Cinnamon
½ Tsp Ginger
1 Tbsp Maple Syrup
1 Pear, Chopped
Apple Ginger Seednola

Mix oats, milk and chia seeds and let soak overnight. In the morning, sauté chopped pears with cinnamon, ginger and maple syrup over medium heat until soft and add to oat mixture. Top with Apple Ginger Seednola.

6. Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats

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½ Cup Oats
½ Cup Milk
1 Tbsp Chia Seeds
3 Tbsp Pumpkin Purée
1 Tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
2 Tbsp Vanilla Spice Sunflower Seed Butter
Apple Ginger Seednola
1 Tbsp Pumpkin Seeds

Mix oats, milk, chia seeds, pumpkin puree and and pumpkin pie spice and let soak overnight. In the morning add Vanilla Spice Sunflower Seed Butter, Apple Ginger Seednola and pumpkin seeds, if desired.

7. Mocha Chip Overnight Oats

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½ Cup Oats
½ Cup Milk
1 Tbsp Chia Seeds
2 Tbsp Strong Coffee
1 Tbsp Chocolate Chips
2 Tbsp Chocolate Sunflower Seed Butter

Mix oats, milk, chia seeds and coffee and let soak overnight. In the morning, add the Chocolate Sunflower Seed Butter and chocolate chips.

*Cho, S., Dietrich, M., Brown, C. J., Clark, C. A., & Block, G. (2003). The effect of breakfast type on total daily energy intake and body mass index: results from the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III). Journal of the American College of Nutrition, 22(4), 296-302.
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