Overnight Oats (3 Ways!)

Overnight Oats (3 Ways!)

Oatmeal is widely appreciated as a nutritious and fiber-licious breakfast food for kiddos and adults alike. But many people have never ventured beyond basic hot oatmeal. If that’s you, boy oh boy, are you missing out! 

Overnight oats are one of the most popular and “trendy” spins on oatmeal. Overnight oats have been sweeping the internet, Pinterest, Instagram, and beyond—and for good reason. They’re ridiculously easy to prepare.

Just grab a mason jar, pour in some oats, sprinkle in any add-ins you want (like frozen berries, fresh fruit, dried fruit, nuts, and seeds). Add a generous pour of your favorite plant-based milk (maintaining a 1:1 oats-to-milk ratio), and pop it in the fridge!

Voila. Tomorrow’s breakfast is ready.

This recipe was generously sponsored by our friends at One Degree Organics featuring one of our favorite foods—oats! Enjoy 🙂 

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Save Time In The Morning!

It’s pretty incredible how the littlest bit of meal prep the night before can totally transform the vibe of your morning. No more hustling so you’ll have time to make breakfast. No more leaving dirty dishes in the sink while you rush out the door. And no more skipping the most important meal of the day because you don’t have time.

No, no. We can’t have any of that. 

Seriously, what would you give for an extra 5 minutes in the morning? Well hun, here you go. Hit that snooze button and take an extra 10. 

You’ll have a delicious healthy breakfast ready and waiting for you when you wake up. You can devour it when you first crawl out of bed or grab it on your way out the door. Boom—breakfast handled!

3 Delicious Spins on Overnight Oats

You can make infinite varieties of overnight oats, but today we’re going to show you three of our favorite recipes. We’ve got…

  • Strawberries & Cream Overnight Oats
  • Apple Pie Overnight Oats
  • PB&J Overnight Oats

The base recipe is simple. If you like thick oatmeal, use a 1:1 ratio of oats to milk. You can always top it with another splash of milk in the morning when you eat it. If you like softer oatmeal, feel free to add more milk. Read on to see how to make these fun varieties!

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Strawberries & Cream Overnight Oats

This is the ultimate lazy girl's vegan breakfast. These strawberries and cream overnight oats come together in a jiffy and will be waiting for you to grab-and-go in the morning. Enjoy!

Course Breakfast
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 person

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of rolled oats
  • 1 tablespoon of chia seeds optional
  • 1 cup of plant-based milk use full-fat coconut milk for extra creaminess and decadence
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon of maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup of strawberries half diced, half sliced and reserved for topping
  • Optional toppings: coconut whipped cream additional sliced strawberries, or granola

Instructions

  1. In a container, cup, or glass jar, add the rolled oats, chia seeds (optional), plant-based milk, vanilla extract, maple syrup, and diced strawberries, and any other desired add-ins and mix well. 

  2. Cover and refrigerate overnight (or for 3+ hours).
  3. Remove from fridge and enjoy chilled! If you'd like, you may top with sliced fresh strawberries and add a generous dollop of coconut whipped cream on top (recipe link below). 

Make your own whipped cream topping with our simple coconut whipped cream recipe

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Peanut Butter & Jelly Overnight Oats

This breakfast fuses two beloved foods—oatmeal and Peanut Butter & Jelly! It's packed with fiber from the oats, protein from the peanut butter, and even some healthy omegas from the chia seeds. Enjoy!

Course Breakfast
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of rolled oats
  • 1 tablespoon of chia seeds optional
  • 1 cup of plant-based milk
  • 1-2 tablespoons of peanut butter
  • 1-2 tablespoons of jam any flavor
  • Optional toppings: sliced bananas chopped nuts, granola, dried fruit, fresh fruit, maple syrup

Instructions

  1. In a container, cup, or glass jar, layer the rolled oats, chia seeds (optional), peanut butter, and jam, in any order. If you want to get fancy, you can warm the peanut butter an drizzle it on the sides of the jar before adding the other ingredients. Pour the plant-based milk over the top. Do not mix. If desired, add any additional mix-ins you desire.

  2. Cover and refrigerate overnight (or for 3+ hours).
  3. Remove from fridge, top with any desired toppings, and enjoy!

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Apple Pie Overnight Oats

Dessert for breakfast? Don't mind if we do! Get all the comfort of apple pie with the healthful benefits of oatmeal with this delicious spin on overnight oats. 

Course Breakfast
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of rolled oats
  • 1 tablespoon of chia seeds optional
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon of brown sugar or maple syrup
  • 1 cup of plant-based milk any type
  • 1/2 cup of apple diced (reserve half of the diced apple for topping)
  • 1 handful of vegan granola or chopped nuts
  • Optional toppings: Warm baked apples maple syrup, and a shake of cinnamon.

Instructions

  1. In a container, glass, or mason jar, add the rolled oats, chia seeds (optional), cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, plant-based milk, and half of the diced apple and mix well. Top with remaining apple.
  2. Cover and refrigerate overnight (or for 3+ hours).
  3. Remove from fridge, top with granola or chopped nuts, and enjoy.

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It Doesn’t Stop There…

This is one of those recipes that you can get really creative with by using various plant milks, flavorings (like cinnamon or nutmeg), sweeteners (like maple syrup or brown sugar), and add-ins (like fresh fruit, chia seeds, raisins, goji berries, or even chocolate chips). Have fun with what you have on hand, and take a look at the ideas below for inspiration! 

Plant-Based Milk Options:

  • Coconut milk
  • Soy milk
  • Almond milk
  • Cashew milk
  • Water (yes, even water will work)

Oatmeal Mix-Ins:

  • Chia seeds
  • Ground flaxseeds
  • Frozen berries
  • Sliced banana
  • Fresh fruit

Overnight Oats Toppings:

  • Shredded coconut
  • Raisins
  • Goji berries
  • Jam
  • Nut butter
  • Maple syrup
  • Agave nectar
  • Brown sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg

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Oats, Oats, Oats!

In this recipe, we used oats from One Degree Organic, a brand we’ve long-loved for their commitment to sustainability, consumer transparency, and organic farming. In fact, they even go beyond organic!

The first time One Degree Organics caught my eye at the grocery store was several years ago when I spotted cereal labeled “Veganic.” What?! I had never heard of such a thing before. But as a passionate vegan, I was intrigued. 

Veganic Farming

What does “Veganic” mean, exactly? Here is how One Degree Organic defines it

Veganic agriculture is a principled way farmers grow crops without the use of chemicals, compounds or animal inputs of any kind.

One of the key tenets of veganic agriculture is to reject animal-based fertilizer of any kind. The reason for this is to keep pathogens and contaminants away from crops. Even many organic farms use animal waste on fields, including blood meal and bone meal. These sources may carry an array of hormones, antibiotics, pesticides and other chemicals.

If you’ve ever dabbled in vegetable gardening—or even tinkered with house plants—you’ve probably noticed that almost every single bag of soil out there contains animal products. I went to Home Depot looking for a vegan soil and not one of the dozens of bags of soil they had was vegan. And of course, nobody there had ever heard of “veganic.”

Veganic gardening is not easy, and committing to veganic agriculture as a business involves paving a new path. That’s one of the reasons I have so much respect for One Degree Organic. They’ve been paving the way for more ethical and sustainable farming practices since way before it was cool. 

We Vote With Our Dollars 

Here at World of Vegan we often talk about the power we have as consumers. Every time we purchase something, we are casting a vote. A vote in support of that product. A vote in support of that company. A vote in support of that company’s practices and methods of operation. A vote in support of the ingredients used and how they were harvested. A vote for or against organic farming. A vote for or against sustainability. A vote for or against fair labor practices.

I could go on and on….

I personally feel very inspired by companies like One Degree Organic who are taking their ethics beyond the “norm” and even beyond the expected. They are striving to do even better than all else that’s out there. And when I put my dollars toward their oats, their cereals, their bread, and beyond, I know I’m voting for positive change in our food system. 

So, the next time you go to the grocery store, tune into the products your buying and brands you’re supporting. See if they’re aligned with the world you want to live in and know that you’re impacting the world when you cast your vote in the checkout line! 

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Recipe by Michelle Cehn and photos by Alfonso Revilla for WorldofVegan.com. All content copyright of World of Vegan™, all rights reserved. Please note that this article contains affiliate links. Many thanks to One Degree Organics for supporting our work at World of Vegan! 

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