Last updated on December 29th, 2019 at 09:44 am
That’s right, overnight oatmeal. Words can’t express how much I love, love this ready in the morning easy healthy breakfast. It saves me time, headaches and it also saves me from drinking coffee. It also looks so pretty and it tastes really good. Like illegally good. But it’s definitely legal and it’s dairy-free! In fact, this is a vegan overnight oats recipe with chia seeds, berries and of course some almond or peanut butter, because…well almond butter.
You can have this delicious meal for breakfast or even as a dessert later in the day if you’re not that hungry in the morning. I’ve found that overnight oats make a great post- or even pre-workout meal. So if you also do your workouts early in the day, now you know.
How To Make Vegan Overnight Oats
To make overnight oats without dairy, you’ll need to combine dairy-free milk with regular oats (1:1) and add a tbsp of chia seeds in a jar or a small airtight container. Additionally, you can mix in some maple syrup or another sweetener you like. Close the jar or container and put it in the fridge overnight or for at least 3 hours.
You can also use plain water to make overnight oats if you don’t have almond milk. I’m doing this most of the time because I don’t trust store-bought almond milk and I’m usually too lazy to make my own (plus I’m always freaking out what to do with all that pulp).
Tip: Usually I make sure these vegan overnight oats don’t get too runny by adding the water 1 “sip” at a time and pressing the oats down. This is when you’ll also notice the “oatmilk” come out. After that stir well: the mixture shouldn’t be too thick and sticky, but also not too fluid. And there shouldn’t be too much liquid on top – just covering the oats.
Toppings For Your Oats
In the morning top with your favorite fruit, nuts and optionally nut butter. Here are some things you can add to your overnight oats:
- fruit: berries, banana, mango, peaches, apple pears
- flaxseed or other seeds
- nut butter: almond butter, peanut butter, sunflower butter
- nuts: almonds, peanuts, walnuts, pecans
- optionally you can also mix in some vanilla or cinnamon
Health Benefits Of Overnight Oats
Due to their healthy ingredients, overnight oats have many benefits:
- Oats and nuts are known to assist weight loss and can lower cholesterol and blood pressure.
- They have anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties as well
- Oats are also known to be prebiotic, thus they’re important for a good gut health
- Berries are among the antioxidant-richest foods out there, they’re known to preserve your brain health and to prevent premature aging
- chia seeds are a great source of anti-inflammatory omega-3’s, protein and fiber
- 1/3 cup oats (use gluten-free oats, if you're on a gluten-free diet)
- 1/3 cup almond milk or water
- 1 Tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tsp honey /agave/maple syrup
- 1/2 cup berries
- 2 Tbsp chopped almonds
- 1 Tbsp almond butter
- Before you go to bed mix in a small tupperware/jar oats, chia seeds, almond milk or even plain water, sweetener (agave/maple syrup). Make sure that all parts are combined well, stirring around 1 min. Close lid and leave in the fridge over night or at least for 5 hours.
- In the morning: Top with berries of your choice, I used blueberries and raspberries, nuts (I usually like almonds and peanuts because they're very crunchy and make my heart melt) and nut butter - I love peanut butter, so that's what I used. Almond butter goes well with these too.
If you're using frozen berries and want to eat the overnight oats right away - add them to your oats the night before, so they can thaw. If you're taking them on the go, having the frozen berries will keep this breakfast cold for longer, which I love especially when it's hot outside.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 423Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 115mgCarbohydrates: 63gFiber: 11gSugar: 31gProtein: 11g
Hope you enjoy this recipe and if you want even more vegan breakfast recipes go here 🙂