3 Ways to Make Vegan Chia Seed Overnight Oats

Before eating whole food plant based (aka a healthy vegan diet), I would have NEVER had oatmeal for breakfast. I was that girl who was terrified of eating carbs, so oatmeal was definitely out of the question. Since transitioning to WFPB and losing weight (I will do a post on my weight loss the future) I now embrace whole grains, and I eat oatmeal almost every single morning. They’re filling and remind me of comfort food that’s actually good for my health. What more could I want to wake up to on these cold mornings?

Easiest Make Ahead Breakfast

One of the main reasons I love overnight oats is that it is the easiest make ahead breakfast ever. It takes all of 2 minutes to put the ingredients in a mason jar, and BOOM the next morning you have oatmeal! I microwave my oats in the morning and add a couple of ingredients and that’s it. So simple.

I have found that THESE mason jars are the best for overnight oats. They don’t look like it, but they hold A TON of food and they have a wide mouth which makes it easier to eat out of compared to the traditional mason jars.

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The Basic Oat to Liquid Ratio

Here’s the thing about overnight oats – everyone has their own preferred ratio. Some like there to be little liquid, some like there to be a lot of liquid added. Me? I fall somewhere in the middle. The ratio I prefer is a 1:2 ratio of oats : almond milk. Keep this in mind, and after you whip up this recipe, feel free to add less or more milk to your liking.

The only time I adjust this ratio is when I make pumpkin spice oats. The pumpkin puree requires a bit more liquid (see recipe below).

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Easy Swaps you Can Make to these Recipes.. and the Things you Can’t 

I use unsweetened almond milk in my recipes, but you can use any unsweetened milk alternative. You may need to play with the ratio of oats to liquid if you choose to do this though.

I give you my favorite fruit to top the oats with, but obviously you can switch it up. Some people love banana on their oats, but I personally don’t love it.

Almond butter is my FAVORITE nut butter, so I use it in all of my recipes. But feel free to get crazy with it- try all the different flavors. Which also brings me to nuts in general. I use walnuts and pecans in these recipes, but you may use whatever nut you would like to top!

I use pumpkin spice in all of my recipes, because I honestly just love the variation of flavor. But feel free to use plain cinnamon or apple pie spice if that’s more of your jam.

You certainly can use flax seed instead of chia seeds. But, I have never done this, and you may need to adjust the amount of flax seed you add.

Andddd here’s the ingredient you can’t change: be sure to buy the classic whole grains oats! Don’t use the the quick oats or steel cut oats – it won’t turn out the same.

One Last Thing, Let’s Chat About Sweeteners

If you’ve been here a while, then you know I pretty much never add sugar to anything unless I absolutely have to. I used to be addicted to sugar, and after years of switching to a healthy lifestyle, I really hate it now. Sugar gives me a headache and I feel like it often masks the flavor of food. BUT if you aren’t a weirdo like me and need a little sweetness to your oats (like most people), some great options would be to add a little real maple syrup or honey (honey isn’t technically vegan, but I do know several vegans who still eat it. So you do you).

Alright now that we have that taken care of, let’s get into it!

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#1 Classic Blueberry + Walnut Overnight Oats

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup whole grain oats
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 2-3 tablespoons walnuts
  • 2/3 cup blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter

Directions: 

  1. In a mason jar, add the oats, almond milk, vanilla, spice, and chia seeds.
  2. Stir until ingredients are evenly mixed.
  3. Seal mason jar with lid and place in the refrigerator overnight.
  4. In the morning, microwave the oats for 1-2 minutes (heating is optional, you can eat it cold if you would like). Add the walnuts, blueberries, and almond butter.  Enjoy!

 

#2 Apple Pie Overnight Oats

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup whole grain oats
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 2-3 tablespoons walnuts
  • 1/2 apple, diced
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter

Directions: 

  1. In a mason jar, add the oats, almond milk, vanilla, spice, and chia seeds.
  2. Stir until ingredients are evenly mixed.
  3. Seal mason jar with lid and place in the refrigerator overnight.
  4. In the morning, microwave the oats for 1-2 minutes (heating is optional, you can eat it cold if you would like). Add the walnuts, apple, and almond butter.  Enjoy!

 

#3 Pumpkin Spice Overnight Oats

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup whole grain oats
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 2-3 tablespoons pecans
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter

Directions: 

  1. In a mason jar, add the oats, almond milk, vanilla, spice, and chia seeds.
  2. Stir until ingredients are evenly mixed.
  3. Seal mason jar with lid and place in the refrigerator overnight.
  4. In the morning, microwave the oats for 1-2 minutes (heating is optional, you can eat it cold if you would like). Add the pecans and almond butter.  Enjoy!

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Do you have a favorite combo for your overnight oats? Or did one of these catch your eye? Let me know!

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