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Overnight Oats – The Secret to Perfection!

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Dairy Free overnight oats are a great option for busy mornings! From fresh fruits to nuts and seeds, they can be made with your favorite oatmeal toppings and your milk of choice. 

Overnight Oats

I grew up eating instant oatmeal with freeze-dried fruits mixed in. I still remember sitting in the kitchen before school and squeezing little pouches of jelly in a swirl on top. I’m sure it wasn’t the healthiest breakfast option, but, it was so good at the time and it is now a happy memory!

These days we need something more substantial and because they can be made the night before, they are just as fast and easy as prepackaged oatmeal. 

Looking for more breakfast ideas? Try this Vegan OatmealTropical Smoothie or Protein Overnight Oats!

What Can I Add To Overnight Oats?

The best part about making a batch of overnight oats is that the jars can be in different flavors, depending on what each person’s favorite toppings are! I like to make them on Sunday night and enjoy them throughout the week. 

When you experiment with different toppings, you won’t get bored of eating the same thing week after week! Here are some ways to switch it up:

  • Diced fruits like Apples, Bananas, Kiwi, Pears, Peaches, Nectarines, fresh fruit or fresh berries
  • Raisins
  • Sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, chia seeds, Hemp Seeds
  • Walnuts, Pistachios, Slivered Almonds
  • Spices like Cinnamon or Nutmeg (Maybe Turmeric)
  • Almond Butter, Peanut Butter or Sunflower Seed Butter
  • Switch up the non-dairy milk – almond milk, coconut milk, oat milk, soy milk, hemp milk or cashew milk
  • Warm spices – pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon or nutmeg
  • Cocoa powder 
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Sweetener (optional) – pure maple syrup or honey
  • For extra creaminess – Add vegan yogurt or coconut cream

Dairy Free Overnight Oats Recipe:

Dairy-free overnight oats are an easy make-ahead breakfast using simple ingredients. Below, I’m going to walk you through a basic recipe. Make it your own by adding your favorite toppings! Be sure to include healthy fats, like nuts and seeds, to make it more satiating.

The Secret to Overnight Oats is 1 part raw oats to 1 part milk.  I like to use 1 cup of Organic old-fashioned oats and 1 cup of dairy-free milk. I use regular quick oats, but steel cut oats also work if you want a chewy texture.  

Once you mix the oatmeal and milk, you can start adding anything you have on hand.

Mix well and put in an airtight container, like a mason jar.

Place in the refrigerator overnight

Add your mix-ins. I used the following:

  • 2 Tbsp Cinnamon
  • Dash of Nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1 Tbps Flax Seed
  • I Heaping Tbsp Almond Butter
  • Diced apples
  • Walnuts
Overnight Oats

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Overnight Oats
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Easy Overnight Oats

Overnight oats are a versatile and easy make-ahead breakfast idea. You can top your oats with any mix-ins that your family enjoys. The oatmeal can be eaten hot or cold.

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword oatmeal, overnight oats
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 320 kcal


  • 1 Cup Almond Milk
  • 1 Cup Oats
  • 2 Tbsp Cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp Almond Butter
  • Dash Nutmeg
  • 1/4 Cup Raisins
  • 1 Tbsp Flax Seeds
  • Apples diced
  • Walnuts


  1. Mix all ingredients in a medium bowl

  2. Pour in to 2 bowls with lids and let sit in fridge overnight

  3. Top with any topping you have on hand

  4. Enjoy!

By on July 31st, 2017

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    • I like to make these in the summer and I forget about them every year! But they always taste just as good as I remember!


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