Healthy vegan Overnight Oats with Chia and Mixed Berries is the ultimate breakfast for busy weekday mornings! Just mix everything together and pop it in the fridge at night, and breakfast is ready in the morning. This super easy cold oatmeal recipe is vegan and gluten-free.
Vegan Overnight Oats
Tofu scrambles and breakfast sandwiches are my ideal meals with which to start the day, but the hot July mornings call for lighter fare. For the past few weeks, breakfast has been avocado toast or overnight oats.
I was a little late to hop on the overnight oats bandwagon. The first time I had it, I really didn’t like the fact that it was cold. Cold oatmeal? Uh, no thanks!
I find not liking foods a bit of a personal challenge, so if I don’t like something, I’ll look for ways to prepare it so that I do. It’s something I work on with my health coaching clients, and I like to lead by example.
To be honest, it took me a long time to warm up to cooked oatmeal (no pun intended), so it wasn’t much of a surprise that overnight oats wasn’t my thing. It reminded me of eating paste, although I don’t think I ever actually ate paste as a child. (Or as an adult.) To make it palatable, I like to add lots of nuts and seeds for texture as well as fruit for a more pleasing taste. So that seemed like the logical thing to do with overnight oats, too.
For this overnight oats recipe, I used mixed berries. The allure of the piles of juicy, fresh berries always draws me in when I walk into my local whole foods, and I can never pick just one. Here, I’ve used a mix of blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries, but you can use whatever suits your fancy. I’ve also used slivered almonds and cacao nibs, but again, feel free to switch it up according to your tastes.
Overnight Oats or Chia Pudding?
I’ve slightly cheated with this recipe, because it’s not really overnight oats, is it? It’s actually more of an oats and chia pudding hybrid. I really like adding chia seeds to my oats, as it helps to give the dish a little weight. I had the same issue with chia pudding the first time I had it that I had with oats: It was a little pasty. But again, adding lots of fruit and nuts really helps.
I’ve found that most recipes for overnight oats and chia puddings make very small servings. How is half a cup of anything supposed to fill me up? I’m usually hangry by lunchtime with that kind of portion. This recipe makes two large servings, and I’ve found that it’s filling enough to get me through to my midday meal.
What You Need
You only need a few ingredients to make this recipe.
See the recipe card for exact measurements.
How to Make Vegan Overnight Oats
Waking up to breakfast already been prepared is a great way to start the day.
- You just mix the oats, chia, maple syrup, vanilla extract, almond slivers, cacao, and almond milk together in a jar or bowl with a lid.
- Then you pop it in the fridge for a few hours or overnight.
- In the morning, you mix fresh berries into your oats, and your breakfast is ready!
You just mix mornings are hectic, mix the berries, nuts, and cacao nibs in with the oats and chia the night before. If you have a little time, you can wait until the morning and serve it parfait-style.
How Long to Do Overnight Oats Last?
Stored in an air-tight container, overnight oats will last up to 5 days in the fridge.
Oats don't contain gluten, but they are subject to cross contamination in processing. If you follow a gluten-free diet, make sure your oats are gluten-free. Bob's Red Mill has gluten-free oats.
Overnight Oats with Mixed Berries and Chia
- 1½ cups almond milk (or your favorite non-dairy milk)
- 3 tablespoon chia seeds
- ¾ cup rolled oats
- 2 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoon cacao nibs
- 2 tablespoons slivered almonds
- 2 cups mixed berries
- Mix together the almond milk, chia seeds, rolled oats, maple syrup, vanilla extract, cacao nibs, and slivered almonds in a large jar or bowl with a lid.
- Refrigerate for 4 to 8 hours (or overnight), and mix in the berries when you're ready to eat.
More easy summer breakfast recipes include:
- Chocolate Cherry Chia Pudding Parfaits
- Blueberries and Cream Chia Pudding
- Almond Joy Chia Pudding
- Chocolate Cherry Overnight Oats