Don't be fooled by the fancy picture, that bowl of goodness took less than five minutes to assemble! Finding a quick, delicious, filling, and nutritious breakfast can seem impossible. That's why we're highlighting the magic of vegan overnight oats! If you’ve never tried overnight oats, you’re in for a sweet (or savory) surprise.
Yes, you should eat breakfast
There's a reason breakfast is labeled “the most important meal of the day”. Eating breakfast allows you to jumpstart your metabolism and stay ahead of hunger. Let’s face it, no one wants to feel hungry, and no one wants to be around a hangry person! The issue is few people can spend more than a few minutes preparing their morning meal. So, while smoothies, fancy toast, and flapjacks might all seem appealing, they’re just not realistic when you’re running out the door. Enter, overnight oats!
Vegan overnight oats for the win
Enough suspense. What exactly are vegan overnight oats, and how will they fulfill all your morning needs? Let’s break down the components of your new favorite breakfast.
Step 1: Oats (duh). There’s a ton of options for oats out there, so which is best? The best part about overnight oats is that there is ZERO cooking involved. Because of this, we recommend steel cut or old-fashioned oats. They have a world of health benefits like fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Plus, oats are a complex carbohydrate, meaning our bodies break them down slower, allowing our blood sugar levels to stay stable. Satiating fiber will also keep hunger at bay, no hanger here!
Step 2: Liquid. Your oats will be chilling overnight (hence overnight oats!), and need a liquid to bathe in. For non-vegans, plain Greek yogurt is a great vessel. In this case, let’s try plant-based milks. Whether you’re a fan of almond, oat, or soy; plant-based milk serves as a great way to create the base of your vegan overnight oats.
Pro-tip: Be sure to utilize unsweetened milk to avoid unnecessary added sugars. For more information on sugar, check out our blog!
Step 3: Flavor. Here’s where vegan overnight oats will spice up your mornings! There are endless combinations to keep you full and satisfied for years on end. Flavoring your overnight oats can be done easily by following this formula.
- Add fat: Topping vegan overnight oats with healthy fats like peanut butter, almonds, walnuts, pecans, cashews, or chia seeds add fabulous flavor and texture.
- Add fruit: Looking for some sweetness? Try adding frozen strawberries, wild blueberries, or bananas to your vegan overnight oats
- Get festive: Add seasonal flavors like pumpkin puree in the fall, dark chocolate chips in the winter, and honey for summertime.
Step 4: Put it all together: To make vegan overnight oats, simply combine the base layer of oats and plant-based milk to a glass container. Next, add any desired toppings. Cover, and let sit overnight.
That’s it! You can even prepare batches of flavors to enjoy vegan overnight oats all week long. No other balanced breakfast can be created this quickly. Check out our featured recipe below, and continue on to some of our other favorite concoctions!
Vegan Overnight Oats with Protein
OPN Conversion: 1/2 protein + 2 starch + 1 fat
- 1 scoop vegan chocolate protein powder (we recommend Plant Fusion or Aloha)
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1/2 C old fashioned oats
- Optional 1 tbsp nut butter of choice
- Optional toppings: chocolate chips, almonds
Add oats and protein powder to a glass container. Add almond milk, whisk, store overnight, add optional toppings and enjoy!
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Want more egg-free breakfast ideas? Check out our blog!