Wednesday, December 12

Easy Breakfast: Vegan Overnight Oats

Eating a healthy and quick breakfast is always a challenge, especially on the two days a week when I drive an hour to work in the office. Many times I eat a Sunbutter banana sandwich in the car, but I also like a little variation. I've found vegan overnight oats to be the key! They're not only a great source of protein, but they're also a great dairy free and egg free breakfast option. Perfect for those dealing with food allergies, or just following a vegan diet!

Dairyfree overnight oats vegan

Vegan overnight oats are a great option for easy breakfasts that you can make the night before. It's basically just oats soaked in your choice of milk with yummy toppings. The milk softens the oats overnight with no cooking required.

You can find MANY great recipes for overnight oats online. Some of them use way too many ingredients for someone who needs a quick breakfast. This one is my go-to recipe that includes easy, healthy and whole-food ingredients with no added sugar.

I actually don't even like calling it a recipe as all you do is dump everything in a jar and stick it in the fridge. No cooking or mess required. My kind of meal.

Vegan Overnight Oats Recipe:

1 cup oats (gluten-free if needed)
1 cup rice milk (or any milk you'd like)
1/2 container coconut yogurt (or any yogurt you'd like)
frozen berries (fresh would be better, but this works too)
ground flaxseed meal (sprinkle as much as you'd like on top)

Add oats to a small Ball jar (or any container). I love making it in a Ball jar as the ingredients stack so nicely and make it look pretty :) It also takes up less space in the refrigerator and in a work bag, so it's easy to transport.

vegan overnight oats

Pour in milk. Add yogurt. Top with frozen (or fresh) berries.
vegan overnight oats

Sprinkle with flaxseed.
dairy free and egg free overnight oats

I just pop off the top at my desk and eat it with a spoon. No microwave or fuss required.

Some other fun ingredients for overnight oats: Shredded coconut, agave nectar, honey, cinnamon, raisins or other dried fruit, or nuts (of course depending on whether or not these are allergy-safe foods for you and your family).

Do you have any other healthy, easy and/or portable breakfast ideas?


Gratefulfoodie said...

The recipe is sooo simple, yet so brilliant. Just want to clarify though,you eat it cold, like a parfait?

Kathryn @ Mamacado said...

Yes, that's a great analogy - it's just like a parfait. It's definitely different than warm oatmeal, but satisfying nonetheless!

Posey Plays said...

I had to pop over and see you, too! This looks ah-maze-ing! I will try it for sure. Does your son like it, too?

Kathryn @ Mamacado said...

He definitely likes the ingredients, but likes it better if I warm it in the microwave for about 30 seconds. It's basically just like traditional oatmeal that way, but faster! :)

Anonymous said...

HI! Can you use Steal cut oats for this? What kind do you use?


Kathryn @ Mamacado said...

Funny you should ask this today. I JUST tried this with Irish oatmeal (hearty oats that require longer cooking time), and the oats were still a little chewy this morning (although I still ate it!). I believe Irish oats are actually steel cut oats (see this page about it, so you may have the same tough result with steel cut.

I usually use rolled oats or quick cooking oats for overnight oats.

Let me know how it works out for you if you try!

Anonymous said...

Thanks! I'll use the quick cooking kind :)

Kathryn @ Mamacado said...

Great Shaina! Let me know how you like it. It's definitely different than warm oatmeal, but I think it's a great easy summer breakfast.

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