Whether you’re new to overnight oats or just looking for more inspiration, we’ve got 11 dairy-free oatmeal flavors for you to try. Enjoy them as a ready-made cold breakfast for those busy mornings.
No oven or stovetop is needed and these can be made ahead of time. Make a batch of dairy-free overnight oats in minutes and have a quick satisfying breakfast ready for the next morning. Add your favorite toppings the next day, try fresh berries, or add plant-based granola for a little crunch.
Why you'll love these overnight oats
- 11 different flavor variations to change up your morning oatmeal!
- They are an easy make-ahead breakfast for meal prep.
- For the oatmeal recipes using fruit, fresh or frozen can be used.
- The overnight oats are dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan!
What are overnight oats?
Overnight oats use a method of softening uncooked rolled oats without cooking them. Instead of cooking your oats in the microwave or stovetop with liquid, they are soaked for at least a few hours or overnight. The result is a creamy consistency for a cold no-cook method for making oatmeal. The flavor combinations are endless, making them a great option for meal prep for adults or busy school mornings.
How to make the overnight oats dairy-free?
Use non-dairy milk in the oatmeal recipes. Try them with unsweetened oat, cashew, soy, almond, or even coconut milk (the refrigerated kind, not the kind found in a can). Use your dairy-free milk of choice. For extra creaminess try adding non-dairy yogurt.
Frequently asked questions
Yes, you can! Frozen fruit can be added to overnight oats and it’s a great alternative to fresh fruit. If you use frozen mangoes, they’re already peeled and chopped making the prep work easier. If you’re using frozen berries, when thawed their juices flavor the oats.
I prefer the texture of old-fashioned oats. Quick oats will make the oatmeal more mushy. As for steel-cut oats, rolled oats cannot be substituted with steel-cut oats.
Overnight oats are usually eaten cold, but you don't have to. Heat them in the microwave until warmed through and add additional milk if they thicken up too much.
No, you do not have to soak overnight oats overnight. They should be good after 2-3 hours of soaking, but it does give the oatmeal more time to soften and soak up the milk.
Yes, you can. I would only use about 2 teaspoons of chia seeds for 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed. That's just a personal preference, you can always add more.
Store dairy-free overnight oats in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Oatmeal with fruit will last about 2-3 days in the fridge versus non-fruit overnight oats which can last about 5-6 days. To get around that, prep the oats without the fruit, then add the fruit the night before or the morning of, which will only work for recipes that don't require pureeing the fruit. Store single servings in a small mason jar or anything with a lid.
11 Easy dairy-free overnight oat flavors
Cherry overnight oats
1. Creamy cherry overnight oats with almond butter! This recipe uses frozen cherries to save your fresh ones for snacking. Also, there’s no need to pit frozen cherries and they can usually be found year-round in the frozen section at the grocery store.
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Strawberry Overnight Oats
2. These vegan strawberry overnight oats are easy and great for a cold breakfast for spring or summer. For this oat recipe, we flavor them with ground cinnamon and vanilla extract, then I add a little twist to infuse more strawberry flavor. We’re blending up a ½ cup of fresh or frozen strawberries in the milk for a bolder strawberry flavor in every bite.
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Blueberry cheesecake overnight oats
4. This blueberry cheesecake overnight oats recipe uses yogurt to give the oats that tangy taste from cheesecake. Either fresh or frozen blueberries can be used, so these berry cheesecake overnight oats can be made any time of the year. Then for a crumbly topping add plant-based granola when you're ready to enjoy them.
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Cinnamon overnight oats
6. These easy cinnamon overnight oats are simple to make and only take 5 minutes to whip up. The dairy-free oats are sweetened with maple syrup and raisins, then add a generous amount of ground cinnamon for a delightfully sweet breakfast treat.
Overnight oats with frozen fruit
7. Overnight oats with frozen fruit are an easy way to always have everything on hand to make a healthy breakfast for busy mornings. The easy breakfast is customizable, use your favorite frozen fruit or try it with frozen berries.
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Pumpkin overnight oats
8. These vegan pumpkin overnight oats use pumpkin pie spice for that familiar fall flavor and a bit of peanut butter for a little something special to tie it all together. Keep the recipe around when pumpkin fever strikes this fall.
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Mango overnight oats
9. Creamy mango overnight oats! We’re adding allspice and cinnamon for some extra flavor to these healthy and nutritious oats. Coconut yogurt makes it even creamier and toasted coconut flakes give a tropical flavor. Use fresh or frozen mangoes to enjoy these oats year-round.
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Chocolate peanut butter overnight oats
10. This chocolate peanut butter overnight oats recipe is easy to make and only uses six simple ingredients that you may already have on hand. It’s chocolate and peanut butter, need I say more? The oats use unsweetened cocoa powder to give them the chocolatey flavor and then mix in crunchy or creamy peanut butter for that classic combination.
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Basic overnight oats with flaxseed
11. Overnight oats with flax seeds contain just five simple ingredients. This is a basic overnight oats recipe for breakfast that can be adapted to your flavor preferences. Try them with raisins and a dash of cinnamon, or go with creamy peanut butter to add some flavor. For more recipes with flax seeds, try flaxseed pudding with bananas and strawberries.
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I hope you enjoyed one or all of the eleven dairy-free oatmeal flavors to change up your nutritious breakfast.