We all know that oatmeal is one of the healthiest breakfasts for our hearts. But come summertime, hot oatmeal can sometimes be the last thing we want to put in our bodies. Swap out the stove for the fridge with this quick and easy-to-make cold breakfast option - overnight oats.

What are Overnight Oats?

Whether you know them as overnight oatmeal or overnight oats, this healthy recipe requires no cooking time, only a few ingredients, and is easily customizable.

The basic idea of overnight oats requires oatmeal that is soaked in milk and refrigerated overnight. By absorbing milk, these soaked oats become soft enough to eat without having to microwave or use the stove. The result - a creamy and tasty consistency that's not too mushy or too dry.

This 5-step overnight oats recipe is perfect for busy mornings and on-the-go breakfast meals. Plus, these oats are vegan and gluten-free, too! Follow our step-by-step recipe for a delicious and easy meal.

 

How to Make Blackberry Overnight Oats

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Pour oatmeal and nondairy milk into a jar.
  2. Refrigerate soaked oats overnight.
  3. When ready to serve, top overnight oatmeal with blackberries, pistachios, coconut flakes, and basil.
  4. Drizzle with maple syrup for extra sweetness.
  5. Enjoy!

 

Recipe Substitutes

We've kept it simple with a recipe that's highly nutritious, delicious, and vegan, but feel free to mix things up! Below are some substitutes and add-ons to try in your next overnight oats recipe.

Liquid Substitutes

While our vegan overnight oats recipe calls for gluten-free oats, coconut milk, and blackberries, you can switch out coconut milk, for other substitutes such as unsweetened almond milk or even water. Any of these will work and be the same healthy recipe as a soaking liquid, though water may not have the same flavor or rich consistency as milk.

Base Substitutes

Some common ingredients to add to your oatmeal base include vegan or greek yogurt and chia seed - which all add texture, nutritional value, and flavor to the gluten-free oats.

Sweetener Substitutes

For sweeteners, we love maple syrup, though other options include honey or vanilla extract to help add some extra flavor to the mix.

Topping Substitutes

As far as toppings go, the possibilities are endless. Whether it’s shredded coconut, blueberry toppings, sliced almonds, or chocolate peanut butter, create your own delicious breakfast. Some other popular toppings include dried fruit, banana slices, cinnamon, peanut butter, chocolate chips, cocoa powder, almond butter, and more.