Vegan overnight oats are literally the perfect breakfast food. If you have no time in the morning to prepare breakfast, overnight oats are the optimal option.
Best of all, overnight oats only take a few minutes to prepare. They are reminiscent of cold porridge, and you can mix in any nuts, fruit, or seeds you desire.
Are Overnight Oats Healthy?
Overnight oats are generally healthy. However, the healthiness of the meal depends on what you choose to put in your overnight oats. These vegan overnight oats include oats, chia, seeds, and flaxseeds which are all beneficial to human health.
Whole grain cereals, including oats, are loaded with phenolic compounds. Specifically, phenolic amides found in oats have exhibited antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-proliferative properties. In addition to this, oats also contain several essential amino acids, such as methionine, cysteine, threonine, isoleucine, tryptophan, which are required for the human body to function properly.
Chia seeds are credited with many health benefits due to thier large amount of protein, essential fatty acids, dietary fiber, minerals, antioxidants, catenoids, and vitamins. Chia seeds have a positive effect on chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, obesity, and diabetes.
Flaxseeds contain high concentrations of omega-3, omega-6 rich oil, α-linolenic acid, lignans, and proteins, and fibers. These composites can prevent chronic diseases like multiple types of cancer, cerebrovascular stroke, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.
Why Shouldn't I Use Quick Oats For Overnight Oats?
When it comes to overnight oats, quick oats are an absolute no. Quick oats are so tiny that they will break down when allowed to sit overnight in the liquid. Instead of overnight oats, you will end up with overnight slush.
As an alternative, you can use steel-cut oats. However, overnight oats will be very thick and chewy. The best oats for overnight oats are old-fashioned oats. They are not so small that they will dissolve in the liquid and not have a bite to them.
How To Store Overnight Oats
You may not consume all of your vegan overnight oats in one setting. Luckily overnight oats have a shelf life of 5 days once stored in the refrigerator.
Every day the overnight oats sit in the fridge; they will get thicker. However, you can thin the overnight oats out with more coconut milk.
Vegan Overnight Oats
Flavored by vanilla and coconut, these vegan overnight oats are a simple, delicious, and flavorful breakfast. Best of all, they will be ready in less than 10 minutes.
Prep Time: 10 minutes| Total Time: 10 minutes| Servings: 2-3 servings
For the overnight oats:
● 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
● 2 teaspoons ground flaxseeds
● 2 tablespoons dairy-free or soy protein powder
● 1 cup coconut milk
● 6 tablespoons coconut cream
● 1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste
● 1 1/2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
● 1 tablespoon almond butter
For the toppings:
● 2 tablespoons shredded coconut
● 1 tablespoon chia seeds
● 2 tablespoons chopped pecans
Place the oats, flaxseeds, protein powder, coconut milk, coconut cream, vanilla bean paste, maple syrup, and almond butter in a bowl and mix them until there are no lumps of coconut cream.
Divide the overnight oats between 3 jars and top with the coconut, chia seeds, or pecans if using.
Seal the overnight oats and refrigerate them overnight.
Garnish the overnight oats with fruit.
Serve and enjoy!