Vegan and GF overnight oats are so easy to make and is a great healthy breakfast recipe! Great for meal prepping too! From chocolate, to tropical, and a spinach flavor, you'll find a combination you LOVE! #vegan #cleaneating #vegetarian #veganbreakfast #glutenfree #healthy - mindfulavocado
Overnight oats are so EASY to make and are a healthy breakfast! Vegan and gluten free, these different flavor combos are a must try! #vegan #cleaneating #vegetarian #veganbreakfast #glutenfree #healthy - mindfulavocado

Looking for easy and healthy breakfast ideas? Well, if you haven’t hopped on the overnight oat train, now’s the time. 99% of the time I eat overnight oats for breakfast because it’s super easy, vegan,  filling, and the flavor combos are endless!

mason jars with vegan overnight oats

Overnight oats – the real breakfast of champions.

  • Easy to make
  • Healthy and simple ingredients
  • Change up the flavor combinations (aka never get bored)
  • Cheap to make
  • Great for meal prepping

I’ll go over how to make overnight oats as well as three delicious flavor combos!

  • Tropical overnight oats – pineapple, coconut, and macadamia nuts
  • Chocolate overnight oats – with homemade vegan Nutella and bananas
  • Green overnight oats – with mango and spinach

three mason jars of overnight oats with granola, pineapple, bananas

What are overnight oats

Overnight oats is a combination of oats, chia seeds, and almond milk. When this combo sits for a period of time, It gets nice and thick, like a pudding.

How to make overnight oats

Combine oats, almond milk, and chia seeds in a mason jar. Shake well and place in the fridge to firm up. This can take as little as 30 minutes, but can be made overnight (hence the name, overnight oats!)

Best oats for overnight oats

You can use any oats you have on hand (steel-cut oats, quick oats, rolled oats, etc). I usually buy rolled oats because they hold their shape. Learn about the difference between different oats!

Tip: I buy my oats and chia seeds in the bulk section of my grocery store, paying a fraction of the price of packaged foods.

vegan overnight oats with rolled oats, chia seeds, and granola

Different overnight oat flavors

Chocolate hazelnut overnight oats

Add homemade Nutella to make this chocolate overnight oat recipe. Top with bananas for a healthy breakfast

Overnight oatmeal with homemade vegan nutella, bananas on a marble background. Oats and chia seeds are in the background.

  1. Add 1 Tablespoon of Nutella to overnight oat base recipe
  2. Shake well and place in the fridge overnight
  3. Before serving, top with sliced bananas

Tropical overnight oats

Make the standard overnight oat base and add pineapple, coconut, and macadamia for a taste of the tropics!

Overnight oatmeal with pineapple, coconut, and macadamia nuts on a marble background.

  1. Start with the overnight oats base recipe
  2. Add 2 Tablespoons of coconut shreds and 1/4 cup frozen pineapple chunks
  3. Shake well and place in the fridge overnight
  4. Before serving, sprinkle with additional coconut shreds and crushed macadamia nuts

Green overnight oatmeal with mango

Love this recipe because getting veggies into my breakfast is a great way to start my day! Blend almond milk with spinach and mango to make this green overnight oats recipe.

Spinach and mango overnight oatmeal topped with granola on marble background.

  1. Add oats and chia seeds to a mason jar or airtight container
  2. Add 2/3 cup almond milk to blender and add 1 handful spinach as well as 1/4 cup frozen mango
  3. Blend until completely smooth
  4. Add liquid to oats and chia seeds
  5. Add 1/2 Tablespoon agave (optional)
  6. Shake well and place in the fridge overnight
  7. Before serving, top with granola

mason jars with vegan overnight oats

Overnight oats for meal prepping

Overnight oats are FANTASTIC for meal prepping! I like to pre-measure all my oats and chia seeds and just add the almond milk the night before. Then you have a quick grab-and-go breakfast in the am!

Top with fresh fruit or whatever toppings you’d like right before eating.

Do you eat overnight oats cold?

Yes! You can microwave for a minute before eating if you’d like. 

Flavor ideas for overnight oats

What I love about overnight oats is the flavor combos are endless! I provided 3 recipes for overnight oats, but let your creativity roam when it comes to changing up your breakfast.

Add-ins for overnight oats:

  • Nut Butters – peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter, etc.
  • Fruit – strawberries, blueberries, bananas, mango, pineapple are all good options
  • Granola
  • Hemp seeds
  • Nuts – walnuts, pecans, almonds, cashews, etc.
  • Chocolate chips or cacao nibs

If you tried any of these overnight oatmeal recipes, let me know in the comments below and share a photo using #mindfulavocado. I’d love to hear from you! Want to see more recipes? Let’s get social! CONNECT WITH ME on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest to see what I’m currently cooking up!

If you like this healthy breakfast recipe, check out these ideas:
Strawberry Banana Overnight Oats

Peanut Butter and Jelly Overnight Oats
Vegan Quinoa Porridge
Chia Spiced Slow Cooker Oatmeal

mason jars with vegan overnight oats

Vegan Overnight Oats

Almond milk, chia seeds, and oats are the base ingredients for this easy overnight oatmeal recipe. Change up the flavors with spinach and mango, pineapple and coconut, and Nutella with bananas! This nutritious breakfast is perfect to take to school or work and makes a delicious plant-based and gluten-free meal.
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Gluten Free, Plant Based, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: overnight oats healthy, quick healthy breakfast ideas, vegan breakfast healthy
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Resting Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 250kcal
Author: Amanda


Overnight Oat Base:

Chocolate Nutella Overnight Oats:

  • 1 Tablespoon Nutella homemade or store bought
  • 1/2 banana sliced

Tropical Overnight Oats:

  • 2 Tablespoons unsweetened coconut shreds plus more for topping
  • 1/4 cup frozen pineapple chunks
  • 1/2 Tablespoon macadamia nuts chopped

Green Overnight Oats:

  • 2/3 cup almond milk
  • 1 handful fresh spinach
  • 1/4 cup frozen mango
  • 1/2 Tablespoon agave optional
  • granola for topping; optional


Overnight Oats Base:

  • Add all ingredients to mason jar or another airtight container.
  • Shake well and place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes or overnight.

Chocolate Overnight Oats:

  • Add oats, chia seeds, almond milk, and Nutella to mason jar. Shake well and place in the fridge.
  • When ready to eat, top with fresh banana slices and more Nutella (optional).

Tropical Overnight Oats:

  • Add oats, chia seeds, almond milk, coconut, and pineapple to mason jar. Shake well and place in the fridge.
  • When ready to eat, top with more coconut and chopped macadamia nuts.

Green Overnight Oats:

  • Add 2/3 cup almond milk, spinach, and mango to blender. Blend until smooth.
  • Combine with oats and chia seeds. Sweeten with agave (optional). Shake well and place in the fridge.
  • When ready to eat, top with granola.


Serving: 1serving (base only) | Calories: 250kcal | Carbohydrates: 29.8g | Protein: 10.3g | Fat: 13.1g | Saturated Fat: 1.5g | Sodium: 122mg | Fiber: 13.4g | Sugar: 0.3g

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