Vegan Overnight Oats


These vegan overnight oats are so easy to make and have a delicious peanut butter flavor. Just prep, soak and wake up to a tasty breakfast.

I’ve shared a recipe for basic overnight oats and countless flavor variations but what about making vegan overnight oats?! That’s what I’m sharing in today’s post!

Sure, you can modify most overnight oat recipes to be vegan, but this recipe is totally vegan without any modifications and it’s absolutely delicious.

Jar of overnight oats topped with banana, strawberries and granola and peanut butter.

Why Overnight Oats?

If you’ve never had overnight oats before, you are in for a treat!

The base of the recipe is rolled oats that you soak in dairy-free milk overnight. The oats absorb the liquid and soften overnight. Overnight oats are served cold, straight from the fridge with toppings of your choice. They’re perfect during warmer months when you don’t feel like having a bowl of hot oatmeal. And they’re awesome for meal prep because they can be prepped in advance and eaten any time for a delicious, filling meal.

Bowl with peanut butter, almond milk, maple syrup, vanilla, oats and chia seeds. Each ingredient has a label.

Vegan Overnight Oats Ingredients

Here’s everything you need to make vegan overnight oats:

  • old-fashioned rolled oats – rolled oats are the best option for overnight oats. Quick oats get too mushy and steel cut oats take forever to soften and don’t soak up the liquid as well.
  • almond or oat milk – any dairy-free milk works here but I prefer unsweetened almond or oat milk.
  • peanut butter – I personally love adding nut butter to my overnight oats and peanut butter is an awesome addition to this vegan version. The flavor is soo good. Feel free to use a different nut butter (like almond, cashew or pecan butter) instead of peanut butter.
  • maple syrup – adds a hint of sweetness!
  • chia seeds – adds fiber, healthy fat and protein to the oats. Chia seeds also absorb excess liquid!
  • vanilla extract – a staple ingredient in overnight oats – it adds a great, subtle flavor.
  • sea salt – I know it might seems weird to add salt to a sweeter breakfast but it helps make all of the flavors pop, promise!
  • vanilla protein powder – this is optional but a great way to make the overnight oats more filling. Feel free to use your favorite brand of plant-based protein powder. My favorite brand of protein powder is Nuzest! Use code eatingbirdfood for 15% off your order.
Mixing bowl with overnight oats mixture.

Toppings and Mix-Ins

This is the fun part! There are so many options for flavor additions. Here are some of my favorites:

  • Vegan yogurt – looking to make your overnight oats extra creamy? Add a little vegan yogurt. I’m a big fan of Culina yogurt.
  • Fresh berries – can’t go wrong with adding fresh berries! I love blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, but any berry works!
  • Sliced banana – one of my go-to toppings for overnight oats.
  • Chopped nuts – add extra crunch by sprinkling chopped nuts on top of your oats.
  • Granola – another great way to add crunch to your overnight oats! I love my hemp granola.
Two jars of overnight oats topped with peanut butter and fruit.

How Long do Overnight Oats Have to Soak?

While they are called overnight oats, they technically don’t need to soak overnight! If you forget to prep the night before you can make them in the morning and let them sit for 2-3 hours. It is important to note that the longer you soak them, the softer the oats will be. If you only soak for a couple of hours, the oats will be chewier. I don’t mind the chewier texture, but it comes down to personal preference!

Two jars of overnight oats. The bottom as peanut butter and it's topped with fruit and granola.

How Long do Overnight Oats Last?

Like I mentioned earlier, overnight oats are amazing for meal prep! Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-5 days. The longer you soak, the more liquid the oats will absorb so you may want to add an extra splash of milk before serving.

More Overnight Oat Recipes to Try:

Vegan Overnight Oats

5 from 4 votes
These vegan overnight oats are so easy to make and have a delicious peanut butter flavor. Just prep, soak and wake up to a tasty breakfast.
Jar of overnight oats topped with banana, strawberries and granola and peanut butter.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Soak Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 5 minutes
Servings 2


  • 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 ½ cups almond or oat milk
  • 2 scoops, 24 grams vanilla protein powder (optional)
  • 1 Tablespoon peanut butter
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of sea salt, if pb is unsalted
  • Toppings of choice: drizzle of peanut butter, banana slices and berries


  • Combine: Add oats, milk, peanut butter, maple syrup, chia seeds, vanilla and sea salt into a big bowl and stir together. Transfer into two 8 oz mason jars with lids. Place in the fridge overnight. If you’re in a rush you can shorten the soak time to 2-4 hours.
  • Serve: The next morning (or when ready to eat), remove lid and give oats a big stir. If they seem too thick you can add a little more milk to loosen the mixture. Top with fresh berries and nut butter. You can eat the oats straight from the jar or pour into a bowl for serving.



  • Peanut butter bottom: To make the jars in the photos, I just put 1/2 Tablespoon of peanut butter at the bottom of each jar and then put my overnight oats on top. 


Serving: 1 Calories: 264kcal Carbohydrates: 35g Protein: 16g Fat: 7g Saturated Fat: 1g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 1g Sodium: 481mg Fiber: 6g Sugar: 6g
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: vegan overnight oats


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    1. Alisa
      July 12, 2022 AT 6:35 am

      5 stars
      It is delicious! I made them last week and just added Wellabs Vitamin B12 to the dish. To make food more nutritious for vegan ration. Thanks for sharing, Brittany 🙂

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 12, 2022 AT 10:59 am

        I am so happy that you enjoyed this recipe, Alisa! Thank you for your review + star rating, I so appreciate it!

    2. Tara
      December 13, 2021 AT 8:48 pm

      Hi Britany,
      What jars are you using for these and how many ounces are they? Also, what jars did you use on your mango and coconut chia pudding recipe?
      Thanks Brittany.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 18, 2021 AT 12:52 pm

        So glad you enjoyed these overnight oats. Thanks for the review, Sarah!

    3. Penelope DeSpain
      July 17, 2021 AT 7:19 pm

      5 stars
      These are delicious! I have been making them for the past week and they are so easy to put together. Thank you for another great recipe 🙂


      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 19, 2021 AT 11:34 am

        I’m so glad these overnight oats were a hit, Penelope! Thanks for the review and star rating. It means so much to me!

    4. Tammi A.
      May 17, 2021 AT 1:18 pm

      5 stars
      These oats are quick and easy! I also love that it makes 2 servings so I don’t have to worry about making oats every night for the next morning. I like adding blueberries as a topping. For me, the hint of peanut butter flavor and blueberries work.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 18, 2021 AT 3:23 pm

        I’m so glad you’ve been enjoying these overnight oats, Tammi! Thanks for the review 🙂

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