Dairy Free Overnight Oatmeal

After I shared my overnight oatmeal recipe the other day, a close friend of mine asked if I knew how to make this dish dairy-free. Her daughter is lactose intolerant, so using milk and yogurt were out. Since the yogurt helps with the consistency of the finished oatmeal, I had to get a little creative. After some trial and error, here’s what I’ve come up with. This is a very basic recipe. I’ll give you some ideas for add-ons and toppings below.

I went to my local Ace hardware store and got some small mason jars. They hold about 8 ounces of oatmeal making them perfect for single servings of overnight oatmeal.

Dairy Free Overnight Oatmeal
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 1
  • 4 oz of rolled oats
  • 4 oz of almond milk
  • 1 tbsp of chia seeds
  1. Grab an 8 ounce mason jar and fill it almost half full of rolled oats.
  2. Add the chia seeds and give it a good stir.
  3. Add the almond milk until the jar is almost full.
  4. Close it and sit it in the fridge overnight.
  5. Optional: Sweeten the oatmeal before it goes into the fridge with sugar, honey, stevia or your favorite sweetener. Add some cinnamon as well. Scroll down for more add on and topping ideas.

Mixing It Up

The above is a recipe for very plain oatmeal. I like to add a little stevia and cinnamon to mine and top it with some frozen fruit before I store it in the fridge. When using fresh fruit, I find it works best to add those in the morning.

You can also take the plain oatmeal and add a spoon full of jelly or jam in the morning. Apple butter oatmeal has been a favorite around here.

This morning I had peaches a cream. I made the oatmeal as directed above, but used vanilla almond milk instead of plain. I added a little bit of stevia to sweeten it up and topped it with a few sliced of frozen peaches. By morning the peaches were thawed and the oatmeal was creamy.

You can also stir in some chopped nuts, dried fruits or how about some chocolate chips for the kids. Even peanut butter would be fun.

Several HBHW readers recommended a recipe by Angela from “Oh She Glows”. It’s her easy vegan overnight oatmeal. I like the idea of using banana to give it sweetness and texture. I’ll have to try that in a couple of days when this first batch is gone.

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