Vegan overnight blueberry vanilla oats is the perfect super-nutritious breakfast!
I love oats and appreciate the value and versatility they bring to plant-based cooking.
Origin of oats
Oats were accidently discovered in Europe about 3000 years ago, growing as a weed around crops that were actually being cultivated!
It is claimed that the Scots first used oats as proper food for meals especially breakfast whereas other countries regarded oats as food for livestock!
During the 19th Century Scottish people settling in the US brought oats along. However oats were not initially accepted as an everyday food as they were more regarded as a gruel to feed the sick.
As a result oats were generally only available in pharmacies!
Nowadays oats are a popular worldwide food probably because they are so versatile and an inexpensive source of plant-based protein and amazing nutrition.
Vegan Blueberry Vanilla Overnight Oats
Serves 4 tasty portions
Perfect for batch prepping breakfasts!
Overnight oats are ideal for a grab-and-go breakfast during those extra busy mornings.
For a gluten-free overnight oats ensure the oats used are certified gluten-free.
- Little jars/bowls/tubs anything suitable that can be covered. I used little jars that hold 324ml.
- 4 tbsp flaxseeds ground/milled
- 160 grams rolled oats quick cook oats/porridge oats. About 2 cups
- 2 tbsp mixed seeds
- 720 ml plant-based milk 3 cups. I used Oatley organic oat milk.
- 110 grams blueberries, frozen or fresh. about 1 cup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp maple syrup or your choice of sweetener
- Mix all the ingredients together, except the blueberries.
- Divide the mix between 4 vessels.
- Top with the blueberries.
- Cover and place in the fridge to thicken up and chill overnight.
- Enjoy the next day!
The following nutritional data is for guidance only and is not a strict analysis as ingredients vary. The calculation includes 2 tbsp of maple syrup.
Vegan Overnight Blueberry Vanilla Oats Recipe Notes
- Overnight oats will stay fresh in the fridge, covered, for up to 3 days.
- Prepare a batch of overnight oats in advance for all the family. Overnight oats are perfect for batch prepping which is a great time-saver.
- Frozen berries are ideal for overnight oats as they will defrost as they sit and release amazing juices and colour into your breakfast!
- Add a tbsp or 2 of your favourite plant-based yogurt to your overnight oats just before you enjoy them.
- Overnight oats are not just for breakfast! Enjoy a jar or even a half portion whenever you feel like something sweet or craving something you’d rather not eat!
- Overnight oats can be a good evening snack as oats are high in melatonin the sleep hormone. So enjoying some overnight oats could help you have a peaceful snooze!
Looking for more recipes that feature the amazing food that is oats?
Check out my Scottish Vegan Oatcakes. The perfect snack for when you fancy something savoury and crunchy!
A traditional Scottish side dish is Skirlie which is pinhead oatmeal/steel-cut oats toasted with onions and fat.
I have created a healthier plant-based version that may not look pretty but is very tasty and gives a great nutritional boost to soups and stews. Just sprinkle some on!
Interestingly Skirlie was traditionally described as ‘poor mans haggis’.
Why not try some Skirlie with some mashed tatties (potatoes) and neeps (turnips) and some tasty vegan gravy to pour over?
It is so good!
And so economical!
For incredibly easy and simple methods for preparing both traditional Scottish oatmeal and porridge try my recipes here!