Dairy free overnight oatmeal is the perfect simple breakfast. All you need is a few minutes and a few ingredients to prepare a creamy and delicious breakfast that will keep you full all morning.
How do you take care of yourself?
We’ve talked about self-care before – as food allergy moms, it can be really hard to take care of ourselves, can’t it? We’re so busy caring for everyone else that it becomes difficult to find the time to care for ourself. But it is important – we have to fill our own tanks so that we are energized and ready to help and care for our children and families.
One way that I try to take care of myself is by making sure I get a nutritious breakfast. It’s difficult to do this during busy or stressful times – when you’re trying to run out the door on time, it seems easier to just grab a granola bar or even skip eating in the morning.
But when I don’t get a decent meal in the morning, the rest of the day just falls apart for me. Hunger, exhaustion, and crankiness set in, and things don’t go right. That’s why dairy free overnight oatmeal is an easy way to take care of yourself – simply make this the night before and they’re ready to go the next day. Add your favorite toppings and you’ll be glad you took the time to make a delicious and healthy breakfast.
And of course overnight oatmeal isn’t just for adults – you can easily make several jars so everyone can have a quick and easy breakfast. You can even make each jar a different flavor, like chocolate strawberry oats, to suit everyone’s tastes.
- Non-Dairy Milk – You can use any milk that works for your dietary needs. Dairy milk, soy milk, coconut milk, etc. Whatever milk you enjoy should work just fine for overnight oats.
- Certified Gluten Free Oats – If you are gluten free, please make sure you use certified gluten free oats. I like GF Harvest brand, because it is made in a nut free facility. I order these oats from Amazon. There are other brands available, just do your research and call the company to ask questions!
- Sweetener – I like maple syrup, but you could use honey or brown sugar if you prefer.
Benefits of Soaked Oats
Soaked oats aren’t necessarily healthier, but they are easier to digest. Soaking them breaks down the phytic acid, and makes the nutrients in oats easier for our bodies to absorb.
Plus, it’s a great way to let the refrigerator and the milk do the work for you – no boiling or cooking is needed if you’re going to soak the oats overnight.
- Fruit – Top this easy breakfast with apples, pears, berries, or peaches.
- Seeds or Nuts – If you can eat seeds or nuts, feel free to top this dish with your favorites. My favorite allergy friendly brand of pumpkin seeds is Super Seedz, since they are made in a pumpkin seed only facility.
- Coconut – Toasted coconut is a great addition to overnight oats.
- Chocolate Chips – Dairy free chocolate chips are a tasty addition if you’re in a sweet mood.
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Easy Dairy Free Overnight Oatmeal
Dairy free overnight oatmeal is a perfect make ahead breakfast option for busy mornings! Top this simple breakfast with fresh fruit, coconut, seeds, or nuts.
- ¾ cup certified gluten free oats
- ¾ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 ¼ cup non-dairy milk I used unsweetened coconut milk beverage
- ½ Tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 Tablespoon sunbutter
- 2 Tablespoons dried cranberries
- 2 Tablespoons pumpkin seeds
- ½ cup apple chopped
- 2 teaspoons chia seeds
Put the oats and cinnamon in a jar, and pour in maple syrup and non-dairy milk. Stir well.
Place a lid on the jar and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, stir the oatmeal and add the desired toppings – sunbutter, apple, pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries, or anything else you desire. Enjoy!
Overnight oats can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Feel free to top these oats with anything you like! Try berries, pears, seeds, chocolate chips, nut or seed butter, or toasted coconut.
Hi Kelly….So sorry to hear about your mom. I will be praying for you and your family. I know how it can be. I just had a similar experience in 2015 with my mom falling and having a brain hemmorage, surgery, ICU, month of rehab etc. etc. A very trying time but God got me through and I know he will you also. I know how hospital food can be and with allergies, even harder. I could have used your fast breakfast in a jar idea. :) Thanks for sharing your life and recipes. I love that I found your blog. Its really been a help, as I’ve shared with you before I’m new at this gluten free thing. Just decided to try it myself….was doing it when my allergy daughters came home….but now trying myself to see if it helps my migraines. One more thing. Can you buy the pumpkin seeds in the flavors you recommended at a store or just online?
I have found SuperSeedz at Whole Foods and also at Fresh Thyme Market. The flavors that each store carries can vary. Thank you for your kind words, I am trusting God to help me get through her passing.
Hey there! I just noticed the nutritional info now being included when I go to print the recipe. Is this calorie count right? 750+ cals for the one serving?
Nope, that was incorrect! For some reason the plugin used the value for apple juice rather than apple, and also for rice milk instead of coconut milk beverage. Sorry about that – I updated it. It is 600 calories, and it is a large serving. You may not eat such a large serving if you aren’t super hungry in the morning. :)
Do you use rolled whole oats or the “quicker cooking” kind for this?
I used old fashioned oats, and it worked well!