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Tasty Dairy-Free Oatmeal Recipes

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Updated on February 13, 2024

Do you need some help with conjuring up a tasty and nourishing dairy-free oatmeal brekkie? You’re not alone. We’ve devoted many an hour in our little kitchen, tinkering with variations of good old oatmeal that ditch the dairy without sacrificing any scrumptious flavours or hearty textures.

This blog post is a collection of various healthy dairy-free oatmeal recipes, each packed with tastes so delightful you won’t give a second thought to the absent milk. Ready for some truly appetising morning inspiration? Let’s jump right in!

A bowl of dairy-free oatmeal topped with fresh fruits and nuts.

Key Takeaways

  • Dairy-free oatmeal recipes are a great option for those looking to enjoy a creamy and delicious breakfast without any animal products or lactose.
  • Oat milk, almond milk, soy milk, coconut milk, and rice milk are all excellent dairy alternatives that can be used in oatmeal to achieve a thick and creamy texture.
  • Making vegan oatmeal is easy – simply combine oats with your favourite dairy-free milk in a saucepan and cook until soft and creamy. Add optional ingredients like ripe bananas or spices for extra flavour.
  • Preparing your oatmeal ahead of time by mixing all the ingredients the night before and letting it sit in the fridge overnight saves time in the morning and ensures you have a quick and yummy breakfast ready to go.

Why Choose a Dairy-Free Oatmeal Recipe?

Choosing a dairy-free oatmeal recipe is a great option for those looking to enjoy a creamy and delicious breakfast without any animal products or lactose.

Oatmeal Basics

Oatmeal comes in many forms. There is the old-fashioned kind. It cooks quickly and gives a creamy oatmeal. Then, there are steel-cut oats for a chewy feel. Instant oats are also good if you want to eat fast! Oats make you full because they have fibre.

The best part is Quaker oatmeal is vegan! So, we can cook it with plant-based milk, too!

Benefits of a Vegan Diet

Eating plant foods makes you healthy. It cuts your body mass index and lowers blood pressure. Your HbA1C and cholesterol also drop with a vegan diet. You get all the nutrients you need without any meat or dairy products! Plus, meals rich in plants have more fibre.

These are some benefits of a vegan diet for all food lovers! If you can’t drink milk because it hurts your stomach, oat milk is a great choice. It’s made from 100% whole grain oats, so it has lots of fibre, plant proteins, important B vitamins and minerals – everything good for our bodies!

And guess what? Oat milk has no dairy, lactose, soy or nuts in it. So, if you’re allergic to nuts but still want to enjoy delicious oatmeal – oat milk is perfect for you!

Dairy Alternatives for Oatmeal

Let’s talk about dairy alternatives for oatmeal. You might think dairy-free oatmeal can’t be creamy. But there are many vegan milk options that give a thick and creamy texture to your meal.

  1. Oat Milk: This is the top pick. Oat milk is made from oats and water; it’s vegan and gluten-free. It offers a creamy texture to the oatmeal that you will love.
  2. Almond Milk: This is another plant-based milk that works well in oatmeal. It adds a nutty flavour to your meal but may not suit those with nut allergies.
  3. Soy Milk: It’s rich in protein and gives a good consistency to the oatmeal.
  4. Coconut Milk: For a touch of tropical taste, try coconut milk in your oatmeal recipe.
  5. Rice Milk: Although it has a slightly sweet taste, it can make your breakfast delicious!

How to Make a Creamy Vegan Oatmeal

A photo of a vegan oatmeal bowl surrounded by fresh fruits.

To make creamy vegan oatmeal, start by combining one cup of oats with two cups of your favourite dairy-free milk in a saucepan.

Ingredients

Let’s see how to make a creamy vegan oatmeal. Here’s what you need:

  1. One can of lite coconut milk to add creaminess and healthy fats.
  2. A cup of rolled oats for the base.
  3. A cup of water because your oats need it to soften up.
  4. Optional items like a ripe banana or some salt for extra flavour and health benefits.
  5. Warm spices such as vanilla, cinnamon, and cardamom boost the taste of your oatmeal.

Instructions

  1. First, pour the oats into a pot.
  2. Add water and non-dairy milk to the pot.
  3. Turn on the heat and let them cook until they become soft and creamy.
  4. If you want more flavour, now is the time to add in those ripe bananas or warming spices.
  5. Wait until it cools down a bit before enjoying your quick and easy breakfast.

Topping options

We love to make our oatmeal special with a lot of yummy toppings. Here are some toppings that you can add to your oatmeal:

  1. Canned lite coconut milk: This is great on top of vegan oatmeal. It makes it thick and creamy. It also gives you healthy fats.
  2. Almond milk: This can also be a topping for your oatmeal. It makes it smooth and silky. Plus, it adds a nice flavour.
  3. Oat milk with spices: You can mix this milk with cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and salt. It will add more flavour to your oatmeal.
  4. Fresh fruit: Blueberries are our favourite, but you can use any fruit you like.
  5. Crunchy nuts: Toasted cashews add a nice crunch to the meal.
  6. Sweet caramelisation: Try caramelised bananas for a sweet twist.

Prepping Ahead

Making your vegan oatmeal in advance is a smart idea. This way, you can have a quick and yummy breakfast ready to go every morning. You just need to mix all the ingredients the night before.

Then, let it sit in the fridge overnight. In the morning, give it a good stir and top with your favourite goodies! It’s as easy as that. Making this meal ahead of time is perfect for busy weeks.

Additional Vegan Oatmeal Recipes

Now, if those recipes weren’t enough to satisfy your oatmeal cravings, we’ve got even more delicious options for you. From chocolate peanut butter oatmeal to blueberry muffin oats and pumpkin spice latte overnight oats, there’s something for everyone.

Don’t miss out on these mouthwatering vegan oatmeal recipes that will leave you wanting more.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal

Here’s a delight for all food lovers out there: Chocolate peanut butter oatmeal! This bowl of goodness is vegan, gluten-free, and devoid of any refined sugar. It’s a meal that gives your body what it needs without losing the yummy taste.

  1. You start by making your own chocolate chunks. Doing this allows you to keep it vegan and free from refined sugar.
  2. The ingredients needed are very simple and easy to find in stores near you.
  3. Once the oatmeal is ready, the next step is adding your homemade chocolate chunks into the mix.
  4. Keep in mind that the recipe serves one person. If you plan on making more, then simply multiply the ingredients by the number of servings.
  5. Best of all, each serving has about 418 calories, just enough to keep you going without feeling overweight.
  6. There’s also an option for those who love overnight oats; try our Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats!
  7. With just five minutes of prep time at night, your chocolate peanut butter combination will be ready to enjoy in the morning with 32 grams of protein included!
  8. There’s another special treat waiting for banana lovers: The Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Baked Oatmeal!
  9. This tasty dish includes added extras like chocolate chips and walnuts; it is vegan and gluten-free.

Chocolate Banana Oatmeal

This decadent oatmeal is perfect for a satisfying breakfast or snack.

Dairy-Free Oatmeal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk
  • 1/4 cup mashed banana
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Combine the oats, milk, banana, cocoa powder, maple syrup, and salt.
  2. Boil over medium heat and stir occasionally.
  3. Reduce heat to low and simmer for about 6 minutes or until the oats are cooked through and creamy.
  4. Remove from heat and serve immediately.

Toppings

  • Fresh banana slices
  • Coconut flakes

Tropical mango oatmeal

This refreshing oatmeal is perfect for a warm day.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk
  • 1/4 cup chopped mango
  • 1 tablespoon coconut flakes
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Combine the oats, milk, mango, coconut flakes, chia seeds, ginger, and salt.
  2. Boil over medium heat and stir occasionally.
  3. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 6 minutes or until the oats are cooked through and creamy.
  4. Remove from heat and serve immediately.

Toppings

  • Additional chopped mango
  • Fresh pineapple

Savoury Oatmeal with Roasted Vegetables

This protein-packed oatmeal is perfect for a hearty breakfast or lunch.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup roasted vegetables (such as broccoli, carrots, or sweet potatoes)
  • 1/4 cup cooked chickpeas
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Combine the oats, vegetable broth, roasted vegetables, chickpeas, olive oil, thyme, and salt.
  2. Boil over medium heat and stir occasionally.
  3. Reduce heat to low and simmer for about 6 minutes or until the oats are cooked through and creamy.
  4. Remove from heat and serve immediately.

Toppings

  • Fresh herbs (such as parsley or cilantro)
  • Avocado slices
  • Hot sauce

Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal

This warming and flavourful oatmeal is perfect for a cosy fall morning.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. In a saucepan, combine the oats, almond milk, pumpkin puree, maple syrup, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and salt.
  2. Boil over medium heat and stir occasionally.
  3. Reduce heat to low and simmer for about 6 minutes or until the oats are cooked through and creamy.
  4. Remove from heat and serve immediately.

Toppings

  • Chopped nuts (such as pecans or walnuts)
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Dried cranberries
  • Maple syrup

Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats

This is a healthy and convenient make-ahead breakfast that’s perfect for busy mornings.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 cup diced apple
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. In a jar or container, combine the oats, almond milk, apple, chia seeds, maple syrup, cinnamon, and salt.
  2. Stir well to combine and cover tightly.
  3. Refrigerate overnight or for at least 4 hours.
  4. In the morning, stir again and enjoy cold or heated up.

Toppings

  • Additional chopped apple
  • Sliced almonds
  • Granola
  • Fresh berries

Carrot Cake Oatmeal

This decadent oatmeal is full of flavour and perfect for a satisfying breakfast or snack.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 cup grated carrot
  • 1 tablespoon raisins
  • 1 tablespoon chopped walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions:

  1. Combine the oats, almond milk, carrot, raisins, walnuts, maple syrup, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and salt.
  2. Boil over medium heat, and stir occasionally.
  3. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 6 minutes or until the oats are cooked through and creamy.
  4. Remove from heat and serve immediately.

Toppings

  • Additional chopped walnuts
  • Coconut flakes
  • Fresh berries
  • Maple syrup

Peanut Butter and Jelly Overnight Oats

Dairy-Free Oatmeal

This is a fun and nostalgic twist on a classic sandwich. Perfect for kids and adults alike!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup chopped strawberries (or other berries)

Instructions

  1. In a jar, combine the oats, almond milk, chia seeds, peanut butter, maple syrup, and strawberries.
  2. Stir well to combine and cover tightly.
  3. Refrigerate overnight.
  4. In the next day, stir again and enjoy the cold.

Toppings

  • Additional chopped strawberries or other berries
  • Granola
  • Chopped nuts
  • Shredded coconut

Mexican Chocolate Oatmeal

This oatmeal is warm, comforting, and full of chocolate flavour. It’s also packed with protein and fiber, making it a satisfying breakfast or snack.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. Combine the oats, almond milk, water, cocoa powder, chia seeds, maple syrup, cinnamon, cayenne pepper (if using), and salt.
  2. Boil over medium heat, and stir occasionally.
  3. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 6 minutes or until the oats are cooked through and creamy.
  4. Remove from heat and serve immediately.

Toppings

  • Chopped avocado
  • Fresh berries
  • Chopped nuts
  • Coconut flakes

Green Smoothie Oatmeal

This oatmeal is a great way to get your daily dose of greens. It’s also packed with vitamins, minerals, and fibre, making it a healthy and nutritious breakfast or snack.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup spinach or kale
  • 1/4 cup frozen banana
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. In a blender, combine the oats, almond milk, spinach or kale, banana, chia seeds, maple syrup, ginger, and salt.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Pour the mixture into a saucepan and cook over medium heat for 6 minutes or until the oats are cooked through and creamy.
  4. Remove from heat and serve immediately.

Toppings

  • Fresh berries
  • Granola
  • Chopped nuts
  • Shredded coconut

Blueberry Muffin Oatmeal

Blueberry muffin oatmeal is a delicious and healthy breakfast option that you can enjoy. It’s sweetened with banana and spiced with cinnamon, giving it flavour. The best part is the blueberry compote on top, adding a fruity and tangy twist to your oatmeal. This recipe is perfect for vegans and those following a dairy-free diet. If you’re looking for a plant-based breakfast idea, this blueberry muffin oatmeal is definitely worth trying. It’s an easy and nutritious way to start your day!

Pumpkin Spice Latte Overnight Oats

It is great to start your day with a delicious and healthy breakfast, especially during the fall season. One of the favourite recipes to make is pumpkin spice latte overnight oats. These oats are not only vegan and gluten-free, but they also capture all the flavours of a classic pumpkin spice latte in one simple and easy-to-make recipe.

  • In a mason jar or container, combine 1/2 cup of rolled oats, 1/2 cup of pumpkin puree, 1 tablespoon of maple syrup, and 1/2 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice.
  • Next, add 3/4 cup of oat milk and 1/4 cup of canned coconut milk to the jar.
  • Give everything a good stir until well combined.
  • Place the lid on the jar and refrigerate it overnight or for at least six hours.
  • In the morning, stir the mixture and add your favourite toppings like chopped nuts or maple syrup.
  • Enjoy your creamy and flavourful pumpkin spice latte overnight oats!

Conclusion

In conclusion, dairy-free oatmeal recipes are a delicious and healthy option for breakfast. They provide a creamy and satisfying meal without the need for dairy products. With various flavours and toppings to choose from, you can easily customise your oatmeal to suit your taste preferences.

So try out these recipes and enjoy a tasty, dairy-free start to your day!

FAQs

1. Can I make dairy-free oatmeal with plant-based milk?

Yes, you can use plant-based milk such as almond milk, soy milk, or coconut milk to make dairy-free oatmeal.

2. Are there any alternatives to cow’s milk in this recipe?

Yes, you can substitute cow’s milk with your preferred plant-based alternative like almond milk, soy milk, or coconut milk.

3. What toppings can I add to my dairy-free oatmeal?

You can add various toppings to your dairy-free oatmeal, such as fruits (berries, bananas), nuts (almonds, walnuts), seeds (chia seeds or flaxseeds), and sweeteners like maple syrup or honey.

4. Can I use water instead of milk for the dairy-free oatmeal?

Yes, you can use water instead of milk for a simple and lighter version of the dairy-free oatmeal recipe.

5. Is it possible to make this recipe without adding any sweetener?

Yes, if you prefer less sweetness or want to avoid added sugars entirely, you can skip adding sweeteners and rely on the natural flavours from the toppings and fruits when making your dairy-free oatmeal.

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