Vegan Overnight Oat Parfaits- 12 Recipes To Kick Off The Season!

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on April 7, 2011

Somewhere along the line I went from eating nothing for breakfast,

to this

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Need less to say, I haven’t looked back!

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After years of having no energy throughout the day, breakfast is now my favourite meal. I never skip breakfast anymore! Contrary to what I used to believe, eating a big breakfast did not make me put on weight. I have more energy to fuel my day, stronger workouts, and I rarely snack at night time because I know a filling breakfast is not long off.

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I started making Vegan Overnight Oat Parfaits last Spring as a fun way to spruce up my breakfast. The parfaits involve layering vegan overnight oats, Banana soft serve, and an array of mix-ins in a glass or jar (you can also plop everything in a bowl if you prefer not to layer them!)

Before Bed: Prep your Vegan Overnight Oats in a bowl and place in the fridge- no cooking required. Peel and chop 1 banana and place in baggie or container in the freezer.

My go-to Vegan Overnight Oats recipe:

  • 1/3 cup regular oats
  • 1 tbsp-2 tbsp chia seeds (thickens mixture overnight)
  • 1-1.25 cup non-dairy milk (I now use Eden organic soy which has 12 gram protein!)
  • 1.5 tbsp carob powder or flavoured protein powder (optional)
  • Maple syrup, to taste
  • Fruit like blueberries, strawberries, peaches, kiwi, mango, banana.

In the morning: Process your frozen banana in the food processor to make creamy Banana soft serve. Grab your Vegan overnight oats from the fridge, banana soft serve, and desired toppings and layer them in a glass, jar, or bowl to make a parfait. For step by step photos see here.

Mix-in & Toppings ideas:

  • Fruit (e.g., blueberries, strawberries, peaches, kiwi, mango, banana, etc)
  • Nut butter
  • Shredded coconut
  • Raw buckwheat groats (adds a nice crunch)
  • Cacao nibs
  • Granola
  • Crumbled Oat square
  • Coconut butter
  • Jam

The result is a healthy breakfast that tastes just like a frozen dessert. :) It is great for warmer weather when you don’t want a hot bowl of oats.

On really hot days…well, things can get a bit out of control…

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Here are some of my favourite parfait recipes:

Chocolate Cake Batter Vegan Overnight Oats

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Peanut Butter and Jam Vegan Overnight Oats

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Strawberry Carob Vegan Overnight Oats

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Strawberry Banana Softserve and carob Vegan Overnight Oats

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Homemade Strawberry Jam Carob Vegan Overnight Oats

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Blueberry Vanilla Banana Soft Serve Vegan Overnight Oats

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Cherry Chocolate Bomb Vegan Overnight Oats (My FAV!)

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Banana Soft Serve Vegan Overnight Oats

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Banana Split Vegan Overnight Oats

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Gingerbread Pumpkin Vegan Overnight Oat Parfait

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My breakfast this morning was a fun take on Neapolitan ice cream.

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Neapolitan Vegan Overnight Oat Parfait (Vanilla, Chocolate Carob, Strawberry)

Yield: 1 serving

Vegan Overnight Oats:

  • 1/3 cup regular oats
  • 1.5 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1-1.25 cup non-dairy milk
  • 1.5 tbsp carob powder (or sweetened protein powder)
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • Maple syrup, to taste

 

Directions: Mix together in bowl and place in the fridge overnight. Stir well in morning & add maple syrup to taste.

Banana Soft Serve:

  • 1 large frozen banana, chopped
  • 2-3 frozen strawberries (to make strawberry soft serve)

 

Directions: Process frozen banana in food processor. Remove half and place in bowl. Now add a few strawberries into the processor and process to make strawberry soft serve. Now you have both vanilla and strawberry soft serve.

Toppings I used:

  • Chopped strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Homemade granola
  • Buckwheat groats
  • Shredded sweetened Coconut

 

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I got to eat two of them because the jars were extra small.

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Two parfaits > One parfait.

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Kristin April 30, 2014 at 8:42 am

I tried the Neapolitan parfait this morning and it did not turn out. The oats part was a soupy mess–though the kids still slurped it up. In the picture there is a white chia layer and a chocolate oats layer, but in the recipe you mix the oats and chia together? Not sure if I’m missing something.

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Antonia August 26, 2014 at 4:09 am

wow, I must admit I was quit surprise how this parfait came out. I am all for healthy cooking and introducing new recipes and food to my diet, but this one really caught me by surprise. It is really amazing and super yummy. I will definitely add more frozen fruits to my diet. I had mine parfait with melon and nuts instead of the oats, for frozen fruits I took, banana, peach, and banana aronia berries, which I then layered, ah it was very delicious!

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Frank McKibbon February 10, 2015 at 10:43 am

Hi Angela,

I hate oatmeal. I love the idea, but generally find it so bloody boring. These parfaits look like they answer my concerns.

Tell me, do you soak your chia seeds seperately from your oats? In the Neapolitan Vegan Overnight Oat Parfait, it looks like you soaked the chia in almond milk, and the oats in almond milk and cocoa for distinct layers. Is that right?

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