Cardamom Vanilla Overnight Oats | Dairy-Free

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Overnight oats are easy, nutritious, tasty, and perfect for busy mornings. What’s not to love? This breakfast champion is almost perfect as-is, but we’ve put our spin on it and taken things over the top in the flavor department. Our Cardamom Vanilla Overnight Oats are sweetly spiced and perfectly creamy without being fussy. And we’ll give you five additional yummy flavor combinations to try, so you’ll be jumping out of bed in excitement all week.

plant based Overnight Oats

What you need 

Uncooked rolled oats: these are probably what you think of when you picture oatmeal. Any brand or variety will do, just make sure they’re not instant as this recipe won’t work with those. Also, if you or a loved one are gluten sensitive, make sure to purchase oats with certified gluten-free processing.

Unsweetened non-dairy milk: you can use any kind of plant milk you like. Oat and soy milk work quite well. 

Cardamom Vanilla Overnight Oats ingredients

Raw almonds: raw just means unsalted and unroasted. Almond pieces are typically cheaper than whole or sliced, but you can purchase whichever you prefer. If you want your almonds a little firmer, wait to add them to your oats until you’re ready to eat.

100% pure maple syrup: this means the only ingredient should be maple syrup. Grades A and B indicate flavor and color, with grade A being lighter in color and more delicate in flavor, and grade B darker with a more robust taste. Choose whichever sounds best to you.

Prepare your Cardamom Vanilla Overnight Oats 

There are a couple of different ways you can do this. We’ll give you some options so you can figure out what works best for you.

Breakfast for four

Feeding the whole family? Easy peasy! You’ll need: 

  • 2⅔ cups uncooked rolled oats 
  • 2⅔ cups non-dairy milk 
  • ⅔ cup chopped raw almonds 
  • 2⅔ tablespoons 100% pure maple syrup 
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Simply mix together all of your ingredients in a large bowl and give it a good stir. Cover and leave in the fridge overnight, or about six hours. 

vegan Cardamom Vanilla Overnight Oats

When breakfast time comes, stir again, dish into four bowls, and serve cold or warm! We like to add a sprinkling of more chopped almonds on top for texture.

plant based Cardamom Vanilla Overnight Oats

Single serving grab-and-go

Whether you live alone or have to leave the house before everyone else, we’ve got your individual breakfast-on-the-run needs covered.

We like to use lidded glass jars for this, but you can use any container you like.

Grab your container and add: 

  • ⅔ cup uncooked rolled oats
  • ⅔ cup non-dairy milk 
  • 2½ tablespoons chopped raw almonds 
  • 2 teaspoons 100% pure maple syrup 
  • ¼ teaspoon cardamom powder 
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

Stir well, cover or put the lid on the jar, and place in the fridge overnight.

Cardamom Vanilla Overnight Oats

Then, when you’re ready to embrace your day (or running out of the house because you’re late), you can grab your jar of Cardamom Vanilla Overnight Oats and head out. Don’t forget the spoon!

Overnight Oats variations

Prep in bulk

Overnight oats are crazy convenient and easy, but you might want to shave some time off of prep the night before. Or maybe you want to make a few servings with different toppings. We got you!

You’ll want to use individual containers like lidded glass jars for this method. 

Overnight Oats base recipe

To each jar, add: 

  • ⅔ cup uncooked rolled oats 
  • 2½ tablespoons chopped raw almonds 
  • ¼ teaspoon cardamom powder 

Place the lid on the jars and shake to mix.

You can store these dry oat mixes in your pantry for whenever you want overnight oats.

The night before you plan to enjoy your oats, grab a jar of oat mix and add: 

  • ⅔ cup non-dairy milk 
  • 2 teaspoons 100% pure maple syrup 
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

Stir well, cover or place the lid on the jar, and place in the fridge overnight.

The next morning, give it a stir, add any toppings you want, and enjoy your breakfast!

vegan Overnight Oats

Cardamom Vanilla Overnight Oats

1 serving yields about 1 cup
Author: Molly Patrick


Four servings

  • 2⅔ cups uncooked rolled oats (not instant) (215 g)
  • 2⅔ cups unsweetened non-dairy milk (630 ml)
  • cup raw almonds, chopped (90 g)
  • 2⅔ tablespoons 100% pure maple syrup (55 ml)
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

One serving

  • cup uncooked rolled oats (not instant) (55 g)
  • cup unsweetened non-dairy milk (160 ml)
  • tablespoons raw almonds, chopped (20 g)
  • 2 teaspoons 100% pure maple syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon cardamom powder
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Place all of the ingredients into a bowl or container and stir to combine. Cover and place in the fridge overnight, or about six hours.
  • The next morning, just stir, top with extra chopped almonds, and enjoy!


If gluten-sensitive, be sure to purchase oats with certified gluten-free processing.

Each serving is about one cup of oats. Don’t leave your oats in the fridge longer than 24 hours as they can get mushy. 

Flavor and topping variations 

grab and go Overnight Oats

Cardamom and vanilla are a delicious flavor combination, but there’s no need to limit yourself. Overnight oats are great with all manner of fun flavors, so let’s mix it up. Start with a plain base of uncooked rolled oats and non-dairy milk in equal parts and follow the instructions below. Use as much or as little of the toppings as you’d like. 

Tropical Blend Overnight Oats

vegan tropical Overnight Oats

Take your tastebuds to paradise with this luscious variation. Use coconut milk (the kind in the carton, not the can) for your non-dairy milk and add some unsweetened coconut shreds to your oats before placing in the fridge overnight. Top with fresh chopped pineapple, mango, and extra coconut shreds in the morning. 

Blueberries & Cream Overnight Oats

vegan blueberries and cream Overnight Oats

This fresh variation is perfect for summer. Mix up your oats and non-dairy milk, place in the fridge, and then make a batch of Sweet Lemon Yogurt-Style Dip from Plant Fueled Life. Let it sit in the fridge overnight, as well. Grab your oats in the morning and top with a generous dollop of the yogurt-style dip, fresh blueberries, and fresh lemon zest if you’re feeling fancy.

Nutty Cherry Pie Overnight Oats

vegan nutty cherry pie Overnight Oats

Make breakfast feel like a treat. Mix in a hearty spoonful each of almond butter and chia seeds with your oats plus an extra splash or two of non-dairy milk and place in the fridge overnight. Then, top with either chopped and pitted fresh cherries or frozen and thawed cherries in the morning.

Chocolate Banana Overnight Oats

vegan chocolate banana Overnight Oats

Fresh bananas and chocolate are a match made in heaven. Stir a spoonful each of cocoa powder and maple syrup, plus a dash of vanilla extract into your oats before putting in the fridge at night. In the morning, slice up fresh bananas to top everything with.

PB&J Overnight Oats

vegan peanut butter and jelly Overnight Oats

A blend the whole family will love. Drop a dollop of peanut butter and flaxseeds into your oats when you mix them up before putting in the fridge. You may want to add a little extra non-dairy milk. Then grab a pot and whip up some Very Berry Jam—you won’t believe how easy it is. Let your jam chill in the fridge until morning. When you’re ready to eat, stir a spoonful into your oats and enjoy!

simple Overnight Oats

What are your favorite toppings and flavors? Have you tried our Cardamom Vanilla Overnight Oats and fallen in love with breakfast again? Let us know in the comments below.

Here’s to a breakfast that checks all the boxes.

Team Dirty

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