Salted Caramel Overnight Oats

BY : PUBLISHED : September 20th, 2022 UPDATED: September 29th, 2022

Who doesn't love a quick and delicious vegan breakfast recipe? Even better a breakfast you can prepare the night before and use very few ingredients! Salted caramel overnight oats are the winner!

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Overnight oats must be the greatest breakfast hack ever invented! One cup of oats, one cup of plant milk, and some chia seeds - mix and voila! 

So many of us have to run through the door every morning but still want to eat a healthy and energizing breakfast. 

Or consider the busy parents who are preparing food for their little ones first thing in the morning while also having to get ready for work and have a hard time fitting it all in. 

These salted caramel oats are your new best friend! If you love this recipe, I think you’re going to enjoy trying other overnight oat flavors such as strawberry, coconut, and pumpkin!

Why This Recipe Works

  • Overnight oats make breakfast time easier
  • Healthy breakfast. Oats are a healthy source of fiber and good for reducing cholesterol! 
  • Kid-friendly recipe!

How to Make Overnight Oats More Budget-Friendly?

It's very likely, that if you try this overnight oats recipe or any other, you'll be hooked! So how can we make this recipe even more budget-friendly? 

The answer is: by buying bulk! Go to the bulk section of your grocery store or a specialized bulk shop and get your oats in big batches. The same goes for nuts, coconut, or dried fruits! 

You'll save so much money and time by taking this extra time to buy in bulk! So, are you in already? This genius idea is such a fantastic life hack! Give it a try and let us know!

What Goes Into This Recipe

No big surprises here! This easy breakfast recipe relies on pantry staples to create amazing flavor.

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  • Oats: Use old-fashioned oats for more texture! But quick oats work too.
  • Maple syrup: Adds sweetness to the overnight oat base and the salted vegan caramel topping.
  • Cinnamon: A hint of spice to the oats.
  • Plant-based milk: You can use your favorite but I particularly enjoy almond milk or oat milk.
  • Chia seeds: Helps to aid in thickening the overnight oats. You can also use ground flax.
  • Coconut oil: Used in the salted vegan caramel sauce.
  • Peanut butter: Adds creamy texture and peanut flavor to the salted vegan caramel topping.
  • Salt: To make it taste “salted”.

How To Make Vegan Overnight Oats with Salted Caramel Sauce

  • 1) Mix together the oatmeal, chia seeds, plant-based milk, and cinnamon in a cup, jar, or bowl. Stir together or shake until well mixed. Store them in the fridge overnight.
  • 2) To make the vegan caramel sauce, place the coconut oil, maple syrup, peanut butter, and salt in a bowl and microwave them for 30 seconds. Remove from the microwave and stir it together until well-mixed.
  • 3) Serve up the overnight oats topped with the salted vegan caramel topping.

Expert Tips and FAQs

  • Adjust the sweetness to your tastes.
  • Thicker oats? Stir in more oats when mixing it up. Experiment with the right ratio you enjoy!
  • Give them time to sit. Ideally overnight works best.
What is the secret to overnight oats?

For the best outcome, you want to use quick or old-fashioned oats. These easily soak up the liquid added to the jar. You generally want to use a 1:1 ratio to make a nice creamy jar of overnight oats.

Do you eat overnight oats hot or cold?

They are meant to be eaten cold or at room temperature but there's nothing that says you can't warm them up a bit in the microwave if that's how you prefer to eat it. You may need to add some additional liquid after heating if they thicken too much.

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Variations

The beauty of overnight oats is all the different ways you can change them up! This means more variety and more ways to enjoy vegan overnight oats.

  • Use seasonal fruits. By choosing fruits that are in season, you get more flavor but also may save a bit of money when particular fruits are in season. Frozen fruits can also be a way to save money on fruits out of season.
  • Add any nuts or seeds as a topping.
  • Coconut mango: Add in some fresh chopped mango and dried shredded coconut.
  • Vegan chocolate: Mix cacao powder into the oatmeal base. 
  • Peanut butter overnight oats: Stir one tablespoon of peanut butter into the overnight oat mixture!
  • Serving for a group. If you have a big family, you could make a few individual portions the night before and they can pick their own toppings in the morning. Such a lifesaver!

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completed Salted Caramel Overnight Oats in a clear cup with ingredients against a white background
completed Salted Caramel Overnight Oats in a clear cup with ingredients against a white background

Salted Caramel Overnight Oats

Zhoro Apostolov
Who doesn't love a quick and delicious vegan breakfast recipe? Even better a breakfast you can prepare the night before and use very few ingredients! Salted caramel overnight oats are the winner!
4.99 from 53 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Refrigerate 8 hrs
Total Time 8 hrs 5 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 1 serving
Calories 459 kcal
METHOD No Cook
DIET Vegan

Ingredients
  

For the Oats:

  • 1 cup of oats
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon of maple syrup
  • 1 cup of plant-based milk
  • 1 Tablespoon of chia seeds

For the Salted Caramel:

  • ½ cup of coconut oil
  • ½ cup of maple syrup
  • ½ cup of peanut butter
  • ½ teaspoon of salt

Instructions
 

  • Mix the oat ingredients together in a cup/jar or bowl, and let them keep them in the fridge overnight.
  • For the caramel, place the coconut oil, maple syrup, peanut butter, and salt in a bowl and microwave them for 30 seconds - mix well.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Notes

  • Adjust the sweetness to your tastes.
  • Thicker oats? Stir in more oats when mixing it up. Experiment with the right ratio you enjoy!
  • Give them time to sit. Ideally overnight works best.

Nutrition

Calories: 459kcalCarbohydrates: 76gProtein: 14gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gSodium: 334mgPotassium: 396mgFiber: 14gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 12IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 460mgIron: 5mg
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  1. Teodora says

    5 stars
    Perfect breakfast! Thanks for this great idea!

    • Andrea White says

      Gotta love oats in the morning! So so good!

  2. Janaye says

    5 stars
    Salted caramel oatmeal! This is next level.

    • Andrea White says

      Agreed! Definitely a great way to start the day!

  3. Gina H. says

    5 stars
    These overnight oats have the BEST flavor! One of my new favorites for sure!

    • Andrea White says

      I'm a sucker for caramel too! So good!

  4. Rachel says

    5 stars
    I love when breakfast tastes like dessert! So good!!

    • Andrea White says

      Sameeee! This one hits the spot!

  5. Beatriz says

    5 stars
    Quick and delicious breakfast for the entire fam!

    • Andrea White says

      Yesss! Gotta love an easy breakfast recipe!

  6. LD Swann says

    I have a question. Do you use all of the salted caramel in one serving or is it designed to be stored and used again?

    • Andrea White says

      It's made for just this one serving but feel free to not use all of it and save some for another recipe or serving if you'd like 🙂

  7. Oscar says

    5 stars
    Salted caramel is one of my favorite flavors so when I saw this recipe I knew I had to make it. That caramel with the cinnamon and maple was over the top delicious and the peanut butter floored me, it was such a good combo of flavors. Great recipe.

    • Andrea White says

      The flavors are incredibly enjoyable together! So glad you enjoyed it 🙂

  8. Audrey says

    5 stars
    I will def make these again!

    • Andrea White says

      Wohoo! It's a yummy one!

  9. Nancy says

    5 stars
    These oatmeals was yummy. I love this lightly sweetened recipe

    • Andrea White says

      Can't go wrong with a simple and sweet oatmeal recipe!

  10. Nora says

    5 stars
    Those salted caramel overnight oats are divine! Can’t wait to make them again!

    • Andrea White says

      It's a great breakfast idea to have on your breakfast menu!

  11. Andrea White says

    5 stars
    These oats are something special! So good!

  12. Erin says

    5 stars
    The salted caramel was so good, and I loved being able to grab my breakfast and go!

    • Andrea White says

      Right?! So great for those busy mornings!

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