Overnight Oats Without Chia Seeds

These overnight oats without chia seeds give you an easy, high-fiber breakfast without any specialty ingredients. This recipe is also easy to make vegan and gluten-free.

It seems as though most people enjoy chia seeds in their oats, considering that most overnight oat recipes call for chia seeds. To me, they’re just slimy lumps ruining my oatmeal.

If you’re like me, then this is the recipe for you!

Made with a handful of pantry ingredients, you can rise to a satisfying meal to start your day with these overnight oats. They’re cinnamony and maple-sweetened with a hint of vanilla.

I usually like to add a bit of protein to my oats, like in these Chocolate Protein Overnight Oats or PB2 Overnight Oats, but I know not everyone has protein powder and PB2 on hand.

Today, we’re using minimal ingredients that won’t have you running to the store. And they only take 5 minutes to put together.

These oats travel well, so if you’re in a rush, you don’t have to skip the most important meal of the day.

All you do is mix the ingredients in an airtight container and place it in the fridge overnight (or at least 8 hours).

Add-ins and toppings

If you like your overnight oats thin, you can make them as written without any add-ins. That’s what you see in the photos.

If you like them a bit thicker and creamier, you can add 2 tablespoons of nut butter or yogurt. Extra protein is a great option for sustaining your energy, and I have several nut butter recipes to choose from.

These oats are also great with fresh fruit or jam, like this honey- or maple-sweetened Strawberry Jam.

Gluten-free & vegan

If you’re wondering, Are Oats Gluten-free? – the short answer is yes, but if you’re sensitive to gluten, you’ll want to buy oats that are labeled as gluten-free.

To keep it vegan, you only need to use plant-based milk.

And you need to make sure that any toppings or add-ins are gluten-free or vegan, if needed.


You can use any sweetener you’d like. If you’re not vegan, you can use honey.

Brown sugar also pairs well with cinnamon and maple, so whatever you have in the pantry will work in these overnight oats.

Do I need salt?

Salt really helps bring out all the flavors because it’s a flavor enhancer. That being said, if you’re cutting down on salt, you can leave it out.

They’ll be blander, though, for sure.

How to store or heat up

These overnight oats can be stored in the fridge for up to 4 days. Here’s more on How Long Do Overnight Oats Last.

Can you Freeze Overnight Oats? Yes! Which makes it even better for a quick on-the-go breakfast.

And if you’re not sold on cold oats, here’s How to Heat Up Overnight Oats.

I hope you enjoy these overnight oats without chia! If you try them, we’d love to hear your thoughts. Just comment below or tag #texanerin if you share on social media. Thanks. :)

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Overnight Oats Without Chia Seeds (gluten-free, vegan)

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Overnight Oats Without Chia Seeds
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    Overnight oats:

  • 1 cup (92 grams) rolled oats (use gluten-free oats if you're GF)
  • 3/4 cup (180 ml) milk of choice1
  • 1-2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • Before serving:

  • Optional add-ins: 2 tablespoons nut butter or yogurt2
  • Optional toppings: fruit, jam, chocolate chips


  1. In a medium bowl, stir together the overnight oats ingredients (using 1 tablespoon of maple syrup). Taste and add the remaining tablespoon of maple syrup, if desired.
  2. Cover and refrigerate for at least 6 hours and up to 4 days.
  3. Remove from the fridge, stir, and divide between two bowls. Stir in 1 tablespoon nut butter or yogurt per bowl, if desired, and add toppings, if using. I do.
  4. Refrigerate leftovers for up to 4 days.


  1. I use unsweetened cashew milk for a vegan/dairy-free version.
  2. I use coconut milk yogurt for a vegan version. Make sure any other topping/add-in is vegan or gluten-free if needed.

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  • Emily Segal says
    November 1, 2023 @ 12:38 pm

    This is a fabulous version of overnight oats! I love them! Will be making them alot!!!

    • Erin replies to Emily Segal
      November 1, 2023 @ 8:53 pm

      I’m so glad that you enjoyed them! I’m thrilled that you’ll be making them again. :) Thanks so much for your feedback!

  • Claire
    April 24, 2023 @ 3:49 am

    I am so happy that I am not the only one who cannot stand chia seeds!!! They are what I imagine eating frog spawn would be like!!! 🤢🤢

    These oats were great!!! And I love that I can freeze them! That makes it so easy with my elder daughters! I was always so worried that they were heading out of the door to work without breakfast, but also I don’t want to be getting up at 6am to make sure that a 23 y/o and a 21 y/o have breakfast!!! But they didn’t want to get up earlier to make a healthy breakfast. So when I found this recipe I was so happy.
    They made a big batch for the freezer and each night they each get a pot out ready for the morning.
    Chloe adds peanut butter and honey to hers and eats them on the train and Beth adds a banana and some nuts when she gets to work.

    So much happier knowing I can sleep in without mum guilt (does that ever go away??)


    • Erin replies to Claire
      April 24, 2023 @ 10:43 am

      Your comment made me laugh so much! I totally agree with you. I just can’t write stuff like that in the post. 😆 I’m really glad that your daughters are enjoying the oats and that they’re eating their breakfast. ;) I love their additions! Sounds so yummy. My son is 5, so it’s discouraging to hear that mom guilt never goes away. 😄 I’m thrilled that the oats were a hit in your house! Thanks for taking the time to let me know.

  • Bella
    April 23, 2023 @ 3:45 am

    I made this for breakfast and then I made it again the next day! It was delish and I think it may be my new favourite breakfast recipe. Thanks for sharing!

    • Erin replies to Bella
      April 24, 2023 @ 10:39 am

      That’s great to hear! I’m glad you liked it so much. :) Thanks for your comment!

  • Ksenia says
    April 22, 2023 @ 12:16 am

    This worked so well for me! I had a craving for overnight oats but didn’t have chia seeds so sought out this recipe – and it was the perfect texture.

    • Erin replies to Ksenia
      April 24, 2023 @ 10:38 am

      Yay! I’m glad to hear that it worked out well. :) Thanks for letting me know!

  • Giangi Townsend says
    April 20, 2023 @ 9:38 pm

    Amazingly delicious! I am so happy I found your recipe. Easy to follow and so delicious. Becoming our breakfast of choice. Thank you for the recipe.

    • Erin replies to Giangi Townsend
      April 24, 2023 @ 10:38 am

      You’re welcome! I’m glad that you enjoyed it and it’s becoming a favorite. :) Thanks for your feedback!

  • Michelle
    April 20, 2023 @ 2:21 am

    I absolutely loved these oats, it’s not only easy to make in advance it is also incredibly versatile. The combination of oats, milk, syrup, and fruit create a creamy breakfast that was healthy and tasty.

    • Erin replies to Michelle
      April 24, 2023 @ 10:40 am

      I agree with everything you said! :D I’m really happy that you enjoyed it. Thanks for your feedback!

  • Kelly Barcroft
    April 19, 2023 @ 12:40 am

    Haha, you are just like me. I loathe chia seeds. They are just gelatinous balls of snot once they absorb all the liquid. There was a trend years ago where everybody put chia seeds in their water. All kinds of people I knew did this but not me! No, No, NO! Just gross. I have always made my overnight oats without the chia seed. Ironically enough though, my husband asked me a couple of days ago to get him some chia seeds. I will try your recipe and add in greek yogurt!

    • Erin replies to Kelly Barcroft
      April 19, 2023 @ 1:13 pm

      Haha. I’m glad I didn’t come across the chia seed water trend! That sounds disgusting. And gelatinous balls of snot sounds correct. 😆 I do like to use chia eggs, but I always use ground chia seeds, and you can’t detect them at all in what I use them in. If your husband gets his bag of chia seeds and decides they’re gross, you can always use them up that way. Or add them to smoothies (if you have a high-speed blender that’ll totally obliterate them). Warning, warning! I have an oatmeal recipe coming up that has chia seeds in it. 😬 I’m posting it because people are searching for it. 😄 And also 2 more overnight oat recipes with chia seeds (because, again, everyone else seems to like them in their overnight oats 🤷‍♀️). So you can just hit delete on those emails once they come in. ;) I hope you’ll enjoy the oats! :)


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