30 Vegan Oatmeal Recipes

Love cooking with oats for breakfast and beyond? Then you’ll love these 30 quick and easy vegan oatmeal recipes.

A bowl of oatmeal with sliced bananas, strawberries and blueberries on top

If you love cooking with oatmeal, you’re going to love these oatmeal ideas for breakfast, snacktime, and dessert.

I rounded up my favorite nutritious vegan oatmeal recipes to share with you, including overnight oatmeal in a jar, baked oatmeal bars, recipes made with rolled oats, and recipes made with instant steel-cut oats, too. 

You’ll find many recipes with quick oats for fast meal prep, meaning these vegan oatmeal recipes won’t take you hours to prep!

A bowl of oatmeal topped with blueberries

Benefits of cooking with oats

Oatmeal is one of the healthiest foods out there. It provides fiber, as well as protein, vitamins, and minerals—such as manganese, which helps control blood sugar levels, and magnesium, important for muscle and nerve function.

Cooking with oats has many benefits, which makes them such a great addition to vegan oatmeal recipes. Let’s take a look at these benefits.

Oatmeal for weight loss

Are oats good for weight loss? You bet! Cooking up these vegan oatmeal recipes can be very good for you. We’ve long known that whole grains are beneficial for weight loss. After all, oats’ extra fiber helps keep you satiated and helps with digestion.

And research in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that the quality—not necessarily the quantity—of the carbs you eat are a strong indicator of how likely you are to gain weight in the future.

Spanish researchers studied 8,741 volunteers for a median of about eight years, analyzing how quality of carb intake affects weight. The scientists determined carb quality by looking at:

  • The ratio of carbs from solid foods versus carbs from beverages, such as sugar-sweetened drinks and fruit juice.
  • Daily fiber intake.
  • Where carbs fall on the glycemic index (GI, meaning how much a food affects your blood glucose level). Foods that are high in sugar—such as white bread, potato chips and soda—typically have a higher GI. Note, though, that the research behind the GI is iffy and it’s falling out of favor in the diabetes world, although it is sometimes recommended to help with weight loss.
  • Ratio of whole grains (such as oats, barley and whole wheat) to total grains.

Subjects who had the greatest quality of carb intake were more likely to take in more protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and fiber. They also ate more fruits, vegetables, legumes, fish, whole grains and olive oil.

In other words? They were more likely to follow a Mediterranean way of eating, which is linked with lower weight and increased heart health.

Because participants were followed for a long time, most experienced weight gain over the study period. But the people with a higher quality of carb intake gained less weight.

On average, this was about 0.6 pounds versus 0.8 pounds annually, the difference of about 1.5 pounds over the study period. They were much less likely to become overweight or obese, versus those with the lowest carb quality intake.

Researchers believe that these results show that quality of carb intake, versus quantity, is a bigger determinant of obesity risk.

This means that it’s more important to focus on eating higher-quality carbs than being rigorous about the percentage make-up of carbohydrate intake in your diet.

Two glass jars sitting on a table, one filled with granola, the other filled with corn flakes

Oatmeal helps with digestion

As well, getting a good amount of fiber helps you digest food and absorb nutrients.

A good amount of fiber means 25 grams daily for most women, or 38 grams daily for most men. The daily value for fiber is 28 grams.

Now, let’s take a look at those vegan oatmeal recipes I promised you!

top down view of a plate of oatmeal muffins topped with nut butter

Vegan oatmeal breakfast recipes

1. Banana Zucchini Oatmeal Cups
from Alexis Joseph, RD, at Hummusapien
Check out this recipe
2. Pistachio & Blood Orange Muesli
from Alissa Rumsey, RD, author of Unapologetic Eating
Check out this recipe
3. Healthy Energy Bars
from my own kitchen
Check out this recipe
A close up of a no bake healthy energy bar
4. Pumpkin Apple Overnight Oats
from Jenna Braddock, RD, co-author of 200 Surefire Ways to Eat Well and Feel Better
Check out this recipe
5. Superfood Oatmeal Bowl
from Tawnie Kroll, RD, at Kroll’s Korner
Check out this recipe
6. Easy Mango Oatmeal
from my own kitchen
Check out this recipe
easy mango oatmeal
top down view of a bowl of oatmeal topped with pumpkin seeds. Surrounding the bowl are decorative gourds.
7. Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal
from Elizabeth Shaw, RD, co-author of Fertility Foods
Check out this recipe
8. Cherry Oatmeal
from my own kitchen
Check out this recipe
9. Mocha Overnight Oats
from Dixya Bhattarai, RD, co-author of The Truly Healthy Vegetarian Cookbook
Check out this recipe
10. Slow Cooker Apple Chai Spice Steel-Cut Oats
from Jamie Vespa, RD, at Dishing Out Health
Check out this recipe
11. Peanut Butter and Jelly Oatmeal
from Chrissy Carroll, RD, author of Dairy-Free Cookbook for Beginners
Check out this recipe
12. Easy Banana Bread Overnight Oats
from Laura Yautz, RD
Check out this recipe
close up of a bowl of oatmeal topped with pecans
13. Pecan Pie Overnight Oats
from KeyVion MIller, RD
Check out this recipe
14. Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Bites
from Christie Gagnon, RD
Check out this recipe
15. Gluten-Free Maple Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal
from Rebecca Pytell
Check out this recipe
16. Vegan Anzac Biscuits
from Rainbow Nourishments
Check out this recipe
17. Vegan Oatmeal Pancakes
from Plant Well
Check out this recipe
18. Vegan Savory Oatmeal
from Kate Vaynshteyn
Check out this recipe
19. Vegan Sage and Onion Meatloaf
from Jacq Leighton
Check out this recipe
close up of energy bites with dried strawberry bits inside

Vegan oatmeal snack and dessert recipes

20. Strawberry Shortcake Bliss Balls
from Elise Harlow
Check out this recipe
21. Blender Bliss Banana-Date Oatmeal Cookies
from Shahzadi Devje, RD, at Desi-licious RD
Check out this recipe
22. Almond Pistachio Cocoa Bites
from my own kitchen
Check out this recipe
Almond and Chocolate protein balls on a plate
top down view of chocolate chip oatmeal cookies sprinkled with sea salt
23. Vegan Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
from John Rush
Check out this recipe
24. Gluten-Free Power Balls
from my own kitchen
Check out this recipe
gluten free power balls
25. Air Fryer Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
from Cooking School Dropout
Check out this recipe
26. 3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls
from Toni Okamoto
Check out this recipe
27. Blueberry Oat Balls
from Teresa Sklenicka
Check out this recipe
28. Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars
from Christina Leopold
Check out this recipe
29. Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies
from Plant Well
Check out this recipe
close up of some oatmeal sandwich cookies
30. Vegan Oatmeal Cream Pies
from Plant Well
Check out this recipe

Final thoughts

When it comes to whipping up vegan oatmeal recipes, you have many options for breakfast, snacktime, and beyond. You can make a traditional bowl of oats, overnight oats, or snack bites or cookies made with oatmeal.

Now, go ahead and enjoy these deliciously healthy vegan oatmeal recipes!

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Love cooking with oats for breakfast and beyond? Then you'll love these 30 quick and easy vegan oatmeal recipes.

I’d love to hear from you! Which of these vegan oatmeal recipes will you try first?

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