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Vegan Oatmeal

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This vegan oatmeal is so thick and creamy! It takes only 5 minutes and 5 pantry staple ingredients to make. This recipe is great for a quick and easy breakfast or filling snack. Add your favorite toppings for a customizable oatmeal recipe!

Vegan oatmeal.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Vegan oatmeal is a nutrition powerhouse.
  • Oats are an excellent source of fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
  • They are known to support heart health, aid digestion, and provide sustained energy throughout the day.
  • This recipe is versatile and customizable.
  • You can customize it with your favorite fruits, nuts, seeds, and spices, allowing for endless variations.
  • This oatmeal with coconut milk is quick and easy to make.
  • Preparing vegan oatmeal is a breeze.
  • You can have a hot, nourishing breakfast on the table in just a matter of minutes, making it perfect for busy mornings.
  • This recipe is gluten-free friendly, dairy-free, vegan, and sugar-free.
  • Check out these Overnight Oats with Oat Milk for another delicious vegan recipe!

Ingredients & Substitutes

Scroll down to the recipe card below for the full vegan oatmeal recipe.

Use old-fashioned rolled oats for the best texture. They become softer than quick oats and instant oats.

Canned coconut milk adds so much creaminess! Feel free to use almond milk, oat milk, cashew milk, or another vegan milk.

Vanilla extract adds a slight vanilla flavor.

Pure maple syrup adds natural sweetness. Use date syrup if desired.

Lastly, cinnamon adds a warm flavor.

What is a Vegan Diet?

A vegan diet excludes all animal products, including meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, and honey. Vegans also avoid animal-derived ingredients such as gelatin, casein, whey, and lactose.

There are many reasons why people choose to follow a vegan diet, including ethical, health, and environmental concerns.

  • Ethical concerns: Many vegans believe that it is wrong to exploit and kill animals for food.  They may also be concerned about the welfare of animals raised on factory farms.
  • Health concerns: A well-planned vegan diet can be very healthy and nutritious.  Vegans tend to have lower rates of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancer.
  • Environmental concerns: Animal agriculture is a major contributor to climate change, water pollution, and land degradation.  Vegans believe that following a plant-based diet is better for the environment.

Here are some of the foods that vegans can eat:

  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Whole grains, such as oats, quinoa, and brown rice
  • Legumes, such as beans, lentils, and peas
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Plant-based milk and yogurt alternatives
  • Plant-based meat substitutes
  • Fortified foods, such as cereals and plant milk

Taste & Texture

Vegan oatmeal has a creamy and slightly chewy texture that is incredibly satisfying.

The use of plant-based milk, such as coconut, almond, soy, or oat milk, enhances the creaminess and adds a subtle nutty flavor to the oats.

The natural sweetness of the oats pairs perfectly with the toppings and flavors you choose to add!

How to Make

Step 1

First, add all of the ingredients to a saucepan over low-medium heat.

Oats with cinnamon in saucepan.

Step 2

Stir constantly for up to 5 minutes, until the oatmeal has reached your desired consistency.

Step 3

Remove the pan from the heat.

Thick coconut oatmeal.

Step 4

Lastly, top with extra cinnamon and nuts if desired.

Expert Tips for Success

Follow these tips and tricks to make the best vegan oatmeal recipe.

Use rolled oats for the best texture. Instant oats can become too mushy.

Add sweeteners like maple syrup, agave nectar, or coconut sugar to taste.

Stir frequently while cooking to prevent sticking and ensure an even consistency.

Flavor Variations & Add-Ins

There are so many ways to switch up the flavors of this vegan oatmeal!

Sweet: Top with fresh berries, sliced bananas, chopped nuts, a drizzle of maple syrup, or a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Savory: Add sautéed vegetables, avocado, nutritional yeast, and a pinch of black salt for a savory twist. Check out this Savory Oatmeal recipe.

Fruity: Mix in diced apples, raisins, and a dash of cinnamon for a fruity delight.

Chocolate Lover’s Dream: Stir in cocoa powder or vegan chocolate chips for a decadent treat.

How to Serve & Store

Serve your vegan oatmeal hot, right from the stove or microwave.

If you have leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two days.

When reheating, add a splash of plant-based milk to maintain the creamy texture.

Oatmeal with coconut milk.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I make overnight vegan oatmeal?

Yes, overnight oats are a popular variation. Combine rolled oats, plant-based milk, and your preferred toppings in a jar, refrigerate overnight, and enjoy a no-cook breakfast the next morning.

How can I make my vegan oatmeal more filling?

To make your oatmeal more filling, consider adding protein-rich ingredients like almond butter, tofu, or a plant-based protein powder.

How do I prevent my vegan oatmeal from becoming too thick?

If your oatmeal becomes too thick upon standing, simply stir in some additional plant-based milk to reach your desired consistency.

What is the best vegan milk for oatmeal?

My favorite vegan milk for oatmeal is canned coconut milk. It adds a more creamy texture than almond, oat, and soy milk.

Is this recipe gluten-free and dairy-free?

Oats are naturally gluten-free, but oftentimes they are cross-contaminated with wheat. Be sure to buy certified gluten-free oats. Yes, this recipe is dairy-free.

Equipment Needed

Saucepan: Make this vegan oatmeal in this saucepan.

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Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes

This vegan oatmeal is thick, creamy, and filling! This quick and easy recipe takes only 5 minutes to make. The coconut milk gives it such a creamy texture. Great for a quick breakfast or snack!


  • 1 cup canned coconut milk
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 2 tbsp pure maple syrup or honey
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch cinnamon


  1. First, add all of the ingredients to a saucepan over low medium heat.
  2. Stir constantly for up to 5 minutes, until the oatmeal has reached your desired consistency.
  3. Remove the pan from the heat.
  4. Lastly, top with extra cinnamon and nuts if desired.


  • Use old fashioned rolled oats for the best texture.
  • Canned coconut milk adds a creamy texture, but any vegan milk will work.
  • The oatmeal will become thicker and creamier as it continues to cook.
  • Stir constantly to prevent burning.
  • Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 48 hours.

Nutrition Information:



Amount Per Serving: Calories: 329Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 19mgCarbohydrates: 43gFiber: 6gSugar: 10gProtein: 8g

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