Vegan Oatmeal Recipe

Many years ago (like 12 years ago….) my college roommates taught me how they make oats for themselves overnight in the fridge for a porridge the next morning. Their trick was to use water to make the oat mixture ‘bread’ in a shallow baking dish and then add full-fat or lite coconut milk the next morning for a fun baked breakfast meal in the oven — then they served it with maple syrup or honey for a delicious and sweet treat in the morning.


Pretty clever, isn’t it?

Vegan Oatmeal Recipe

So, I took this old college staple and brought it to the next level (as in my 32 year old sophisticated level, hehe). I decided to use a circular baking dish for a fun ‘pie’ or flatbread look and I experimented with using different nut milks. Coconut milk and the water combination was by far the best so that’s what I’m using in this recipe.

Vegan Oatmeal Recipe

I also spent some time testing a few other recipes using a similar method using different gluten-free grains such as quinoa, black rice and millet. I haven’t perfected those yet so stay tuned for those recipes later on.

Vegan Oatmeal Recipe

I tossed the oats and water in the pie dish and placed it in the fridge overnight to get a firm ‘bread-like’ consistency! I was shocked at the thickness of this ‘bread’ and couldn’t wait to share it with all of you for a fun spin on a boring bowl of oats that you’re probably sick and tired of, right? I know you’ve done cereal and oats for breakfast for years and you’re bored with staring at your cereal bowl every morning so this will liven you up on these chilly winter mornings.

Vegan Oatmeal Recipe

You can add as much cinnamon as you’d like – you could also add pumpkin pie spice or apple pie spice for a boost of seasonal flavor depending on the time of year you are serving this. I served this recipe to my parents when I was visiting them for Christmas and my father enjoyed eating this flatbread with pure maple syrup, sliced almonds and cocoa powder on top. You can get creative and jazz this up as much as you’d like. I kept the recipe VERY simple so you can have fun and create as much or as little sweetness and flavor as you’d like.

Vegan Oatmeal Recipe

Since this has been one of my favorite ways to make oats since my college years, I have a feeling you’ll have fun serving this flatbread with your choice of condiments for breakfast this week.



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Bread-less Baked Breakfast Oatmeal 'FlatBread'
Serves: 4
Vegan Oatmeal Recipe
Vegan, Gluten, Dairy, Soy, Sugar, Egg-Free
Author: Amie Valpone
Recipe type: Entree



  1. Combine water, cinnamon and oats in a circular baking dish. Mix well to combine and flatten with the back of a spoon so the oats are all wet with the water. Let sit in the refrigerator overnight.
  2. The next morning, remove the oats from the refrigerator and add the coconut milk to the top of the oats in the baking dish. Do not mix- the liquid will submerge itself.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  4. Place the baking dish in the oven and bake for 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside for 20 minutes before serving.
  5. Serve warm with raspberry jam and almond butter.
Nutrition Facts
Bread-less Baked Breakfast Oatmeal 'FlatBread'
Amount Per Serving
Calories 182 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Sodium 35mg2%
Potassium 145mg4%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 1IU0%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 35mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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  1. This is written like you are baking an empty pan of nothing. There is nothing between “let the milk and oats submerge” and then baking. When do you mix? Add to the pan? How do you prepare the pan? Butter? Oil? Nothing?

  2. Do the “bread” stay good together, or is it more “crumbly”? And what is your thought on the self life after baking?