Love apricots? Try these apricot overnight oats as a quick, delicious and filling breakfast. These flavorful, low calorie overnight oats are vegan, dairy-free and great for weight loss. Apricot preserves and dried apricots make the creamy oats fruity and sweet.
Convenient and easy, overnight oats are great for busy weekday mornings, camping, road trips, traveling or anywhere where you can't cook.
These apricot overnight oats use our vegan basic overnight oats recipe as the base, except we are substituting the maple syrup for apricot preserves.
🧄 Ingredient notes
- Dried apricots - dried apricots are sweet and chewy. Dice them up into small pieces before mixing them in your oats.
- Apricot jam or preserves - the apricot jam or preserves sweeten the oatmeal, as well as infuse them with apricot flavor.
- Old-fashioned rolled oats - do not use quick oats for this recipe, they turn out mushy. Don't use steel cut, they don't get soft enough to enjoy with this method. You want old-fashioned rolled oatmeal for this method of cooking oats.
- Plant-based milk - any vegan milk you enjoy should work here, like almond milk (pictured), soy milk, oat milk (for that double oat flavor!), coconut milk, cashew milk and rice milk. You can use unsweetened or sweetened original varieties, if you like. Vanilla milk works great, too.
- Ground flax - adds health benefits of added fiber, along with omega-3. Flaxseed also thickens the oatmeal slightly.
- Plant-based yogurt - amps up the creaminess and protein. Vegan yogurts made from cashew, soy, coconut, almond and oat will all work here.
📋 Substitutions and variations
Here are some suitable substitution options for the ingredients:
- Dried apricot - you can use fresh apricot instead of dried. Be sure to pit them and dice them before adding. I'd recommend adding them in the morning, so they are freshest.
- Apricot preserves - use refined sugar-free apricot preserves or jam, if avoiding sugar. A homemade apricot chia jam would work great! If not using apricot preserves, which sweeten the oats, you may want to add maple syrup, brown sugar, cane sugar, date syrup, agave nectar or coconut sugar instead.
- Plant-based milk - use any plant-based milk you enjoy. Vanilla-flavored milk works especially well in this recipe.
- Flax - use chia seeds (white or black) instead of ground flaxseed. Or, omit them (but, bear in mind that your oatmeal will be less thick if you don't use either of these in your oats).
- Nut-free - make this nut-free by using a nut-free plant milk, such as soy milk, rice milk or oat milk.
- WFPBNO - make this whole food plant based no oil by using plant-based milk, yogurt and preserves with no added oil or refined sugar.
- SOS-free - make this salt-, sugar- and oil-free by using a plant-based milk, yogurt and preserves with no added salt, sugar or oil.
Here are some variation ideas for these apricot overnight oats:
- Apricot Cardamom Oats - add ground or finely crushed cardamom to the oats to make apricot cardamom overnight oats
- Apricot Cinnamon Oats - add ground cinnamon
- Apricot Almond - add sliced almonds, almond butter and/or a drop of almond extract
- Apricot Cranberry - add a tablespoon of dried cranberries (or leftover cranberry sauce) to the oats
Step by step instructions for how to make apricot overnight oats.
Add rolled oats to a pint-size mason jar or container that holds at least 2 cups.
Pour in plant-based milk and add ground flaxseed or chia seeds to jar.
Add plant-based yogurt to jar.
Add apricot preserves or jam.
Add chopped dried apricots to jar.
Stir everything together well with a spoon. Or, put the lid on tightly and shake the jar for 20-30 seconds to combine all the ingredients.
Place jar in refrigerator overnight or at least 2 hours. When you're ready to eat them, pull it out of the fridge and eat cold or warm up in microwave for 30-60 seconds.
⭐️ Expert tips
- If you want to make your overnight oats look pretty and layered, mix up plain overnight oats in a separate container. Then, spoon the preserves into the bottom of the jar or glass and carefully add the plain overnight oats and other toppings to create clean layers. Then, refrigerate. Or, create layers just before eating or serving.
- Use a canning funnel to add ingredients to jars (especially regular mouth jars, which are more narrow) without making a mess
- a container to hold your overnight oats that holds 1 pint (about 2 cups, 16 ounces or 550 milliliters). I recommend using wide mouth pint size mason jars. The pretty glasses in my pictures are 15 ounce stemless wine glasses from Walmart.
- measuring spoons and cups
- small knife to cut the dried apricots
🥡 Make ahead and storage tips
Overnight oats are perfect for meal prep and batch cooking. Make them Sunday night to have breakfast ready to go all week long. Store overnight oats in the refrigerator, combined, for up to 5 days.
This recipe does not stand up well to freezing.
Yes! Fruit is delicious is overnight oats. Dried fruit can be added the night before, as in these apricot overnight oats. Some fresh fruit can be added the night before, but in general, most fresh fruit is best added the morning of. If you are meal prepping overnight oats for the whole week, only add the fresh or frozen fruit 1-3 days ahead of time. Otherwise, it will not taste as good.
For one serving of apricot overnight oats using ½ cup rolled oats, ½ cup plant-based milk, 2 tablespoons yogurt, 1 teaspoon flaxseed, 2 tablespoons apricot jam and 6 dried apricots, the calories are 414.
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Apricot Overnight Oats (vegan)
- Glass jar, pint-sized or bowl, container with cover
- ½ cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- ½ cup plant-based milk almond milk, soy milk, oat milk, etc.
- 2 tablespoons plant-based yogurt cashew yogurt, soy yogurt, coconut yogurt, etc.
- 1 teaspoon ground flaxseed or chia seeds
- 2 tablespoons apricot preserves or jam
- 6 dried apricots chopped
- Add oats, milk, yogurt and ground flaxseed to a glass jar, bowl or container that will hold at least 12 and up to 16 ounces (this allows space for the oats and any toppings you add later). Stir everything together.½ cup old-fashioned rolled oats, ½ cup plant-based milk, 2 tablespoons plant-based yogurt, 1 teaspoon ground flaxseed
- Add apricot preserves and chopped dried apricots and stir together.2 tablespoons apricot preserves, 6 dried apricots
- Place a lid or cover on the container. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or overnight.
- Eat cold or microwave for 30-60 seconds to warm up. Prepared overnight oats will stay good stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.