Like having dessert for breakfast, cherry pie overnight oats with premium canned pie filling are indulgent yet nutritious. Prep these vegan and dairy-free oats for the week and feel good about having "pie" before noon.
We're using Lucky Leaf premium canned pie filling for this recipe. This post is NOT being sponsored by them, we just love their pie filling because it is easy to find, affordable and it has no high fructose corn syrup, just real sugar to sweeten it. They also offer organic options in cherry, blueberry and apple.
Convenient and easy, overnight oats are great for busy weekday mornings, camping, road trips, traveling or anywhere where you can't cook.
These cherry pie overnight oats use our vegan basic overnight oats recipe as the base! It's a fantastic (and healthy) way to use up leftover pie filling.
🧄 Ingredient notes
- Premium cherry pie filling - Look for a premium cherry pie filling that uses real sugar (not high fructose corn syrup) and has little to no artificial flavors and colors added. The Lucky Leaf brand offers a cherry pie filling in premium and organic versions. They carry them at Walmart and HEB here in Houston.
- 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. Soy yogurt will give you the most protein.
📋 Substitutions and variations
Here are some suitable substitution options for the ingredients:
- Cherry pie filling - you can use a different flavor canned pie filling for this recipe. Or, use cherry preserves, jam or jelly with fresh or frozen cherries instead.
- Plant-based milk - Use any plant-based milk you enjoy. Vanilla-flavored milk works especially well in this recipe.
- Flax - use chia seeds instead of ground flaxseed. Or, omit them (it will be less thick if you omit one of these options).
- 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 and yogurt with no added oil or refined sugar. Use fresh or frozen cherries instead of the cherry pie filling.
- SOS-free - make this salt-, sugar- and oil-free by using a plant-based milk and yogurt with no added salt, sugar or oil. Use fresh or frozen cherries instead of the cherry pie filling.
Here are some variation ideas for these cherry pie overnight oats:
- Crumbled cookie "crust" - crumble a vegan cookie of your choice on top for a little bit of "crust". A few vegan cookie options: Lotus biscoff cookies, Goya chocolate Maria cookies, Aldi animal crackers (they're the best!) and an honorable mention, though not vegan: graham crackers (they contain honey, so if you don't consume honey, skip this one).
- Creamy vanilla yogurt layer - Instead of mixing in the yogurt, try layering it if you want to make this into more of a "dessert". Or, top with dairy-free whipped cream.
- Blackberry pie - use premium blackberry pie filling instead of cherry to make blackberry pie overnight oats
- Blueberry pie - use premium blueberry pie filling instead of cherry to make blueberry pie overnight oats
- Cherry jam - use cherry jam and frozen cherries (or fresh) to make cherry overnight oats without using pie filling
Step by step instructions for how to make cherry pie 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 ground flaxseed (or chia).
Add plant-based yogurt to jar.
It will look like this when you've added all your ingredients.
Screw on your lid and then shake it all up! Or, use a spoon to mix all the ingredients together. Place jar in refrigerator overnight or at least 2 hours.
Spoon the canned cherry pie filling on top. 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. Add crumbled vegan cookie, if using, as a "pie crust".
⭐️ Expert tips
- If you want to make your overnight oats look pretty and layered, mix them up in a separate container. Then, once mixed, spoon into a jar, glass or bowl and carefully add 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 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
🥡 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! Canned pie filling (especially premium or organic options) are an easy and delicious was to flavor overnight oats. Omit any added sugar if you use this, since the pie filling is already sweet.
For one serving of cherry pie overnight oats using ½ cup rolled oats, ½ cup plant-based milk, 2 tablespoons yogurt, 1 teaspoon flaxseed and ½ cup of cherry pie filling, the calories are 337.
Yes! Most of the pie fillings offered by Lucky Leaf brand are vegan, but be sure to pick out one that uses real sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup. They also offer a few organic flavors, too. Always double-check the label, though!
You can prepare 4-7 servings of overnight oats with one 21-ounce can of pie filling. This recipe calls for ½ cup of pie filling, which equals about 127 grams by weight. That will make 4 servings of overnight oats, with a little pie filling leftover. If you use ⅓ cup of pie filling per serving (which is 85 grams by weight), you can make 7 overnight oats with one can.
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Cherry Pie 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
- ½ cup premium cherry pie filling or 127g - Lucky Leaf brand, premium or organic
- vegan cookie crumbled on top, optional
- Add all ingredients except pie filling 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 premium cherry pie filling on top of oats.½ cup premium cherry pie filling
- 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. Add crumbled vegan cookie on top, if using. Prepared overnight oats will stay good stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.vegan cookie