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Chia Seed Oatmeal

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This chia seed oatmeal is a hearty, delicious breakfast that will keep you feeling full. It’s simple to make ahead of time, so breakfast is ready in the morning.

Chia seed oatmeal in jars with fruit

Overnight oats are perfect for a busy morning. They’re ready to go when you need them, so you get out the door quickly.

This chia seed oatmeal is even more filling than regular oatmeal. The chia seeds expand in your stomach, making you feel full for longer. I love to have this breakfast when I know I have a busy morning ahead of me.

Chia oatmeal jars from above

This is a basic recipe for chia overnight oats, and it can be dressed up with some add-ins in the morning. I like to add berries or bananas and walnuts. A drizzle of peanut butter and a few coconut flakes are delicious, too.

Chia seed oatmeal in a jar with bananas, chocolate chips, and peanut butter

Chia Seed Oatmeal Tips

This recipe generates fairly large servings. You can divide the oatmeal into smaller jars if you don’t have a big appetite in the morning.

If you’re adding banana to the chia seed oatmeal in the morning, you can skip the pure maple syrup. A ripe banana will sufficiently sweeten the oats. 

This recipe is for overnight oats, but you can make chia seed oatmeal with regular stove top oatmeal, too. I like to cook the oats according to the package directions, then stir in the chia seeds. Let them soak into the oatmeal while it cools.

Try my blueberry overnight oats for another way to use chia seeds, and visit this overnight oats post for a variety of other flavor combinations.

Chia Seed Oatmeal

This chia seed oatmeal is an easy vegan make-ahead breakfast.
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5 from 1 vote
Chia seed oatmeal in jars with fruit
Prep Time:10 mins
Refrigeration Time:8 hrs
Total Time:8 hrs 10 mins


  • 3 cups oat milk or other milk of choice
  • 1 tbs pure maple syrup or to taste
  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 3 tbs chia seeds
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • Dash of salt optional
  • Toppings as desired such as berries, banana, nuts, peanut butter, chocolate chips


  • In a large bowl, combine the oat milk and pure maple syrup. Add the rolled oats, chia seeds, cinnamon, and salt. Stir to combine evenly.
  • Transfer the mixture to storage containers. I like to divide it into 4 portions using mason jars. One cup jars will be filled to the top, or pint jars will be halfway full.
  • Refrigerate the chia oatmeal overnight. In the morning, microwave the mixture for up to a minute if desired. (This can also be eaten cold.) Top with your favorite oatmeal toppings, such as berries, banana, dried fruit, nuts, peanut butter, and coconut flakes. These jars of oatmeal can be stored in the refrigerator for several days.


Calories: 307kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 72mg | Potassium: 286mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 300IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 284mg | Iron: 4mg
Servings: 5
Calories: 307kcal
Cost: $.50 per serving

Price Breakdown

This chia oatmeal recipe costs $1.99 to make, or $.50 per serving. If you use homemade oat milk, the cost of this recipe is $.32 per serving. Fresh fruit and nuts will add a bit to the total price, but it will still be well under $1 per serving. This affordable, nutritious make-ahead breakfast is a great way to start your day.

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Chia seed oatmeal in jars


  1. 5 stars
    I have some sprouted rolled oats , can I add it straight to the recipe or does it need to be cooked ?, look forward to exploring and trying out more of your recipes, in efforts of healthy eating with toddler twins

    1. I haven’t made this with sprouted rolled oats, but I imagine it would be fine to use them in this recipe without cooking. Please let me know if you try it.

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