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Overnight Oats with Flax and Chia Seeds

Healthy, satisfying overnight oats with flax and chia seeds can be made in five minutes with only six pantry ingredients.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Breakfast
Keyword: gluten free, oatmeal, overnight breakfast, vegan recipe
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 261kcal
Author: Jess Smith via Inquiring Chef
Cost: $3.00


  • Large Mixing Bowl


  • 2 cups Raw Rolled Oats (sometimes labeled "old fashioned" oats; be sure to use gluten-free if appropriate)
  • 2 tablespoon unsalted Sunflower Seeds
  • 1 tablespoon Flax Seeds (see note)
  • 1 tablespoon Chia Seeds
  • 4 ½ cups Almond Milk (sub any kind of milk)
  • 1 tablespoon Brown Sugar (optional)
  • pinch Salt

For topping (use any combination):

  • Yogurt
  • Dried Fruit
  • Honey
  • Granola


  • Combine oats, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, chia seeds and almond milk. Stir in brown sugar and a pinch of salt (don't skip the salt - I think it brings out a lot of flavor in the oats, even if you skip the sugar).
  • Store oats in the refrigerator overnight.
  • Serve oats straight out of the refrigerator (or warm them up briefly in the microwave if you'd prefer), topped with anything you'd like. Enjoy!


It's worth noting that nutrition experts usually recommend ground flaxseed rather than whole flax seeds (as shown in these photos) because it's easier to digest and gain all of the nutrition benefits. This recipe will work with either the whole or ground variety. (Thanks to the many readers who flagged this important distinction - you all are the best!)


Serving: 3g | Calories: 261kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 371mg | Potassium: 211mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 4g | Calcium: 388mg | Iron: 2mg