Cinnamon Roll Overnight Oatmeal with No Cook Option


If my well-worn copy of The Flavor Bible is any indication, I’m constantly searching for the perfect culinary match. But no matter how many unique pairings that I try, I always end up craving those good old comfort food combinations, like cinnamon and oats or vanilla and cashews. So when I was asked by Silk to share a Perfect Match with their new Cashewmilk, I decided to skip the fancy searches and headed straight to my pantry to whip up a fun recipe that I’d been wanting to try for ages: Cinnamon Roll Overnight Oatmeal.

Cinnamon Roll Overnight Oatmeal Recipe - an amazing, wholesome, comfort food breakfast! Naturally dairy-free, gluten-free & vegan.

Though it might somehow sound elaborate, cinnamon roll overnight oatmeal is SO easy, and can be enjoyed cool, warmed or hot (that swirl will even get a little melty!) – your choice. The oats require just a minute of prep, the swirl and optional icing can be whipped up during NCIS or Gotham commercials (yes, I like my primetime TV), and all can be made ahead and stored to enjoy over a few breakfasts.

And it should be noted that this cinnamon roll overnight oatmeal is a perfect match, in my opinion, for so many reasons. The delicious flavor for starters, but it’s also become my new favorite for a wholesome breakfast. My day starts off busy with work, but slow from a physical perspective. Lots of computer tasks, editing and the constant temptation of the kitchen. I need something energizing but totally fulfilling so that I’m not enticed to constantly nosh. Forget the “high protein satiates” claim – my body wants some good carbs in the a.m. This cinnamon roll overnight oatmeal not only fits that bill, it’s also ready for me right from the refrigerator, so I can dive right into breakfast and my day.

Cinnamon Roll Overnight Oatmeal Recipe - an amazing, wholesome, comfort food breakfast! Naturally dairy-free, gluten-free & vegan.

For the oatmeal base, I bought a half-gallon of the Original Silk Cashewmilk at a local grocer to try out. I waffled between this one and the Unsweetened, but as it turned out, the Original offers the perfect hint of sweetness (just 7 grams of sugars per cup), and a good-size dose of calcium, vitamin D, vitamin E and B vitamins (including B12). And yes, it’s dairy-free, vegan, soy-free, carrageenan-free, and even non-GMO verified. But what intrigued me most was their secret creamy addition: almond butter. I had thought cashews were creamy enough on their own, but can’t argue with the pleasant favor that a touch of almond adds to Silk Cashewmilk.

Curious? You can find out where to buy the dairy-free Silk Cashewmilk, or any of their other milk beverages, using the Silk store locator.

Oh, and my piping skills may not be pretty, but the optional dairy-free cream cheese icing – just a touch needed – adds a little something extra. It isn’t required, but it is tasty!

Cinnamon Roll Overnight Oatmeal Recipe - an amazing, wholesome, comfort food breakfast! Naturally dairy-free, gluten-free & vegan.

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 this recipe!! I double the recipe and make it last a few days! – Samantha M.

Special Diet Notes: Cinnamon Roll Overnight Oatmeal

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, optionally gluten-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan / plant-based, and vegetarian.

For nut-free, you can substitute 1/4 cup of sunflower seed butter for the cashews (soy butter, pea butter or another seed butter would likely work, too), and use a “safe” milk beverage for your needs.

I created this cinnamon roll overnight oatmeal recipe for the Silk Perfect Match campaign, and to trial their new dairy-free Cashewmilk. For more recipes, giveaways and an instant product coupon, sign up for the Silk newlsetter.

Cinnamon Roll Overnight Oatmeal with No Cook Option
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Though this recipe does serve four, the overnight oatmeal and the cinnamon roll swirl will keep for a few days. So you could also enjoy it as a make-ahead recipe for one or two, over more than one morning!
Serves: 4 servings
Overnight Oatmeal
Cinnamon Roll Swirl
  • ½ cup raw cashew pieces
  • ⅓ cup packed coconut sugar or brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons softened or melted coconut oil
  • 1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon, or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 4 drops alcohol-free stevia (if using coconut sugar, optional)
Cheesy Icing (optional)
  • ¼ cup dairy-free cream cheese alternative (I liked it best with Daiya)
  • 10 drops alcohol-free stevia (can optionally use powdered sugar, to taste)
For the Overnight Oatmeal
  1. Combine the oats, milk beverage, and chia seeds in a large bowl.
  2. Cover and chill several hours or overnight.
For the Cinnamon Roll Swirl
  1. Place the cashew pieces and coconut sugar (if using) in your spice grinder or small food processor, and whiz until finely ground and beginning to clump, about 1 minute.
  2. Put the cashews and sugar (add the brown sugar now, if using) in a medium bowl along with the coconut oil, cinnamon, vanilla, salt, and stevia (if using). Stir until thoroughly combined into a paste.
  3. Place in a small zippered plastic bag, seal the top, and snip off a small piece of a bottom corn of the bag. It can be used immediately or made ahead with the oats. If you opt to chill it, briefly reheat to re-soften.
To Serve
  1. Divide the oats between 4 dishes, and optionally heat briefly in the microwave (or in a pan on the stove).
  2. Squeeze the cinnamon-cashew mixture over the oatmeal bowls in a swirled fashion.
  3. If desired, combine the cheesy icing ingredients, and pipe or dollop over the oatmeal.
This conversation is sponsored by Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


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    • Yes! I would reduce the liquid to about 1/2 cup if you want all of the liquid to be absorbed. That said, I have to admit I like the overnight oats better with chia – a little creamier I think.

  6. Holy Moly, that just looks WAY TOO GOOD to be true!!! And I am loving all the dairy-free milk options these days! I wonder what this universe is going to MILK NEXT?! LOL!

  7. So I just got on the overnight oatmeal bandwagon this week lol I made overnight oats in a PB jar and it was delicious. I’ll have to try this for sure. I have yet to try cashew milk but I hear it’s even better than almond milk?

    • I think I do like it better than almond milk – but it depends on what it’s for – definitely creamier and a little less “nutty” than almond milk. I’m like you – I tried overnight oats years ago and really didn’t like them. Decided to give it another go with different ratios and spiked with chia and hit the jackpot for my tastes!

  8. And this is why your food looks like it could be on a package and mine looks like something you shouldn’t eat 🙂 I LOVE the idea and the presentation ,i so need to take the time to do those things and enjoy the meal even more.

    • Aw, you are too sweet – but I LOVE your recipes, they always look and sound amazing. Honestly, this was super easy and my piping skills are pathetic! Putting it in the baggie actually acts as a server – squeeze on as much as you like in the morning. It’s as much for convenience as it is presentation! 🙂

  9. I LOVE overnight oats – they’re a daily staple for this bitter-cold winter and to fuel my activity level. This recipe sounds phenomenal; but I’m so jealous that you have access to the new Silk cashew milk! It’s not available anywhere in my area. I’ve checked all over the place and on the Silk website 🙁

    • It’s pretty new Liz, so don’t fret! It wasn’t at my local coop last week, and this week is just appeared! It seems to be just rolling out to stores that carry other Silk products now.

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