This Grain-Free Overnight “Oatmeal” Is the Protein-Packed Breakfast You Didn’t Know You Needed

It feels like we’re all trying to get more protein these days, and for me, the most challenging time to fit it in is breakfast. (I love eggs all the ways, but even they have their limit!) However, we’re increasingly learning the importance of getting protein in the morning as a building block for health and vitality. So today, I’m sharing my current favorite protein-packed breakfast that’s not eggs—this Grain-Free Overnight “Oatmeal.” And we’re teaming up with Target to prove that breakfast isn’t just an opportunity to fuel our bodies—it’s a chance to nourish our mornings with small moments of joy.

grain free overnight oatmeal

How to Make Grain-Free Overnight Oatmeal

You may be wondering—how can you make oatmeal without the oats? Well, turns out that ground nuts, plus chia seeds, flax seeds, and coconut make a delicious base for all the toppings, from berries to nut butter to pears and honey. These are all from Good & Gather, proving you can eat healthy, beautiful meals without breaking the bank or running tons of errands. All you need is a single Target run.

grain free overnight oatmeal
grain free overnight oatmeal

Why I Love This Grain-Free Overnight Oatmeal

If you want to remove at least one decision from your busy weekday mornings, prep this grain-free overnight oatmeal that also happens to be gluten-free, vegan, and paleo-friendly. I make a big batch on Sunday and it energizes my mornings all week long. (Bonus: It actually keeps me full until lunch!) And I love that this “oatmeal” is the perfect base for so many different topping combinations. You can eat it multiple days in a row, but with so many toppings to choose from, it never gets boring.

grain free overnight oatmeal

Ingredients you’ll need:

Once you’ve gathered your ingredients, all you have to do is pulse the walnuts and sunflower seeds in a blender or food processor, then stir them in a bowl with the rest of the ingredients and refrigerate. When you wake up the next morning, breakfast is done.

grain free overnight oatmeal
grain free overnight oatmeal

My Favorite Topping Combos

This grain-free overnight “oatmeal” is nutrient-rich and high in protein—everything you need to start the day is in one pre-prepped bowl. And thanks to an endless amount of topping options, you’ll never feel like you’re eating the same thing twice. Here are my favorite topping combos:

Chocolate Coconut Crunch

  • Toasted Coconut Chips
  • Dark Chocolate Almond Butter
  • Sliced Bananas
  • Cacao Nibs
grain free overnight oatmeal

Berries & Cream

  • Greek Plain Yogurt
  • Honey
  • Mint
  • Fresh Berries
grain free overnight oatmeal

Pear & Granola

Scroll on for the recipe, and be sure to shop all my favorite ingredients on my Target storefront!


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Packed with protein and nutrients, this grain-free oatmeal is so easy—and can be customized to your liking.

  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 4 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 3 teaspoons ground flax seeds
  • 1/3 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 3 cups coconut milk

  1. Pulse nuts in a blender until mixture is the consistency of coarse sand. 
  2. Transfer to a bowl, then add chia seeds, flax seeds, coconut, vanilla, maple, coconut flour, cinnamon, and coconut milk. Stir to combine.
  3. Cover and place in the fridge for an hour, then remove from fridge and stir everything together again well, making sure seeds aren’t sticking to the bottom of the bowl.
  4. Refrigerate overnight. When ready to eat, rewarm if desired, then add your toppings. Enjoy!

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