Baklava Overnight Oats

Dessert for breakfast is going to be a standard occurrence with this delicious Baklava inspired overnight oats! Gluten Free, Dairy Free, refined sugar free, high in protein and a vegan option, this takes barely any prep and has all the flavours of delicious baklava! 

Healthy Baklava Overnight Oats- Thick, creamy and JUST like dessert! It's loaded with protein and easily prepped in advance! {vegan, gluten free, sugar free recipe}-


Bloggers, have you ever created a recipe or have a post that you’ve been meaning to post for the longest of times but held back? 

I did. 

Long term readers would be familiar with me mentioning creating a baklava oatmeal on here several times. It’s one of my all time favourite creations last year but I never ended up posting it. 


A combination of reasons. 

The fear that this recipe idea would be laughed at.

The fear that it would be completely irrelevant in the world of ‘food blogging’

The fear that I would be the only person to make it. 

Did you read that last one? 

I’ve come to grow so much as a blogger and especially the last few months have been a massive learning curve. One thing that has remained constant through it all has been my blogging voice, authenticity and doing things my way- As selfish as that sounds.

The same goes with my recipes. So what if I’m the only person who makes this recipe? 

Healthy Baklava Overnight Oats- Dessert for breakfast is going to be a standard occurrence with this delicious Baklava inspired overnight oats! Gluten Free, Dairy Free, refined sugar free, high in protein and a vegan option, this takes barely any prep and has all the flavours of delicious baklava! @thebigmansworld -

It’s easy for us to all fall into the trap of seeing what’s trending and taking the ‘business frame of mind’ of our blogs a tad too far which leads to us to not posting what we truly want. Now that I’m really seeing The Big Man’s World as a business, I often consider those thoughts. However at the end of the day, I want to post content that excites ME and hopefully that inspires you or even inspires you to embrace your recipe or post ideas. 

For those of you out there who have some epic recipe, idea or concept you’ve been meaning to post but never have out of judgement, fear or simply because it’s not ‘trendy’- Reconsider it. 

It’s your blog, you can make baklava oatmeal if you want to.  post whatever you want to. 

Healthy Baklava Overnight Oats- Dessert for breakfast is going to be a standard occurrence with this delicious Baklava inspired overnight oats! Gluten Free, Dairy Free, refined sugar free, high in protein and a vegan option, this takes barely any prep and has all the flavours of delicious baklava! @thebigmansworld -

When the epic folk at Blue Diamond sent me their Almond Milk hint of honey vanilla, it was literally the final boost of motivation to post this recipe for Baklava Overnight Oats. Growing up, my mum would make the BEST baklava (which she indeed claims was a Persian invention). It had just the right amount of honey to pastry ratio (ever had baklava which was WAY too overpowering? Yeah, not cool!) and the perfect hint of vanilla- Which is exactly what this Almond Breeze Almond Milk Hint of Honey Vanilla had! 


These baklava overnight oats are exactly like having dessert for breakfast- Healthy style. They have the taste and texture of a pudding thanks to some tiny prep the night before but in the morning- You’re all sorted. Naturally gluten free, these baklava overnight oats are also high in protein, dairy free, refined sugar free and have a vegan option! It has just the right amount of sweetness thanks to the honey and for texture lovers- The crunch of slightly salted pistachios on top! 

For those of you not fan of the overnight oatmeal texture, this is different as it doesn’t use yogurt and pre cooks the oats the night before. If that still doesn’t twist your arm, it most certainly tastes delicious hot.

If that STILL doesn’t sway you, you can most certainly go to Melbourne and bribe my mum to make some real deal homemade baklava

Healthy Baklava Overnight Oats- Dessert for breakfast is going to be a standard occurrence with this delicious Baklava inspired overnight oats! Gluten Free, Dairy Free, refined sugar free, high in protein and a vegan option, this takes barely any prep and has all the flavours of delicious baklava! @thebigmansworld -

NOTE- For true Baklava fans out there- Eat it with a side of pastry. 

Baklava Overnight Oats
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Dessert for breakfast is going to be a standard occurrence with this delicious Baklava inspired overnight oats! Gluten Free, Dairy Free, refined sugar free, high in protein and a vegan option, this takes barely any prep and has all the flavours of delicious baklava!
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  1. 1/2 cup gluten free rolled oats
  2. 1 1/2 cups* Blue Diamond Almond Milk Hint of Honey Vanilla
  3. 1/4 tsp rosewater essence
  4. pinch cinnamon
  5. pinch sea salt
  6. 2 T granulated sweetener of choice (optional)**
  7. 1 scoop vegan vanilla protein powder (optional- Do NOT use whey)
  8. 2 T honey, divided (for a vegan version, sub for agave)
  9. 1/4 cup chopped pistachios (can sub for any crushed nuts)
  1. In a microwave safe bowl or saucepan, combine the oats, Blue Diamond Almond Milk Hint of Honey Vanilla, rosewater essence, cinnamon and sea salt and cook until most of the liquid is absorbed.
  2. Add the granulated sweetener of choice and protein powder and mix well. Add slightly more almond milk if mixture is too thick. Stir through one tablespoon of honey and refrigerate uncovered.
  3. The next morning, add extra almond milk if desired and top with extra tablespoon of honey and chopped pistachios.
  1. * Depending on the protein powder you use, you may need more almond milk
  2. ** If your protein powder is sweetened, do not add or adjust to taste
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88 thoughts on “Baklava Overnight Oats

  1. I think as a food blogger you have to get creative with recipes and take that risk! I guess we do that with other blog posts too, not knowing if people will relate to what we’re saying. I feel that way with many posts, but publish them anyway, and I’m always glad to read the responses!

  2. When I first started blogging I was so anxious about every post. Now I am not anymore. But I definitely have zero intentions to turn it into business at anytime. If it was my business I would look at the whole thing from a different perspective for sure. So I can understand your hesitation. But let me assure you that there’s no reason for your doubts. You’ve always approached touchy topics, you’ve always created unusual recipes and your readership is growing. So you must do something right. Don’t become too mainstream! This would take value from your content

  3. I TOTALLY get your fears. I mean, I put kale in brownies and cookies. So, that was scary.
    BUT THIS OATMEAL? Well, i eat oatmeal AT LEAST 3 times a day, and I LOVE Baklava and that Hint of Honey Almondmilk, so I NEED IT. Pinned!

  4. This recipe is great! I spent 2 years in the Middle East and I love little ways to add some of those flavors into my life. Honey! Sumac! Zataar!

  5. Thank you thank you thank you for saying what we are all thinking/fearing! SO many times I am pumped about a recipe, and it’s a flop. But totally loving this oatmeal recipe. Growing up Croatian, my aunt makes it every holiday and I can’t wait to indulge in this healthier version every morning!

  6. This looks amazing! Don’t worry, you will not be the only one making this 🙂 I was wondering if the rosewater essence was essential though. If it is, where do you get yours? Also, I’m curious why you can’t use whey protein. I love my vegan protein powder, but I’m just curious! Thanks again for the recipe! I mean who doesn’t love baklava?

    1. Oh yes! I get it from the supermarket where the vanilla essence is- Otherwise I know European deli’s do have them too!

      I find whey protein powders, because they are pure protein, tend to make oatmeal way more liquid like- It doesn’t mesh too well!

  7. Hi Arman! You’ve gotta do you, because that’s why your readers love you. It is tempting to be “on trend” all the time, but that’s not always authentic. Second of all, I love baklava. Third of all, I like to think of it as a Greek dish. And fourthly, I’m part of a Big Fat Greek Wedding this weekend in Florida. Don’t be jealous. But seriously, nice work on this creative recipe! Would love to try it!

    1. Thanks Ashley! It’s hard when your blog is your career and you need to find that balance but I hope I never lose my authentic voice. Heck, I know I never will!

      I am VERY jealous! 😉

  8. We are going to have to go sliiiightly separate ways with this one–I don’t like overnight oats, I don’t really like milk in my oats, and I’m very weird about honey (I had to take one of my big steroids in it to disguise the taste, so I have not so great associations with it!). But likes make this regular oats with cool whip or rediwhip on top and a bit of agave, and we are good to GO!

  9. Hahaha…”eat it with a side of pastry.” You crack me up, Arman! Seriously though, I love this post. It’s so important to keep your eye on the real reason you write this blog. It’s all about me and doing what I love…so take that, big trending food blog world! I’ll post Baklava Oatmeal, and you WILL like it. Now since this is a Big Man’s World original, you know it will start to get copied and reposted all over the place, right? I’m thinking some oatmeal this weekend would be an awesome way to start the long weekend! Well done, mate, well done.

  10. I LOVE Baklava! And this recipe sounds amazing! I would definitely love to try it and the only thing stopping me from making it right now is that I don’t have rosewater essence….so I’ll add it to my list. Thanks for sharing! Yummmmm

  11. My mom used to make baklava and when I was younger I didn’t realize how time consuming it is to make and so I signed her up one day to make it for my class the next day. Let’s just say she wasn’t too happy about that!

    These sound great and I will have to see if I like this version better than regular OO. I can’t stand the texture of regular ones!

  12. MMMMF. I’m not sure what baklava exactly is (so uncultured), but I have been convinced. Now where did I throw that coupon for pistachios?

  13. You can’t just tell us to not use whey without giving a reason why 😀 I can see why it’s bad in some recipes, but in oats?

  14. I definitely post stuff that isn’t on trend and feel like I should be doing more trendy stuff – like overnight oats for instance. But like you said, you have to be true to yourself and do what excites you. It would be too hard to post something I wasn’t super excited about and it would come through to my readers. As for baklava, I’m not such a fan – although I’m sure your mum’s homemade version would change that, as would this oatmeal!

  15. I think you was totally wrong to have held this recipe back. It’s perfectly relevant (at least to me and you know if an idea has reached even one person – it’s a worth one!). But I do believe I’m not the only one person to love this! That even sounds amazing – good marketing approach! 😉 Nicely done!

  16. I am a huge oatmeal fan – and I am a huge baklava fan – and you took them and put them together! Dude – that’s brilliant! But I’m wondering what the odds would be of your mom coming to visit you in NYC and leaving behind a whole bunch of baklava for when I come and visit?

  17. Confession: I’ve never had baklava before, probably because of the whole nuts thing 😛 Buuuuut you know how much I love the combination of almonds and honey, so I’d be down for that version. And I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve second guessed myself when blogging… which is ridiculous seeing as some of my most popular recipes are ones that I wasn’t going to post.

  18. You eat for you. You create recipes for you. Anything else is unauthentic. I love pistachios, so therefore I will love this. I thought Baklava was acceptable for breakfast? Or was that just me…

  19. My father makes the best baklava, hands down and I’ve eaten baklava all over Greece.

    It’s my blog and I posted Kohlrabi fritters with a side of cat. How non hygienic of me. 🙂 🙂

  20. A long time health-nut and foodie, I just came across your blog and absolutely LOVE your recipes! Just made the blueberry bites and ate half the batch. I cant wait to make this one as well. I adore rosewater.

    You are an amazing chef and photographer…keep the recipes coming!

  21. I can totally relate to second guessing yourself in blog posts. Not specifically for recipes for me just general life shares or other things. I am at a point now where I believe in myself so it doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks! You definitely should not of worried about this recipe, especially when you make baklava oats. Baklava is so freaking good, I love that stuff!

  22. So FANCY. Rosewater in my breakfast? Better be some rose petals on my bed too when I wake up. Just kidding, I make my own breakfasts, so I would be the one to put rose petals on my own bed, and that’s not happening.
    I definitely relate to the self-doubt in blogging. I’ll start typing a post that I put my heart and soul into, only to think, “no one will like this,” and scrap it. But now I’ve learned to utilize the drafts section and save those posts anyway 🙂

  23. first, you WILL NOT be the only one to make this recipe, because I for one (and I’m sure there are others) am planning to make it. I checked earlier if I had pistachios (or if Jason ate them all…).

    second? GREAT attitude! I have always operated in this way – no idea how I feel I can do so, but I thank my upbringing, my parents and those I have been exposed to, for my confidence and lack of … caring what others think. ha! is that weird?

    anyway, then there’s the just do what comes natural and what you want kind of thinking… it works 🙂

  24. Arman, I love Blue Diamonds Hint of Honey milk. I am really enjoying this post. I love baklava! I could easily eat this inspired oatmeal every morning and be completely content doing so. Have a wonderful weekend my friend!

  25. Ok, you are officially my hero. And your Mom too. Can I PLEASE hang out with you guys?? I ADORE baklava (and it’s not cause I also have a greek ex hahaha) and I think this recipe is brilliant. I try to be back in Sydney in half a year, make it there please.

  26. This sounds SO good! I’m a nut about oatmeal anyway, and that milk sounds so tasty too. Glad you are learning to grow as a blogger…makes it more fun huh? Thanks for finally sharing!!

  27. Woah, amazing idea! Glad you decided to share it because I’m betting A LOT of people would enjoy this!

  28. I just started making overnight oats, and was thinking about a mamoul flavored version (with cardamom as well as the rosewater and pistachios) and just for the heck of it I googled rosewater overnight oats and here is your lovely recipe! I’m going to try this as soon as my current batch of goodies are eaten! Thank you for being brave and posting this!

  29. I would say, you should totally go for it in your blog if it is what you love, it’s kind of the purpose of a blog.. But you should remove the vegan tag for this recipe cause honey is definitely not vegan.. Or at the very least for the compassionate ethical vegans that feel it so wrong to cruely exploit any living being and bees are certainly victims of that heartless, selfish and greedy, ooooh so greedy business

    1. Hi Sandra! I appreciate your feedback, my readers are welcome to make their own choices of what diet they follow and whether or not they consider honey to be vegan or not. 🙂 I consider it to be vegan-friendly so will continue to include it as an option in my recipes! Thank you! 🙂

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