Dirt Pie Overnight Oatmeal

Happy Wednesday! The sun has finally come out again in New York City, and the forecast shows sun for the next week. ☀️ ☀️ ☀️ That means I’ll finally be able to get back to blogging.

You see, because I live in a Brooklyn apartment, it’s not feasible for me to take pictures outside (much to my displeasure). I have to take all my pictures right next to my bedroom window to get some natural light, and to get enough light, I need it to be MEGA sunny. Cloudy days work great for outside pictures, but not indoors. The past two weeks have been endlessly cloudy, resulting in me running out of recipes to post. My apologies.

Dirt Pie Overnight Oatmeal by the #OatmealArtist #Vegan

For those of you unfamiliar with dirt pie (and that could very well be many of you), it’s a dessert with chocolate pudding topped with crushed Oreos and gummy worms. It’s a popular dessert to serve kids, especially around Halloween.

To oatmealize this recipe, I made a fudgy overnight oatmeal using sweet potatoes (no bananas in this recipe!!). I also stepped away from my usual use of maple syrup and tried sweetening with dates, which I haven’t done for months. It’s a sweetening method that works especially well with overnight recipes because it has all night to soak in the oatmeal batter and saturate it with its natural sugars. ?

Dirt Pie Overnight Oatmeal #Vegan #OatmealArtist

The top layer is, indeed, crushed Oreo. ? Yes, your fussy, darling Lauren put an Oreo on top of her breakfast. I bet you didn’t see that coming! Well, to be specific, it’s actually a Newman’s Organic Chocolate Crème Filled Cookie. But it’s the same thing. Just check the label because I did accidentally purchase a dollar store version that I later realized contained milk. But 90% of Oreo-like cookies are vegan!

I will always advocate for unprocessed foods, but every once in a while, you just gotta throw an Oreo on top of your oatmeal. ? I skipped the gummy worms, though. I decided my dirt pie would be more like a garden than a worm condo.

Dirt Pie Overnight Oatmeal by the #OatmealArtist

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Dirt Pie Overnight Oatmeal

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Yield: serves 1

What you'll need:

  • 1/4 cup quick cook steel cut oats
  • 1/3 - 1/2 cup thoroughly mashed sweet potato
  • 1/2 cup milk of choice
  • 2 tsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder (I used half regular, half dark)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 chopped dates, or 2-4 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 crushed Oreo or Oreo-like cookie

How to make it:

  1. Combine all ingredients except Oreo in a container with a lid and mix thoroughly.
  2. Refrigerate overnight or for several hours.
  3. When ready to serve, do a quick taste-test of your oatmeal. Add a sweetener like maple syrup if you find it too bitter.
  4. To serve, top with Oreo. Depending on the size of your container, you may need more (or less!) than one. If you want to recreate my strawberry look, stick the strawberries into the oatmeal before adding the Oreo.
  5. Enjoy!

About Lauren Smith

Lauren is a herbivore, Slytherin, and connoisseur of oats. She is a former teacher who is currently studying to earn a master's degree in curriculum development. You can follow her on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.

19 Responses to Dirt Pie Overnight Oatmeal

  1. Kelsey says:

    I love this, and the strawberries are so cute! Dirt pie was one of my favorites as a kid. 🙂

  2. Christine says:

    Great recipe idea! I used to love getting the Cup of Dirt at TGI Friday’s when I was little. If you only use 1 T of cocoa powder, does the sweet potato flavor come out too strongly? Also, do you think canned pumpkin would be an acceptable substitute for the sweet potato? I love sweet potatoes, but they get too lumpy in stovetop oatmeal unless I keep adding liquid and stirring. I wouldn’t be able to do that with overnight oatmeal that I eat cold.

    • Lauren Smith says:

      I couldn’t really taste the sweet potato, especially using dark cocoa powder. Canned pumpkin would be fine!

      • Christine says:

        Good to know! I love sweet potatoes, but I think pumpkin might work better as far as texture is concerned. Plus, I wouldn’t have to deal with cooking a sweet potato. If I try it, I’ll let you know how it goes!

        • Lauren Smith says:

          Are you sure you’re baking your sweet potato long enough? I just mashed mine with a fork and it was super soft. But obviously canned pumpkin puree is smoother and a great substitute.

  3. Jade says:

    I remember dirt pies!! I had a variation of one for my fourth birthday party. I’m definitely going to try this and savor the nostalgia in every bite.

  4. Cassie says:

    I always thought of a dirt pie as those little mud pies you’d make as a kid with crumpled soil, dirt, and some weeds with ants and worms crawling inside! LOL! Now I know that they are MUCH different from that. I can imagine how amazing they taste–let alone, in a healthified oatmeal too!

  5. Kat says:

    I loved dirt pie when I was little!

    I was amazed to learn over the summer that Oreos are vegan. I am not a vegan (in fact, I don’t like chocolate), but I have a few friends who are allergic to milk, so they are obsessed with Oreos.

    Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  6. Queena says:

    I want to try this asap!! But I’m confused. I’ve never given in to PETA’s list of accidentally vegan foods because it says on the Oreo FAQ page that Oreos aren’t actually vegan because of cross contact with milk. Please enlighten me! Thank you so much.

    • Lauren Smith says:

      I refuse to follow that mantra. It’s highly unlikely for that kind of cross contamination, but they have to put that just to cover them so nobody can sue them if they have an (unlikely) allergic reaction. The way I see it, you have to draw a line somewhere. The recipe has no animal products in it and that’s good enough for me. 🙂

  7. Oh my gosh I love this! The strawberry garden is adorable, and a much better idea than gummy worms (I just can’t get on board with anything called ‘worms’) 😀

  8. I feel you on the lack of sunshine (and taking photos in lack of sunshine). I live in a house, but it’s still a problem!

    I can’t believe I’m going to buy a thing of cookies just so I can make this recipe to fuel my long run tomorrow! I love your blog, btw — have been following it a loooooong time.

  9. This oatmeal is so cute and nostalgic!!! The strawberries are definitely better than gummy worms because it is nearly impossible to find vegan gummy worms. But if I were to consider the animals in dirt diorama, I would use a banana to make it a worm or gopher. The creative possibility are endless on the dessert. I really like how you rocked the sandwich cookies! Life is all about balance so it’s totally cool to eat sandwich cookies for breakfast. I do know of a brand that is organic and cegan but the name escapes me.

  10. Christine says:

    I made this using 1/2 cup butternut squash puree, so that the oatmeal would be smoother and more pudding-like. I used 2 chopped dates for sweetener, but also added a teaspoon of maple syrup, so that it wouldn’t be too bitter. Upon first bite, I thought, “Oh no, squash!” But as I ate the oatmeal, I didn’t really notice the squash. Using half SpecialDark cocoa powder was key; I don’t think regular cocoa powder would have hidden the taste of the squash.

    I would definitely make this recipe again — maybe with a gummy worm or two. It did remind me of the cup of dirt dessert!

  11. Christine says:

    I made this again this morning. It tasted just like chocolate pudding! I recommend using canned squash or pumpkin purée for an extra smooth, creamy consistency.

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