These wild blueberry overnight oats are just what you need to start your day off right. Simply stir together before you go to bed and wake up with breakfast waiting for you.
While I will always love hot oatmeal, especially steel-cut oats, I have come to love the convenience and taste of overnight oats. I mean, how great does it feel to wake up knowing that you have a healthy breakfast ready to go?
I admit, when I first heard about overnight oats I was skeptical. I mean, cold oatmeal? But after trying it, I realized it was actually not bad, and the more I made it, the more I loved it.
Cool overnight oats make a great warm-weather breakfast. And while it’s far from warm here in the northeast right now, I’ve got spring on my mind. (And, I know that it can go from 35 to 75 degrees in a matter of weeks!)
The wild blueberries used in this recipe make the oatmeal a beautiful blue-purple hue. But you could make it with any fruit you have on hand. From raspberries to blackberries, to chopped apples, to mangoes–the options are endless. Same goes for the nuts: mix it up to your liking!
This breakfast is packed with nutrition to get you moving and keep you going. While I’m not one to count calories, I do think it’s good to be aware of portion size and hidden sources of extra calories. At just under 500 calories, this oatmeal is suitable for most, but you can easily subtract or add ingredients as you need!
- Oats – packed with fiber and complex carbohydrates, this grain is available gluten-free and will help keep your blood sugar in check and hunger satisfied!
- Wild blueberries – Frozen wild blueberries are a staple in my freezer. Loaded with antioxidants and flavor they are a perfect addition to a variety of foods including pancakes, smoothies, and, of course, oatmeal!
- Greek or Skyr yogurt – Add a dollop of plain Greek or Skyr yogurt to this oatmeal for extra protein and some healthy probiotics. Make it vegan by using a plant-based yogurt, but since it won’t give you the same amount of protein, consider adding some extra chia seeds and nuts.
- Plant milk – Plant-based milk such as coconut or almond work great in this oatmeal. Homemade vanilla almond milk is especially tasty!
- Chia seeds – Add more protein, fiber, and iron to your morning with chia seeds! They also help keep your GI tract functioning smoothly!
Mix it Up
Feel free to top these oats with any berries you have on hand! But know that you can always rely on frozen berries to be there for you when the fresh are all gone. (I buy fresh berries every week, but with 4 berry lovers in the family they are usually gone in 24 hours!)
Overnight oats make a great breakfast for busy tweens and teens. They can eat it at home when they wake up or bring it to school in a thermos. Younger kids will also love this creamy, easy to eat breakfast concoction. And it can easily be warmed in the microwave for those who prefer!
- ⅓ cup old fashioned oats (certified gluten-free if needed)
- ⅓ cup unsweetened Greek or Skyr yogurt (or plant-based coconut or cashew yogurt)
- ⅓ cup unsweetened plant milk
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract (or try ground cinnamon or cardamom)
- ¼ cup + ¼ cup frozen wild blueberries
- 1 tablespoon unsweetened coconut flakes (toasted if time)
- 2 tablespoons chopped cashews (toasted if time)
- Combine oats, yogurt, milk, chia seeds, maple syrup, vanilla extract, ¼ cup blueberries in a jar. Stir until well mixed. Cover and refrigerate overnight or at least 3 hours.
- Serve with additional blueberries, coconut flakes, and cashews.