If you’re tired of the usual breakfast, change up your routine and make these healthy and simple Blueberry Overnight Oats.
Overnight oats are great for busy mornings because they can be made ahead of time, are super easy to prepare, portable, and they’ll keep you full until lunch time.
This recipe is so simple and quick, it literally takes 2 minutes to throw together! Mix equal parts milk and oats in a jar, and top with blueberries, vanilla extract, and a teaspoon of honey for a touch of sweetness. Shake and then refrigerate overnight for at least 4-5 hours.
In the morning, stir the oats and add a splash of milk for a thinner consistency then top with fresh blueberries, a drizzle of honey, and if desired, hemp seeds and flaxseed meal.
Overnight oats are meant to be eaten cold, but if you prefer to eat them heated, remove the lid and microwave for about 1 minute.
Because there is no heating required, this tends to be my go-to breakfast when the weather gets warmer. It’s cool, creamy, hearty, and nutritious, plus I love adding in fresh seasonal fruit and berries. It’s easy to make a big batch and eat it throughout the week, because it saves well for several days in the refrigerator. And on those days when I’m running out the door with no time to sit for breakfast, I just grab the jar and a spoon (and a banana, if I can!) and take it with me!
The other fun thing about overnight oats is that they never have to get boring. This recipe is versatile because you can add anything you want (or whatever is in your kitchen!). I like to play with different combinations of fresh and frozen fruit, adding sprinkles of spices like cinnamon or nutmeg, or a pinch of brown sugar. You can add citrus zest for a bit of tang, nuts for protein and crunch, or toss in some coconut flakes. Even a few tablespoons of chocolate chips (mixed in right before eating) tastes delicious, and it’s a great way to get your kids to eat their breakfast! You can even try adding swirls of different nut butters… as you can see, the possibilities are endless!
Because there are so many variations and substitutions, overnight oats can accommodate many special diets. It’s a great nutritious option if you’re vegan or you eat dairy-free – just use coconut, nut, or hemp milk for your liquid. If you’re on a gluten-free diet, swap regular oats for gluten-free ones. Or, if you want to add some gut-healthy probiotics to your meal, mix your oats with yogurt.
Below are a few tips and variations that you can try in order to make your perfect version of overnight oats:
Oats: Old-fashioned rolled oats work best.
Liquid: You can use any combination of dairy or non-dairy milk, or even yogurt; just stick with the 1:1 ratio.
Mix-Ins: Fruits (fresh or frozen), nuts, nut butters, seeds, spices, and citrus zest.
Toppings: Add pretty much whatever you like: berries, banana, coconut flakes, cacao nibs, chia seeds, and/or chopped nuts
Make it vegan: Use maple syrup or agave nectar for sweetener.
Make it sugar-free: Leave out the sweetener and add 1/2 mashed ripe banana instead.
Make it gluten-free: Use gluten-free oats.
I like to put my overnight oats in a mason jar or in a bowl covered with plastic wrap, but any airtight container will do.
You’ll want to eat this tasty, filling breakfast every morning because with a little imagination, each serving can taste different!
If you give these simple blueberry overnight oats a try, let me know what you think! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a photo #aseasyasapplepie on Instagram.
Simple Blueberry Overnight Oats
Make a big batch of these simple blueberry overnight oats and enjoy breakfasts throughout the week!
- 50 grams (1/2 cup) rolled oats
- 120 ml (1/2 cup) unsweetened almond milk
- 3/4 teaspoon honey or pure maple syrup
- 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 25 grams (1/4 cup) fresh or frozen blueberries
- 25 grams (1/4 cup) fresh blueberries
- 1/2 teaspoon hemp seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon flaxseed meal
- honey or maple syrup
In a 16-ounce mason jar, combine the rolled oats, almond milk, honey, and vanilla extract.
Stir, then add the blueberries.
Stir again, cover with the lid, and place the jar in the refrigerator overnight or at least 4-5 hours.
In the morning, stir up the mixture, add a little more liquid if you prefer a thinner consistency, then top with fresh blueberries, a drizzle of honey, and if desired, hemp seeds and flaxseed meal.
Overnight oats will keep in the refrigerator for 3/5 days
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