This Blueberry Overnight Oats recipe is delicious, healthy and can be prepped in 5 minutes. An easy, make ahead breakfast option perfect for those busy mornings!
Looking for an easy and delicious make ahead breakfast recipe? Look no further! These creamy overnight oats are bursting with blueberries and a pop of brightness thanks to the lemon zest. This flavor combo is light and bright (reminds me of a sunny spring or summer day). You are going to love these healthy blueberry overnight oats!
Reasons To Love This Recipe
- Easy to make – just 5 minutes of prep!
- Perfect for meal prep
- Ready to go for busy hectic mornings
- Made from healthy, real food ingredients
- Delicious breakfast or snack
Ingredients You’ll Need
You will need the following ingredients to make these blueberry overnight oats…
- Rolled Oats (Old Fashioned Oats): Make sure to use old fashioned rolled oats for the best texture. Quick (instant) oats and steel cut oats don’t absorb the liquid the same way.
- Blueberries: I like to use frozen wild blueberries since I usually tend to have some in the freezer. They are small so they mix through nicely and I love the purple colour you get from using frozen blueberries. No need to thaw beforehand since they will defrost as the mixture sits in the fridge. You could also use fresh blueberries instead.
- Greek Yogurt: I like to use the plain, full fat variety. This gives the overnight oats a rich and creamy texture while also adding some protein.
- Almond Milk: Unsweetened almond milk or your milk of choice.
- Chia Seeds: Not only do the chia seeds provide extra nutrition but they also help to thicken the overnight oats into a pudding like consistency.
- Lemon Zest: Blueberries and lemon are a classic combo. The lemon zest really brightens up the flavour. I highly recommend adding it!
- Vanilla Extract: For flavour.
- Maple Syrup: Use real maple syrup and adjust quantity to taste.
Detailed ingredient list and directions located in the recipe card below.
How To Make Blueberry Overnight Oats
This make ahead recipe is so easy. Simply…
- Add all the ingredients to a jar, container or bowl. I like to use a wide mouth 16-oz mason jar.
- Stir together until combined.
- Cover and refrigerate overnight (or at least 3-4 hours).
- Add some toppings, grab a spoon and dig in!
Toppings aren’t necessary but they add some additional taste and texture. They also look cute as well! Here are a few topping ideas that would taste delicious with these blueberry overnight oats:
- Toasted sliced or slivered almonds
- Fresh blueberries
- Coconut flakes or shredded coconut
- Granola or granola clusters
Storage + Meal Prep
Storage: Store in a sealed jar or airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Tip: Store in single serve containers or jars for an easy to grab breakfast in the morning.
Meal Prep: This make ahead recipe is perfect for meal prep. Either make one serving quickly the night before or make multiple servings for the next few days all at once. A larger batch can be made in one large container or separated out into single serving jars or containers.
Containers For Overnight Oats
You want something with a lid so they stay covered in the fridge. I prefer mason jars or glass containers since they don’t discolor or absorb odors.
A 16-oz wide mouth mason jar is perfect since there is enough space for the oats to absorb the liquid and to add toppings in the next day. The wide mouth makes it easy to add and stir together the ingredients directly in the jar. I love to use these plastic storage caps instead of the 2-piece canning lids that mason jars come with.
Smaller 8-oz (1 cup) jars or containers like these Weck jars are nice if you prefer to split the overnight oats up into smaller portions. Great option for snacks or a small breakfast.
A Few Questions Answered
Overnight oats are basically a no-cook method for making oatmeal. Rolled oats are mixed with liquid and other mix-ins and left to soak in the fridge until soft and thickened.
The name would suggest that they need to soak overnight which is my recommendation for the best texture. However, you can also leave them to soak for as little as 3-4 hours if you don’t have the time to wait.
Overnight oats are intended to be eaten cold. However, you can also heat them up if you prefer them warm.
Your choice! I like to use frozen wild blueberries since they are always available in my freezer and the smaller size of wild blueberries mixes through easily. Frozen blueberries will defrost as the mixture sits in the fridge which gives the oats a beautiful purple colour. If I also have fresh blueberries on hand, I like to add a few on top before serving.
Up to 5 days in a sealed jar or container in the fridge.
Old fashioned rolled oats provide the best texture (and are the type used in this recipe).
This recipe is easily customized. Here are a few options…
- Make it gluten free: Make sure to use certified gluten free oats. Although oats are naturally gluten free, they are usually processed in a facility with other grains that contain gluten.
- Make it dairy free or vegan: Substitute the Greek yogurt for a plant based yogurt.
- Add more protein: Top with nuts and seeds, nut butter or a dollop of extra Greek yogurt. Or mix in some protein powder or collagen powder when making the mixture.
- Adjust the sweetness: Adjust the quantity of maple syrup to make it more or less sweet.
Did you make these blueberry overnight oats? Let me know in the comments!Print
This delicious Blueberry Overnight Oats recipe is an easy make ahead breakfast option. These creamy overnight oats are bursting with blueberries and a pop of brightness from the lemon zest.
- 1/2 cup rolled oats (old fashioned)
- 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk (or milk of choice)
- 1/2 cup frozen wild blueberries (see note)
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Optional toppings: fresh blueberries, toasted sliced or slivered almonds, coconut flakes, granola, etc.
- Mix: Stir together all the ingredients in a jar, container or bowl.
- Refrigerate: Cover and place in fridge overnight (or at least 3-4 hours).
- Add toppings: Add some of the optional toppings, grab a spoon and enjoy!
- I like to use a 16-oz wide mouth mason jar with plastic storage lid. There is enough space to mix the ingredients together directly in the jar with room left to add toppings the next day. Smaller jars like these ones are also great if you prefer to split the recipe up into smaller portions that are perfect for snacks or a small breakfast.
- Fresh or Frozen Blueberries: You can use either! I prefer to use frozen wild blueberries since they are easy to keep on hand and the smaller size of wild blueberries mixes through easily. The frozen blueberries will defrost as the overnight oats sit in the fridge and give the oats a beautiful purple color. If I also have fresh blueberries, I will add a few on top before serving.
- Storage: Up to 5 days in the fridge (in a sealed jar or container)
- Meal Prep: This is perfect for meal prep! A larger batch can either be made in one larger container or separated out into multiple single serving jars.
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