Blueberry Overnight Oats

Delicious and nutritious–a perfect combo.

Blueberry Overnight Oats

The other day I was at the grocery store and just above the fresh blueberries I normally buy, I saw a sign for “Jumbo Blueberries.” I was a little doubtful at first: I mean, they were enormous (for blueberries) so I wondered if maybe they were like a freak of nature or not natural at all…then I wondered if they would be as crisp and sweet as the ones I normally buy. But despite all this skepticism, I bought them anyway and lesson-learned: take chances! These jumbo blueberries put me in blueberry heaven–they were perfect and perfectly delicious. And I thought, what can I make with these to preserve their integrity (meaning compote, jam, even pie were out). And then it hit me: Blueberry Overnight Oats.

I can’t think of a better way to use whole, fresh blueberries than in (and on top of) overnight oats. And when combined with the other ingredients in this recipe, you’d be hard pressed to find a healthier way to start the day, though these Blueberry Overnight Oats also make a great afternoon–or evening–snack.

Don’t get me wrong–you don’t have to use jumbo blueberries in this recipe; any size fresh blueberries will be perfect. You can also use frozen blueberries and if you do, you just might get the added bonus of a gorgeous purple color. Either way, you’re going to get that deep fruity taste that blueberries bring. And when they are combined with almond milk (you can even make your own Homemade Almond Milk), mildly nutty chia seeds, some pure maple syrup and, of course, the softened oats, you get this great combination of flavors and a creamy texture that just can’t be beat.

I love blueberry and lemon together so for an amazing breakfast, I often pair Blueberry Overnight Oats with Lemon and Vanilla Bean Scones or Indulgent Fluffy Blueberry Pancakes (not only do these have lemon in them, too, but you can put some fresh blueberries on top).

Blueberries: The Most Super Superfood

Blueberries have definitely earned their title as a superfood. Low in calories and high in fiber, blueberries have one of the highest anti-oxidant levels of all fruits and vegetables–that’s pretty extraordinary, given how small they are, don’t you think? These little dudes are very nutrient-rich and studies have shown they can contribute to eye health, gut health, and brain function, just to name a few of blueberry’s benefits…but there’s more.

Blueberries have a low glycemic index, so they are good for people with diabetes (this is not necessarily true for all fruits). And some of the compounds (called phytochemicals) that occur naturally in blueberries support heart health, including managing blood pressure and cholesterol. There are even more health advantages to eating blueberries than what I’ve told you here, but now it’s time to get to the recipe!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 2 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
Blueberry Overnight Oats

How to Make Blueberry Overnight Oats

Step 1: Combine the oats and chia seeds in a large bowl. Pour in the almond milk and maple syrup, stirring until everything is well mixed. This will be the base of your overnight oats.

Blueberry Overnight Oats

Step 2: Cover the bowl with a lid or plastic wrap. Place it in the refrigerator to let the oats soak up all the flavors and soften as they sit overnight, ensuring a creamy texture.

Blueberry Overnight Oats

Step 3: In the morning, give the oats a good stir. Fold in most of the blueberries, reserving a few for a colorful garnish. Evenly distribute the mixture into serving jars or bowls.

Blueberry Overnight Oats

Step 4: Add a final touch by sprinkling the remaining blueberries on top. If you like, you can also add a handful of nuts or a sprinkle of coconut flakes for extra crunch and flavor.

Blueberry Overnight Oats

FAQs & Tips

How to Make Ahead and Store?

Blueberry Overnight Oats are mixed the day before and stored in a covered bowl in the refrigerator overnight; leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

What are Chia seeds?

For little tiny things, Chia seeds pack a wallop of nutrition. Not only are they rich in phosphorous (a very necessary mineral) and heart-healthy omega-3s, they are an excellent source of fiber (something that keeps us full longer, in addition to its other benefits)

Will dried blueberries work in overnight oats?

They will work, but here’s something you should know…dried blueberries have significantly more sugar than fresh or frozen berries so if you’re watching sugar, dried may not be the best choice.

What if I’m allergic to nuts?

Then the almond milk in this recipe is not for you! But you can easily replace it with rice milk, coconut milk, oat milk…even regular old dairy milk!

Blueberry Overnight Oats

Serving Suggestions

Any flavor you like with blueberry will inspire you with ways to top Blueberry Overnight Oats. We’ve already talked about lemon and if you love it as much as I do, grate some lemon zest on top of the fresh berries just before serving. Cinnamon is also a great pairing with blueberries…if you’re feeling decadent, a dollop of Cinnamon Buttercream is crazy good…but if eating frosting on your breakfast isn’t your jam, try serving these overnight oats with a side of Cinnamon Bun Pancakes. Looking for a savory breakfast dish to join these oats at your morning table? Look no further than Baked Egg and Kale Cups or Spinach, Sausage and Tomato Strata–both of these bring the protein and some really healthy veggies, in addition to big-time flavor.

Blueberry Overnight Oats
Blueberry Overnight Oats

Blueberry Overnight Oats

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Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 178 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 2 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries

Instructions
 

  • Combine the oats and chia seeds in a large bowl. Pour in the almond milk and maple syrup, stirring until everything is well mixed. This will be the base of your overnight oats.
    Blueberry Overnight Oats
  • Cover the bowl with a lid or plastic wrap. Place it in the refrigerator to let the oats soak up all the flavors and soften as they sit overnight, ensuring a creamy texture.
    Blueberry Overnight Oats
  • In the morning, give the oats a good stir. Fold in most of the blueberries, reserving a few for a colorful garnish. Evenly distribute the mixture into serving jars or bowls.
    Blueberry Overnight Oats
  • Add a final touch by sprinkling the remaining blueberries on top. If you like, you can also add a handful of nuts or a sprinkle of coconut flakes for extra crunch and flavor.
    Blueberry Overnight Oats

Nutrition

Calories: 178kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 5gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 0.4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.01gSodium: 139mgPotassium: 156mgFiber: 5gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 15IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 177mgIron: 2mg
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