Simple Blueberry Overnight Oats- Are you always scrambling in the morning to put together a healthy breakfast? With just a few simple ingredients and few minutes prep time the night before, you’ll wake up to this delicious grab-and-go breakfast. Can be served warm or cold. (Hearty, Clean Eating, Easily Vegan)
Overnight oats have changed my breakfast routine! It only takes about 2 mins of prep time the night before to stir together healthy ingredients like oats, almond milk (of milk of your choice), almond butter and Greek yogurt in a airtight container (like mason jars).
The magic happens in the refrigerator overnight (no cooking necessary) as the ingredients mingle and meld into creamy goodness. In the morning give the oats a good stir and top with blueberries and chopped nuts. Full of fiber and protein this nutritious breakfast will fuel your body and help keep you feeling full until lunch.
What are overnight oats?
Overnight oats are basically a no-cook method of preparing oatmeal. The traditional method of cooking oatmeal means boiling the oats in water on the stove-top or cooking them in the microwave. With overnight oats you simply soak the oats (and other goodies like almond butter) in liquid (like almond milk) overnight in the refrigerator. In the morning you’ll have a delicious, creamy grab-and-go bowl of oatmeal.
Do you eat overnight oats cold or hot?
Overnight oats are generally meant to be served cold but if you prefer to serve them warm that’s certainly an option. I’ve included instructions for serving cold and warm.
How to make Simple Blueberry Overnight Oats
To Serve Cold:
- In a glass mason jar, or container of your choice, layer the ingredients in this order: oats, pinch of salt, almond butter, almond milk and Greek yogurt. You can either stir all ingredients together or leave layered. Cover container and refrigerate overnight (or at least 4 hours).
- In the morning: Stir oats and top with blueberries, chopped nuts. Add a splash of maple syrup or honey for a touch of sweetness or a sprinkle of brown sugar (sub coconut sugar or date sugar if following a clean eating program).
To Serve Hot:
- In a glass mason jar, or container of your choice, layer the ingredients in this order: oats, pinch of salt, almond butter, and almond milk. You can either stir all ingredients together or leave layered. Cover container and refrigerate overnight (or at least 4 hours).
- In the morning: Stir oats and microwave (in microwave safe bowl/mason jar) in 30 second intervals, stirring in between intervals. The stirring is important, so the oats don’t splatter. Once hot, top with Greek yogurt, blueberries and chopped nuts. If you'd like a touch of sweetness drizzle with maple syrup or honey or a pinch of brown sugar (sub coconut sugar or date sugar if following a clean eating diet).
What are the best oats to use for Overnight Oats?
- Old Fashioned Rolled Oats- are the best choice for overnight oats. They are perfect for soaking up the liquid overnight and become nice and creamy.
- Quick Cooking Oats- I don’t recommend using quick cooking oats because they tend to get a little too soggy (in my opinion).
- Steel Cut Oats- While I’m a fan of Steel Cut oats in general I find them to be too “chewy” when used for overnight oats.
How long do overnight oats keep? and the best way to store them?
- Overnight Oats Container- Mason jars or containers with airtight lids are my preferred storage container for overnight oats because makes it super easy to prep overnight oats for multiple days. if you don't have mason jars any other airtight container will work.
- Overnight oats will last up to 5 days in the refrigerator. With one caveat, the oats continue to soften as they soak in liquid so by the 4th or 5th day they are considerable softer. I find them so easy to make that I usually only make 1 or 2 days worth of oats at a time.
Tip: You can prep the toppings the night before and store in ziplock bags or airtight containers (keep the crunchy toppings like nuts separate from the fruit). It makes getting a healthy breakfast on the table a snap! Or if you run out of time in the morning you can always grab and go.
How to make this recipe Vegan
You can easily make this recipe vegan buy subbing coconut yogurt or plant-based Greek yogurt ( like Chobani) for the traditional Greek yogurt. Use maple agave or brown sugar for a touch of sweetness.
This overnight oats recipe is completely customizable!
- Change the fruit; raspberries, blackberries and chopped strawberries or peaches would all be delicious.
- Use your favorite nuts (chopped almonds, pecans, pistachios or walnuts).
- Change the flavor of the yogurt ( vanilla, honey, lemon, blueberry or flavor of your choice).
- Almond Butter substitutions: Sub peanut butter, Sun Butter, Hazelnut Butter, Cashew Butter or other nut butter of your choice.
- Sweeten it up- Add a pinch of brown sugar , coconut sugar or a drizzle of honey or maple syrup if you’d like a little sweetness.
Other healthy breakfast recipes you may like:
Healthy Breakfast Banana Split- It’s like having “dessert” for Breakfast (and it’s healthy!)
Power Breakfast Bowl- power packed with good -for -you ingredients like oats, chia seeds, blackberries, raspberries and nuts and seeds
Mediterranean Omelet Cups- These mini omelets are cooked in a muffin tin and can be made ahead of time.
Simple Blueberry Almond Overnight Oats
- ½ cup rolled oats
- 1 pinch salt
- 2 teaspoon almond butter
- ⅔ cup vanilla almond milk or milk of your choice
- ½ cup greek vanilla yogurt one small 6 oz yogurt
- ½ cup fresh blueberries (or frozen berries, thawed)
- splash of maple syrup or honey (optional)
- chopped almonds/pecans brown sugar for topping
- In a glass mason jar, or container of your choice, layer the ingredients in this order; oats, pinch of salt, almond butter, almond milk, Greek yogurt (if you plan on serving overnight oats hot, don't add the Greek yogurt at this step). You can either stir all ingredients or leave in layered. Cover container.
- Refrigerate overnight (or a minimum of 4 hours).
- In the morning: If serving serving oats cold: stir the oats and top with fresh blueberries, chopped nuts (almonds/pecans) and a sprinkle of brown sugar or splash of honey if desired.If serving oats hot: stir the oats and heat in the microwave (in microwaveable dish). Heat in 30 second intervals, stirring in between each interval (the stirring is important! so the oats don't splatter), Top with Greek yogurt, blueberries and chopped nuts.
*This post was originally posted on 3/15/2014 and has been updated 3/2/2020 with new information and new photos.