This blueberry oatmeal recipe is a great addition to your make ahead breakfast rotation. Using a few simple ingredients, you can can have a healthy and filling breakfast prepared in just minutes!
Why overnight oats are great
I'm a big fan of healthy oatmeal recipes, and this one is one of our whole family loves. It's a delicious recipe that easily fit into your breakfast meal plan. Make a whole batch over the weekend and grab breakfast (or a hearty afternoon snack) on the go.
One of the best parts of this recipe is that you can use either whole frozen blueberries or frozen pureed blueberries (save the fresh blueberries for a special topping or to snack on). Using frozen berries makes meal prep a breeze because you can use what you have on hand.
This recipe is also fun! If you have a hard time getting your kiddos to eat oatmeal, try offering up purple oatmeal one morning for breakfast and see what happens. This no cook recipe takes just minutes of time to put together and will leave you satisfied all morning.
- Old Fashioned Rolled Oats: Buy these in bulk. Either at Costco, bulk bins (found at Whole Foods or other natural food stores) or in the biggest oatmeal tube you can find at your local grocery.
- Milk: While I recommend regular milk, you can easily use soy milk, almond milk or coconut milk as a substitute
- Blueberries: I like using a cube of blueberry puree, but frozen blueberries work just as well.
How to make Blueberry Oatmeal, overnight
You’ll need a few things to get you set up for success and then these overnight oats with blueberries will be in your rotation forever. I like to use these 8oz wide mouth ball jars for portion out the oatmeal into hearty breakfast sized portions.
The wide mouth jar allows easy access so that you can get to every last bite. Mason jars also stack well in the fridge, so when prep them ahead of time, you’ll be able to store them easily.
Start by laying out the jars on the counter with the lids and bands that match.
A quick tip: Put the jars on a rimmed baking sheet while you are adding the ingredients. It will make cleaning up the spilled oats a breeze😉 .
Then measure out the oats into each jar (or into serving bowls).
Next, using a liquid measuring cup, pour the milk into each jar (dairy and plant based milks both work well here).
After the milk is in, add in the yogurt and the flavorings. In this case, that's just enough blueberries or blueberry puree to make the flavor pop.
Last but not least, put a lid on it. When you are ready to eat, open the jar, stir everything together and voila, breakfast is served!
Old fashioned rolled oats are the best type of oats to use in this recipe. Instant oats (aka quick oats) will get too mushy and steel cut oats don't always absorb the milk as well. You can buy them just about anywhere you grocery shop. I typically buy in bulk at Whole Foods (in the bins) or Costco.
Yes, absolutely. If I’m making a big batch of overnight oats for the family (5 mornings for 4 people), I will dump the dry ingredients into a large bowl to make measuring out the ingredients a bit simpler. I then use this 4 cup liquid measuring cup for the wet ingredients to make sure I'm portioning out the milk evenly and add the blueberry and yogurt directly to each jar.
Yes, it definitely can be!
To make the recipe gluten free: Most old fashioned oats are naturally gluten free, but be sure to double check that the ingredients are certified gluten free if you have a gluten allergy. The rest of the ingredients in the recipe are inherently gluten free.
To make the recipe dairy free: simply substitute the Greek yogurt for a coconut based dairy free yogurt and substitute the skim milk for any dairy free type of milk you like. Almond milk is my favorite substitute, but oat milk and coconut milk would also work well.
Health benefits of blueberries
Blueberries are a powerhouse of a fruit that really pack a punch. They are reported to have the highest levels of antioxidants compared to other fruits and vegetables. Delicious blueberries are full of Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Vitamin K. And they a fun to eat, which is not always an easy feat when trying to look for a healthy snack!
How to store blueberry overnight oats
You can keep the filled jars of overnight oats in the fridge for up to a week. If you are taking this breakfast on the go, you'll want to keep them refrigerated or packed with an ice pack if possible. Because of the dairy in the recipe, you'll not want to leave these at room temperature for too long.
How to serve overnight blueberry oatmeal
You can simply just open the jar, stir everything together and enjoy. Alternatively you can add other toppings to the blueberry oatmeal before serving. Options including crunchy pecans or sliced almonds, extra blueberries, even a sprinkle of chia seeds or brown sugar works too.
One more simple tip:
Make a few flavors of overnight oats at a time so you don’t have to eat the same thing each day for an entire week. Check out these easy recipes for Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats and Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Overnight Oats. I would also encourage you to try other combinations of fruit that you like to mix things up!
Looking for other great make ahead breakfast ideas? Check out these other recipes on the blog!
Simple Blueberry Overnight Oats
- ½ cup old fashioned rolled oats
- ½ cup milk
- ¼ cup frozen blueberries OR 1 cube pureed blueberries
- 1 TB Greek yogurt
- Put oats into a clean 8 oz wide mouth mason jar. Top with the Greek yogurt and then pour in the milk.
- Nestle frozen blueberries or blueberry puree cube into the oats.
- Cover and seal jar and put in fridge for at least 12 hours or up to one week.
- When you are ready to eat the overnight oats, give them a good stir to make sure all ingredients are well incorporated. If desired, top with additional fresh blueberries or other toppings of your choosing.
- If you like your oats a little bit creamier, add a bit more liquid. If you like them to have a bit of a bite, add a bit less.
- You can easily make multiple jars of overnight oats with blueberries at a time. Simply double, triple or quadruple the recipe as needed.