I stumbled across blueberry overnight oats after my first munchkin was born. Okay, wait, that’s not quite true. I stumbled across overnight oats after my first was born and the blueberry part was one of the flavors that my biggest little one really got excited about. I was excited to have found an easy breakfast, she was thrilled about getting to eat purple food!
Overnight oats are, in my opinion, one of the unsung heroes of the make ahead breakfast movement (is this a thing?).
- Overnight oats can be made up to a week ahead of time.
- You can customize them to almost any flavor profile and many dietary restrictions.
- They are a healthy and filling way to start the day. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day after all.
- And most importantly they are truly simple to make.
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Anyone can make these blueberry overnight oats.
You’ll need a few things to get you set up for success and then these overnight oats will be yours forever. I like to use these 8oz wide mouth ball jars for my oats. I think they hold the right amount for a good breakfast.
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 you make these you’ll be able to store them easily for the week.
You’ll also want to have a large quantity of old fashioned rolled oats on hand. I like to use Quaker Oats, but any old fashioned rolled oats will work well here. Quick oats and steel cut oats have their place, but it’s not in this recipe. The old fashioned oats have just the right texture all week long. I buy my oats at Costco, but you could easily by them in the bulk bins or tall oatmeal tube at the grocery.
Fun fact: reuse those oatmeal tubes for all sorts of art projects. Here are a few great examples of ways to reuse them.
For these blueberry overnight oats you may also want to have some cubes of blueberry puree on hand. If you don’t want to make those, I would use frozen blueberries.
Now it's time to measure and dump.
Once you have these items gathered, the rest is all about measuring and dumping ingredients into the jars. Some people like to make everything in one big bowl, stir it together and then portion them out. I find that things don't get evenly distributed that way.
In our house, overnight oats are made assembly line style.
I first lay out my jars and find the lids and bands to go with them. It’s the worst when you’ve made all of your jars, but can’t find the last lid. Then I measure out the oats into each jar. Then, using a measuring cup, I pour the milk into each jar (dairy and plant based milks both work well here). After the milk is in, I add in the yogurt and the flavorings. In this case, I would add in a cube of blueberry puree and maybe a few fresh blueberries.
From there, all you need to do is put a lid on it. When you are ready to eat, open the jar, stir everything together and voila, breakfast is served!
Tips and Tricks:
- If I’m making a big batch of overnight oats for the family (5 mornings for 4 people), I will dump my oats into a big mixing bowl to make measuring everything out more simple.
- This 4 cup liquid measuring cup helps speed up the process and keeps me on track with how much milk I’m pouring into each jar.
- My suggestion is to make a few flavors at a time so you don’t have to eat the same thing each day for an entire week. I would encourage you to try other fruits, even sweet potatoes to mix things up.
I have more overnight oats recipes coming this fall. Stay tuned!
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
- either 1 cube pureed blueberries or ¼ cup frozen blueberries
- 1 TB Greek yogurt
- fresh blueberries (optional)
- Put oats into a clean 8 oz wide mouth mason jar. Nestle frozen blueberries or blueberry puree cube into the oats
- Top with the Greek yogurt and then pour in the milk.
- 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. Top with fresh blueberries or cinnamon if desired.
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