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Blueberry Almond Overnight Oats

Blueberry Almond Overnight Oats

This easy Blueberry Almond Overnight Oats is the healthy simple breakfast recipe that you need! Blueberries, almonds, chia seeds, oats and yogurt are combined for this make-ahead breakfast that is delicious enough to entice you out of bed in the morning. If you love healthy breakfast options but don’t want a whole lot of work in the morning - this is the recipe for you! 

Blueberry Almond Overnight Oats

 

What are Overnight Oats?

If you’ve never made overnight oats before, you’re missing out! It’s basically a no-cook version of oatmeal, wherein raw oats are soaked in milk and/or yogurt overnight. Soaking the oats overnight creates a delicious, creamy consistency in which the oats absorb most of the liquid. The oats don’t need to be soaked overnight, a minimum of 2 hours in the fridge is sufficient enough for them to soften and absorb most of the liquid. 


Overnight oats aren’t just super creamy and delicious but it is also very good for you! Here are 4 health benefits of this simple, ready-to-eat breakfast:


  1. High in Protein - Oats are higher in protein than most other grains. Plus the overnight oats are soaked in milk, yogurt or both; which increases the protein content in this recipe!
  2. Fiber, Fiber, Fiber - Oats are known for being very high in soluble fiber. Soluble fiber not only can help improve your digestion but is also known to reduce LDL cholesterol and blood sugar levels. In fact, 1 ½ cups of dried oats contains up to 10 grams of total dietary fiber, truly making it one of the highest sources out there!
  3. Jam-Packed with Nutrients - Oats are great sources of a variety of vitamins and minerals, including manganese, magnesium, zinc, iron and vitamin B1. If you pear oatmeal with fruits and nuts (like our recipe!) you can get even more nutrition in just one bite!
  4. Helps Keep You Full - Having oatmeal for breakfast is one of the most satiating breakfasts you can have. It is very filling, which can help you feel satisfied until lunch. Studies show that eating filling foods, like oatmeal may help you eat fewer calories and in turn, lose weight.

Blueberry Almond Overnight Oats


Ingredients

  • Oats - You can’t make overnight oats with the oats! Choose old-fashioned oats instead of quick oats because it will create a better consistency. But do not use steel cut oats as steel cut oats don’t absorb the liquid as well.
  • Chia Seeds - These seeds are jam packed with nutrition and fiber. They also help to create a pudding-like consistency, which makes this recipe even more creamy and irresistible!
  • Sweetener - Honey or maple syrup are both good in this recipe. Change up the amount based on how sweet you like your oatmeal.
  • Milk - Use your favourite milk, whether its plant-based like almond or soy or regular cow’s milk; all varieties will work. You can also make this recipe with water, it won’t turn out as creamy but it will still taste good. 
  • Yogurt - Regular, Greek or even vegan yogurt can all work. The yogurt gives the recipe a tangy flavour and a boost in protein.
  • Blueberries and Almonds - We like to add both fruit and nuts as a topping. But feel free to change them to suit your preference. You can also add dried fruit, nut butters, seeds or spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. Get creative!
  • Almond Extract - This is completely optional. But the almond extract adds a nice nutty taste to complete this recipe.


Blueberry Almond Overnight Oats

 

How To Make Overnight Oats

Making overnight oats is not at all complicated but it is all about consistency, so pay close attention to the amounts. Here is how you do it:


  1. To start, in a small jar (we recommend using a mason jar), combine oats, chia seeds, salt, sweetener, 1 cup milk, and 2 tbsp almonds, 2 tbsp dried blueberries, and almond extract, if using. Stir to combine, then taste and add additional sweetener or milk as desired.
  2. Next, cover with a lid and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, up to overnight.
  3. The next morning, to serve, add a little drizzle of milk or sweetener, if needed, then top with remaining almonds and blueberries and any other toppings you desire!

Blueberry Almond Overnight Oats 

 

Top Tips for Making Overnight Oats

  1. Mason Jars Work Best - Mason jars are the perfect size and shape for overnight oats. They are also great for taking your breakfast on-the-go.
  2. Warm it Up! - You don’t have to eat it cold. Warm up the oats in the microwave or on the stovetop for a warmer version.
  3. Add Extra Protein - Want an even bigger protein boost? Add a scoop of protein or collagen powder to the mixture.
  4. Make A Large Batch For The Week - You can store overnight oats in the fridge for up to 5 days. So feel free to make a big batch so you have it on hand for the whole week. Just make sure you don’t add the fruit beforehand, as it can get soggy. Just add any fruit you use as a topping in the morning.
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