I am not the type of person who eats the same thing for breakfast every day for my whole life. I love variety, but it drives me a little crazy when I get up in the morning and I can’t figure out what I want to eat. Blueberry overnight oats is a great way to solve this problem because it is already there waiting for you when you first open the fridge. There is something wonderful about having a convenience food that you made yourself.
What are Overnight Oats?
While overnight oats have been all the range for the last few years, there are still many who haven’t tried them and don’t know how easy they are to make. I have become a more recent convert myself. The original overnight oats was just oats and milk with cinnamon, but they have evolved into a much bigger palate of flavors. This blueberry overnight oats recipe includes, besides oats and blueberries, Greek yogurt, almond milk, vanilla, cinnamon, maple syrup, walnuts and chia seeds. The chia seeds, as they soak in almond milk, creates a pudding like texture and the walnuts give it a satisfying crunch. I have always enjoyed anything with the combination of blueberries and maple syrup, such as my recipe for blueberry compote, and they don’t disappoint here. The basic idea of overnight oats is that you with no cooking you will have an amazing dessert like breakfast with only 5 minutes of prep. It is, in effect, a lazy cooks dream.
Are Overnight Oats Healthy?
If done with care, overnight oats are one of the most nutritious breakfasts out there. It is vegetarian, gluten free and follows the guidelines of the Mediterranean Diet. Besides being filling, it also fairly low in calories and high in fat which is a perfect combo for weight loss. Blueberries are one of the highest antioxidant foods. Walnuts and Chia seeds are both packed with omega 3-fats, a polyunsaturated fat that most of us are deficient in and help with everything from depression and anxiety to heart disease and inflammation. Oats, also very high in antioxidants, can decrease cholesterol and improve blood sugar. So, yes, overnight oats are indeed healthy.
How Long Do Overnight Oats Last?
If you made overnight oats at the beginning of the week I would try to eat them by the end of the week. I find they taste best when eaten 1 or 2 days after you make them. You can wait longer, but, after time it won’t taste as fresh and vibrant.
What Kind of Oats for Overnight Oats?
You can use most any type of oats for overnight oats, but you don’t want to use quick oats. Old fashioned rolled oats are the best. If you are gluten free, you do want to make sure the oats you are using come from a gluten free facility (the package should say this).
How to Make Blueberry Overnight Oats
These are truly the easiest breakfast recipe out there (except for putting milk on cereal). All you have to do is add all the ingredients (except the walnuts) into a bowl, cover and refrigerate. The next morning you will have breakfast waiting for you. Top with nuts and enjoy!