Wake up to these creamy, dreamy Blueberry Overnight Oats! These delicious Blueberry Oats take just minutes to make, and they're loaded with healthy ingredients and tons of fresh flavor ... the perfect breakfast treat!
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You'll find many Overnight Oatmeal recipes here on Hello Little Home (I just can't resist this stressfree breakfast), but these Blueberry Overnight Oats are my personal favorite!
There is sooo much to love here between the extra creamy oatmeal base and the juicy, sweet blueberry topping. The secret ingredient though is the lemon zest! It adds an unexpected burst of sunny flavor that brightens everything up
This no cook recipe isn't just tasty though. It's also good for you with the oats, dairy, and berries providing a healthy serving of fiber, protein, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Plus, it's low cal (great for weight loss).
Best of all though, this no cook breakfast recipe could not be easier to make! Keep scrolling for all the details.
This quick and easy recipe uses basic ingredients ... you probably have most of them already. Here's what you'll need:
- Blueberries - Of course, fresh berries are a must! You can use frozen blueberries in a pinch, but I would recommend thawing them first and draining off any excess liquid before combining with the other ingredients.
- Oats - For the best results, make sure to use old-fashioned rolled oats for this recipe. Instant and steel cut oats absorb milk differently, so they don't work as well.
- Yogurt - Plain, unsweetened yogurt is best for this recipe. Choose a full fat version for the creamiest results, or go low fat. Greek yogurt doesn't work quite as well, because it contains less liquid. You can use it, but you'll need to thin it with an extra tablespoon (or two) of milk or water.
- Milk - Yogurt and oats on their own are pretty thick, so you'll also need milk. Choose your favorite milk, regular or plant based, such as almond, oat, or soy (which is what I used). If you prefer, you can even prepare this recipe with no milk. Just use water instead.
- Maple Syrup - Delicious maple syrup to adds the ideal amount of sweetness, and you can easily add more or less to taste. Other sweeteners, like honey or brown sugar, can also be used.
- Lemon - A little bit of lemon zest is this recipe's secret ingredient! Don't have any lemons? Lime or orange zest would work great, too.
Tip: To make this recipe vegan / dairy free, use your favorite plant based yogurt and milk (soy, almond, coconut, oat, etc. will all work).
You'll Also Need
To make this recipe, you'll also need a jar or small bowl with a lid to prepare and store the oats. Mason jars are my favorite, because they have a reusable lid and are easy to transport. I used these cute 12-ounce quilted mason jars for these photos, however a standard 16-ounce mason jar (pint jar) will makes things easier to eat. You'll also need a zester for the lemon. This microplane zester is the best!
How to Make Blueberry Overnight Oats
Have you got five minutes? These Blueberry Oats are a snap to prepare! You'll find a detailed recipe card below, but here's a quick overview:
- Combine oatmeal ingredients. Add the oats, yogurt, milk, maple syrup, lemon zest, and a pinch of salt to a mason jar or a small bowl. Mix well.
- Add blueberries. Stir in half the blueberries, then top oatmeal with remaining berries.
- Refrigerate. Cover your jar or bowl, then refrigerate the oats overnight (or for at least four hours).
And that's really all there is to it ... your Overnight Oats with Blueberries are ready to eat! You are going to love every creamy bite of this tasty morning treat.
I usually make a few jars at a time, that way breakfast is covered for the week (great for meal prep). To do the same, just line up your jars, then add the ingredients assembly line-style. If you plan to make more than two jars, add the blueberries just before serving so they stay fresh.
Tip: You'll only use the zest for this recipe, not the whole lemon. Don't throw out the rest though ... squeeze the lemon juice over cooked veggies or into a cup of tea, make a glass of lemonade, or use it for a lemony Chickpea Salad, Greek Coleslaw or a Kale Salad!
Once you've mastered the basic recipe, here are a few ways to change things up:
- Greek Yogurt - Plain yogurt works best here, but if you'd prefer to use Greek, stir in an extra tablespoon or two of milk (or water). It should have the consistency of regular, plain yogurt when you're done.
- Zest - Feel free to replace the lemon zest with lime or orange zest.
- Chia - These popular seeds work well in this recipe. To add them, stir in one tablespoon chia seeds, plus 3 extra tablespoons milk.
- Other Toppings + Mix-ins - Feel free to get creative with other toppings. Nuts (such as almonds, pecans, or walnuts) would be delish. Swap out the maple syrup for honey or brown sugar. Not a fan of lemon? Add a pinch of cinnamon or coriander to amp up the flavor instead.
- Vegan - As mentioned above, you can easily make this recipe vegan / dairy free by using your fave plant based yogurt and milk. I like soy milk, but almond, coconut, oat, etc. will all work great.
Store the oats in an airtight jar or a covered bowl in your refrigerator. These Lemon Blueberry Overnight Oats will stay freshest and taste best when eaten within a couple days. Plain oats will be fine for three to four days though, so if you want to make more than a couple jars, I'd recommend adding the blueberries just before serving (or the night before you plan to eat them).
Looking for more refrigerator Oatmeal recipes? Try one of these flavors next:
- Basic Overnight Oats - This classic refrigerator oatmeal recipe is super simple to prepare and endlessly versatile!
- Overnight Oats with Yogurt
- Apple Overnight Oats
- Raspberry Overnight Oats
- Almond Joy Overnight Oats
- Banana Overnight Oats
- Strawberry Overnight Oats
- Cranberry Orange Overnight Oats
- Pumpkin Overnight Oats
- Mango Overnight Oats
Craving warm breakfast ideas? You'll love this Blueberry Baked Oatmeal, too!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Need more help? Check out these frequently asked questions:
Overnight Oats will stay fresh and taste best when eaten within three to four days. Make sure to add perishable toppings (like fruit) just before serving for the freshest and tastiest results.
You can eat Overnight Oats hot or cold. They are usually eaten cold right from the refrigerator, but if you prefer, you can gently warm them in your microwave before serving.
Yes, Overnight Oats need to be refrigerated once the ingredients have been mixed together.
If your Overnight Oats didn't turn out right, you probably didn't use enough liquid. Try adding a little extra milk or water. For more flavor, make sure to add a pinch of salt and a little maple syrup for sweetness.
Blueberry Overnight Oats
- ½ cup old fashioned rolled oats
- ⅓ cup milk
- ⅓ cup plain yogurt
- 2 teaspoons maple syrup
- ½ teaspoon lemon zest
- pinch salt
- ½ cup blueberries
- Combine oats, milk, yogurt, maple syrup, lemon zest, and salt in a mason jar (or small bowl). Mix well.
- Stir in half the blueberries, then top with remaining berries.
- Cover and refrigerate overnight (or at least four hours) before eating. Enjoy!