It’s blueberry season on the West Coast, and we can’t get enough of these little berries! Every time we open our fridge, regardless of what we were originally in there for, we usually end up with a handful of them before the door is closed. In the last week or so, the ones at the market have been coming into their prime. Plump, juicy and oh-so sweet!
A few times a week, I usually have overnight oats for breakfast in the morning. Before I go to bed, I mix up a batch and throw it into the fridge. It takes me less than 5 minutes to prepare, and it tastes so good with a cup of coffee. I the winter, I often use dried fruit to add a bit of sweetness, but come summer time, it’s fresh fruit all the way! I’ve been enjoying these Maple-Walnut Blueberry overnight oats for the past few weeks.
When I make overnight oats, I only measure out my oats and liquid. The rest, I eyeball. And the only mainstay in my oats are chia seeds. The rest of the add-ins change with my cravings. Nuts, seeds, coconut flakes – they all make it into the jar at some point. I love using Roger’s Porridge Oat blends, which often include other goodies like flax seeds, quinoa flakes and oat bran. But, there’s nothing wrong with plain old oats, too!
A few ways I like to make these maple-walnut blueberry overnight oats:
- The liquid: While milk or water works just fine, I often find myself using coconut water. It’s a great source of potassium and electrolytes, and we find on the heavy training days, the coconut water makes sure we don’t get leg cramps. Bonus!
- The protein: Oats already have a nice amount of protein in them, but I’ll often add a dollop of non-fat greek yogurt. It gives another boost of protein as well as a creaminess to the oats.
- The fats: Nuts and seeds are a great way to boost the healthy fats in this breakfast, and they also add a great crunch.
The entire combination of these oats keeps me full for quite a few hours and, honestly, I can’t get enough of the blueberries! So if you’re looking for an easy, healthy way to start your day, give these maple-walnut blueberry overnight oats a try.
- ½ cup large-flake oats
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp crushed walnut pieces
- ¼ tsp cinnamon (optional)
- ¼ cup blueberries (or as many as you can fit into the jar)
- 1 tsp maple syrup (or to taste)
- 1 tbsp greek yogurt (optional)
- ½ cup coconut water
- In a 250 mL mason jar (with a tight fitting lid), add the oats, chia seeds, walnuts and blueberries. Place the lid on the jar and shake the ingredients to combine.
- Pour in the coconut water, maple syrup and greek yogurt (if using). Stir to combine.
- Place the lid back on the jar and refrigerate overnight, or for at least 3 hours.,
Enjoy these Maple-Walnut Blueberry Overnight Oats!