In this quick and easy berry overnight oats recipe, pair your favorite berry blended with plant-based milk, chia and oats. As this concoction sits overnight. The oats and chia soak up the milk, swell and soften into a consistency that is all ready to eat in the morning.
Summer is definitely the height of berry season for all varieties and the perfect time to make berry overnight oats. Though of course today with so much produce coming from other places, you may find fresh berries throughout the year. Though their flavors are truly the best and their prices are much lower in the summer months.
In most stores fresh berries include strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries and in your location and your local farmer’s market you may even find other varieties.
If fresh aren’t available when you’re ready to make berry overnight oats, then you can always fall back on what is available in the freezer section. Or you can stock up in the summer months and freeze your own.
The simple technique I use to freeze my own berries for berry overnight oats:
- Wash the berries and allow them to drain well.
- Lay them out on a baking tray in a single layer and place in the freezer.
- Once they are frozen you can easily use a spatula to loosen them from the pan and place them in a container or bag to store in the freezer to use as you need.
Less common varieties of berries to consider using to make berry overnight oats
Cranberries are more commonly associated with Thanksgiving and the fall months and is more likely to be found fresh in the fall months. Their flavor is a bit tart so I generally will use them in combination with other berries.
Huckleberries are most likely found in the western part of the United States. It can be red, bue or black in color and looks similar to a blueberry and also has a flavor similar to blueberry with a bit more tartnes.
Lingonberries grown in colder climates and may be found in some locations in the United States commercially. It’s flavor is a bit acidic but will sweeten up when left on the plant later into their season.
Red currants, white currants and black currants are likely to be difficult to source fresh in many locations. But if you are lucky to find them at your local farmer’s market in the summer try out their unique sweet and sour flavor.
Goji berries are orange-red berries that come from China. In the US these berries are commonly found dried. If you want to try them out in this berry overnight oatmeal recipe, simply rehydrate them in some hot water for about 10 minutes and then drain off the water. This berry also has a sweet sour flavor and may be best when combined with other berries.
Mixed berry overnight oats with chia
- 2/3 cup rolled oats dry
- 2 T chia seeds
- 1 1/2 cup almond milk
- 1 ½ cup mixed berries fresh or frozen
- 2 T almonds chopped
- Combine milk and 1 cup of berries in a blender or food processor and pulse until well-blended. Place quick oats and chia into jar(s) or container(s).
- Add milk to the jars. Seal with lid and shake well to combine.
- Allow to sit in refrigerator overnight or until all the liquid is absorbed. Oats and chia will soak up the milk while they are sitting.
- When ready to eat top with semi-frozen mixed berries and chopped almonds.
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Here are some of my favorite ingredients and tools needed to prepare your berry overnight oats.
What’s your favorite berry to eat and use when making berry overnight oats? Please take a moment and tell me in the comments! I want to know!