In case you haven’t heard, I plan to overnight oat my way through summer. Yep, made it into a verb already… and friends; you oughta overnight oat it along with me. This is the latest in a string of overnight oats recipes that taste completely indulgent but are all made with clean + nourishing ingredients. Think; almond or cashew milk, coconut yogurt, fresh fruit, walnuts, hemp hearts, chia, old-fashioned rolled oats (or large flake oats) & the occasional dash of pure maple syrup or rice malt syrup to sweeten.
It’s a simple case of: “Dear Blueberry Pie, I want you to meet overnight oats and become breakfast for the rest of my life.” It’s seriously THAT good. Also, why didn’t I meet you in college? Like, seriously… I would’ve had this every single day. It’s clean, plant-based, budget-friendly and tastes hella good.
It has a blend of fresh and gooey blueberries that are the perfect mix! You top it with warm or cold blueberry chia sticky compote and literally has: blueberries, chia seeds, pure maple syrup, lemon & vanilla extract. It’s sort of like homemade jam, but not as thick as traditionally expected. That’s because it doesn’t have any pectin, which is what’s commonly used to help jam achieve that gel-like consistency. I first heard about mixing chia seeds into jam as a pectin substitute from my friend Ashley over at Nourish Me Mum. She’s one of my favorite wellness sites as well as good personal friend of mine.
It’s funny how this blogging thing works… I’ve been lucky to surround myself with really genuine people who have supported me every step of the way. And then we meet in real life… and surprise! They’re as nice as you expected them to be. Kinda feels like a blind date every time we set up lunches or dinners when they fly into town or I go where they live.
And then the awkward blind date always goes surprisingly well, with us eating + chatting endlessly which is kinda what we do best, anyways. Her kids and my kids ended up jumping happily inside a bouncy castle set up in our backyard one hot summer day last year when they flew into town. And we ate to our hearts content while catching up… So moral of the story, the internet is not just full of creepers. There’s some genuinely nice, like-minded people out there. You just gotta find them.
For that nice crunch factor- I used a handful of crumbled walnuts and they’re the perfect accompaniment. Like, really perfect. I grated a pinch of lemon zest to elevate the flavor and aside from the maple syrup in the blueberry compote- this bowl didn’t need any additional natural sweetener. If you want to sweeten it more and do it naturally, may I suggest mashing a very ripe banana when preparing to soak the oats the night before.
Blueberry Pie Overnight Oats
- 1/2 cup + 1 tbsp (GF) old-fashioned rolled oats (much better texture than quick oats)
- 1/2 cup of your favorite nut milk. (I used vanilla, unsweetened almond milk)
- 3 tbsp of coconut yogurt
- 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp pure maple syrup OR rice malt syrup OR date nectar
- 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 handful of crumbled walnuts (as topping)
For the blueberry chia compote/jam: ( bonus: you will have plenty of leftovers to smear on toast!) This makes about 1 cup. If you don’t want to attempt this step, simply use organic wild blueberry jam & opt for a “no sugar added” variety.
- 2 cups of fresh blueberries
- 1 heaping tsp of lemon zest
- 2.5 tbsp of fresh lemon juice
- 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
- 2.5 tbsp of chia seeds
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- In a little mason jar or tup, combine all of the first set of ingredients. Mix well to ensure oats are covered in yogurt/nut milk base.
- For the blueberry chia compote, throw those ingredients into a small sauce pan on medium heat. The blueberries will begin to burst & use a wooden spoon to mash them. Increase the heat to medium-high until everything comes to a boil. Cook (stirring often) for about 5-8 mins. Allow it to cool & thicken. Taste test and determine whether it needs more sweetener.
- Add 1 tbsp of the blueberry chia compote into the overnight oats container & stir.
- Leave the jar or tup in the fridge overnight or for at least 4 hours.
- Right before serving, top with 1 tbsp fresh blueberry chia compote, more fresh blueberries & crumbled walnuts.
Superfood your oats:
- 1 tbsp of collagen powder
- 1 tbsp of lucuma powder (it will give it a nice, caramel-like taste)
- 1 tbsp of hemp hearts (amazing source of healthy fats, fiber & protein)
Notes: for the optional add-ons, add them when prepping and let them soak overnight along with everything else- especially chia seeds.
By: Aleyda | The Dish On Healthy