Berry Overnight Oats

This is a variation of our overnight oats base recipe. Overnight oats are great for breakfast and can make busy mornings a breeze. This berry overnight oats recipe is delicious on hot summer days. It’s even red, white, and blue – perfect for the fourth of July!

Overnight Oats are a Healthy Breakfast

The first meal of the day can affect how you feel for the rest of the day. A balanced breakfast should contain complex carbohydrates, protein, and healthy fats. The featured ingredients in this healthy overnight oats recipe are oats, Greek yogurt, and berries. This recipe also contains natural sweetener, but far less than many breakfast cereals.

Oats

Oats of any variety are a good source of fiber and complex carbohydrates. Fiber is important for digestion, satiety, stable blood sugar, good cholesterol, and healthy gut bacteria. Complex carbohydrates are important for steady energy and focus (1, 2).

Greek Yogurt

Making overnight oats with Greek yogurt creates a creamy texture and taste. Plus, it adds a nutritional boost! Greek yogurt is a great source of protein, calcium, and gut-friendly probiotics.

Berries

Berries are packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants. Together, these nutrients promote heart health and may reduce inflammation (3).

Less Sugar than Breakfast Cereal

Many breakfast cereals contain large amounts of added sugars that don’t support health. By making refrigerator oats, you get to control the amount of added sugar that you eat! The berries also add natural sweetness.

Culinary Tips for Berry Overnight Oats

Want to make breakfast for the entire week or for the whole family? To speed up prep time, make a big batch in a bowl, then divide into individual servings.

For best taste and texture, add berries in the morning.

Ingredient Substitutions

  • Oats: use old-fashioned or quick oats. Old-fashioned oats create a firm, chewy texture; quick oats create a soft, mushy texture. Do not use steel cut oats, as these have to be cooked for optimal digestion.
  • Milk: use regular or dairy-free milk. Don’t have milk? You can also make overnight oats with water, but they won’t taste as creamy.
  • Greek Yogurt: can substitute regular plain yogurt. Choose a fat content that works for your overall diet. Choose sugar-free varieties and sweeten to your taste. Want to make your overnight oats vegan? Simply leave out the yogurt or substitute a plant-based yogurt.
  • Berries: use any variety. Frozen berries work too!
  • Honey: substitute any sweetener you like. You can also use jam, juice, or pureed fruit in place of sweetener.

Recipe Variations

Feel free to add other mix-ins: chia seeds, flax seeds, coconut flakes, cocoa powder, nut butter, flavor extracts, etc.

Need some recipe inspiration?

Check out these other overnight oats variations!

Apple Pie Overnight Oats

Banana Nut Overnight Oats

Chocolate Cherry Almond Overnight Oats

Chocolate Peanut Butter with Banana Overnight Oats

Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats

Serving Suggestions

Overnight oats aren’t just for breakfast! They can also be a great snack or post-workout treat. Serve hot or cold.

How to Store Overnight Oats

Store overnight oats in the refrigerator. They’ll be ready to eat the next morning but can be stored for up to one week. If storing for more than a few days, add berries in the morning. The longer the oats are held in the refrigerator, the mushier they will become.

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Berry Overnight Oats
Prep Time
8 mins
Total Time
8 mins
 

Overnight oats are great for breakfast and can make busy mornings a breeze. This berry overnight oats recipe is delicious on hot summer days. It's even red, white, and blue – perfect for the fourth of July!

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Yield: 1
Ingredients
  • ½ cup old fashioned or quick oats
  • ½ cup milk (may sub almond or soy milk)
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt
  • ½ Tablespoon honey (or to taste)
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • ½ cup fresh berries
Instructions
  1. Mix oats, milk, yogurt, honey, and cinnamon in a bowl. Top with fresh berries or add them in the morning.

  2. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

  3. Enjoy cold!

Recipe Notes

For best taste and texture, add berries in the morning.

 

Substitute honey with any sweetener of your choosing and adjust to taste.

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