Blueberry overnight oats are the cooking-from-scratch, frugal living answer to convenience food breakfast. Not only are they delicious, but they take just two minutes to put together. Make them with quick oats and eat thirty minutes later, or make with rolled oats and soak overnight. Either way, heat them quickly or grab and go.
My best posts start when someone asks me a question, and this is no exception.
“How do you make overnight oats?”
If you have my cookbook, you know that I’m a big fan of overnight soaked oatmeal – but that’s big old rolled oats and they’re soaked in raw milk on the counter overnight.
When we were off-grid and wanted to hit the ground running, that was our convenience food. A minute or two warming them up, and we had solid energy for a morning’s hard work.
So what if you’re in town, raw milk is nowhere to be found, and the only oats you can find say ‘quick’ on them?
There are some recipes that really can’t deal with substitutions.
Years ago, I thought I’d surprise my family by cooking a meal … something I’d never done before. The recipe I picked was chicken cooked with rice.
Sounded simple enough.
The recipe called for fresh chicken legs (but a whole frozen chicken was the same thing, right?) and long-grain rice (was that different than Uncle Ben’s instant rice?). Needless to say, the meal was an utter disaster.
This is not like that!
You can soak your oats in pasteurized milk … or alternative milk … or orange juice. You can use water if you like, or maybe even coffee (although I’d go for chocolate chips instead of blueberries for that).
You can use regular oats or quick oats … but not minute oats.
You can mix it up (if you’re using quick oats), stick it in the fridge and then take a shower. Grab the jar on your way out the door and you can eat breakfast on the commuter train.
You can’t eat eat it if you’re driving, though. Sorry.
So HOW do you make Overnight Oats?
It’s shockingly easy. Here is what you need:
No, that’s not vodka!
Well, it sort of is vodka, but it’s vodka that has had a couple of vanilla beans soaking in it for nearly a year.
Vanilla extract is another of those things that is so easy you almost don’t need a recipe.
Slice vanilla beans down the middle … put in a bottle of vodka … let it steep.
This isn’t really a recipe.
This is a … formula.
1 part oats + 1 part milk (or juice) + some kind of fruit + 30 minutes to 6 hours in the fridge.
If you don’t have a canning funnel, and you even once in a while have to pour things into mason jars, you should get one.
This metal one is more expensive than a plastic funnel, but it will last a lifetime, doesn’t stain, and will never look outdated. (I can’t be the only one with orange Tupperware measuring cups sitting in a drawer somewhere)
I’m just making one jar to show you, so I’m using 1/4 cup each quick oats, milk, and blueberries.
In case you’re wondering, these are NOT storebought frozen blueberries.
I’ve lived in blueberry country … I know what they spray on those and I won’t eat them.
Do you know how you can tell a true friend?
A true friend gives you a tub of “This lovely honey that was sitting my aunt’s basement for the last couple of years. It’s just starting to crystallize. She thinks it’s not good anymore.”
Honey does not go bad.
Even if it had fully crystallized, it’s not bad. Just … candy.
Again, it’s not vodka. It’s vanilla extract.
You can have vanilla extract at breakfast.
If you have vodka at breakfast, your family will stage an intervention because they love you.
(Of course, quantity matters, too. We’re using a wee half teaspoon vanilla extract in these overnight oats.)
I added a good sprinkle of cinnamon, too, because cinnamon makes many good things better.
Vanilla … bacon … garlic … almost anything can be improved with the addition of a bit of one of those.
Give it a good shake to mix it up.
Don’t worry about making it perfect – you just want all the oats to be wet.
If you’re using quick oats, you can make it up in the morning as soon as you wake up.
Take a shower, get dressed and make your coffee, and it’ll be ready for you when you’re done.
If you use regular rolled oats, you’ll need to leave them overnight. But quick oats can be ready to eat in the time it takes you to shower and get dressed.
After half an hour, they won’t be as thick as they could be. Warm them gently on the stove (or in the microwave), if you like them hot, and that will thicken them a bit.
There you have it. Quick and easy blueberry overnight oats.
Don’t limit yourself. Use strawberries, whether fresh, canned, or frozen. Soak your oats in cold coffee and then mix in some vanilla extra and chocolate chips. Try chopped cherries, chocolate chips, and a drizzle of caramel sauce. Mash a banana and mix it in with a bit of pineapple and coconut.
I love recipes to be EASY to follow and easy to make. I homeschool four young children and I don’t have time for complicated recipes or anything that ties me to the kitchen.
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