Photo by Quentin Bacon
When you let rolled oats sit overnight in a mixture of milk and yogurt the oats soften and absorb the liquid, and you wake up to treat that has the luxurious texture of a pudding. With that as the base you can run with all kinds of fruit, nut and flavor combos. Here, fresh, blueberries and blueberry jam add magnificent color and light sweetness, and chia seeds and almonds punch up the crunch factor while adding healthy fats, satisfying fiber and protein. Using individual jars for blueberry – chia overnight oats makes for an easy grab and go breakfast, or a fun way to serve for a brunch.
Blueberry – Chia Overnight Oats
2/3 cup whole natural almonds, divided
1 1/2 cups milk (low-fat, whole or plant based)
1 cup plain yogurt (low-fat, whole or plant based)
1/3 cup all-fruit blueberry jam
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
2 tablespoons chia seeds
2 cups blueberries, divided
Toast the almonds in a dry skillet over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until lightly browned and fragrant, 3 to 5 minutes. Allow to cool slightly, then chop them coarsely.
In a medium bowl, stir together the milk, yogurt, jam, and vanilla. Stir in the oats, chia seeds, and half of the almonds. Then stir in 1 cup of the blueberries.
Divide the mixture evenly among four 12-ounce (1 1/2 -cup) jars. Top each with the remaining blueberries and almonds. Cover tightly and refrigerate overnight or at least 8 hours. Serve chilled or at room temperature.(Note: the nuts on top will soften a bit in the refrigerator. If you want them extra-crunchy, sprinkle them on right before serving)
Makes 4 servings
Serving size: 1 jar containing about 1 cup oat mixture and 1/4 cup topping
Per serving (made with low-fat milk and yogurt): Calories 410; Total Fat 15g (Mono Fat 8.2g, Poly Fat 4.8g, Sat Fat 1.5g); Protein 15g; Carb 57g; Fiber 9g; Cholesterol 5mg; Sodium 90mg
Excellent Source of: Calcium, Fiber, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Protein, Riboflavin, Vitamin E
Good Source of: Copper, Iodine, Iron, Molybdenum, Potassium, Thiamin, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin K, Zinc
To refrigerate: The jars will keep up to 4 days in the refrigerator.