Cool and Creamy, 5-Minute, No-Cook Blueberry-Almond Oatmeal (With Make-Ahead, Overnight Oats Option, Too!)

~ These blueberry-almond instant (or overnight!) oats are the perfect summer breakfast! Loaded with keep-you-full fiber and protein, they’re incredibly nutritious, decadently delicious! So easy, too – you can stir them together in just moments at the very last minute before serving, or make them the night before so breakfast is ready when you are! ~

Cool and Creamy, 5-Minute, No-Cook Blueberry-Almond Oatmeal Recipe (With Make-Ahead, Overnight Oats Option, Too!) {www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com}I used to think oatmeal was just a cozy wintertime breakfast. Silly me.

That was before I met overnight oats – the creamy, cool, refreshing creation that is truly summer’s version of breakfast comfort food.

And once I tasted Gretchen’s Overnight Oats with Apples, Cranberries and Cinnamon … well, I was crave-crazy, head-over-heels in love with the idea.

I took her recipe and ran with it. I ran and ran (we’re practically talking an overnight oats marathon here, I ran so much with that idea) … and all last summer, I made up my own variations based on whatever I had in the fridge.

Cool and Creamy, 5-Minute, No-Cook Blueberry-Almond Oatmeal Recipe (With Make-Ahead, Overnight Oats Option, Too!) {www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com}

This blueberry-almond version was, hands-down, one of my family’s favorites. We made it all summer long last year, and we’ve already made it several times this season, too! Trust me – once you try this, you’ll know exactly why!

It’s rich and satisfying, yet refreshingly cool and light. Plump blueberries and crunchy almonds, creamy vanilla yogurt and just a hint of cinnamon. Mmmmmm … perfect for summer!

It’s got the keep-you-filled-up-and-going-strong combination of fiber and protein, but it won’t weigh you down. You’ll be out the door in a flash – fueled up and ready for summertime adventures!

Cool and Creamy, 5-Minute, No-Cook Blueberry-Almond Oatmeal Recipe (With Make-Ahead, Overnight Oats Option, Too!) {www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com}

And isn’t that just exactly the kind of breakfast you need in the summer? Light but filling. Quick but delicious. Easy but satisfying. Yup. Gotta love overnight oats!

But here’s the thing about me … and summer. I’m pretty terrible at remembering to make breakfast the night before (so it’s all nice and ready to go in the morning). I love the idea. But somehow, in the summer, I don’t quite get it done.

We’re usually out, sitting by the fire pit with neighbors, while the kiddos all play “night games” … and somehow it gets very late and I forget all about my brilliant plan to prep breakfast for the next day.

Cool and Creamy, 5-Minute, No-Cook Blueberry-Almond Oatmeal Recipe (With Make-Ahead, Overnight Oats Option, Too!) {www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com}

So, last summer, I kept finding myself in a bit of a pickle. I was totally craving overnight oats, but I kept dropping the ball on the plan-ahead, overnight part. Harrumph.

Gretchen? She’s an overnight oats girl all the way. She plans ahead. Preps the night before. Wakes up to a ready-to-go breakfast. Slam dunk.

Ahhhhhh … I should work on that …

Cool and Creamy, 5-Minute, No-Cook Blueberry-Almond Oatmeal Recipe (With Make-Ahead, Overnight Oats Option, Too!) {www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com}

But not to worry! If you’re like me, and maybe didn’t quite get around to making a breakfast plan 12 hours in advance (because the fire pit and fun neighbors and kick-the-can and capture the flag all just sort of … happened …) well, I’ve got ya covered!

I constantly have to tweak my recipes for overnight oats, so they’re more like instant, “it’s-morning-and-mommy-didn’t-plan-ahead-and-we-need-a-quick-breakfast” oats. Works perfectly, I promise!

Although all you pre-planners out there (ahem … Gretchen) can make this delicious concoction of creamy blueberry oats as a make-ahead, overnight breakfast recipe, you can also just whip it up in 5 minutes in the morning. Like when you realize it’s breakfast time and you don’t have a plan (ahem … me)!

Yay! You’ve got options!

Cool and Creamy, 5-Minute, No-Cook Blueberry-Almond Oatmeal Recipe (With Make-Ahead, Overnight Oats Option, Too!) {www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com}

And you’ve got a perfect, delicious, overnight oats recipe … that you don’t even have to make overnight (wink, wink)!

THK By Shelley

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Cool and Creamy, 5-Minute, No-Cook Blueberry-Almond Oatmeal (With Make-Ahead, Overnight Oats Option, Too!)

Preparation 2017-03-27T00:00:00+00:00 Cook Time 2017-03-27T00:00:00+00:00
Serves About 3½ - 3¾ cups     adjust servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup nonfat milk (see note for amount, if making Overnight Oats version)
  • 2 - 2 1/2 tablespoons packed brown sugar (see note)
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup quick oats (see note regarding oats, if making Overnight Oats version)
  • 1/3 cup sliced, unsalted, "raw" almonds
  • 1/4 cup coconut (We use sweetened, flaked coconut which is typically moister than unsweetened or toasted.)
  • 1 pint (about 2 cups) fresh blueberries

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, combine yogurt, milk, brown sugar, almond extract, cinnamon, and salt, stirring with a whisk to combine thoroughly.
  2. Add oats, almonds, and coconut, stirring again to combine.
  3. Gently stir in blueberries.
  4. Allow oats mixture to sit for a minute or two before serving, if needed, to allow oats to soften and mixture to thicken.
  5. (See note below for modified directions, if making Overnight Oats version.)

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Recipe Notes

Directions for Overnight Oats version: If you'd like to make this recipe ahead of time or the night before, increase the amount of milk to ⅔ cup. Also, be sure to use old fashioned, rolled oats instead of quick oats. Quick oats aren't hearty enough to withstand overnight refrigeration, and they'll be a bit too thick and gummy by morning. After mixing the ingredients together, cover your Overnight Oats and refrigerate several hours or overnight.

Brown sugar: Different brands of vanilla Greek yogurt vary significantly in the amount of sugar they contain and how sweet or tart they taste, which can cause variances in how much brown sugar you’ll want to add to this recipe. We recommend starting with 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, and adding an extra ½ tablespoon on sugar only if needed.

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Cool and Creamy, 5-Minute, No-Cook Blueberry-Almond Oatmeal (With Make-Ahead, Overnight Oats Option, Too!)
Author: Two Healthy Kitchens
Serves: About 3 1/2 – 3 3/4 cups
Ingredients
  • 1 cup nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup nonfat milk (see note for amount, if making Overnight Oats version)
  • 2 – 2 1/2 tablespoons packed brown sugar (see note)
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup quick oats (see note regarding oats, if making Overnight Oats version)
  • 1/3 cup sliced, unsalted, “raw” almonds
  • 1/4 cup coconut (We use sweetened, flaked coconut which is typically moister than unsweetened or toasted.)
  • 1 pint (about 2 cups) fresh blueberries
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl, combine yogurt, milk, brown sugar, almond extract, cinnamon, and salt, stirring with a whisk to combine thoroughly.
  2. Add oats, almonds, and coconut, stirring again to combine.
  3. Gently stir in blueberries.
  4. Allow oats mixture to sit for a minute or two before serving, if needed, to allow oats to soften and mixture to thicken.
  5. (See note below for modified directions, if making Overnight Oats version.)
Notes
[b]Directions for Overnight Oats version:[/b] If you’d like to make this recipe ahead of time or the night before, increase the amount of milk to 2/3 cup. Also, be sure to use old fashioned, rolled oats instead of quick oats. Quick oats aren’t hearty enough to withstand overnight refrigeration, and they’ll be a bit too thick and gummy by morning. After mixing the ingredients together, cover your Overnight Oats and refrigerate several hours or overnight.[br][br][b]Brown sugar:[/b] Different brands of vanilla Greek yogurt vary significantly in the amount of sugar they contain and how sweet or tart they taste, which can cause variances in how much brown sugar you’ll want to add to this recipe. We recommend starting with 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, and adding an extra 1/2 tablespoon on sugar only if needed.

 

Cool and Creamy, 5-Minute, No-Cook Blueberry-Almond Oatmeal Recipe (With Make-Ahead, Overnight Oats Option, Too!) {www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com}
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Cool and Creamy, 5-Minute, No-Cook Blueberry-Almond Oatmeal (With Make-Ahead, Overnight Oats Option, Too!) — 14 Comments

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  4. As I sit here eating this oatmeal for breakfast today, I thought I just had to send you a comment on how awesome it is! I have made it so many times since you first posted it, as you know and with some borrowed ingredients from you, to the “T” and since, with a few variations due to the things I keep in my fridge (plain Greek yogurt, unsweetened vanilla almond milk, unsweetened coconut) and it is still so incredibly yummy I feel like I can eat it for dessert! I feel I can really never go wrong with any of the recipes posted here – thank you!!

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  6. I’ve been wanting to try overnight oats but most of the time I lack the skills to do anything in advance. It’s good to know I don’t have to worry about that anymore! They look absolutely delicious and I can’t wait to give them a try.

    • Oh Erin – you’re so funny!! These oats are your perfect solution! Blueberry-Almond Oatmeal is ALWAYS a really, really good idea – so simple, so delicious!! And hey – if you find yourself wanting to plan ahead … we’ve got overnight options, too! Total WIN! 😀 Have an awesome day! ~G&S

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  8. Can’t wait to try this recipe!
    Looks exactly like my sort of cereal with lots of interesting flavors and textures!

    • Hi, Ava! We generally use regular-old, flaked, sweetened coconut in this overnight oats recipe, which is also what we typically keep on hand for making most of our Snack Bite recipes and No-Bake Bars – I’ll update the recipe card to reflect that, which will hopefully help other readers, too! (I typically keep Baker’s Angel Flake brand in my pantry, since it seems to be moister than some other store brands I’ve seen in my local grocery). They’re great for adding to the moisture level in recipes. If you’d rather use unsweetened coconut, you may just need to go with the slightly higher 2 1/2 tablespoons of brown sugar to account for the loss of sweetness from the coconut, and you might possibly need to add just a little more milk for moisture. Toasted coconut would also be delicious, I’m sure, but again might slightly affect the moisture levels of the final recipe. Hope all that helps, and thanks so much for your great question! Have a fabulous week! 😀 ~Shelley

    • Hi, Sue! That’s a really good question, and I’ll be totally honest in telling you that, although I’ve tested this recipe numerous times with various amounts and ingredients, I’ve never tried it without yogurt. We love the creamy texture and big, keep-you-full protein boost of Greek yogurt, plus all the great probiotics. You may find that the yogurt doesn’t bother you in this recipe, especially if it’s the tanginess that you don’t normally like – because we use vanilla Greek yogurt and layer it with lots of other flavors, there isn’t that tell-tale tang you might get if using plain Greek yogurt. Having said that, though, if yogurt just really isn’t your thing, I definitely think you can (and should!) try this oatmeal recipe in a way that works better for you. It’s just waaaaaay to good not to give it a shot!

      You’ll definitely need to make some adjustments, though – for example, you’ll need to account for the fact that you’ll be missing some of the sweetness and vanilla flavor that the vanilla Greek yogurt gives, and, without testing this personally, I also can’t tell you exactly how much milk you’ll need in order to yield a similarly lovely, creamy texture.

      I did some Googling this morning and have some ideas that might help if you’d like to give it a try. For example, Tammy of Organize Yourself Skinny says that, when making overnight oats without yogurt, she likes to use the proportion of 1/2 cup rolled oats to 1/2 cup liquid. So, for our Blueberry-Almond Oats recipe, which calls for 1 cup of oats, you might try starting with 1 cup of milk.

      You might also take a peek at Skinnytaste’s Skinny Overnight Oats in a Jar recipe – besides the fact that she doesn’t use yogurt in this overnight oats recipe, Gina includes chia seeds, which gel a bit and may help you get a pudding-like, creamy texture. Grace of Double Thyme uses this technique, too, allowing the chia to plump and soften overnight in her Blueberry Chia Overnight Oats. Chia Pudding is really popular right now, and it might be fun to try that as part of your strategy for adapting this overnight oats recipe!

      I hope all these ideas help! And whatever you decide, I’m so glad we inspired you, and I can’t wait to hear what works for you! Have a fantastic week! 😀 ~ Shelley

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