This sugar-free recipe for Blueberry Lemon Overnight Oats is such a healthy treat, even though it tastes like cheesecake!
Do your mornings feel busy?
Like, sometimes too busy to eat breakfast, let alone make something healthy?
Yeah, me too.
But if I don’t eat breakfast, I can get kinda hangry…
Last year I discovered a delicious solution: overnight oats!
I absolutely love this Pumpkin Maple Overnight Oats recipe, but when the temperatures start to rise, I’m looking for the fresh taste of fruit.
Do you crave different kinds of flavors at different times of the year too?
One of my favorite combinations this time of year is blueberries and lemons, so why not combine them in a new recipe for overnight oats?!
Once again, I decided to use nonfat plain Greek yogurt in my oats recipe which gives these tasty oatmeal cups the taste of cheesecake.
Nothing says breakfast like cheesecake, right?!
But these cups are so packed with healthy nutrients, that there’s no guilt in having one for breakfast or a delicious snack.
Another dessert-like overnight oats recipe you might enjoy are these Peach Cobbler Overnight Oats.
Are Overnight Oats Healthier Than Regular Oatmeal?
Did you know that soaking oats actually makes this healthy meal even better for you?
The soaking takes the place of cooking your oats.
Soaking the oats overnight breaks down the starches and reduces the natural phytic acid in the oats.
Why does this matter?
The process makes it easier for your body to digest the oats and use their nutrients more efficiently!
Cold soaked oats also contain increased resistant starch, a healthy carb that has been shown to aid in weight loss and helps you feel fuller longer.
Resistant starch also helps reduce spikes in your insulin levels.
Pretty cool, right?
You’ll want the oats to soak for at least 8 hours, so whip up a batch before bed and they’ll be perfect in the morning.
What Makes Blueberry Lemon Overnight Oats So Good for You?
If you follow the Trim Healthy Mama way of eating like AnnMarie and I do, these yummy overnight oats are an E meal.
I’ve found that I stay full longer when my E meals contain enough protein, so I like to make these soaked oats with nonfat Greek yogurt.
My favorite Greek yogurt is made by Fage.
Because Fage strains their Greek yogurt more than any other brand so it’s so much thicker!
It’s that thick, rich texture that helps this recipe to be similar to a soft cheesecake.
If you choose to use a different brand of Greek yogurt, you may want to reduce the amount of almond milk by a few Tablespoons to get a similar result.
Blueberries are a Super Food!
Not only are blueberries delicious, they’re so good for you.
Just a few things that make them amazing:
- They’re low in calories but really high in nutrients
- Blueberries are so rich in antioxidants
- They can help improve your cholesterol
- They’re heart-healthy by helping to lower blood pressure
- There’s some evidence they can help improve brain function and memory
Pretty impressive, right?
So I love starting my day with a serving of blueberries and healthy soaked oats.
And I didn’t even touch on the health benefits of fresh lemons!
How to Make the Best Overnight Oats
The best part of this recipe is that it’s so easy to make.
You can probably whip up a batch in less time than it’s taken you to read this blog post!
Tips for Serving Blueberry Overnight Oats
Freshly washed fresh blueberries are so pretty, aren’t they?
I like to line my colander with a paper towel after rinsing them to let them dry just a bit.
This is completely optional!
I just don’t like adding any extra liquid to my overnight oats.
You can use any 10-12 ounce container to store your individual servings of this blueberry overnight oats recipe.
These jars can stack in your refrigerator or since they aren’t tall, I put them on the same shelf where I store cartons of eggs.
Once the blueberries have dried off a bit, I put 1/4 cup of berries in the bottom of each jar.
Set the remaining cup of blueberries aside to top the lemon overnight oats mixture later.
Separating the blueberries this way gives you the perfect oats to berry ratio from the very first spoonful!
Just as you finish up the berries from the top half, you run into the berries on the bottom.
Tips for Making Overnight Oats
I find it easiest to mix up the oat mixture in a medium mixing bowl.
Start out with just the oats, then pour in the almond milk.
Next, add the Greek yogurt.
See what I mean about how thick the Fage nonfat Greek yogurt is?
I love that rich texture!
I’ve also made this recipe using plain nonfat kefir, another super healthy ingredient that is so good for your gut since it’s filled with probiotics!
If you substitute kefir for the Greek yogurt, reduce the almond milk down to 1-1/2 cups.
Add the lemon extract and vanilla extract and stir the oat mixture together.
I just use a spoon to mix it all up: no need to use a whisk or a mixer or anything like that!
Next, add the sweetener.
I prefer THM Gentle Sweet because it tastes great and it dissolves completely because it’s a powdered sweetener.
I tend to like things on the sweeter side, so 1/4 cup of Gentle Sweet is perfect to me.
You may want to start with a smaller amount of sweetener and gradually add more to get your blueberry overnight oats the perfect amount of sweet for your taste buds.
Next, divide the mixture equally between the four jars.
I find it makes less mess to scoop up the oat mixture with a measuring cup, then use a spoon to help pour it more neatly into the jars.
I still always make a little bit of a mess…
Top the oats mixture with the remaining fresh blueberries, 1/4-cup of berries for each jar.
If you happen to make a little mess too, be sure to wipe off the outside of the jars before putting on the lids.
How to Store Overnight Oats
Overnight oats need to soak for at least 8 hours before eating to get the full benefits of soaked oats.
The easiest way to store them is with a container that has a lid.
Because of the dairy ingredients, you’ll need to store your individual containers in the refrigerator.
I really love the flavor of lemon, so I like to add lemon zest to my blueberry overnight oats.
It adds an extra bit of delicious lemon flavor, and it looks so pretty when you serve it!
You can use a fine grater to get the lemon zest, but I prefer using this tool.
It makes longer strips of lemon zest instead of shredded bits.
Be sure to only remove the colored part of the skin when you make zest.
The white part of the rind will be bitter instead of lemony.
I love that this recipe makes almost enough for a week of breakfasts for me.
It’s truly the perfect meal for busy weekday mornings.
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If you jumped down to the printable recipe, please note that I’ve shared some tips and tricks to get picture-perfect results in the post above!
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