Overnight Oats with Mixed Berries
When it comes to healthy eating, one of the keys to success is meal prep. Having plant-based meals and snacks ready in the fridge will make it easier to avoid processed convenient foods. Overnight oats are an essential recipe for starting a plant-based diet. This easy recipe can be quickly prepped on the weekend. Then, portion into individual jars and top with fruit. You’ve got a quick, grab-and-go breakfast waiting for you in the morning!
Oats for Plant-Based Breakfast Satisfaction
Oats are one of the easiest, most budget-friendly foods to make for breakfast. As a whole grain, they provide healthy fiber, and plant-based protein: two nutrients essential for starting your day. Plus, they’re naturally gluten-free and vegan.
In addition, oats are pretty much a blank canvas for flavor. You can add berries, vanilla, and mashed banana for the sweetness in this overnight oatmeal recipe. Or, you can add a savory twist with turmeric and frozen peas for a Golden “Kiss of Sunshine” Oatmeal Bowl.
Meal Prep Essentials for Overnight Oats in Mason Jars
There are few tricks to making the most of this recipe for overnight oats. It all comes down to meal prep. How can you maximize your time in the kitchen for easy, healthy plant-based meals?
- Prep when YOU have time. Maybe Sundays are the best day for you to meal prep. But, maybe not. If you have an unusual work schedule, or prefer to spend your weekends out of kitchen, find another block of time during the week. I like to meal-prep while I get to listen to a podcast in my que or a tv show I’ve saved. This may be a Tuesday night or a Wednesday morning. Find a time that makes sense for your life.
- Have Individual-Portion Containers Ready. I love using mason jars or other BPA-friendly jars for these overnight oats. These containers are easy to grab for a travel-friendly option. Plus, I know they won’t spill in my gym bag or backpack. Keep a good stock of easy-to-wash, reusable containers in your pantry. You’ll be motivated to stay healthy and on-track.
- Always Make Extras: Unsure of how much you’ll eat in the morning? Always make extras! Even if you don’t finish an entire jar of oats, you can put the lid back on and save them for later. The last thing you want is to feel underfed and hungry. It’s better to err on having too much food. This is especially helpful if roommates, family members, or other “sneaky eaters” like to raid the fridge.
Chef Katie’s Healthy Eating Tips
Gluten-Free Concerns: Oats are naturally gluten-free, but they are often processed in facilities near wheat. If gluten is a concern for you, be sure to get “certified gluten-free” oats.
Chia Seeds: Chia seeds add healthy omega-3 fat. However, if you prefer a lower-calorie and lower-fat option, you can omit these.
Berry Love: Fresh berries are at the peak of their season during spring and summer. However, you can find affordable, delicious frozen berries year-round. Use any variety you like, and feel free to mix and match.
Other Seasonal Fruit Variations: Besides berries, you can top these oatmeal jars with whatever fruits are in season. In the summer, fresh peaches and plus work. During the fall, add diced pears or chunky applesauce. During the winter, try mango or pineapple. Use frozen fruit year-round, like cherries and wild blueberries.
Warm or Cold: Enjoy these oats cold, straight from the fridge. Or, warm in the microwave for 90 seconds for a hot breakfast.
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Easy Overnight Mixed Berry Oats in Mason Jars
Easy | Servings: 4 | Ready In: 5 minutes | Yield: 4 jars
Make a batch of these easy, overnight oats on the weekend for healthy breakfasts during the week. Portion them in Mason Jars for your quick, grab-and-go morning routine. A mixture of berries add sweet summer flavor. This is an essential plant-based, vegan recipe!
Easy Overnight Mixed Berry Oats in Mason Jars
- 4 mason jars
- 2 large bananas mashed
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract optional
- 2 cups rolled oats gluten-free
- 3 cups unsweetened non-dairy milk such as almond or organic soy
- 16 ounces mixed berries fresh or frozen (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, or blackberries)
- To make the Easy Overnight Mixed Berry Oats in Mason Jars: In a small bowl, use a fork to mash the bananas until almost smooth. Add in the chia seeds, cinnamon, and vanilla (if using). Mix until combined.
- Stir in the oats and non-dairy milk. Portion into 4 mason jars. Refrigerate overnight, or for at least 2 hours.
- In the morning, stir the oat mixture again to combine. Top with the mixed berries.
Oats are naturally gluten-free, but they are often processed in facilities near wheat. If gluten is a concern for you, be sure to get “certified gluten-free” oats. Berry Love
Fresh berries are at the peak of their season during spring and summer. However, you can find affordable, delicious frozen berries year-round. Use any variety you like, and feel free to mix and match.
|Amount Per Serving|
|% Daily Value *|
|Total Fat 1 g||1 %|
|Saturated Fat 0 g||0 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 0 g|
|Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g|
|Trans Fat 0 g|
|Cholesterol 0 mg||0 %|
|Sodium 84 mg||4 %|
|Potassium 586 mg||17 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 34 g||11 %|
|Dietary Fiber 7 g||29 %|
|Sugars 14 g|
|Protein 7 g||14 %|
|Vitamin A||38 %|
|Vitamin C||124 %|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA|
Shopping and Gear List
- GF Harvest PureOats
Gluten FreeRolled Oats
- Organic Chia Seeds with Omega-3, Non-GMO (2 lbs.)