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Blueberry Cream Pie Overnight Oats

Blueberry Overnight Oats

Sometimes I’m late to the party. And this would be one of those times.

Overnight oats is an online blogging creation and like all good things online, it does feel a bit crowdsourced. Some people like it with nut butter. Others with chia. I’ve been personally drooling on a variation with cacao nibs but for this particular recipe of breakfast decadence, I went the route of pie.

Blueberry cream pie.

blueberry overnight oats in a jar recipe

I’m not sure about you, but I go through spurts of ingredient obsession and this is the year smitten by blueberries. They are my sweet treat in bite-sized morsels. And sometimes they like to get dolled up.

I make my overnight oats in small mason jars and they really are the perfect take-to-work breakfast for those days when something more indulgent is called for. I’ve made it with non-fat cow’s milk yogurt and with goat’s milk yogurt, but sometimes you don’t want the tang. Sometimes you want to splurge.

And this friends, is the recipe to make my non-morning self excited to get out of bed.

You’re still getting oats and lovely probiotics from yogurt, but what makes this recipe fall in the category of decadence is sugar and fat. We’re talking whole milk yogurt here, the kind you might bypass in favor of something less fattening. Then add to that shredded coconut and coconut milk–  this is one creamy dish  to get your week started on an unexpected celebratory note.

Because let’s be honest. Monday needs a bit of oomph sometimes.

overnight oats in a jar recipe

 

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Blueberry Cream Pie Overnight Oats

(Here’s the thing. I love oatmeal by itself and most overnight oats recipe use a ratio of 1 part oats to 1 part yogurt and 1 part milk (nut / soy / cow’s). I’ve had it that way and wanted more oats. So to compensate, I let my oats and goodness gel a whole day longer and added another 1/4 cup coconut milk the next day. The result was silkiness and a ridiculously creamy texture. They might be more aptly named Double Overnight Oats but lest there are too many descriptors already, so we’re staying as is. *You can try this recipe below without the extra day factored in and using the ratio mentioned in the beginning of this pre-cursor cum diatribe if you’re wont to. )

YIELD: Makes 1 decadent little jar of goodness

  • 1/2 cup rolled organic oats
  • 1/4 cup Straus whole milk organic vanilla yogurt
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon shredded coconut, unsweetened
  • 2 tablespoons organic blueberries, rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon pecans, chopped or broken by hand
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground Saigon cinnamon
  • 1/2 sheet organic honey graham, crumbled

1. Place the oats, yogurt, 1/4 cup of coconut milk, shredded coconut, cinnamon and rinsed blueberries in your small mason jar. Stir and then seal. Let sit overnight.

2. The next morning add in 1/4 cup of coconut milk. Seal and let sit overnight.*

3. Add crumbled graham cracker and pecan bits to your oats and stir.

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Patriot Oats (Mixed Berry Oatmeal)

Patriot Oats

I have a soft spot in my heart and at the breakfast table for oatmeal. Something about starting the day with a bowl of warm and comforting oats just seems right. Instant oats are not my favorite way to enjoy them, but in a pinch, they can do just fine- the secret as with most things is seasoning.

This recipe is simple and probably easy to assemble from your cupboard and fridge at this time of year. “Patriot oats” celebrates through color the hopefulness of independence day – in this case the Independence of America from the Brits so long ago. The blueberries, strawberries and coconut milk lend themselves to be patriotic in scope of the celebration of July 4th. In that vein, I did some digging to better understand why red, white and blue became our country’s colors and learned:

Congress of the Confederation chose these same colors for the Great Seal of the United States and listed their meaning as follows: white to mean purity and innocence, red for valor and hardiness, and blue for vigilance, perseverance, and justice.”

Betsy Ross, the woman who sewed our first flag is a name for history books and yet she has something still to teach us about change and character. While her life was marked by hardship, she exhibited the tenacity and verve of spirit necessary in sussing out what living out independence looks like.

If you look at your life today, do you find need of winning the battle for independence? Perhaps you’re mired in a job that is joyless, succumbing to addiction or even beleaguered by a pesky habit. There is no time like the present to make a change. And as I mentioned here, change is sometimes an arduous feat, the bit of a bridle in the horse’s mouth and waiting as the entire animal turns. It takes courage to admit the need to change course. Then comes adherence to the recognition. I’m told lasting change comes a bit at a time.

So let’s start with breakfast.

dairy free oatmeal recipe

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Patriot Oats – Mixed Berry Oatmeal

YIELD: 2 servings 

  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 2/3 cups thick & rough oatmeal like the Silver Palate
  • 2 tablespoons coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup organic blueberries, rinsed
  • 1/4 cup organic strawberries, rinsed, hulled and chopped
  • Drizzle of local honey

1. Set pot of water on stovetop and cover over high heat until boiling.
2. Then remove the lid and lower the temperature, adding in the oats gradually. 3. Cook for 8-10 minutes and stir occasionally.
4. Let oats sit for 1-2 minutes and then ladle them out into two separate bowls. 5. Add a dollop of 1 tablespoon per bowl of the coconut milk.
5. Then equally divide the berries into both bowls.
6. Lastly drizzle local honey over the top- just a drizzle to augment the berries natural sweetness.

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