Berry Cream Pie Overnight Oats – Get your breakfast ready the night before and you’ll be in for a treat in the morning! Naturally sweetened with banana, and gut-friendly with yoghurt and a long soak to ferment the oats, these overnight oats are creamy, dreamy, and packed with good nutrition.
I’ve been on a bit of an overnight oats bender lately. It’s possible that I’ve had a jar, with some variation in flavour and mix-ins, every morning for the past 4 months or so. There are worse benders one could go on, ammiright?
Everyone feels differently about breakfast, what to eat and when to eat it. My husband, for example, doesn’t start eating until well into the afternoon. I, on the other hand, am one of those people who wakes up hungry and basically needs breakfast on the ready as soon as I open my eyes. Overnight oats are the perfect solution then.
Turns out that my little guy loves them as well! I can’t even prepare them when he’s still awake, because if he sees them he will Freak Out until he gets them, and it’s hard to explain to a two-year-old that you have to let them sit overnight but we’ll enjoy them in the morning.
Here’s my Berry Cream Pie Overnight Oats lineup: they’re sweetened naturally with just a bit of mashed banana. I use about 1/4 of a banana per serving, and I find that it makes them perfectly sweet but not too sweet without tasting overwhelmingly banana-y.
I like to make my overnight oats with a mixture of plain yoghurt and plant-based milk. I just prefer the flavour this way, and there’s no reason you couldn’t use cow’s milk instead, or, skip the yogurt if you want vegan oats. I like to use yoghurt because it kickstarts a little fermentation as the oats soak overnight, making the oats easier to digest and nutrients more bioavailable than without.
Chia seeds get mixed in because they help make the oats nice and thick, add protein and more fiber, and also provide some omega-3 fatty acids. I also like to use a teeny splash of vanilla extract to bring home that creamy flavour.
I tend to mix up a jar of overnight oats every evening, as it takes only a few minutes to mash, mix, swirl, and throw the jar into the fridge. However, I’ve also experimented with making a big batch in bulk and those turn out just fine as well. I find that a batch will last 3-4 days happily in the fridge, so if you’d rather not have to make oats every day, that’s a good option for you.
These days I’m topping my overnight oats with the fresh berries that have just come into season, but throughout the winter months I use frozen berries, which I add on top of the oats before they go into the fridge for the night. In the morning they’re melted and juicy and perfect for swirling through your oats.
Tips for optimizing your overnight oats:
- Prefer your breakfast on the go? No problem! Just make your overnight oats in a jar with a lid that fits tightly, and you can toss them into your bag and take them along with you.
- Don’t like banana? Lots of people feel this way. You can leave the banana out and add a splash of maple syrup for sweetness instead.
- Want to make vegan oats? No problemo. Either you can replace the yoghurt with coconut yoghurt, or leaev it out and replace with extra plant-based milk.
- Want to bulk-prep your overnight oats? Double or triple the recipe and mix everything up in a big jar.
- Sensitive to gluten? Be sure to seek out oats that are labelled gluten-free, as oats are often processed in the same factories as gluten-containing grains.
- Fresh berries not in season? Use frozen! Just add them to the top of the oats the night before and they’ll be melted and perfect by the morning time.
- Prefer a warm breakfast? It’s totally fine to gently heat your overnight oats in the morning.
- Forgot to make your oats the night before? Not to worry, a quick soak of 2 hours will do the trick.
Hey Nutrition Lady, tell me more about oats!
Folks, I’d be glad to! Oats are a cereal grain, and a member of the grass family Poaceae. What we know of as oats are the edible seed of the grass, which has been hulled, steamed, and rolled into their characteristic flat disc-like shape. Steel cut oats haven’t been rolled, but are chopped into smaller pieces instead.
Oats are a good source of dietary fiber, including soluble fiber, which absorbs water as it moves through your digestive tract and help regulate the pace of digestion, which allows more time for nutrient absorption and digestion. Oats are also a good food source for the friendly bacteria in your lower intestine, where they are fermented and provide energy for our intestinal cells.
Oats are rich in indigestible carbohydrates called beta-glutens which help to lower blood cholesterol levels, and are also host to a number of phenolic compounds which have antioxidant properties. Due to the high levels of those beta-glucans, oats are also helpful in stabilizing blood sugar.
In fact, eating oats in the morning may help keep your blood sugar stable throughout the entire day. Oats are great source of manganese and molybdenum, and a good source of copper, biotin, vitamin B1, magnesium, dietary fiber, and are a decent source of protein.
So let’s get at these creamy, dreamy Berry Cream Pie Overnight Oats. I hope that you love them as much as I do!
Other make-ahead breakfasts you might enjoy:
Berry Cream Pie Overnight Oats
Creamy, dreamy overnight oats topped with juicy strawberries! Make these oats the night before and you'll have a breakfast worth getting out of bed for ready to go as soon as you open your eyes!
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1 Tablespoon chia seeds
- 1/4 a very ripe banana mashed
- 1/2 cup unsweetened oat milk or other milk of choice
- 1/2 cup plain yoghurt
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup ripe berries sliced
- 1/2 cup diced banana optional
Place 1/4 of a ripe banana into the bottom of a glass jar, and mash well using a fork.
Add the oats, chia seeds, yoghurt, milk, and vanilla extract. Stir well.
Add the diced banana chunks (if using) and stir through the oats. Add the sliced strawberries to the top (do not stir through).
Place a lid on the container, and place into the fridge to soak for at least 2 hours, but up to overnight.
Nutrition information is an estimate only.