If you love oats, you will love this recipe. Made with old-fashioned rolled oats, Greek yogurt, lemon zest, and chia seeds, these blueberry lemon overnight oats have a refreshing flavor.
Blueberry lemon overnight oats are so easy to throw together for a filling grab-and-go breakfast. A little sweet, tangy and fresh this is a simple summer breakfast idea.
Cost To Make
Estimated cost = $1.82 does not include toppings
Why You'll Love This Recipe:
You will love this lemon overnight oats recipe because:
- It's a cheap and easy meal prep breakfast that takes less than five minutes to make.
- There is no cooking involved - it is as easy as mixing the ingredients into a bowl and storing them in the fridge or for a long soak.
- You can eat these cold and straight from the fridge in the summertime or warm the oats up in the microwave oven for winter.
- This recipe makes one serving, but you can increase the quantities to make more.
- You can make it dairy-free by using plant-based milk and yogurt.
- It is also naturally gluten-free.
Ingredients In This Recipe
The printable recipe further down the page has the complete list of ingredients, including quantities and step-by-step instructions.
Oats – You can use old-fashioned rolled or quick oats to make this recipe but avoid using steel-cut oats.
- Overnight oats made with rolled oats are thick with an almost smooth, creamy texture.
- Overnight oats made with quick oats, when soaked overnight, are creamier and smoother than rolled oats.
- Overnight oats made with steal cut oats remain grainy and soften to a chewy and gummy texture. Also, steel-cut oats don't soak up as much liquid as rolled and quick-cooking oats.
Milk – You can use dairy milk, almond milk, soya milk, oat milk, or other types of milk.
Yogurt - use plain dairy or dairy-free yogurt. We used our homemade yogurt in this recipe.
Seeds – Chia or basil seeds can be used. These thicken the oats by soaking up moisture and are high in fiber.
We used basil seeds in this recipe because it is budget-friendly.
Both chia and basil seeds are good sources of minerals and are rich in plant-based omega-3 fatty acids.
Maple Syrup – if you like your sweet oatmeal, it can be sweetened with maple syrup or honey or an alternative sweetener like white sugar or monk fruit sugar.
Lemon zest adds as much or as little as you like. When zesting the lemon, don't scrape the white part under the peel because it is bitter, and this can give the overnight oats a bitter flavor.
Vanilla extract for added flavor.
You don't need any special equipment to make these oats, but if you are planning to make these for a grab-and-go breakfast, store the oats in mason jars or old jam jars with lids for easy transportation.
Step By Step Instructions
Step 1 - Place the milk, yogurt, maple syrup, and vanilla into a mixing bowl. Stir until well combined.
Step 2 – Add the oats, seeds, lemon zest, and sliced blueberries and mix well. Taste for flavor and adjust if necessary by adding more vanilla, maple syrup, or lemon zest. Cover and store in the fridge overnight.
Step 3 – In the morning, serve the oats with a topping of yogurt, fresh berries, and lemon zest, and enjoy.
This recipe makes 1 serving of about 340 grams (12 ounces) or about 1 ⅓ cups.
Calories Per Serve
There are about 382 calories in a serving (does not include toppings).
Serve lemon overnight oats with or without a topping.
If you would like to add a topping or two, here are some ideas for you to try:
- Fresh fruit is always a nice topping, especially blueberries. You could use diced apples, strawberry pieces, peaches, or whatever fresh fruit you have on hand.
- Nuts - like toasted almonds, peanuts, or cashews add crunch and extra flavor.
- Coconut - shredded toasted coconut is a lovely topping and goes so well with chopped toasted nuts and lemon.
- Nut butter - for extra protein, top the oats with a spoonful of peanut butter, almond butter, or cashew butter.
- Milk – use milk suitable for your diet, such as unsweetened milk for a sugar-free diet or plant milk for vegans, and if you don't like milk, use water instead.
- Sweeteners – like honey, sugar, or artificial sweeteners can be used instead of maple syrup.
- Yogurt – can use vanilla-flavored yogurt instead of plain yogurt.
- Use flavored milk - like vanilla almond milk instead of plain milk.
- Make it sugar-free - by using sugar-free sweeteners instead of sugar, and use sugar-free milk.
- Use lime or orange zest instead of lemon.
- Poppy seeds - mix in 1 teaspoon of poppy seeds or sprinkle them over the top with grated lemon zest.
- Tropical flavor - use shredded coconut and use coconut milk instead of milk.
Refrigeration – Keep stored in the fridge until needed. It will keep for about five days in the fridge.
These overnight oats are great for meal prepping because they will last for five days in the fridge.
Frequently Asked Questions
Our recipe does not use lemon juice, but you can add lemon juice. Adding lemon juice to the overnight oats should be added to taste because some like a little lemon flavor, and others love heaps.
Yes, you can make overnight oats in two hours, but they won't be as soft as they would if left for 6 hours or overnight.
Oats are naturally gluten-free but may contain traces of gluten depending on how they are processed, so always read the label before buying if you need them to be gluten-free.
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I do hope that you will make these delicious blueberry lemon overnight oats. If you do, please come back and leave a comment below because I would love to know how you went.
Blueberry Lemon Overnight Oats
- ½ cup (55 grams oats) old fashioned rolled or quick
- ½ cup (120 grams) milk dairy or plant-based
- ¼ cup (60 grams) Greek yogurt or plant-based yogurt
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- 1 tablespoon (5 grams) of chia seeds or basil seeds
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup or to taste
- ½ cup (70 grams) fresh blueberries
- 1 teaspoon vanilla optional
- Greek yogurt or plant-based yogurt
- Fresh berries
- Place the oats, milk, yogurt, lemon zest, seeds, maple syrup, blueberries and vanilla into a mixing bowl. Stir until well combined.
- Taste for flavor and adjust the flavor if necessary by adding more vanilla and maple syrup.
- Transfer to a breakfast bowl, glass, or mason jar. Seal and store in the fridge overnight.
- Serve with toppings of your choice, such as Greek yogurt and fresh berries.