Mar 03, 2014

Overnight Blueberry Chia Oatmeal

Happy Birthday to me! Yes, today is my birthday and I am 58 years young, and getting (feeling!) younger all the time. I am not one to worry about my age or who knows how old I am. I am PROUD of my time on this planet and the knowledge I have gained over the years. Gray hairs? They were EARNED. Oh, yes. But amazingly, they are becoming less. Must be all those minerals in the plant-strong foods. That’s exciting I guess, but like I said, I’m not so concerned about looking old when I feel so good! And besides, I think I still look a bit younger than my years, thanks to a healthy lifestyle, staying active and nutrient-dense eating. 🙂

Here’s another fun breakfast idea for you! Oatmeal can be so boring, right? But when you add some pops of flavor from berries and some chia seeds for a creamy pudding-like texture (with lots of nutrients), it’s a whole new breakfast sensation.

This is only the second time I’ve made overnight oatmeal and now I’m sold on making this a staple for our mornings. I had forgotten how much I loved my Outtasight Overnight Oatmeal. You can certainly substitute raspberries or blackberries for the blueberries in this recipe. Or even cherries! And you can use fresh or frozen fruit. I used frozen blueb’s, thus the strong purple color as they leaked their juice, like frozen fruit always does. One of the best things about this breakfast is that it’s ready and waiting for you in the morning. You can put it in a portable container when you make it. Then, grab and go if you’re hurrying to work.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup rolled oats (not instant)
  • 1 cup berries, fresh or frozen
  • 2 cups unsweetened, plant-based milk
  • ½ cup roughly chopped, pitted dates (or any sweetener you prefer)
  • 1 TBS chia seeds
  • 1 TBS plain vegan yogurt
  • 1 TBS lemon juice

Directions:

  1. Place the milk and the dates in a blender and blend until the dates are broken up; it doesn’t have to be really smooth.
  2. Mix with the remaining ingredients.
  3. Leave out at room temp for a couple of hours and stir occasionally, so that the chia seeds can set up properly. Then place in whatever serving or travel containers you’ll be using.
  4. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Makes about 3½ cups or enough for 2 people. Enjoy!

Healthy trails,

16 responses to “Overnight Blueberry Chia Oatmeal”

  1. Meenoo (MK) says:

    Happy Birthday, Helyn!! I just turned 50 (2/15), and you are such an inspiration to me. I hope to be and feel as young as you when I am 58. Rock on.

  2. Happy birthday – you don't look your age in your pictures…..I hope I am still as well preserved in 20 years time!! How much chia goes in this. It looks delish might have to make it for hb one day to take for bfast the days he leaves early – current fall back is homemade bircher museli which I do in a jar for him the night before.

  3. Helyn says:

    It's 1 TBS chia. I will put it in the ingredients list (oops). Thanks Rach!!

  4. Helyn says:

    TO "Anonymous" who wrote: "This looks really delicious! How much chia seeds does the recipe require? Also, can you tell me why you added the vegan yogurt and lemon? I never have yogurt in the house, could I leave it out?" Sorry, I deleted your post by accident… 1 TBS chia. I use the yogurt to soften the oats overnight and the lemon keeps the lovely color of the blueberries from turning that weird blueberry gray that sometimes happens. You could leave either one out and I'm sure it would still be very tasty!!

  5. Sarah says:

    Happy Happy Happy Happy Birthday!!!!!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Wow! Happy Birthday Helyn! You look terrific and I would never have guessed you to be 58. I'll be 47 in three days and I think I'll make this for my birthday breakfast as well! It looks yummy and I've already got all of the ingredients. Woo hoo!

    Thanks & have a blessed day!

    Julie McConnachie (I still haven't taken the time to figure out the 'comment as: profile' thing here. lol)

  7. Helyn says:

    Thanks Julie! Happy Birthday to you too!!!

  8. Happy birthday Helyn! Or as we say in Polish… Sto lat! (May you live 100 years!) and enjoy every moment of them!

    http://www.poloniamusic.com/FolkMusicStolat.html

  9. Helyn says:

    Thank you, Sarah!

  10. Helyn says:

    Thanks so much, Lucie!!

  11. Marie says:

    Happy Birthday!
    Oatmeal is a great way to start a day, even on a birthday!

  12. Helyn says:

    Thank you, Marie! 🙂

  13. Terri Cole says:

    Happy Birthday Helyn! I recently started following your blog and love your recipes. You look amazing! And seriously, LESS gray hair from being plant-based? Wow, another good reason to keep on this path.

  14. moonwatcher says:

    A very happy birthdayy to you, Helyn!! And welcome to a wonderful plant-strong 58th year! I turned that same age in January. I definitely know what you mean about feeling 58 years young! You certainly look young and radiant, and it's so nice to know that our wonderful plant foods are the foundation for that gift. Many blessings and many happy returns of the day to you. 🙂

  15. Happy birthday Helyn! Or as we say in Polish … Sto lat! (May you live 100 years!) and enjoy every moment of them!

    http://www.poloniamusic.com/FolkMusicStolat.html

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