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Overnight Oats with Frozen Fruit

Overnight oats with frozen fruit are one of the best ways to enjoy a nutritious breakfast on the go. And frozen fruit is a tasty addition to oatmeal – especially when your favorite fruit is no longer in season or if you have leftover fruit from making smoothies.

A container of overnight oats with frozen fruit.

What are Overnight Oats?

Oatmeal soaks in liquid overnight (at least 2 hours) to make thick and creamy oatmeal to enjoy the next day. Overnight oats with frozen fruit is easy to make because there’s no need to chop, peel, or wash any fruit! Just toss them with the other ingredients, and your oatmeal is ready by morning!

For more breakfast ideas, check out one of these overnight oat recipes!

Can You Put Frozen Fruit in Oats?

Frozen fruit of any kind is a delicious addition to oatmeal. Try berries, mango, cherries, or acai. Here are a few combinations I love.

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Oatmeal: Old-fashioned oats produce the best results, whereas steel-cut oats wind up chewy since they don’t absorb the liquid properly, and quick oats turn out mushy.
  • Chia Seeds: In addition to texture, the chia seeds provide protein, fiber, and healthy fat.
  • Oat Milk: You can use water or any milk, like almond, soy, or coconut milk, like we do for our overnight oats with coconut milk. I prefer oat milk for this recipe because the creaminess complements the other ingredients.
  • Fruit: I use frozen fruit for this recipe, but use whatever you prefer. Also, frozen fruit is particularly good for overnight oats because they’re hard enough that they don’t get crushed while making it and stirring it up, and after a few hours in the fridge, they soften up just right.
  • Toppings: The toppings are optional, but honey and more fruit (fresh or frozen) are my go-tos.

How to Make Overnight Oats with Frozen Fruit

The full recipe with measurements is in the recipe card below.

Step 1: Divide the oats and chia seeds into two containers. Then, top with frozen blueberries.

Fill two cups with oats, chia, seeds, and frozen blueberries.

Step 2: Combine the oat milk and protein powder in a glass and stir until fully incorporated.

Almond milk and vanilla protein powder combined in a cup.

Step 3: Then, divide the milk between the two containers. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Milk and protein powder combined with the oats, chia seeds, and blueberries.

Step 4: When you’re ready to eat, top the oats with a drizzle of honey and more blueberries.

Overnight oats with frozen fruit and topped with fresh blueberries.

Expert Tips

  • Take the time to combine the oat milk and protein powder before adding it to the oatmeal; it helps to disperse and prevents clumping. I love using my frother to blend the mixture and break up the powder.
  • I find a 1:1 ratio of one part old-fashioned oats and one part almond milk the best. Use less liquid if you want thicker oatmeal and more if you like it runny.
  • Store overnight oats in a jar with room to spare since the oatmeal and chia seeds expand as they rehydrate, and so will any mix-ins you add.
  • Despite the name overnight oats, they only need to soak for 2-3 hours before you can enjoy them. However, the longer you soak the oats, the softer they will become.
  • When you’re ready to eat, stir the oats before digging in and adding your toppings.

How to Garnish the Oats

Elevate your overnight oats with frozen fruit, from creative toppings to flavorful mix-ins.

  • Chocolate Chips, Cocoa Nibs, Cocoa Powder
  • Chocolate or Vanilla Protein Powder
  • Walnuts, Pecans, Almonds
  • Honey, Agave, Maple Syrup, Monk Fruit
  • Fresh, Dried, or Frozen Dates, Blueberries Banana, Strawberries, Raspberries, Apple
  • Greek Yogurt, Cottage Cheese
  • Almond Butter, Peanut Butter, Sunflower Seed Butter

How Long Do Overnight Oats Last?

  • Storage: Store the oats in an airtight container for three days in the refrigerator. If they seem dry after sitting in the fridge, add another splash of milk, stir, and enjoy!

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you use frozen or fresh fruit for overnight oats?

The answer to that question is both. I recommend using frozen fruit when your favorite fruit is out of season since frozen fruits get picked at peak ripeness. However, fresh fruit is always delicious.

When should I add fruit to my overnight oats?

I love including frozen fruit in my overnight oats before they have had time to set so the flavor of the fruit gets incorporated into the oatmeal. However, if you love the cold bite of frozen fruit, frozen fruit also makes an incredible topping.

Are frozen berries as good as fresh?

Let’s settle the debate between fresh vs. frozen fruit. Many studies show that frozen and fresh berries contain the same nutrients. That said, I have two rules for deciding what fruit to use.

First, I take a look at what is in season. If blueberries aren’t in season, I will use frozen blueberries picked in season. The next thing to consider is what is on sale. Is there a deal on fresh strawberries? If so, I am buying that. Two for one on frozen strawberries – throw them into my cart.

What kind of oats work best for overnight oats?

I recommend avoiding instant and steel-cut oats to make overnight oats with frozen fruit. The steel-cut oats come out chewy since they take longer to absorb the liquid, and quick oats end up mushy. Old-fashioned rolled oats are the best option.

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A container of overnight oats with frozen fruit.

Overnight Oats with Frozen Fruit

Tressa Jamil
Overnight oats with frozen fruit are one of the best ways to enjoy a nutritious breakfast when you're on the go.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Soaking Tims 12 hours
Total Time 12 hours 5 minutes
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 2 Servings
Calories 252 kcal
Equipment
Ingredients
  
  • cup rolled oats, divided
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds, divided
  • cup frozen blueberries, divided, plus more for garnish
  • 1 cup unsweetened oat milk
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 drizzle honey
Instructions
 
  • Divide the oats and chia seeds into two containers. Then, top with frozen blueberries.
  • Combine the almond milk and protein powder in a glass and stir until fully incorporated. Then, divide the milk between the two containers. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • When you're ready to eat, top the oats with a drizzle of honey and more blueberries.
Notes
Serving Size: ½ Cup
Expert Tips:
  • Take the time to combine the almond milk and protein powder before adding it to the oatmeal; it helps to disperse and prevents clumping. I love using my frother to blend the mixture and break up the powder.
  • I find a 1:1 ratio of one part old-fashioned oats and one part almond milk the best. Use less liquid if you want thicker oatmeal and more if you like it runny.
  •  Store overnight oats in a jar with room to spare since the oatmeal and chia seeds expand as they rehydrate, and so will any mix-ins you add.
  •  Despite the name overnight oats, they only need to soak for 2-3 hours before you can enjoy them. However, the longer you soak the oats, the softer they will become.
  •  When you’re ready to eat, stir the oats before digging in and adding your toppings.
Nutritional Disclosure:
  • The nutritional information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for professional advice.
Nutrition
Serving: 1 Serving | Calories: 252 kcal | Carbohydrates: 34 g | Protein: 14 g | Fat: 8 g | Sodium: 108 mg | Fiber: 7 g | Sugar: 12 g
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