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Overnight Oats with Frozen Fruit

Overnight Oats with Frozen FruitOvernight oats are one of the best ways to enjoy a nutritious breakfast when you’re on the go. And frozen fruit is a great addition to oatmeal, especially when your favorite fruit is no longer in season or you have leftover fruit from making smoothies.

A side view of overnight oats with frozen fruit.

WHAT ARE OVERNIGHT OATS?

Oatmeal soaks in liquid overnight (or at least 2 hours) to make a perfect thick and creamy oatmeal to enjoy the next day. For more breakfast ideas, check out these Overnight Oat Recipes!

CAN YOU PUT FROZEN FRUIT IN OATS?

Are you kidding? Frozen fruit of all kind is a delicious addition to oatmeal. Try anything from berries to mango, cherries, or acai. Here are a few combinations I love.

  • Tropical Fruit + Coconut Milk
  • Cherries + Almond Milk
  • Berries + Oat Milk

IS OVERNIGHT OATS AND FRUIT HEALTHY?

Overnight oats are high in protein, fiber, and vitamins. And since the meal is so versatile, you can easily add toppings like seeds, nuts, and fresh fruit to fortify the oats and meet your health goals.

WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE THIS RECIPE

  • 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. 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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

PREPARATION 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.

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HOW TO GARNISH THE OATS

There are so many ways to elevate Overnight Oats with Frozen Fruit, from toppings to mix-ins; here are a few suggestions.

  • 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, Sunflower Seed Butter

HOW LONG DO OVERNIGHT OATS LAST?

  • TO STORE – 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.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 

Do you use frozen or fresh fruit for overnight oats?

The answer to that question is both. Fresh fruit is always delicious, but if your favorite fruit is out of season, I recommend using frozen fruit since they’re picked at peak.

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 incorporates into the oatmeal. However, if you love the cold bite of frozen fruit, they’re also an incredible topping for oatmeal.

Are frozen berries as good as fresh?

Let’s settle the debate between fresh vs. frozen fruit. Many studies have found that frozen and fresh berries contain the same nutrients. That being 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 reach for frozen berries picked in season. The next thing I consider is what is on sale. Is there a deal on fresh? If so, I am buying that. Two for one on frozen mangos- throw it in 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 turn out mushy. Old-fashioned rolled oats are your best bet.

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A side view 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 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Soaking Tims 12 hrs
Total Time 12 hrs 5 mins
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
Preparation 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 ServingCalories: 252kcalCarbohydrates: 34gProtein: 14gFat: 8gSodium: 108mgFiber: 7gSugar: 12g
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