A simple and easy breakfast drink, this Overnight Blueberry Yogurt Oats Drink is not only delicious, but also quite filling enough to keep you for few hours until you get the time to sit down and have a proper breakfast or lunch.
Friday Drinks and Frozen Day ♥♥
With the weather getting warmer and warmer everyday, I think we could all agree that we need something that will cool us off and keep us feeling refresh. Since it is Summer, I am making a seasonal post just for the Summer season and this will happen on Fridays. I am calling it Friday Drinks and Frozen Day 🙂 The post will mostly be about Summer drinks and frozen treats to keep up cool and comfy during the Summer season. If it is not Summer where you are right now, do not worry because you can always go back and search for these recipes whenever Summer arrives in your area or you are just feeling to get chilled. Some of the drinks that I am sharing here can be made any day of the year,, rain or shine or snow 🙂
We are at the peak of Summer now in Vancouver and I am still enjoying not only the warm weather but most especially the abundance of fresh Berries. To make the most of my never ending supply of Blueberry, I decided to use them for making my breakfast drink. Since it is quite warm lately, instead of a warm bowl of oatmeal like what I usually make, this week I am sharing this simple and easy Overnight Blueberry and Yogurt Oats Drink.
Frozen Fruits Please
To get a nice texture and consistency, I used frozen Blueberry. If you do not like drinking cold drink in the morning, you can use fresh Blueberry instead. Expect that the consistency will be a bit more runny than when using frozen Blueberry.
Things To Remember:
- Use frozen fruits for better texture
- Adjust sweetener depending on the sweetness of the fruits
- You can use any sweetener of your choice, adjust the measurement as needed
- You can adjust the consistency, add more liquid for thinner smoothie or more fruits for thicker consistency
What Are Overnight Oats?
Before we dive into how to make overnight oats and the many endless variations that you can make, let us first get to know overnight oats in a high level view. So you ask, what are overnight oats? I asked the same question when I first saw numerous overnight oats recipe in Pinterest. Overnight oats are a mix of oats (normally rolled oats), liquid (normally milk or non-dairy milk substitute), a sweetener ( the likes of honey, maple syrup or plant based sweetener) and yogurt (often plain greek yogurt). The mixture is left overnight in the refrigerator to soften the oats, hence the name “Overnight Oats”.
Is it Safe to Eat Uncooked Oats Like Overnight Oats?
One thing that makes overnight oats appealing to most people is the simplicity of making it. Overnight oats do not require any cooking, the overnight soaking process is what soften the oats. The “No Cook” characteristic is what makes it appealing to most people especially for busy people who are often on the run and do not have time to prepare breakfast. This very same characteristic (no cook) is also the reason why some people stay away from overnight oats, the idea of eating uncooked oats seems to be questionable to some people.
I did my own research because I was one of those people who question the idea of eating uncooked oats, plus the uncooked taste of the oats is not really appealing to me. Here is what I found.
Uncooked oats contains phytic acid (also known as phytate) which is in grains, nuts, seeds, and beans and binds to essential minerals such as calcium, zinc, and iron, preventing your body from being able to absorb them. This means that if You consume too much phytic acid, you can have issues with mineral deficiencies. So does this mean we need to be worried about eating raw oats? Not really.
Bottom line, we have the green light to GO ahead and enjoy them. But if you are still worried and hesitant, do as I did. Microwave the oats and milk for full 1-2 minutes to slightly cook and softened it, then leave it overnight in the refrigerator to further soften and breakdown.
- 1 1/4 cup Milk
- 2 tablespoon Honey or Maple Syrup (or any sweetener of your choice)
- 1/4 teaspoon pure Vanilla Extract
- 1/4 cup Rolled Oats
- 3 tablespoon plain Greek Yogurt
- 1/3 cup frozen Blueberry
It cannot get any easy than this! Ready?
Pour the milk, honey, vanilla extract in a microwaveable glass. Add the rolled oats and microwave for 1 minute. Cover and leave in the refrigerator overnight. The following day, simply transfer in a blender, add frozen blueberry and blend until smooth. Transfer in a serving glass and ENJOY!
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