Your morning breakfast just got even easier with these Blackberry Pie Overnight Oats! Overnight oats are the easiest way to meal prep your breakfasts for the week - you can make them ahead of time and keep them in the fridge for easy grab-n-go breakfasts. They're also super delish as a preworkout or afternoon snack!
Today we are mixing up these darling cups of Blackberry Pie Overnight Oats! Tart berry preserves swirled together with thick, creamy, custard-like overnight oats. My heart skips a beat just looking at these berry-studded breakfast beauties.
Rolled oats that have been soaked overnight in Greek yogurt, almond milk, cinnamon, vanilla, and maple syrup and all mixed together to cozy up to one another all night in the fridge.
The almond milk soaks into the oats, softening them up to be ready to eat in the morning without having to cook the oats at all beforehand. The epitome of effortless breakfast!
Is there anything better than dessert for breakfast (besides dessert for dessert)? I think not.
Stir up a handful of these guys on the weekend, store the little containers stacked in the top of the fridge (I really love these wide mouth pint-sized mason jars) and you can have breakfast made for the week.
Just think about that for a second. The sweet freedom that having pre-made breakfasts brings to your world.
A whole week’s worth of breakfasts ready to dig into from the moment you roll out of bed in the morning. Sounds to me like a great way to earn yourself some extra snooze time in the A.M.
Because really, who doesn’t want a little more time spent glued to the pillow?
I think that part of the reason why we gravitate towards things like cereal, granola, and yogurt cups and why we love them SO much lies in the fact that they are already made for us. So it cuts down on the making time and gets us to the eating part much MUCH faster. Which when you only have your eyes sort of half open and are groping around to find the light switch in the morning, is a really REALLY fantastic thing to look forward to. It probably goes without saying that we are definitely those people...who set the coffee timer so it is brewed, hot, and ready as soon as our feet hit the kitchen floor.
The fewer the number of things that stand in between me and my morning cup of coffee + first meal of the day, the greater my happiness is.
Enter overnight oats.
Nutritious and high-protein, these are a guilt-free morning indulgence you can enjoy any day of the week. The fiber, protein, & slow-digesting carbohydrates will help keep you feeling full until lunch-time.
It is one of those get your day off to an AMAZING start kind of breakfasts. The kind that can be slowly enjoyed by the spoonful with your morning coffee and your local news. Or greedily gobbled in the parking lot before you dart in to work / sneakily savored at your desk.
Portable, packable, prep-able and ready to eat either chilled or warmed through quickly in the microwave.
We've taken these on out of town weekends to have a cheap, nutritious breakfast ready to eat in the hotel room. They are great to take car-camping. They keep in an ice-packed cooler for days and make it easier for us to get right to the fun part of the day. It saves us from searching the town for some sort of stomachable sustenance and keeps some of our hard-earned Benjamins in our pockets to be saved for celebratory post-hike burgers.
These also make awesome preworkout snacks - since it already has that great balance of carbohydrates and a lot of protein to fuel you up.
Add a little dollop of creamy peanut butter right on top and you've even added a daily dose of healthy fats into the mix.
Did I mention the base recipe is totally customizable? If berries aren’t your thing (or you wake up one morning just feeling like you want something different) you can mix things up.
If you need ideas for different fresh fruit combos then definitely check out my recipe for Easy Overnight Oats - I walk you through how to make a single serving OR a 4-day meal prep. Or if you're a fall-flavor fanatic like me, give these Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats a try!
Some of my other favorite variations are:
- bananas foster - caramelized bananas + honey + granola
- peanut butter cup – creamy peanut butter + mini chocolate chips
- mango colada - shredded coconut + fresh mango & pineapple
- mocha java chip - cocoa powder + a pinch of espresso powder + chocolate chips
- birthday cake - white chocolate chips + rainbow sprinkles (for those shameless days when it’s not even actually your birthday but adult-ing is not going so well)
More ways you can customize these overnight oats...
If you like things on the sweeter side, add more maple syrup to taste. Often times I omit it entirely and just use some stevia drops. Honey and coconut nectar (since they are both already syrupy liquids) are both easy stand-ins for the maple syrup if you prefer one sweetener over the other, or use an already sweetened vanilla Greek Yogurt and you can forgo the sweetening step altogether. Using a granulated sweetener might have mixed results since it may not combine into the yogurt as easily.
If you don’t enjoy the texture of seeds in your jam, you can either strain the jam mixture part of the way through the reduction process or you can consider swapping for something with less hearty seeds like raspberries, pitted cherries, or something seedless like strawberries or blueberries. You could even shortcut the whole shebang and use your favorite already made jam from the store. OR opt to just keep things simple by smashing some fresh berries with a fork on top of it and call it good.
Whatever you choose, I'm willing to bet you won't be disappointed. Overnight oats are just one of those things that are really hard to mess up! It's why I love making them so often!! You can always add more milk or yogurt in the morning to loosen // thicken it up to your preferred consistency.
Make them your own! And don't forget - if you try these out for your weekly meal prep, send me a picture of your breakfast bowls or tag them #freeyourfork on social media so I can see your awesome at-home creations!
Here’s the meal prep containers I use when making big batches of this recipe:
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MORE HEALTHY MEAL PREP RECIPES:
Blackberry Pie Overnight Oats
- ½ c rolled oats
- ½ c Greek yogurt*
- ⅓ – ½ c unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tbs maple syrup
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- pinch of cinnamon
- pinch of salt
- jam or fruit preserves see below for homemade blackberry jam recipe
- almond or peanut butter
- slivered almonds
- chia seeds
- fresh fruit
OPTIONAL: BLACKBERRY JAM
- yields about 1.5 cups of jam
- 3 c fresh blackberries about 2 small punnets
- 2 tbs honey
- juice of ½ lemon
- MAKE THE OATS: Combine oats, yogurt, almond milk, maple syrup, vanilla extract, cinnamon and salt in a small lidded container and mix until well combined. For a thicker more custard-like consistency use ⅓ cup almond milk (my preferred method) or for looser consistency with less textured oats, opt for closer to ½ cup almond milk. Cover and let sit in the refrigerator overnight (until the oats will have soaked long enough to soften and the mixture has softly set).
- MAKE THE BLACKBERRY JAM: Put blackberries into a small saucepot on the stove over medium-high heat. Smash with a fork, potato masher or large spoon. Add honey and lemon juice, stir, and bring mixture to a low boil. Turn down to low and simmer (uncovered) for 15-20 minutes or until thickened. Stir every few minutes or so. Test if the jam mixture is done thickening by using a spatula to push down the center of the mixture, dividing it into two sides, and briefly exposing the bottom of the pan surface. If the jam stays put for a few seconds and doesn’t immediately rush back to cover the open pan space, then it’s done. Pour into a small Tupperware, let cool. Then seal and refrigerate.
- TOP AND EAT: Layer with blackberry jam (or other as preferred), and add in optional toppings like peanut butter, slivered almonds, granola, fresh fruit, coconut, white chocolate chips, and chia seeds. Eat chilled straight from the fridge or microwave until just warmed through for a hot breakfast.
The cooking time for the jam just depends on how much juice your berries give off while in the pan and therefore how long it takes for that liquid to reduce down and thicken. The sweet spot for me tends to be closer to 20 minutes, since I prefer a thicker consistency.
If you’re using frozen berries, let them thaw before adding to the pan.
Taste your berries before using, if you think they need a little bit more sweetener you can add another tablespoon of honey (or coconut nectar, coconut sugar, or regular white sugar). Alternatively, if the berries are very sweet you can use less honey as preferred.