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Raspberry Overnight Oats

I’m still on the overnight oats train and I’ve been making a new flavor each week to keep things interesting. The raspberries at my grocery store looked great this week so I figured it was time to make raspberry overnight oats!

This recipe uses loads of raspberries, which give it a beautiful color and pack these oats with flavor. They’re so delicious it almost tastes like you’re eating dessert for breakfast.

image of lemon raspberry overnight oats

The best part is that these raspberry overnight oats are gluten free, can easily be made vegan and are packed with protein. They truly are such an easy and wonderful way to start your day.

Getting the Ratios Just Right in Raspberry Overnight Oats

Oatmeal can be a divisive topic. Most people prefer their oatmeal one of two ways. Either thick like paste, or thinner and a bit wetter. I’m going to be honest with you, I like my oatmeal a bit “wetter.”

However, that’s not how this recipe is formulated. I created this recipe to make a thicker oatmeal once it comes out of the fridge. This way everyone is happy in the end!

People who like a thicker oatmeal can eat it straight out of the fridge and anyone who wants it a bit thinner can add a splash of milk or water.

image of milk being poured into a mason jar to make raspberry overnight oats

The proper ratio of liquid to oats varies based on a lot of factors. For instance, I love adding chia seeds to my oats because they’re a great source of fiber, omega-3s and protein. But they absorb a ton of water!

Usually I stick to a 1:1 ratio of oats to water or milk, and I use 1/2 of a cup of water in this recipe.

How Far in Advance Do You Need To Make Overnight Oats?

Despite their name, overnight oats don’t actually have to sit in the fridge overnight.

However, they do need a bit of time to soak up the water or milk and soften. If I forget to make my overnight oats ahead of time, I find they only need about 3 hours to soak before they’re ready to go.

They’re definitely a bit thinner when they soak for less time though.

Letting them sit overnight not only helps them fully soften, it also gives the flavors a chance to develop.

Long story short, an overnight soak is ideal but not necessary if you are short on time.

Can Overnight Oats Be Eaten Warm?

Not everyone can get behind the idea of eating uncooked, cold oats. And I get it, if you haven’t tried overnight oats before it does seem like an odd concept.

But trust me on this one, cold overnight oats are absolutely delicious and have an amazing texture. They’re also an incredibly refreshing breakfast on a warm day.

With that be said, you can eat overnight oats warm. They can be heated just like any other bowl of oatmeal. Pop them into the microwave and heat in 30 second intervals until they’re warm.

image of raspberry overnight oats that have been made in advance and are ready to be eaten the next day

Can Overnight Oats Be Made With Frozen Berries?

The short answer? Heck yah! In fact, I actually prefer using making overnight oats with frozen berries unless whatever fruit I’m using is in peak season.

Frozen berries are picked at their ripest and instantly frozen to trap in all that delicious flavor. They also tend to naturally color overnight oats as they thaw and are stirred in.

This gives your overnight oats a fantastic flavor and a gorgeous look. In my mind it’s a win win situation.

image of fresh raspberries in a measuring cup

Customizing These Overnight Oats

One of the best things about these raspberry overnight oats is that they are totally customizable to your dietary preferences!

In addition to the substitutions discussed above, you can easily make these overnight oats vegan or gluten-free. Below are some specific swaps in this recipe:

Vegan substitutions: Use plant-based milk and plant-based yogurt.

Gluten-free substitution: While oats are naturally gluten free, not all are processed in wheat free facilities. Be sure to check your package. Be sure to use gluten-free oats.

Substitutions & Swaps

While I love this recipe for raspberry overnight oats just the way it is, I know some of you might not have all of these ingredients on hand!

image of ingredients laid out to make a batch of raspberry overnight oats ahead of time

Below are some swaps and substitutions that can be made in this recipe:

  • Rolled Oats (GF) – This recipe turns out best with rolled or old-fashioned oats. You can use quick oats if that’s all you have, but you should reduce the amount of water or milk to 1/3 a cup.
  • Chia Seeds – If you don’t have chia seeds, you can omit them from this recipe. They absorb a lot of liquid though, so you will need to reduce the amount of water or milk to 1/3 cup to get the right consistency.
  • Brown Sugar – I prefer using light brown sugar in this recipe, but dark brown sugar or less refined sugar like coconut sugar would taste great too!
  • Greek Yogurt – Greek yogurt adds a wonderful creaminess to these oats along with a lot of protein. However, you can use any yogurt you like or dairy free yogurt! You can also skip adding yogurt if you’re not a fan.
  • Raspberries – Raspberries add wonderful flavor and color. You can use fresh or frozen berries! I love using frozen berries because they naturally color the oats and give them a beautiful look once mixed in.
  • Milk – I prefer making these oats with skim milk but you can also use water or any dairy free milk.
  • Lemon Zest – The lemon zest is optional but it really brightens up the flavor of these overnight oats!

Tips for Making the Best Raspberry Overnight Oats

  • Make your oats in a sealable container like a mason jar!
  • Be sure to use a large enough jar to give yourself room to stir.
  • Feel free to double this recipe or make multiple jars to last the entire week.
  • These raspberry overnight oats stay good in the fridge for up to 4 days.
  • Use rolled or old-fashioned oats to give your oatmeal the best texture and consistency!
  • If you like your oatmeal a bit thinner, I suggest adding a splash of water or your favorite milk before eating.
  • Use frozen berries! They naturally color the oats and create a beautiful look once mixed in.
  • Top your oats with a dollop of whipped cream and fresh berries to take them to the next level.
image of raspberry overnight oats that are topped with fresh raspberries and lemon zest

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Yield: 1

Raspberry Overnight Oats

image of lemon raspberry overnight oats

These raspberry overnight oats are the best breakfast! They're the perfect balance of tart and sweet, and are a wonderfully healthy way to to start the day.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 5 minutes

Ingredients

Raspberry Overnight Oats

  • 1/2 cup old fashioned or rolled oats (50 grams)
  • 2 tsp chia seeds (6 grams grams)
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar (20 grams)
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt or dairy-free yogurt (50 grams)
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen raspberries (70 grams)
  • 1/2 cup milk of your choice or water (120 grams)
  • 1 tsp lemon zest - optional (2 grams)

Optional Toppings:

  • fresh berries
  • whipped cream

Instructions

  1. Add 1/2 cup rolled oats, 2 tsp chia seeds, 2 Tbsp brown sugar, 1/4 cup greek yogurt, 1/2 cup raspberries, 1/2 cup milk and 1 tsp lemon zest (if desired) into a mason jar or bowl.
  2. Stir to combine the ingredients, then refrigerate for at least 3 hours or overnight.
  3. When you're ready to eat the oats, remove from the fridge. You’ll see that the oats absorbed a lot of the liquid, so you might want to add a little more water or milk of your choice before eating.
  4. If desired, top with additional fresh berries and/or a dollop of whipped cream and enjoy cold!
  5. These raspberry overnight oats keep in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Notes

How To Make the Best Raspberry Overnight Oats:

  • Make your oats in a sealable container like a mason jar!
  • Feel free to double this recipe or make multiple jars to last the entire week.
  • These raspberry overnight oats stay good in the fridge for up to 4 days.
  • If you like your oatmeal a bit thinner, I suggest adding a splash of water or your favorite milk before eating.
  • Top your overnight oats with a dollop of whipped cream and fresh berries to take them to the next level.

Nutrition Information

Yield

1

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 487Total Fat 11gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 29mgSodium 531mgCarbohydrates 73gFiber 10gSugar 52gProtein 30g
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