Blueberry lemon poppy seed overnight oats are the perfect breakfast to serve on busy school mornings. This overnight oatmeal recipe has all of the flavors of your favorite lemon poppy seed bread, without any added sugar, refined flour, or added oils. The fresh blueberries and whole grains here are so much better than sugary breakfast cereals, in both nutrition and taste.
Have you had a chance to visit your local farms this summer? We were fortunate enough to make several farm trips, fully taking advantage of all of the delicious produce that is fresh and in season.
Summer in my area means fresh strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, peaches, and plums. The farms will often grow varieties of fruits and vegetables that are hard to come by in stores. Have you ever had a honey punch plum? Delicious!
As mentioned in a previous article, blueberries are one of the longest-lasting berries, lasting up to two weeks in the fridge. If you’ve amassed a big haul of these delicious berries but don’t want to incorporate them into a bunch of baked goods, why not try this recipe? Make a bunch of jars in the evening, and the whole family will have a healthy breakfast to go!
Quick breads versus overnight oats, which is better?
Many years ago, there was a time when I was quite enamored with a particular lemon poppy seed bread mix. I would substitute the added oil for applesauce, thinking that I was enjoying a relatively healthy snack.
It is fine IMO to enjoy foods like this on occasion. Unfortunately, I did not realize at that point that a bread packed with refined grains and added sugars really shouldn’t be a regular part of the diet. I did manage to cut the calories and increase the fiber with the applesauce switch, but the bread wasn’t a great choice.
Choosing these overnight oats instead of the quick bread gives you similar flavors. However, this recipe offers protein, fruits, and whole grains that morph dessert into a filling meal. With only six ingredients, why not add it to your meal plan this week?
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Blueberry Lemon Poppy Seed Overnight Oats
- 5.3 ounces Greek yogurt, non-fat plain, unsweetened
- ⅓ cup oatmeal, dry
- ¼ cup milk, 2%
- 1 t lemon zest
- ½ t poppy seeds
- 1 cup blueberries, fresh
- Stir the yogurt, oatmeal, milk, zest, and poppy seeds together in a bowl.
- In a wide-mouthed pint jar, layer half of the oat mixture, then half of the blueberries.
- Add the last half of the oat mixture to the jar, and top with the rest of the blueberries.
- Put the cover on the jar and refrigerate overnight. Easy!
This is a level 1 recipe (may help support fat loss). If you need to add more energy density to this recipe, consider substituting the 2% milk for whole milk. You can also use a whole milk yogurt. Using a sweetened vanilla yogurt here instead of plain yogurt is another way to increase the calories, but that will also add some added sugar. If you don’t want to use whole milk products but want to increase the healthy fats, consider mixing some nuts or seeds into the oats. Walnuts or chia seeds would be great here. Make several of these for busy weekdays; they will keep 2-3 days in the fridge!
I’ve never really liked having to scroll for three years on a website to get to a recipe. What are your feelings on shorter versus longer recipe posts?
Also, if you make this recipe, please leave a rating in the comments section! I’d love to hear how you liked it, or if you made any modifications.