A delicious breakfast in a convenient jar to bring on the go, or to eat at home: Blueberry Overnight Oat and Yogurt Parfaits. These jars do not have to be reheated before eating; simply pull one out of the fridge, mix up, and enjoy. Old fashioned oats are layered with almond milk, cinnamon and sugar, then topped with yogurt and homemade blueberry compote. Nutrient-packed, healthy and delicious, this breakfast is deliciously sweet and enjoyable, but lower in calories and macro-friendly.
What makes oatmeal “overnight oats”?
Overnight oats have been a “thing” for a while now, but any time I made them, I was left feeling unsatisfied. I love the health benefits of eating oatmeal, but always felt the need to “bulk up” my oats with other ingredients in order for it to keep me full. Originally I started pairing my oatmeal with yogurt and fruit in a bowl. I realized that combining oats and yogurt provided that extra protein I needed to stay full. When it came time to meal prepping these oat and yogurt bowls, I decided to make these overnight oat and yogurt parfait jars, so that I could prep breakfast for the week.
Making the oats “overnight” style really just means that I combined the oats with milk, and let them steep in the liquid. No cooking required. This made for the ultimate easy meal prep breakfast.
Layering the oats, milk, yogurt layer, and a fruit layer together in a convenient mason jar was the icing on the cake. These jars store really well in the fridge, and make for an easy transport to work, school, or to any activities outside the home. They do not require any heating (I eat them cold), and they are the perfect meal for on the go. I love not having to sacrifice eating healthy when I want something convenient and quick.
What you will need to make these Blueberry Overnight Oat and Yogurt Parfaits
For the blueberry compote, you will need:
- I recommend using fresh blueberries here. If you use frozen, omit the water.
- Use a fresh lemon; the lemon zest and juice is used here.
- corn starch
- This is used to thicken up the fruit mixture.
- cane sugar
For the overnight oat and yogurt jars, you will need:
- old fashioned oats
- unsweetened almond milk (or cashew milk, or other low-fat or dairy-free milk of choice)
- cane sugar
- plain non-fat Greek yogurt
How to make Blueberry Overnight Oat and Yogurt Parfaits
Making the blueberry compote
To make the compote, combine the fresh blueberries, lemon zest and juice, and sugar in a small saucepan. Combine the corn starch and water to form a slurry, and add that to the blueberries. Cook the blueberries for about 10 minutes or until a thick compote forms, and then set aside.
Building the oat and yogurt jars
To make the parfait jars, add 1/2 cup of old fashioned oats and 2/3 cup of milk to each mason jar. Add 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon and 1 tsp of sugar to each jar, and stir to combine. Add 1/2 cup of yogurt to each jar, followed by about 2 tablespoons of the compote.
Storing and serving these overnight oat and yogurt jars
It couldn’t be easier to serve and store these jars: If you plan on eating one right away, microwave the first layer of the jar (the oats and milk) for about 1 to 1 1/2 minutes to cook the oats. Otherwise, build the jars and store them in the fridge for the week. You can make multiple servings of this recipe to last you all week; simply slide the serving size bar on the recipe card to your desired number of servings.
Store the finished jars in the fridge, and when ready to eat, simply pull one out and dig in. You can mix the ingredients up with your spoon before eating. You can also add sliced banana, nut butter, or any other toppings to the yogurt jar for extra flavor and texture.
This breakfast makes for the quickest and easiest meal prep; you can prep a week’s worth of breakfast in just minutes! The longest part of this recipe is making the blueberry compote, which only takes 10 minutes. Otherwise, you will be done with this prep in minutes.
Blueberry Overnight Oat and Yogurt Parfaits
- 12-oz mason jars for storage
- 1 pint blueberries fresh
- 1 lemon zested and juiced
- 1 tsp corn starch
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 cups old fashioned oats
- 2 2/3 cups unsweetened almond milk
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 4 tsp cane sugar
- 2 cups plain non-fat Greek yogurt
- Add the blueberries to a small sauce pan.
- Zest and juice the lemon into the blueberries.
- Add the sugar to the blueberries.
- Combine the corn starch with the water and add that to the pot.
- Cook the blueberries for 10 minutes or until a thick compote forms. Set aside.
Overnight Oat and Yogurt Jars
- Prepare four 12-ounce mason jars.
- Add 1/2 cup dry oats and 2/3 cup of milk to each mason jar.
- Add 1/2 tsp cinnamon and 1 tsp sugar to the oats and milk.
- Stir to combine.
- Top with 1/2 cup yogurt per jar.
- Top with approximately 2 tbsp of the blueberry compote per jar.
- 5 WW points (green plan)
- 4 WW points (blue plan)
- 1 WW point (purple plan)
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