Enjoy an easy and satisfying breakfast with these overnight oats with frozen fruit. Just 5 minutes of prep the night before and you have a filling, nutritious, and quick breakfast the next day (or days to come). Gluten free and can easily be made dairy free.
Whenever I know I'll be on the go in the morning and need a quick breakfast, I always make overnight oats. And because frozen fruit is always readily available in our house, these overnight oats with frozen fruit are extra easy!
And if I'm not making this overnight oats recipe, I'm probably making one of my other flavors, like these chia overnight oats, peach overnight oats, raspberry almond overnight oats, or protein powder overnight oats.
Why You'll Love This Recipe
- Protein rich - One serving of these overnight oats has 11 grams of protein, and if you use cow's milk, you'll get nearly 20 grams of protein. My protein pancakes are also a great option for a protein rich breakfast.
- Only 4 ingredients - Yep, that's right, just 4 ingredients (that you most likely already have on hand) are needed for this recipe.
- Great for food prep - Just like my chocolate baked oatmeal and dairy-free frittata, these frozen fruit overnight oats are great for making in batches and having available in the fridge for the days to come.
- Dietary needs - Gluten free and dairy free friendly.
A complete list of ingredients and the amounts can be found in the recipe card below. Specific notes are listed here.
- Rolled oats - Rolled oats, also known as old-fashioned oats, should be used for this recipe and not quick cooking oats. Make sure to use certified gluten-free oats if needing these to be gluten free.
- Milk - Because I am mostly dairy free, I use plain unsweetened almond milk in these overnight oats (Malk is my favorite as it's made from just the almonds and milk). You can choose any milk you'd like. Just know, the thicker the milk, the thicker your oats will be.
- Frozen berries - I use a mix of berries, but you can use any frozen fruit you'd like (although berries are my favorite!).
Clean food tips: Because both oats and berries are known to contain high amounts of pesticides and/or herbicides, I highly recommend buying organic for both items.
If using cow's milk, I recommend organic to avoid growth hormones and antibiotics. And for dairy-free milk, look for milk that contains just the source of milk and water and maybe salt (i.e. almonds and water).
How to Make
These overnight oats with frozen fruit might just be one of the easiest recipes you'll ever made... follow along!
Step 1: In a small bowl, combine the old-fashioned rolled oats, milk, and chia seeds.
Step 2: Top with frozen fruit. Cover, and place in the fridge overnight (or for a minimum of 3 hours).
Step 3: Mix the fruit with the oats and then divide between two bowls/glasses, or scoop out half of the oats for one serving (the recipe makes 2 servings).
Expert Tips & Notes
For more protein, feel free to add-in a spoonful of plain Greek yogurt, or a small scoop of your favorite protein powder into the oat mixture before refrigerating.
The frozen fruit will release some natural juices as it thaws. This will help to sweeten the oats, which is the perfect amount of sweetness for me. If you'd like them more sweet, you can drizzle on some pure maple syrup.
Even though these are called "overnight oats," these really only need to sit in the fridge for about 3 hours before they are ready. So you can make them and easily eat them without having to wait overnight.
Add-ins and Toppings
This is a very simple recipe for overnight oats with frozen fruit, however, there are lots of yummy add-ins and toppings you could try! Here are some I recommend:
nut butter or seed butter
raw nuts (almonds or walnuts would be delish!)
unsweetened shredded coconut
I recommend waiting to add any topping until right before you eat the oats to avoid any of them becoming soggy.
pure maple syrup (I think they are sweet enough from the fruit, but if you'd like them sweeter, mix in some maple syrup)
Mix any of these in with the oat mixture before refrigerating.
Meal Prepping and Storing
To meal prep: Set out as many mason jars as needed and use one mason jar for each serving of overnight oats. Add one serving of the oats, chia seeds, and milk to each mason jar and then top with the frozen fruit. Cover and place in fridge overnight.
Storing: Prepared overnight oats should be stored in the fridge and are best within 3-4 days of making them. I do not recommend freezing.
Yep! The frozen fruit will thaw overnight in the fridge and will be soft enough to easily mix with the oats and eat in the morning.
I believe overnight oats are a very healthy and nutritious way to start your day. Oats are a good source of fiber, B vitamins, plus minerals like iron, magnesium, and zinc. Chia sees are also high in fiber, magnesium, with the addition of protein and healthy fats. And berries are one of the healthiest foods you can eat! They are a great source of antioxidants, vitamin C, and many additional nutrients. All around, this meal is packed with whole grains, fiber, protein, and healthy fats.
Rolled oats, also known as old-fashioned oats, should be used to make this recipe. Steel cut oats can be used, but they won't soften up as much. And quick cooking oats will soften too much and will be mushy.
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Overnight Oats with Frozen Fruit
- 1 mixing bowl with cover
- OR 2 ,mason jars
- 1 cup rolled oats/old-fashioned oats (certified gluten free if needed)
- 2 cups milk (I use almond milk to make dairy free)
- 3 tbsp. chia seeds
- 1 cup frozen mixed berries or frozen fruit
- Add the oats, milk, and chia seeds to a lidded mixing bowl/storage container and stir the ingredients together.
- Top with frozen fruit, cover, and place in the fridge.
- The next morning, or when ready to eat, stir the oats together with the fruit. Top with any additional toppings and enjoy!
- To make in mason jars, simply divide the ingredients equally between 2 jars (recipe as written makes 2 servings).
- Suggested toppings include nut butters, raw nuts/seeds, and/or unsweetened coconut.
- Protein content is based off of almond milk; if using cow's milk, protein will be much higher.
- Overnight oats are best within 3-4 days when stored in the fridge in a sealed container.