“Mommy?” my pajama-clad 4 year old asked with crazy bed head and sleep still in her eyes. “Can you please make me some purple oatmeal? Purple is my new favorite color.”
When your child asks so sweetly for something, how can you say no? So courtesy of my youngest, today I am sharing my Creamy Blueberry Overnight Oats, which just so happen to turn a slight shade of purple after a night “cooking” in the fridge.
As we’ve discussed while making my Chocolate Blueberry Boost Smoothie, blueberries, specifically organic wild blueberries, are packed with amazing antioxidants that have amazing protective benefits for our bodies. In addition, blueberries are high in fiber, vitamin C, vitamin k, and manganese. Wild blueberries specifically have 2x the antioxidant power of regular blueberries offering more bang for your buck in an adorably tiny package. When you know how amazing these little berries are, you’ll want to feed them to your kids (and yourself!) every day!
When I was a child, my great grandfather had several acres of land out in Victorville, California. As he grew older, the beautiful crops that he grew in his garden were left overgrown and neglected. When we would come visit in the spring and summer he would give my brother and I large cardboard boxes and send us to collect as many strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, pomegranates, oranges, and lemons as we could carry. While the adults spent time visiting inside, my brother and I would spend the afternoon collecting berries and climbing the trees picking fruit in the warm California sun. We would come back inside covered in dirt with hands and mouths stained purple from snacking while we harvested.
I have this dream that one day I’ll have a flourishing backyard garden so my children can spend warm days picking and snacking on fruit to their hearts content. Granted there is no “warm” in Texas, only blistering hot, but nonetheless, the dream remains and will one day become reality.
In the meantime, however, I have found that frozen wild blueberries make the perfect substitute for the perfectly ripe blueberries I remember from my childhood. You can of course use frozen regular blueberries, depending on what is available to you.
The most important thing, however, is that the oats turn purple. Because that’s my 4 year old’s new favorite color.
Creamy Wild Blueberry Overnight Oats
- 2 cups gluten free rolled oats
- 2 TBS ground flaxseed
- 2 TBS chia seeds
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 TBS maple syrup
- 1 cup frozen wild blueberries
- 1 cup full fat canned coconut milk
- 1 cup other plant milk (I used unsweetened almond milk)
- Pinch of salt
- Optional toppings: Fresh berries, sliced banana, nuts, hemp hearts, unsweetened shredded coconut, raw cacao nibs, maple syrup, etc
- Combine all ingredients in a lidded container (mason jars work great for this). Stir well, cover, and place in the fridge over night.
- In the morning, spoon out half the oat mixture and top with desired toppings. Enjoy cold or warm for 30-45 seconds in the microwave. Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 5 days.
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