If you are looking for a fun, simple, and healthy patriotic breakfast, these Red White, and Blue Overnight Oats are for you!
Why These Oats Need To Make It To Your Breakfast Table
There are so many great things about these overnight oats. For one, they are very healthy. Not only will you be getting your whole grains, but you also are getting a lot of fruits.
It's very simple to make, it takes less than 5 minutes to prepare it and then it is ready the next morning.
Best of all, the colors in this recipe are perfect for your next patriotic breakfast.
What Makes This Recipe Different?
While I like the idea of overnight oats, I actually don't like the texture of them. I mean, it's just oats soaked in milk. So, I do something a little different with my recipe.
Instead of adding cold milk into the oats and leaving them to sit overnight in the fridge, I heat my milk until it is warm and pour it into the oats with a few chia seeds. This will soften your oats a lot more than the regular method, and the chia seeds help to thicken it up.
I prefer this texture over other recipes for overnight oats.
- Rolled oats- these need to be regular rolled oats. If you use quick-cook oats they turn into mush.
- Chia seeds- these are great as a thickener. Chia seeds are also full of nutrients such as protein, fiber, and antioxidants.
- Milk- I used almond milk for mine, but you can use any milk that you prefer.
- Maple syrup- you can use any sweetener you like, but I was going for refined sugar-free and decided to use maple syrup.
- Strawberries- This is the red part of the recipe.
- Blueberries- These give the blue color in this recipe.
How To Make The Red White and Blue Overnight Oats
- Heat up your milk. I put mine in a microwave-safe jar and put it into the microwave for about 2 minutes.
- Pour the heated milk over the oats and chia seeds.
- Mix well.
- Cover quickly with saran wrap and let sit on the counter for 10 minutes.
- Move to the fridge and let sit overnight.
- In the morning, mix a little more milk to get the consistency you want.
- Layer and create your red white and blue oats with the strawberries and blueberries.
Why Is Breakfast So Important
Breakfast is commonly known as the most important meal of the day, but that title is well earned. Breakfast is the first thing you eat after sleeping and not eating for an average of 10 hours.
Eating breakfast also boosts your energy levels for the rest of the day.
Your body needs glucose and glycogen, two similar energy sources, to function properly. However, sleeping uses a lot of those glycogen stores, so eating breakfast is a great way to regain those sugars and it helps your metabolism as well.
Notes For Making The Red White and Blue Overnight Oats
- It is very important that you use regular oats in this recipe. Quick-cooking and steel-cut oats will not work. The quick-cooking oats will turn to mush and the steel-cut oats won't soften enough overnight.
- You can use any fruits you like to create the red and blue portions of this recipe. I chose strawberries, but you could also use cherries, raspberries, or anything you want. Instead of blueberries, you can also substitute plums, purple grapes, or something else.
- These oats are best if you let them sit overnight, for around 8-10 hours. You can heat them in the morning if you'd like, but I prefer mine cold.
Other Red And Blue Fruits To Use
- Red options- Raspberries, cherries, red grapes, red apples, pomegranate, red pear.
- Blue Options- Blue is trickier. You have very few options. Blackberries, concord grapes, black currants, damson plums.
FAQ About Oatmeal
No, you don't necessarily need to use chia seeds in this recipe. I love to use them for the health benefits, but also because it thickens the oats and makes the consistency perfect in my opinion.
Just about anything you can imagine. I used the almond milk, but you can also use any kind of cow's milk, goat's milk, or plant-based milk that you prefer.
These oats hold well in the fridge for 5-6 days. It makes a great meal prep!
If you are looking for another fun patriotic food- How about this Patriotic Charcuterie Board?
Other Healthy Breakfast Recipes
- Healthy breakfast hash
- Strawberries and cream porridge
- Potato nests with avocado and egg
- Homemade instapot yogurt
- Sprouted oat pancakes
- Whole wheat waffles
- Farro breakfast with eggs and veggies
Red White and Blue Overnight Oats
- 2 cups regular oats
- 1 ½ tablespoons chia seeds
- 3 cups milk of choice
- 1-2 cups red fruit
- 1-2 cups blue fruit
- maple syrup or other sweetner of choice. I left the measurement here blank. It is up to you how sweet you like it. I used about 3 tablespoons.
- Add oats and chia seeds to a bowl.
- Heat milk in microwave safe bowl until heated but not boiling. Mine took about 2 minutes.
- Pour the milk over the oats and mix to combine.
- Cover the oats with saran wrap and leave them at room temp for about 10 minutes.
- Move them to the fridge and let them sit overnight.
- Mix oats. Add in maple syrup. mix again and taste for sweetness.
- Layer the oats with your red and blue fruits in your serving containers.
- Now, sit back and enjoy. You deserve it!