Fruity Oatmeal Breakfast Bowl
An easy and healthy recipe for a fruity oatmeal breakfast bowl with berries and chia. Easy to make ahead or overnight – oats with fruit and chia, rich in fiber and anti-oxidants
I don’t know about you, but I am very much a creature of habit.
I’ve told you about my ginger lemon ‘tea’ cubes which make that morning habit/routine much easier, so it only makes sense to share with you another morning routine made easy with a little advance preparation.
In truth, I’ve never been much of a traditional ‘breakfast food’ person. I could go years without waffles, pancakes, eggs or a bowl of oatmeal and never miss them (but bacon…completely different story!) I was forever one of those people who just didn’t eat breakfast until common sense held sway.
Now that I appreciate the importance of breakfast, I needed to find something that was tasty but also gluten-free. And in my ever ongoing quest to get enough fiber in my diet, I wanted something that could fulfill a good bit of the 28 grams of recommended fiber per day. I was looking for something easy to make ahead or overnight. Enter my fruity oatmeal breakfast bowl recipe.
Oatmeal Breakfast Bowl Recipe Ingredients
Just 3 ingredients are needed to make this yummy, healthy and nutritious, fiber-filled, easy to make-ahead or overnight breakfast bowl…yup…oats, chia seeds and berries. But, I often do top mine with some chopped pineapple and slivered almonds or pumpkin seeds.
The health benefits of oats have been touted for years. The particular soluble fiber, beta-glucans, contained in oats has been established to reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol and may also lower insulin resistance, improve the body’s ability to fight certain cancers and reduce the risk of obesity. 1 cup of rolled oats contains 4 grams of fiber.
Chia Seeds are just a great little seed. One ounce of the little ch-ch-chia seeds provides 11 grams of fiber! And if that’s not enough, they are also rich in protein, antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids and calcium.
I buy a bag of Cascadian Farms Organic Antioxidant Berry Blend from Costco which contains blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries. Berries as a whole are rich in antioxidants which can reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. And 1 cup of my frozen berries also contains 4 grams of fiber.
So easy to make ahead or overnight, I typically make a batch of my berry fruity oatmeal breakfast bowl (see what I did there!) on Sunday, which then lasts me for the next 5-6 days. Sometimes I just spoon it out and sometimes I’ll just barely warm it up in the microwave to take the chill off.
Oat, Chia and Berry Breakfast Bowl
An easy, make ahead or overnight prepared breakfast bowl. Oats and berries mixed with chia can be topped with fruit, nuts or seeds of your choosing. Very healthy, rich in fiber and antioxidants,
- 4 cups of frozen berries, I use a mix of strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries, but feel free to use your favorite fruit
- 1 1/2 cups rolled oats, gluten-free if you are trying to avoid gluten
- 1/2 cup chia seeds
- Put your berries in a glass bowl to defrost. I microwave them, but you could also but them in your fridge overnight
- Put the oats and chia in your blender or food processor and process until the consistency of oat bran. You don't want to process your oats too much, they'll just make your breakfast bowl rather gummy. I think it's best to underprocess them as opposed to overprocess them.
- Transfer your oats/chia mixture to a small bowl.
- Put the berries in your blender/food processor and process until a smooth puree.
- Mix berries and oat/chia mixture in a bowl with a lid.
- I have many times eaten a bowl right then, but it does thicken up in the fridge
- Top with fruit and/or nuts of your choosing for a healthy, filling and fiber-full breakfast.
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Having a container of my oat, chia and berry breakfast bowl in the fridge makes it easy for me to eat healthy on a regular basis. I told you I was a creature of habit and I wasn’t joking. If it’s 6 a.m., you can be sure I am drinking my ginger lemon ‘tea’, with another cup of green tea brewing, and enjoying my berry bowl. Hmmm…maybe tomorrow I’ll go a little crazy and drink the green tea first! Or, maybe I’ll add slivered almonds instead of pumpkin seeds to my bowl?! Say what?
If you liked this easy and healthy breakfast idea, I have a similar breakfast recipe for you in my fruity protein breakfast bowl.
Do you have a morning or breakfast routine? Or are you one of those wildly spontaneous folk who wing it each morning?
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Lynn, this looks very good, considering I love oats and I love berries. I’ve never bought chia seed. Do you have to buy this at a health food store, cause I’ve never seen them in our grocery store?
Kindred Spirits! My breakfast favorite for the past six months! I just do mine a little differently! I don’t use the blender for my dry ingredients. I just mix it the night before and I do add almond milk to mine 🙂 lol Sometimes I substituted quinoa instead of oats. ( I think I am addicted to the Chia seeds) Have a Wonderful Day and I look forward to more delightful posts!
I’m a huge fan of healthy breakfast bowls and this one looks super delicious! Love the chia seeds in it! Yum!
Thanks Ilka…it’s become a staple in my morning routine. It’s a good thing when good and nourishing intersect! Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. Hugs, Lynn
This is my kind of breakfast Lynn! Easy and healthy! I don’t really have a routine, but coffee for sure is part of my breakfast! I love oats and combined with these delicious berries and chia seeds it must be perfect!! Thanks for another great recipe!!
Thanks Katrin, it’s a good, healthy and easy way to get your morning off to a good start. So happy that you stopped by today and wishing you a wonderful weekend.
Lynn, I’m a Honey Nut Cherries girl, but this looks so good I might have to try something new. Thanks for sharing at Your Inspired Design Link Party.
Howdy Carol, I hope you are staying dry down there in Texas. You sure have had your fair share of rain lately! Well, if you do decide to switch up your breakfast routine, hope you give this a try and enjoy it as much as I do.
Wishing you a lovely, dry weekend.
Lynn, I am a huge creature of habit, I don’t eat for the first 3 or so hours after I get up, then I have a banana, it settles my stomach before I have anything else. Then usually all I eat until dinner are granola bars and perhaps another banana. I do occasionally eat Greek yogurt and fruit. Your breakfast bowl looks like a great lunch for me, when I’m home and busy it’s too much trouble to really make anything just for myself, this looks perfect. And yummy!
Hi Nikki. Thanks for coming by. Isn’t it funny how everybody has different routines every morning. I think this bowl could very easily be a lunch and that’s a great idea. In all honesty, I have had it for lunch couple times as well. Just add a few more nuts for the needed protein . Thanks again for coming by today
I do the very same in preparing my “Porridge” for a week. Depending on what’s in the pantry, I use oats, quinoa, buckwheat, chia or hemp, and fruit. I love having my morning start out healthfully! I just bought a nice root of ginger for your tea cubes and can’t wait to begin that routine.
Oh Laura, you will love those ginger tea cube…made a another huge batch a week ago. Now that my mint is growing, I’be been icing the tea and mixing it with mint…so refreshing. What do you do with the buckwheat? Is it flour or groats? I’ve got so much buckwheat flour and trying to find ways to use it up.
Thanks for swinging by today Laura.
Hope you weekend is awesome!
Lynn, I use the groats for my porridge and the flour for pancakes or apple and crisps (There are lots of gf recipes on line). I mix the flour with oats for the crisp. When apples or berries are in season, you could make a few crisps for neighbors and reduce your supply! Have a great week!
Thanks Laura…I may have to give them a try.
This would make a great snack for me Lynn. I am used to having a fuller breakfast. But I really like the idea of the berries. Of course, I could stand to cut down on everything because I’ve been glued to this chair of mine lately. But this makes for a nice light snack.
I get the ‘being glued to a chair’ thing. I need to find a way to get back in to my activity. Trying to find a balance. Hope you enjoy the recipe.