No-Cook Fruit & Chia Overnight Oats (egg-free, nut-free, gluten-free)
This nut-free, gluten-free, egg-free breakfast recipe is so quick and easy, the kids can make it! With just 6 ingredients, you’ll love this nourishing No-Cook Fruit and Chia Overnight Oats recipe for a healthy breakfast, to grab and go, or take on road trips!
Summa, summa, summa-time!
For you, that may mean school’s out… and those kids are going to be home alllll. day. long. And guess what?
They eat 3 times a day… maybe more. 😛
My kids are homeschooled, so I’m used to them being home all the time.
However… they both have summer jobs this year. (I know… how did they get old enough to have summer jobs!?)
My daughter is babysitting from 7:45 to 10:45 a.m. for a couple who run a local bed and breakfast.
And, my son is cleaning rooms from 10:45 to 3:00 for the same bed and breakfast.
That means, we’re all on different schedules for the summer. But, we all still gotta eat!
So, whether your kids are home from school or have summer activities or whatever, the last thing you need to worry about is making some gourmet breakfast to be sure everyone starts their day with nourishing foods.
That’s where this easy No-Cook Fruit and Chia Overnight Oats recipe comes in.
So quick and painless, the kids can make it themselves.
F’real. Get those kids in the kitchen to make some of their own food this summer so you don’t have to stress out about it and cook, then clean up the kitchen 3 times a day, Momma!
I have teenagers now, so they are (sort of) self-sufficient. Yet, these No-Cook Fruit and Chia Overnight Oats are the kind of recipe that don’t really have an age minimum.
I mean, maybe don’t turn the toddler loose without some help, but even kids as young as 5 or 6 should be able to handle this recipe — even if they need a little help.
I’ve got 60 more nourishing, no-cook breakfast recipes right here if you want even more inspiration!
Traveling this summer? Take these overnight oats on the road!
These No-Cook Fruit and Chia Overnight Oats are totally portable!
Because they’re made in Mason jars and Mason jars have lids… can you see where I’m going with this?
If you’ve got a road trip planned, here’s an easy and healthy breakfast you can make ahead of time and skip the McDonald’s drive-thru.
They pack nicely in an ice chest and can be made up to four days in advance.
Ok, let’s talk ingredients…
Nourishing No-Cook Fruit & Chia Overnight Oats: 6 Ingredients
And I’ll just bet you have all of them already!
So, here’s what you need for these No-Cook Fruit and Chia Overnight Oats:
- rolled oats — be sure to get certified gluten-free if you need GF
- grass-fed collagen — one scoop per jar adds 10 grams of protein + gut, skin, and joint benefits! (Save 10% with my discount code ALLTHETHINGS!)
- chia seeds
- yogurt — plain, preferably grass-fed and full fat. Nancy’s brand is my faaaaaavorite.
- liquid vanilla stevia — this adds sweetness without extra carbs that may spike the blood sugar
- frozen fruits of choice (more below)
Here’s the deal with oats and chia seeds…
They’re both high in phytic acid — an anti-nutrient that binds to minerals like magnesium, phosphorus, and calcium, preventing our bodies from absorbing those valuable minerals.
Many Nourishing Traditions enthusiasts (I count myself among you) know that oats need to be soaked in an acidic medium — like kefir, water + apple cider vinegar, or yogurt — overnight to reduce phytic acid and make them more digestible.
By combining the oats and chia seeds with yogurt, then refrigerating overnight, you’re soaking them and reducing phytic acid! So see? NOT cooking this breakfast has benefits beyond convenience!
Let’s talk stevia for a moment.
I can already anticipate comments and emails from y’all: Do I have to use stevia? Can I use honey or maple syrup or (insert sweetener of choice here) instead?
Look, you’re an adult. You can use whatever sweetener you like.
Here’s why I chose stevia for these No-Cook Fruit and Chia Overnight Oats:
Oats are high in carbs — which are a healthy way to start the day! Fruit also contains carbs (fructose) — which is also healthy!
But when we start adding a bunch of extra sugars to a breakfast that is already fairly high in carbs, we get close to the danger zone — where we cross the line from healthy carbs to give us energy to start the day to basically having dessert for breakfast.
The second reason I chose stevia?
It adds sweetness without bulk.
To accomplish the same level of sweet, you’d have to add a tablespoon or more of honey or maple syrup — and y’all, this recipe FILLS a pint-size Mason jar. I’m not sure you’d have more room! 😉
But again, what you eat is up to you, so if you need to use something besides stevia, go for it.
Fruit… fresh or frozen?
Use whatever you have!
I went with frozen fruit because my freezer is always stocked with a bazillion bags of frozen fruits.
Also, to tell you the truth, I like frozen fruits better in these overnight oats. They thaw overnight and get squishy, their juices oozing out and saturating the yogurt and oat mixture.
Notice the title of this recipe is No-Cook Fruit and Chia Overnight Oats? How I didn’t specify a fruit?
That’s because I’m leaving what kind of fruit you use up to you!
Use whatever you already have, use what you buy on sale or in season, use whatever’s about to go bad (if fresh)!
For our family, I dug out the frozen fruits: mangoes, cherries, and sliced strawberries.
We also typically have frozen blueberries. I have a No-Cook Vanilla-Blueberry-Kefir Overnight Oat recipe too!
Fresh or frozen pineapple or raspberries would be yummy. Or, if you have some bananas that need to get used, slice ’em up and add ’em!
Whew, I hope I answered all your questions about this easy-peasy breakfast recipe. 🙂
How To Assemble No-Cook Fruit & Chia Overnight Oats (gluten-free, nut-free, egg-free)
First, get out a wide-mouth, pint-size Mason jar and lid. Then, gather all your ingredients: oats, collagen, chia seeds, yogurt, stevia, frozen fruit.
Add the oats, collagen, chia seeds, and a pinch of salt to the jar. Stir to combine.
Next, add the yogurt and stevia and gently stir until the yogurt and oat + chia mix is fully combined and all the oats/collagen/chia seeds are saturated with yogurt.
Press the mixture down.
Fill the remaining space of the jar with fresh or frozen fruit.
Put the lid on the jar and stick it in the fridge! Done!
No-Cook Fruit & Chia Overnight Oats (nut-free, gluten-free)
This nut-free, gluten-free breakfast recipe is so quick and easy, the kids can make it! With just 6 ingredients, you'll love this nourishing No-Cook Fruit and Chia Overnight Oats recipe for a healthy breakfast, to grab and go, or take on road trips!
Combine the oats, collagen, chia seeds, and salt in a pint-size Mason jar and stir to combine.
Then add the yogurt and vanilla stevia.
Stir everything together so the oat mixture is fully incorporated into the yogurt.
Press down into the jar.
Fill the remainder of the jar with fruits of choice.
Place a lid on the jar and refrigerate overnight.
Grab and serve the next morning!
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