5-Ingredient Vanilla Blueberry Kefir Overnight Oats & 60+ Nourishing No-Cook Breakfast Recipes!
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Busy mornings are hard, y’all.
Early, busy mornings are even worse.
And yet, everyone needs and deserves a hearty, filling, and nourishing breakfast to start their day off on the right foot!
And I’m not just talking about kids needing and deserving a breakfast like this.
Momma, you need breakfast, too.
I skipped breakfast for years, thinking I didn’t have time to cook for myself or I didn’t want to dirty up the kitchen or I would make up for it later with lunch and dinner.
It’s a long story, but skipping breakfast was, I believe, a big factor that led to blood sugar imbalance and weight gain for me. I’m a much happier, balanced, and healthier Momma when I nourish myself first. (Or right after the peeps head out the door so I can enjoy my breakfast in peace and quiet. 😉 )
Think of being on an airplane. If those oxygen masks ever drop down, what are you supposed to do?
Secure your own mask first, then help your kids. Because you’re useless to them if you’re not breathing.
Breakfast is kinda like that oxygen mask. I’m useless to my kids (and my husband and myself and my friends) if I’m starving and cranky because my blood sugar is in the dumps.
Momma, it’s ok to take care of you. Besides eating breakfast, here are 15 more ways you can practice self-care!
Now… if only I could get my husband to eat breakfast… 😉
Overnight Oats To The Rescue!
Honestly, I didn’t jump on the Overnight Oats Train until recently. I think I was convinced that my kids wouldn’t eat cold oatmeal, so I didn’t even try.
Then, my daughter decided she was sick and tired of eggs.
And then, one night, with our pantry and fridge in desperate need of re-stocking, I decided to go for it!
I grabbed the rolled oats from the pantry and the kefir from the fridge. (We always have rolled oats because I buy them in 25-pound bags from Azure Standard!)
To add protein, I threw in a scoop of my favorite, grass-fed collagen powder. Save 10% with my readers-only discount code ALLTHETHINGS!
And, because we don’t use sugar or whole sweeteners, I sweetened it all with some vanilla stevia with frozen blueberries on top (which I also buy in bulk from Azure Standard).
5 minutes to prep. 5 ingredients. Vanilla. Blueberries. Kefir. Healthy. Done.
Use Kefir For Overnight Oat Success & Best Digestion
#1 — Use kefir or yogurt to breakdown phytic acid.
Many recipes that I found for overnight oats used milk or dairy-free milk.
Unfortunately, however, oats are pretty high in an anti-nutrient called phytic acid. Phytic acid prevents mineral absorption in humans, which leads to nutrient deficiencies, poor gut health, and poor oral health.
Yet, kefir (or a high quality cultured yogurt) contains the necessary compounds to breakdown the phytic acid in oats, making them nourishing, digestible, and much healthier!
Learn how to make raw milk yogurt.
#2 — Kefir also adds protein and fat.
Have you ever eaten a bowl of cereal or toast for breakfast only to find yourself starving an hour later??
Oats are carb-i-licious and little else. So, eating a big bowl of sweetened oatmeal made with water is nothing more than a blood sugar spike and drop waiting to happen.
I’m a big fan of slow-digesting carbs that don’t lead to taking a ride on the Blood Sugar Drop of Death Rollercoaster.
In these overnight oats, kefir provides the acid to breakdown phytic acid (see above) while also providing extra protein and fat. Adding those macros to this otherwise carb-heavy breakfast is really valuable for stable blood sugar and satiety.
#3 — Kefir is FULL of probiotics!
Even more than yogurt and even more beneficial for your gut health!
In fact, while yogurt contains transient bacteria to keep the intestines clean and provide food for the healthy bacteria in the digestive tract. Kefir, on the other hand, has bacteria and yeast strains that can actually colonize the gut — which yogurt cannot do.
Kefir also contains more bacterial strains than yogurt, as well as beneficial yeasts (which yogurt does not have) that control and fight pathogenic yeasts, like Candida albicans.
Kefir is definitely a superfood that I want my kids to consume often!
Plus, besides smoothies, these Vanilla Blueberry Kefir Overnight Oats are literally the only way I can get kefir into my kids.
Overnight Oats FAQs
Can I sweeten with something other than stevia? Sure! You can add some maple syrup or raw honey to taste, if you like. Obviously, oats aren’t low-carb, therefore I like to keep carbs as low and slow-digesting as possible by not adding any more sugars. If you do use a whole sweetener, you’ll want to add 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract to make up for the vanilla in the stevia.
Is the collagen necessary? In my opinion, yes. A satiating breakfast is one with plenty of protein… and oats aren’t exactly a great protein source. One cup of plain, whole milk kefir contains 9 grams of protein — it’s a good start, but not much. One scoop of grass-fed collagen adds 10 grams of protein, plus amino acids and benefits for the gut, joints, skin, and hair! And 19 grams of protein in breakfast ain’t bad. 😉
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Fresh or frozen berries? It really doesn’t matter! If you have fresh, use fresh. My kids actually prefer frozen berries because they thaw in the fridge overnight, allowing the purple juice to seep slowly into the oats. Since fresh berries are in season for such a short time, frozen berries allows us to enjoy this super-duper quick breakfast all year long! To save money, I buy frozen blueberries and strawberries in bulk from Azure Standard.
Quick oats or rolled oats? Rolled oats! Use organic, if at all possible. Find certified gluten-free rolled oats here. Again, we purchase organic rolled oats in 25-pound bags from Azure Standard.
Have more questions about these yummy 5-Ingredient Vanilla Blueberry Kefir Overnight Oats? Ask them in the comments!
Now, let’s make this simple, nourishing, no-cook breakfast!
Vanilla Blueberry Kefir Overnight Oats (5 ingredients + 5 minutes!)
With just 5 ingredients, 5 minutes of prep, and NO cooking, this recipe for Vanilla Blueberry Kefir Overnight Oats couldn't be easier! It's got plenty of protein and probiotics, too!
- 1cuporganic rolled oats
- 1scoop collagenGet 10% off this collagen with my coupon code ALLTHETHINGS!
- 1cupplainfull-fat kefir
- 1dropper liquid vanilla steviamore or less to taste
- 1/2cupblueberriesfresh or frozen*
- Add the oats and collagen to a pint-size Mason jar.
- Mix together.
- Add kefir, stevia, and salt.
- Mix well to combine.
- Top with blueberries.
- Cover with a lid and let sit in the fridge overnight -- 8 hours is best for optimal breakdown of phytic acid in the oats.
- In the morning, remove from the fridge and serve! Or take it in the car for breakfast on-the-go!
*Fresh or frozen? You can use either. My kids prefer frozen berries because they like how the juices seep down into their oats as the berries thaw overnight in the fridge. 🙂
And now… 60+ MORE Nourishing No-Cook Breakfast Recipes!
From overnight oats and smoothies to dehydrated granolas and no-cook puddings and porridges and more…
You’re gonna love all of these nourishing, no-cook breakfast recipes!
Here are the standards I kept when hand-selecting each of these no-cook breakfast recipes for you:
- Many recipes are grain-free, but if they contain grains (oats, sorghum, buckwheat, etc.), the grains are properly prepared by soaking in yogurt or kefir for at least 8 hours.
- If a recipe contains nuts or seeds, they have been soaked or sprouted to reduce anti-nutrients.
- No raw spinach or kale in smoothies or smoothie bowls, due to high oxalates. If greens are included in a smoothie, they are lightly steamed first.
- Granola recipes are not baked, but dehydrated to preserve the enzymes and antioxidants present in the ingredients.
- Chia seeds are most nourishing and digestible after soaking. Many of these chia pudding recipes use dairy-free milks, instead of yogurt or kefir. If you’re dairy-free, I recommend adding a tablespoon of lemon juice to your dairy-free milk BEFORE stirring in your chia seeds to breakdown phytic acid. If you do tolerate dairy, try chia pudding with kefir!
- No soy products.
No-Cook Breakfast Success!
Remember what we discussed about protein being part of a nourishing and filling breakfast? And how that’s important to keep blood sugar stable?
Some of these recipes — specifically some overnight oats, smoothies, and smoothie bowls — don’t have enough protein, in my opinion. But, they are really great, no-cook breakfasts nonetheless.
If you come across a recipe that doesn’t seem to have enough protein, or you try one of these recipes and find yourself hungry an hour later, I recommend adding a scoop of collagen to the recipe for 10 extra grams of protein.
I promise I’m really about to give you a TON of healthy no-cook breakfast recipes… really, I am. 🙂
Don’t let the “no-cook” aspect of this keep you in a no-cook box. Maybe you just need “low-cook” breakfasts!
What do I mean by “low-cook”?
Instead of cooking every part of the meal (such as eggs, bacon, oatmeal, porridge, etc.), combine some of these no-cook breakfast recipes with cooked foods:
- a side of nitrate-free breakfast sausage or bacon with overnight oats or granola
- a boiled egg or 2 with a smoothie or yogurt parfait
What I’m saying is that you can do a 100% no-cook breakfast, if you want. Or, you can mix no-cook breakfast recipes with a la carte low-cook breakfast foods.
You make breakfast work for you, Momma.
Now, without any further adieu, here are over 60 Nourishing No-Cook Breakfast Recipes!
More Overnight Oats
Cultured Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats
Pre-Soaked Oats (that aren’t glued together or rock-hard!)
Flower Child Probiotic Overnight Oats
Yogurt/Yogurt Bars/Parfaits/Kefir Parfaits
How To Make A Healthy Yogurt Breakfast Bar
How To Make A Kefir Parfait (an easy & healthy breakfast!)
*Copycat Chobani Coco Loco* Coconut Yogurt with Almonds & Chocolate Chunks
Grain-Free Dairy-Free Berry Yogurt Parfait
Blueberry Muffin Overnight Oats Parfait
Strawberry Chia Yogurt Parfait
Raw Carrot Cake Breakfast Bowl
Easy Lemon Berry Cream Parfaits (low-carb)
Dehydrated Granola Recipes
Best Grain-Free Granola (high selenium & protein)
No-Bake Chocolate Orange Quinoa Granola (nut-free, oat-free, sugar-free, soaked!)
Homemade Soaked Granola (oven or dehydrator instructions)
Basic Raw Soaked Granola (with an oat-free option)
Gluten-Free Morning Glory Granola
No-Cook 10-Minute Paleo Granola
Cinnamon Pumpkin Granola (gluten-free with grain-free options)
Grain-Free Cinnamon Apple Granola
Simple Cinnamon Granola (gluten-free, refined sugar-free)
Soaked Paleo Maple-Nut Granola
Paleo Chocolate Granola (with enzymes & antioxidants!)
Smoothies & Shakes
The Everything Smoothie (with plant protein, Vitamin C, fish oil, greens, & more!)
Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Low-Carb Smoothie
Immune-Boosting Citrus Ginger Smoothie
Chocolate Banana Power Smoothie (promotes focus, attention, & mineral balancing in children!)
Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie with Purslane, Pineapple, & Ginger
Nutrient-Dense Green Smoothie For Kids
High Protein Golden Milk Smoothie
Loaded Paleo/Keto Raspberry Smoothie
Chunky Monkey Milk (stevia-sweetened)
Chocolate Orange Smoothie with Essential Oils + a Secret Green Ingredient
Superfoods Kefir Maca Smoothie
Salted Caramel, Chocolate, & Pecan Shake (with 4 nourishing add-ins!)
Anti-Inflammatory Peach Smoothie with Probiotics
Antioxidant Blueberry Orange Smoothie
Nutrient-Dense Raspberry Smoothie
Coconut Raspberry Vanilla Kombucha Smoothie
High Protein Raspberry Cheesecake Smoothie
Antioxidant-Rich Beet & Berry Smoothie Bowl
Turmeric Ginger Bone Broth Smoothie Bowl
Mango Maca Power Smoothie Bowl
Peach Berry Protein Smoothie Bowl
No-Cook Puddings & Porridges
Chocolate, Coconut, & Almond Chia Seed Pudding
Paleo *Copycat Cream of Wheat* Instant Porridge (keto, GAPS, AIP)
Overnight Chia Porridge (soaked for best digestion)
Vegan Strawberry Coconut Chia Pudding
Vanilla Almond Chia Seed Pudding
Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric Chocolate Chia Pudding
Overnight Strawberry Kefir Oatmeal
Coconut & Mango Chia Seed Pudding
Chocolate & Peanut Butter Chia Seed Pudding
Keto Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding
soaking overnight oats in kefir-it looks to me like the phytic acid may break down overnight, but in this case, it will still be consumed in the oats. What is the digestion science on this?
The kefir neutralizes the phytic acid, so it is rendered harmless. Here is a scientific study if you’d like to read it: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4325021/
Kefir is a big deal in my native country(Russia). If the expiration date is more then 2-3 days , nobody will even buy it bc it’s unnatural 🙂 here is US kefir can be stored for over a month so I prefer to make my own with kefir grains. Do you use them?
Yes! I have grains and make a new batch of kefir every 36-48 hours. I like mine really fermented so all the sugar from the milk is eaten by the bacteria and yeast!
We have super early mornings for work, so make ahead breakfasts are a real life saver! These look incredible, and our local huckleberries are in season right now and would be perfect in these!
Such a great collection of no-cook recipes here! Perfect for summer!!
What a lovely meal ! Love all the flavor and so healthy delicious too !
My hubby is gonna LOVE these overnight oats! I need to get some more kefir grains so I can try this for him – I killed mine… 🙁
Wow, this is an amazing recipe. I also haven’t gotten on the overnight oats train, but this sounds so good! I love this round-up as well, one of the best I’ve seen! I’m bookmarking this page!
LOVE this recipe! I need to get organized and make some for breakfasts that everyone will enjoy!
Thank you for sharing this wonderful collection of recipes. Usually we are so busy in the morning that it is helpful to have breakfasts that we can make overnight.
Adding kefir to overnight oats is such a game changer!! Love all of these recipes! Thanks for the feature 🙂
What an amazing and helpful collection; love this!!! I really appreciate you explaining about why to soak oaks, and how to soak chia seeds, by adding the lemon juice. Wonderful encouragement on how to get a high-protein, easy to digest, nutrient-dense breakfast with so little work!!!
Love that you made overnight oats with kefir! Such a great way to get in those extra probiotics.
I love that you do this the right way so that the oats are easier to digest and you don’t have to deal with the phytic acid. That beautiful topping looks so yummy! Such a great collection too! Thanks so much for including my smoothie.
Beautiful collection and just in time for this 108 degree day. No cooking here!
Such great breakfast ideas for busy school mornings! It really is possible to have a real food, nutrient rich breakfast without cooking all morning! Thank you for all the great ideas!