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Blueberry Muffin Overnight Oats (Vegan, Gluten-Free, Fruit-Sweetened, Natural, High Protein)

Overnight oats have been trending on The Dimpled Date, and don't worry I have two more recipes in the works rn! These oats are the perfect summer-into-fall transition breakfast, and are sweetened fully with fruit-sweetened blueberry preserves! These overnight oats are high protein and are the right way to start your day, and take only 5 minutes (aside from making the blueberry jam) to make the night before. Try these oats to feel like you're biting into a freshly baked blueberry muffin, without needing to bake and without having to feel guilty!





These overnight oats have all the flavor and sweetness of a blueberry muffin, but they're sweetened completely with fruit-sweetened blueberry preserves! They're also 100% vegan, gluten-free, and naturally colored.


These oats are also very nutritious, filled with protein, fiber, vitamin C, antioxidants, iron, and healthy complex carbs, giving you the nutrients you need to start your morning! Serve with fresh blueberries or fresh fruit of choice to have a perfectly well-rounded breakfast.





I've been experimenting with a whole lotta new recipes that I want to get on The Dimpled Date and can't wait to share them with you all! Stay tuned for updates!


Have a recipe you want to see? Like this post and drop your suggestion in the comments!




Substitutions


The oats cannot be substituted. I HIGHLY recommend gluten-free rolled (AKA old-fashioned) oats, but you can try using GF quick oats or GF plain unsweetened instant oats with mixed results. I DO NOT recommend using steel-cut oats, as steel-cut overnight oats require a whole different recipe (which I've experimented with and am trying to perfect). You may use any kind of unsweetened plant milk, homemade or store-bought. Use nut-free/coconut-free plant milk for nut-free and soy-free plant milk if need be. The chia seeds can't exactly be omitted, as they're a key ingredient in overnight oats to help them congeal/solidify. But instead you could try whole flaxseeds OR hemp hearts (shelled hempseed) with mixed results. You can use the fruit-sweetened blueberry jam OR 1 1/2 Tbsp date paste PLUS 1/4 cup pureed fresh blueberries OR 1 very ripe banana, mashed PLUS 1/4 cup pureed fresh blueberries per jar of oats. OR you can use 1 Tbsp 100% pure maple syrup, agave, coconut nectar, honey (if not strictly vegan), OR yacón syrup PLUS 1/4 cup pureed fresh blueberries w/ whichever of these sweeteners you choose per jar of oats. For 100% sugar-free, use a sweetener like 100% pure monk fruit extract, to taste (JUST monk fruit in its concentrated form, NO erythritol) PLUS the 1/4 cup pureed fresh blueberries. Alternatively, to get a blueberry flavor, you could try using 1/2 tsp blueberry extract in place of the fresh blueberries.


You may use crunchy or creamy almond butter OR you can replace it with peanut butter OR cashew butter OR walnut butter OR sunflower butter OR mild creamy tahini OR your nut/seed butter of choice, just make sure it's unsweetened. The vanilla can be replaced with an equivalent amount of scraped vanilla bean OR pure ground vanilla beans OR sugar-free vanilla powder/paste/syrup. You could try using natural coconut extract instead. If you must, you can omit the vanilla. For the cinnamon, you may use either Ceylon or cassia cinnamon. I don't recommend omitting it. The nutmeg is optional, but you can replace it with ground cloves OR allspice. The ginger is also optional. Likewise, the lemon zest is optional, but can be replaced with 1/2 tsp lemon juice OR a dash of orange zest.


Before making the oats, you can swirl leftovers of the blueberry preserves in the mason jar(s) for a pretty blueberry design on the glass. Then proceed to make the oats in the jar(s). I recommend serving these overnight oats with fresh blueberries, a drizzle of almond butter, and a pinch of cinnamon.



"Future Recipes Sneak Peek" (Again)!


The "Future Recipes Sneak Peek" is back! This is where I reveal a sneak preview of 3 new recipes coming to The Dimpled Date soon. 3 new recipes that are perfected and will be on The Dimpled Date soon are:


  1. "Autumn Harvest" Raw Chessboard Cake (in 3 flavors: Pumpkin Cheesecake, Golden Milk Macchiato, and Fig Caramel Cake!)

  2. Vegan Carrot Sweet Potato Velvet Soup

  3. Healthy Mango Lassis (Fruit-Sweetened w/ superfoods!)


2 bonus recipes:


4. Healthy Nut-Free Tahini Chocolate Chip Cookies (coconut-free option & date- sweetened! These are to DIE for!)

5. Healthy Red Velvet Overnight Oats (naturally colored!)


...AND MORE! Keep posted for the latest & greatest!

In the meantime,

Enjoy!

-K.



Blueberry Muffin Overnight Oats (Raw, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Fruit-Sweetened, Naturally Colored, High Protein)


Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes (for blueberry jam, if using)

Chill/Soak Time: overnight (or at least 8 hours)

Total Time: 5 minutes (active time)

Servings: 1 jar of oats


Ingredients (for the date-sweetened blueberry preserves):


-2 cups fresh (or frozen) blueberries


-1/2 cup date paste (Detoxinista has a great date paste recipe!)


-1/4 cup lemon juice


-1/4 cup filtered water


OR


-1 cup sugar-free blueberry preserves/jam of choice (store-bought or homemade)


OR


-use pureed blueberries and date paste/a banana instead of the blueberry preserves


Ingredients (for the oats):


-1/2 cup gluten-free rolled oats (AKA gluten-free old-fashioned oats)


-3/4 cup unsweetened plant milk of choice (I used almond)


-1/4 cup my Date-Sweetened Blueberry Preserves (above) OR 1/4 cup sugar-free blueberry preserves of choice OR 1/4 cup pureed blueberries PLUS 1 1/2 Tbsp date paste OR 1/4 cup pureed blueberries PLUS 1 ripe banana, mashed


-1 Tbsp chia seeds


-1 Tbsp crunchy or creamy almond butter (can sub unsweetened cashew butter OR nut/seed butter of choice)


-1/4 tsp vanilla


-1/4 tsp ground cinnamon


-pinch nutmeg (optional // can sub cloves)


-pinch ground ginger (optional)


-dash lemon zest (optional)


-additional blueberry jam to swirl on the inside of the mason jar/bowl (optional)

For serving:


-fresh blueberries


-a drizzle almond butter


-pinch cinnamon


-additional unsweetened plant milk


Directions:


1. If using my homemade fruit-sweetened blueberry preserves make them now: add all ingredients for the blueberry preserves to a medium pot over medium heat. Mash the blueberries with a potato masher or fork until broken up to desired consistency. Bring to a simmer, then reduce heat and cook the blueberries for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Once the preserves are done cooking, turn off the heat and transfer to clean jars, leaving them unsealed to cool to room temp. Once cooled to room temp, seal the jars and refrigerate until ready to use. You will likely have leftovers of the blueberry preserves, depending on how many jars of overnight oats you make. These blueberry preserves go great on toast & bagels, in a parfait, and in desserts!


2. Make sure the blueberries are pureed ahead of time (if using) and the date paste is made ahead of time (if using) or the banana is mashed (if using) Ensure the lemon is zested. Grab one mason jar with a lid or a bowl. If desired, spread a little of the blueberry preserves on the inside walls of the mason jar for a pretty blueberry smear effect.


3. Add all ingredients to the mason jar/bowl and stir to combine (stir less for swirls of jam/date paste/banana and almond butter).


4. After stirring, lightly press down on the oats with the backside of a spoon to fully submerge them so they can soak. Make sure all oats are submerged in the plant milk before putting on the lid and placing in the fridge overnight. If using a bowl, cover with plastic wrap before putting in the fridge.


5. Allow the oats to soak/chill overnight. Soaking the oats in the plant milk overnight softens them to an oatmeal-like consistency, which is why you don't need to cook these oats.


6. The next morning, remove the overnight oats from the fridge, add toppings, if desired, and enjoy!*


Overnight oats are best enjoyed within the first 12-24 hours. Keep refrigerated until enjoying.


NOTES:


*Note if you want your overnight oats to be warm instead of cold, place your jar of oats in the microwave and heat for several seconds until warm. Also, if your mason jar has a screwable metal lid please remove the lid before putting the jar in the microwave, and/or if the jar has metal hinges, spoon the oats into a microwave-safe bowl before heating it in the microwave.


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