My Easy Overnight Oats Recipe with Frozen Fruit is perfect for those days where you're craving a certain type of fruit but it's just not in season. I could eat mangoes year-round, but sadly they're only available for a few short months of the year. But with this nutritious breakfast I can eat my favorite fruit any old day of the year.
Overnight oats are a healthy breakfast made from old-fashioned oats (rolled oats), milk, seeds and the milk of your choice (I prefer to use plant-based milk to keep them dairy free). Use this base recipe to make different flavors depending on what frozen fruit you choose to use.
For more overnight oats recipes, you might also like to try my Pistachio Overnight Oats, Overnight Oats Without Milk recipe (if you've run out of milk!) or my Chocolate Chip Overnight Oats if you feel like a treat. And if you're looking to add protein powder to the overnight oats then I would recommend reading my Overnight Oats with Protein Powder article as there are some great tips in there about which protein powder to use!
What's to Love About Overnight Oats with Frozen Fruit
- allergy friendly - this recipe is completely dairy free and can easily be made nut free.
- great to meal prep - over night oats are the perfect make-ahead healthy breakfast for busy mornings, perfect for the work week.
- eat in any season - using frozen fruit means you can make this recipe at any time of the year, in any season.
- simple ingredients - this recipe is made using just a handful of ingredients that are easy to find.
Ingredients Notes & Substitutions
I love how overnight oats recipes can be so flexible with ingredients - so long as you stick with the same oats to liquid ratio. Below are a list of ingredients that you'll need for this recipe as well as any notes and possible substitutions.
- rolled oats - I've used old fashioned rolled oats, however you could possibly swap for quick oats. Definitely don't use steel cut oats as they will not absorb the liquid properly. Steel cut oats need to be cooked.
- chia seeds - chia seeds are a great source of healthy fats like plant-based omega 3, magnesium, calcium, fiber and protein. You can swap for flax seeds or flaxseed meal (also known as linseeds or linseed meal).
- hemp seeds - hemp seeds are another great source of healthy fats, fibre protein and minerals. You don't have to include them, but I love the nutrition boost they give to this healthy make-ahead breakfast.
- toasted flaked almonds - I love topping these delicious overnight oats with toasted flaked almonds. You could also top them with any of your favorite toppings like peanut butter, almond butter or a seed butter like tahini or sunbutter.
- frozen fruit - you can absolutely still use fresh fruit instead of frozen fruit. However if you are going frozen then I would recommend using strawberries, mixed berries, or other frozen berries or tropical fruits like mango or pineapple. Frozen banana probably won't be the best to use for this recipe.
- almond milk - even though I've used almond milk in this recipe, you can use whatever your milk of choice is, whether that is coconut milk beverage, oat milk, soy milk, cashew milk or dairy milk.
- pure maple syrup - personally I love using a little maple syrup as a sweetener because it tastes delicious but it also mixes into the liquid really easily. You can also use honey, but this will take a bit more mixing, or agave syrup. Or leave the sweetener oat all-together if preferred. =
- coconut yogurt - I've used coconut yogurt, which is a dairy free, plant-based yogurt. But you can use your favorite type of yogurt, whether that's a vegan yogurt or plain Greek yogurt.
- fresh raspberries - I love topping the overnight oats with fresh raspberries, however this is completely optional depending on what is in season.
How to Make Overnight Oats with Frozen Fruit
Second to how delicious this creamy oatmeal is, is how easy they are to make. It's not hard to find the motivation on a Sunday night to prep these breakfasts when the recipe takes all of 5 minutes to prepare.
Because I'm making this as make-ahead breakfasts that are perfect to grab and go, it's best to use jars for this recipe. First, take out 3 jars - I've used 3 540mL or 18 ounce jars. Mason jars will do just fine but you could also use an airtight container, whatever works best for you! Add ⅓ of the rolled oats, chia seeds, hemp seeds, maple syrup and almond milk to each jar. Give the oat mixture a good stir.
Then to each jar add ½ cup of your frozen fruit of choice. I've used frozen strawberries, frozen mango and frozen raspberries. Because the raspberries are so much small, much more fit into the ½ cup so I ended up using just ⅓ cup of the frozen raspberries. Place the lids on each jar and into the fridge either overnight or for at least 3 hours to set.
Once set, remove from the fridge and stir the fruit through the oats. Serve the next day topped with yogurt, fresh raspberries and toasted flaked almonds.
Mix-in's & Toppings
- Vanilla - add a ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract to each jar of oat mixture and stir through.
- Peanut butter - add a tablespoon of peanut butter or nut butter to each jar of oat mixture and stir through. Or add peanut butter, almond butter or tahini to the top of the overnight oats when serving.
- Protein powder - to boost the protein content of this recipe, ⅓ of a scoop to each jar. I would recommend reading my Overnight Oats with Protein Powder article as some protein powders work better than others in overnight oats.
- Apple sauce - top with homemade applesauce. Or mix the applesauce through the overnight oats mixture instead of maple syrup to sweeten.
- Raspberry compote - instead of mixing through the whole frozen raspberries, you can make my Raspberry Compote with the frozen berries to mix through instead.
- Chocolate Sauce - if you feel like something a little more indulgent, top the overnight oats with my Tahini Vegan Chocolate Sauce.
If making these overnight oats for more than one person, double the recipe to make a big batch that will feed two people for 3 breakfasts.
- 3 Jars with lids 540mL or 18 ounce
- Measuring Cups and Spoons
- Dessert spoon
- 1 ½ cups rolled oats
- 1 ½ cups almond milk or milk of choice
- 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 3 teaspoons chia seeds
- 3 teaspoons hemp seeds
- 1 ½ cups frozen fruit of choice mango, strawberries, raspberries or pineapple
- 1 ½ cups coconut yogurt or yogurt of choice
- 3 tablespoons toasted flaked almonds
- Fresh berries to serve
- To each individual jar add ½ cup rolled oats, ½ cup milk of choice, 1 tablespoon maple syrup, 1 teaspoon chia seeds and 1 teaspoon hemp seeds. Stir the mixture in each jar until well combined.
- Add the ¼ cup of frozen fruit of choice to each jar and stir to combine.
- Place the lid onto each jar and place into the fridge to set overnight or for at least 3 hours.
- Serve each jar of overnight oats topped with ½ cup yogurt, 1 tablespoon flaked almonds and fresh berries.