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Berry Chia Overnight Oats

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Mornings just got 100x better and this is a fact.

I want you to know that nutritious breakfasts AND easy non-stressful mornings can be found in the form of something magical and beautiful called chia overnight oats, and do we love oats for this or what? WE LOVE OATS FOR THIS.

Also, you should really take it seriously anytime I give you advice on non-stressful mornings because I am about the last person ever who is qualified to train others on such a thing. If even my hot morning mess self can make my mornings less stressful, then basically anyone in the world can jump on this real food and convenience wagon and rock their mornings with me.

My relationship with oats is probably best labeled as hot and cold. I loved hot oats more than any other food for several years. Like 9+ years. I would eat hot, cooked oats for breakfast, lunch, and even DESSERT after dinner. I’m not kidding. It was the best of times. Things were hot.

Hand holding Berry Chia Overnight Oats in a glass.

Then something about my tastebuds sort of changed and developed (scary and exciting times!) and COLD oats came into my life.

Enter: my new way to love oatmeal –> chilled, creamy, barely sweet overnight oats.

I really credit the overnight oats with bringing me to a balanced oat-loving center. The hot oatmeal was perfect for the cold mornings of winter, and the creamy, soft, lightly sweet and berry-topped soaked oats were just everything I needed and more on a sunny spring or summer morning. Not only for a good breakfast packed with nutrition and easy to work with on the hurry-up-and-get-there morning run-around, but also for keeping my adoration of all things oatmeal going during all seasons of the year.

And adding chia?

Just an awesomely fun bonus and a good reason to add the word gelatinous to your vocabulary.

Oats in a bowl.
Quaker oats.

So in the name of overnight oats, here’s what I do at the start of every week.

  • I get out three glass jars.
  • I put 1/2 cup oats in each jar.
  • I put 1/4 cup chia in each jar.
  • I pour in 1 cup milk or almond milk (or water if the fridge is especially empty) to each jar.
  • I stir in a pinch of salt, a pinch of cinnamon, and a quick drizzle of maple syrup.

Then I wake up in the morning and I open the fridge to THREE BEAUTIFUL JARS of chia overnight oats and I grab one of them, stir it up with my leftover smoothie from the day before or maybe a quick fresh berry puree or mash up if I have three extra minutes to spare, and then eat it happily all in about 6 seconds flat.

Soooo mornings are looking pretty awesome right about now, right? I’d say YES considering I’m sitting here with this morning’s overnight chia overnight oats as I send you on your merry overnight oats way.


Berry Chia Overnight Oats in a glass with a spoon.
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Chia Overnight Oats in a cup with a spoon.

Berry Chia Overnight Oats

  • Author: Pinch of Yum
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 serving 1x


Chia Overnight Oats made with chia, oats, and almond milk. So easy and perfect for a quick healthy breakfast on the go! YUM!


Units Scale
  • 1/2 cup Quaker Oats rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1 cup milk or water
  • pinch of salt and cinnamon
  • maple syrup or other sweetener to taste
  • 1 cup frozen berries of choice (or yesterday’s smoothie leftovers)
  • yogurt for topping
  • berries for topping


  1. Place the oats, seeds, milk, salt, and cinnamon in a jar with a lid. Refrigerate overnight.
  2. Puree the berries. (I usually incorporate this into my smoothie routine, so I either use leftover smoothie or just blend up a huge smoothie batch so I have a little extra for the oats. You don’t HAVE to do this, but it’s a nice way to add some fruit and color.)
  3. Stir oats with your frozen berry puree and top with yogurt and more berries, nuts, honey, whatevs you like.


HIGHLY recommend making this in batches. I usually do 3 at a time, all in individual jars for easy grab and go breakfasts.

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: berry chia overnight oat, berry overnight oats, healthy overnight oats

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  1. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Your overnight oats are so beautiful! I love your suggestion to use smoothie leftovers – so easy! I started trying overnights oats as a quick breakfast a few months ago and I need to try this smoothie trick (and chopped nuts on top for a little crunch) – sounds perfect 🙂

  2. Pinch of Yum Logo

    That looks DIVIDE and so simple! Thanks for sharing, I’m finally going to jump on the “overnight oats” train 🙂

  3. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Hi Lindsey! Were you looking through my cupboards? I have everything to make these right now, and I’m going to! My daughter loves chia seeds and is always looking for new recipes to use them in, so she is gonna be so happy, too! Double win, a healthy snack and I get good mom points! Thanx!

  4. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This looks too good to be true! I just discovered chia pudding a few weeks ago, and I am stoked to try this new combination. It looks like a great way to make gluten-free, dairy-free breakfasts easier!

  5. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I love adding chia seeds to my overnight oats, and especially love what you’ve done here making this an overnight oat-chia pudding hybrid! This is just gorgeous and is something I can’t wait to try.

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    I am an Indian girl and I never had this combination of oats, fruits, and milk in the breakfast before, but after seeing this post, I m gonna add this healthy one in my breakfast menu…

  7. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I love overnight oats (gluten free)! And I love chia! Your suggested additions sound great! Such a perfect little package waiting in the refrigerator when I wake up! Yum!

  8. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I’ve become a fan of chia seeds not long time ago. I am gonna try your recipe 🙂


  9. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I almost always have this in my frig, but haven’t put in as many chia seeds as your recipe calls for, so will experiment the next time. I eat it with fresh fruit and app. a TBLSP of min semi-sweet chocolate chips sprinkled on top. ( a MUFA, don’t you know?) And whatever else I feel like throwing into the mix. Delicious!

  10. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This looks lovely! Smoothie leftovers are actually wonderful for oats–any leftovers would be great! Salads and stir-fries would be amazing for savory oatmeal!

  11. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Thanks for this! The first morning, I was not sure – they were still pretty milky. By the second morning, though, they were great! So maybe they are more like “36-hour oats” instead of overnight, ha! We did not use a compote, but had a little strawberry rhubarb jam from Blackberry Farms that we dolloped on top. It was great. Just discovered your blog and have loved trying out a few recipes!

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    Okay- tried this and I am SOLD. I was always a fan of overnight oats- but never tried it with chia seeds and my goodness! The extra creaminess is where it’s at! Just curious, as I haven’t found it directly on your website, but do you do any of your things gluten free? I have Celiac, and so I either create new gluten free recipes, or play with what’s out there, giving due credit of course 😉

  13. Pinch of Yum Logo

    600 calories per serving for the overnight oats? Wow. They sound delicious but can’t do it if you are trying to lose weight.

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      516 calories per serving, not 600! And, you can always adjust the serving size. You could make the entire recipe in a bowl and instead of dividing into 3 breakfast portions, it could be divided into 4 (or more!). Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water!

  14. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Love these ready-to-go meals! Instead of 1/2 cup of oats, I substitute a 1/4 cup oats and 1/4 cup muesli from a fantastic Minnesota-based company, Seven Sundays. I used their Blueberry, Lemon, & Chia one. Little extra texture and flavor with the dried fruits. Delicious!

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    This is great! I’d been looking for a good post-swim breakfast and this was really convenient. I added chopped apple and dried cherries. It was excellent. Thanks!

  16. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Thank you for posting the berry chia overnight oats recipe (and many others in the past few years). I had never tried overnight oats before, and I immediately became a fan. That’s a big serving for me but makes 2 nice-sized ones. Also, I didn’t have whole chia seeds on hand when I tried this the first time but used ground chia instead. After trying it with whole chia seeds, I prefer the ground version (but I use a T. or so less). Keep the great recipes coming, appreciated!