Berry Cobbler Overnight Oats are a healthy, easy, make-ahead recipe that’s full of nutrition to help keep you satisfied and energized all day long. Plus, there’s no cooking involved whatsoever!
Creamy, light yet hearty, silky smooth oats with juicy bits of berries sandwiched with a yummy, nutty crunch from glorious little walnut bits.
That’s what eating these delicious Berry Cobbler Overnight Oats is all about!
Truth be told, I was never keen on cobbler as a child or teen. I mean, it’s not that it was bad or that I didn’t like it. Cobbler, was, after all, a bit like eating cake and biscuits all in one. And I was a cake and bread (and sugar) fiend, so that was great with me! Plus, cobbler always meant that I got to have a dollop of ice cream on top, preferably vanilla bean if I had my way.
Cobbler just wasn’t ever my favorite dessert; I’d just as soon have had a massive vanilla ice cream cone or a hefty piece of chocolate cake smothered in vanilla buttercream frosting to get my sugar fix back in the day. And I was never one to turn down some of my mom’s last minute box-mix brownies.
However, cobbler has its place in a kitchen; I recognize that–especially coming from the south. And I certainly think that the summertime calls for cobbler-inspired goodness wherever we all see fit!
So when I made up a batch of overnight oats the other day, I decided to add in a bit of this and that to see what I could come up with for something different. And oddly enough, the next day when I tasted my creation, I was amazed how it reminded me of cobbler. I mean, really? That’s kind of crazy, right?
Oatmeal that tastes like cobbler? Really?
The unique thing about my Berry Cobbler Overnight Oats is that the magic in the flavor really happens overnight as the ingredients sit and meld together. The small bits of walnuts end up really soft and tender and remind me of a cake-like crumb that’s unique to cobbler dishes. Married with the silky smooth, creamy quick oats these oats are made with, the end result is a little like eating cake and breakfast all in one. And, it’s so good!
But you can’t have a cobbler without berries, right? Frozen mixed berries are the secret ingredient here… don’t use fresh if you can help it. I mean, fresh berries are perfectly lovely in their own right, but the wonderful thing about using frozen berries in overnight oats is that after they sit in the fridge overnight (or all day), they release these amazing juices and make the entire recipe super dreamy. That just doesn’t happen when you use fresh berries; in fact, they get a bit soggy while frozen berries hold their flavor and shape. (Plus, using frozen berries versus fresh will save you some money, too.)
To thicken these oats up a bit, I used ground chia seeds instead of whole (which adds a better texture, in my opinion), a touch of coconut flour to thicken it up and add a cake-like texture (almond meal would also work), a little bit of vanilla, a dash of cinnamon, some NuNaturals pure stevia (without any fillers–just stevia), and finally, creamy non-dairy unsweetened almond milk. That’s it!
Anyone can make this recipe and it’s absolutely jam-packed with goodness in every single way!
Berry Cobbler Overnight Oats contain ample amounts of plant-based protein, key vitamins to keep your immune system working well, trace minerals to fuel your energy levels and nourish your nervous system, and antioxidants to help keep you looking and feeling fabulous! Not to mention, this recipe is made with one of my all-time power foods of all time–oats!
Oats are probably one of my favorite, must-have pantry items, (although I keep mine in the fridge so they don’t go rancid), and I’ve always got at least three to four different kinds of oats on hand. Because a girl needs variety, am I right or am I right? 🙂
For today’s recipe, I used some wonderful amazing organic oats by Farmer Direct Co-Op. You may have seen this brand at Whole Foods where their items can be found, and if you’ve seen my recipe for Sugar-Free Cinnamon Swirl Cake Batter Oatmeal, you’ve also seen me feature these wonderful oats!
Farmer Direct Co-Op produces organic, awesome food that’s just straight up earth-grown goodness and nothing else. They make all kinds of oats, but the oats that I used are quick-cook oats which are great to use in overnight oat recipes since they turn out really thick and creamy (not too chewy). Plus, these oats contain no GMO ingredients or harmful chemicals or pesticides since they’re USDA certified organic. Gotta love that!
Just pure, lovely oats. Just how I like my oats to be!
You can even use oats to make real, actual cobbler if you want as well. They make a great replacement for refined (all-purpose) flour and are so much better when it comes to adding texture and nutrition.
However, these Berry Cobbler Overnight Oats are so creamy and delicious that I can safely say I’ve got my cobbler fix for awhile. Each bite is filled with a perfect light and cakey texture that’s jam-packed with berry, oaty, nutty goodness. Yes, please!
- ½ cup organic quick oats, I used Farmer Direct Co-Op oats
- 1 tbsp. ground chia seeds
- 1 tbsp. coconut flour (this just makes it thick and cakey, it won't taste like coconut) - you could also use almond meal instead
- a tiny dash (1/4 tsp.) of NuNaturals Pure Stevia Extract (or 2-3 drops of liquid stevia)
- ¼ tsp. alcohol-free vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp. plain walnut bits (pieces)
- 1 cup unsweetened non-dairy vanilla milk (I used unsweetened almond milk)
- ½ cup frozen mixed berries (I used an organic mix from Target)
- First, layer ¼ cup of oats into a jar or mug. I used a coffee mug just for fun!
- Next add in the stevia, ground chia, and coconut flour (or almond flour).
- Now add in ¼ cup of frozen berries and ½ of the walnut bits (1 tbsp.).
- Add the vanilla, the remaining ¼ cup oats, and the almond milk. Stir slightly to combine (it doesn't have to be perfect).
- Top with the remaining ¼ cup of frozen berries and the other tablespoon of walnut bits.
- Let this sit in the fridge overnight (or at least 8 hours if you make it in the morning for later in the day).
- Come back, give everything a good stir, and you'll see all the colors of the berries release into the oats. Add a splash more of almond milk on top if you like, then dive in with a spoon and enjoy!
If you don't use stevia, you'll need to use another sweetener of choice. I use stevia since it's free of sugar and it's natural, not artificial, but you can use whatever you like!
Organic Oats GIVEAWAY!
Want to win your very own Farmer Direct Organic Quick Rolled Oats?
One of you will win 2 packages (2 pounds!) of your very own Farmer Direct Organic Quick Oats plus an official Farmer Direct Co-Op wooden spoon!
How to Enter!
All you have to do is enter is:
1. Leave me a comment below and tell me what your favorite way to eat overnight oats is!
I’ll choose one winner from all the entries above in one week by Monday morning at 9 am EST on June 5th. The winner will be notified via email via the comment you leave below. *Giveaway open to the United States and Canada only.*
Good luck, and Happy Memorial Day!
UPDATE 6/5/2017: Congrats to Suzanne Sparks for winning this giveaway and thanks to all who entered!
What’s your favorite way to eat overnight oats? Are you a cobbler fan or a cake and ice cream fan like me?
*Thank you to Farmer Direct for hosting this giveaway! While I received a free product sample to use in this recipe, I was not compensated for my time. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone. Thank you for being a part of The Soulful Spoon as I support and share the brands that I love and use!*