Berry ricotta overnight oats

So I’ve gotten reallyΒ into overnight oats lately, partly because they’re so yummy and easy, and partly because I no longer have a microwave to warm up baked oatmeal πŸ˜‚

What happened to the microwave you ask? Well, one of my roommates moved out recently and took her microwave with her. Since I’m moving to another place soon, I didn’t want to buy another. Β It’s actually been a lot easier than I imagined – warming leftovers up on the stove honestly is a tastier method in my opinion! Things don’t get quite as mushy.

I’ve tried many variations of this recipe, but I especially like making this berry ricotta oatmeal with some smashed blackberries as it creates such a beautifully colored oatmeal.

I also started adding pepitas (or pumpkin seeds) to my oatmeal. They’re a cheaper alternative to nuts like almonds or walnuts, and still add a nice crunch along with plenty of protein. Also they add some beautiful color to any bowl and make it even more instagrammable πŸ˜‰

To add to the berry flavor, I’ve sweetened these oats with strawberry jam. You could really use any combination of jam and fresh berries, and this bowl would turn out great.

I was unsure about eating oatmeal cold at first, but I’ve quickly become an absolute fan. These oats are simultaneously refreshing and not too heavy, while also creamy and filling. I literally can’t wait to fall asleep at night so that I can wake up to this dreamy bowl. I hope you give them a shot!


Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup blackberries, plus more for topping
  • 1/2 cup soy milk
  • 2 tbsp strawberry jam
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes, plus more for topping
  • 2 tbsp pepitas
  • Optional add ins: a dollop of Greek yogurt

Directions

  1. Mash up the blackberries with the ricotta cheese and strawberry jam in a bowl with the back of a spoon or fork.
  2. Add the almond milk and whisk everything together to combine. It’s okay if there are some lumps
  3. Add oatmeal and coconut flakes. Mix to combine.*
  4. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and place in fridge overnight.
  5. Wake up and top with extra berries, coconut and pepitas. Enjoy!

*Note: it may take a few batches to get the oatmeal to your preferred thickness. This recipe should make a pretty thick oatmeal, but feel free to adjust the amount of milk added as needed.

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