Friday, April 28, 2017

Make ahead blueberry chia and coconut oats

It has been a busy week in the Bite-Sized Thoughts household. My mother-in-law is visiting from Australia and we have enjoyed introducing her to Mini Bite. Mr Bite has taken the week off work to enjoy her company, and I took advantage of that to have a 'keeping in touch' day at work on Wednesday. It was the second time I'd left Mini Bite for more than an hour or so and I'm pleased to report that all went well - for her and for me. It was also rather lovely to have a day of adult company, complete with baby-free train rides into and out of my workplace. Reading a book with a cup of coffee never felt so good.

If you have a similarly busy schedule, this blueberry oat mix is a useful way to make a breakfast (or snack) option ahead of time. It is also adaptable and with a few small tweaks you could turn the recipe into one for blueberry oat balls instead - just omit the milk and use a little more oats to give a sturdier texture.

This does use a food processor and you may be wondering why you would bother with that when freshly made oats and blueberries provide a delicious combination without any meddling. Simply put, this is delicious in a different way. The blended mix is pudding-like and reminiscent of bircher muesli. It is also thick, easily portable, and (or course) can be made well in advance.

Make ahead blueberry chia and coconut oats
Serves 2 as a generous breakfast or 3-4 smaller serves

Food processor required

Author: Bite-sized thoughts

1 cup fresh blueberries
1 cup rolled oats
1 tbsp chia seeds
2 tbsp desiccated coconut
2-4 tbsp almond milk (according to desired thickness(

Combine all ingredients in a food processor and process until semi-smooth, or your desired consistency. Serve immediately or refrigerate until needed, up to several days. The mix thickens on standing.

What have you been up to this week?


  1. Glad you are getting some baby free time - it is great after so much intense time with a kid - and a good time to enjoy it before you are back at work. Must also be nice to Mr Bite to be able to show off his daddy skills. I think I would prefer your oats in the food processor.

    1. Thanks Johanna - it is amazing how going into work becomes a novel day out when it's not something you routinely do. I am not sure how much Mr Bite likes showing off his fathering skills but I figure it is good practice if nothing else! ;)

  2. I love making my breakfast ahead of time. I loved you used a food processor to mix all this up!

  3. So pleased for you that you got some time for yourself and happy and relaxed in the knowledge the miniBite was in good hands. If i am honest, I am not quite sure about this recipe, you see I am not a huge fan of soggy oats, but I am up for trying anything so long as its veggie, so who knows. Quick question, well more than one but its connected. I made your Sweet Potato Fudge. Very impressed. I took some into work and shared with freinds, but still have a lot left. How long will it last in the fridge I made it last weekend? Secondly, I slightly adapted the recipe a little (added cacoa nibs), is is okay for me to post it on my blog with a link and full credit to you and your blog. Thank you in advance.

    1. Thanks so much for asking Shaheen - of course you are welcome to share your variation and I am so glad you enjoyed the fudge. You've reminded me to make it again as I loved it too!

      I am afraid I don't know for sure how long it would last because mine did not get a chance to hang around, but looking at the recipe again I would estimate at least a week. I hope that helps!

  4. Thank you so much for your prompt reply Kari.

    Mmmmm better finish off the rest this w/e then...nom nom.

  5. Pudding-like oats sound fabulous to me. How wonderful for your MIL to meet Mini Bite for the first time - and for you to get some "me" time!

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  7. "Reading a book with a cup of coffee never felt so good." And so well deserved! Glad it went well =)
    I am soooo into make ahead things fright now. This sounds so good! Can't wait to try it for breakfast.


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