Smooth Operator’s Overnight Oats with Kefir, Chia, Bran, and Flax

overnight oats blueberry kefir

Ugly as it is without hiding behind a mason jar, you’ll love this one (unless you’re lactose intolerant). Simply mix a bunch of stuff together the night before and enjoy a hearty, nutritious breakfast the next day that you can scarf down before hopping on the train or take with you to consume in your cubicle. The day after that, you’ll be happy to be a smooth operator; kefir apparently has three times the amount (CFU? mass? volume?) of probiotic cultures in yoghurt.

I felt rich this week so I used an expensive blend of oats, bran, and chia rather than regular rolled oats. I have no regrets. However, if you are using lone oats for this, simply add a half tsp or so each of bran and flax seeds to the mix for this recipe, or skip them altogether.

 porridge oats bran flax steel cutThis one has a nice, chewy texture.


Smooth Operator’s Overnight Oats with Kefir, Chia, Bran, and Flax

Adapted from Stuff Parents Need and She Bakes Here

Serves: 1
Time: overnight


  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup Rogers steel cut oat blend (a mix of oats, bran, flax seeds)
  • 1 1/4 cup kefir (I used strawberry flavour)
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • additional kefir for topping
  • ground cinnamon and cardamom (optional)


  1. Use a pestle and mortar to grind the chia seeds.
  1. In a bowl or food storage container, mix the ground chia seeds, oat blend, and kefir.

oats, bran, flax, chia seeds
Proof that I used real oats and chia seeds, rather than the fake kind.

  1. Gently fold in the frozen blueberries.

If you use fresh blueberries, add them immediately before serving rather than for overnight.

  1. Cover and refrigerate for at least 6 hours.
  1. Remove from the fridge and uncover. If you like, add more kefir and a pinch each of cinnamon and cardmom.

overnight blueberry oats in kefir
You can see here that the chia seeds have activated.  Excellent.

  1. Serve chilled or try it warmed up. I like to zap mine in the microwave for a minute or two.



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