Blueberry Overnight Oats

… because I rant not, neither rave of what I feel, can you be so shallow as to dream that I feel nothing?

– R.D. Blackmore, Lorna Doone: A Romance of Exmoore

Let’s make it clear that I’m not a shy person. Nor am I scary, as I can come across when I first meet someone, especially professionally. Some of my best friends, who I have met through work, have confessed that I frightenedΒ the wits out of them when we first met as they thought I was so serious. A few meetings later and they realised that I’m nothing like what they first thought.

Come to think of it, we only have a first time to make a first impression, so that may be a bit worrisome on my behalf, right?

What I am is an introvert.

This doesn’t mean that I don’t bouts of being really talkative, or, being extrovert, (shockΒ horror!). In fact I do need my moments of intensive talking with friends. It just means that independently of whether I’m enjoying myself or not, I just have moments where I prefer to think, and not talk. Put your hand up if you’re an introvert and can relate.

A friend of mine once told me that his definition of introverts are people that recharge energy through being silent, and even being alone. Extroverts are people that recharge energy through being around people and talking a lot. I have to admit that I sort of didn’t understand his definition at the beginning. But then I would analyse myself in both circumstances and, yeah, he’s right. I’m definitely an introvert.

Are you an introvert? If so, do you often also get mistaken for being shy, or (even worse) for being snobby?

Overnight oats with blueberries

Blueberry Overnight Oats

Sorry, this recipe isn’t rocket science. I’ve already published a few overnight oats and they all follow the same technique. And they are all really simple. But then, in this world where we constantly feel like we need more hours to the day, I think breakfast recipes should be quite simple anyway.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup oats, 1 teaspoon chia seeds, 1 handful blueberries, 1/2 cup milk, 1 teaspoon sugar (optional)

Simply add all the ingredients into a cup or jar in the same order as stated in the ingredients list. Store in the fridge overnight. Enjoy not having to fuss putting together a breakfast the next morning.

Thank you for reading!

32 Comments

  1. Guillermina Stover 2015-02-18 at 21:32

    I am not an introvert, no, not by ANY stretch of the imagination! I thrive on being the center of all the attention, I really do. So I am definitely an extrovert. But, a very big BUT, I do enjoy my solitude, the quietude, thinking about everything and nothing in particular, and reading. And reading is a solitary venture. I enjoy my own company most of all. Which is as it should be, because in the long run (and the short run!), I am my own best friend. I came in this world alone and I shall leave this world alone. That, my friend, is the ultimate reality.

    And I believe that I too scare people on first impressions. Because I am very opinionated and LOUD.

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    1. Sofia 2015-02-20 at 16:55

      I’s funny when I’m with a new group of people and they learn that I’m from multiple nationalities, etc… they find it fascinating and want to know more, and get more stories from me. I often feel like, ok really, I’m probably not THAT interesting so as to have to be the center of attention, can somebody else talk alot please! I’ll delegate that part to you πŸ˜‰ I’m glad you are your own best friend, I suppose that means you have happiness with yourself.
      Ok, so we scare people for the opposite reasons!

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  2. Sue 2015-02-18 at 21:37

    Hand raised, I’m an introvert. I can’t stand too much talking. I recharge by being alone . . . hahaha and since I’ve been back to work the only alone time I get is between when my head hits the pillow and I fall asleep! Love the recipe, we make overnight oats (and other grains) all the time. In fact I never don’t soak them overnight. Cheers!

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    1. Sofia 2015-02-20 at 16:57

      I could see you are also introvert πŸ˜‰ When did you get back to work? How do you make overnight oats without soaking them overnight?
      PS I hope your answer is not: get up at 4:30 am to soak them πŸ˜‰

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      1. Sue 2015-02-20 at 17:39

        No, I do soak them overnight . . . that’s what I meant to say! I started work 2 weeks ago . . . . . not much cooking happening except on the weekends!

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  3. Sunny 2015-02-18 at 22:12

    Hey Sofia, yup I’m an introvert as well! I do talk a lot, but socializing tires me out easily. I don’t think I appear shy, and most people have a hard time believing it when I say I am an introvert: oh well, I really am!

    The oats look so yum!

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    1. Sofia 2015-02-20 at 11:20

      Well thats quite cute, you and me, (two introverts!), talking non stop in Belgium! πŸ™‚

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  4. Mabel Kwong 2015-02-19 at 03:22

    I am an introvert like you. I feel so much more energetic when I’m alone and more tired being social. You serious when people first meet you? Hahaha! When you said that, I had an impression of you meeting people with a poker face πŸ˜€ When I first meet people, I don’t talk much and I get the impression people think I’m snobby. Oh well. I am me, nothing wrong with being shy or an introvert πŸ™‚

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    1. Sofia 2015-02-20 at 16:58

      Of course I meet people with a poker face! πŸ˜› Do you do that Mabel?

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      1. Mabel Kwong 2015-02-21 at 12:45

        I am generally quite expressionless when it comes to meeting people. So I think people tend to interpret that as poker face!

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  5. pianolearner 2015-02-19 at 11:27

    i think alot of introverted people get wrongly thought of as snobby or not as interesting on first impression which is a real shame. in my experience they are normally the most interesting people….

    We are eating alot of blueberries with oats at the moment too. πŸ™‚

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    1. Sofia 2015-02-20 at 16:58

      Of course we are the most interesting people πŸ˜‰

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    1. Sofia 2015-02-20 at 17:07

      Thanks for the article Jennifer, I just had a good read and felt very identified. Are your children introverts? Do you feel like you have issues that come with it?
      Yeah overnight oats does rock πŸ™‚

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      1. jennp6 2015-02-20 at 19:36

        One of the boys is a textbook introvert, and reading this I was mentally checking off a few boxes for some of the other kids as well. For the most part, they’re learning how to recognize & respect each other’s personality differences…when they aren’t squabbling anyway πŸ™‚

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        1. Sofia 2015-02-22 at 12:40

          I remember when I was small I was a book introvert. Sometimes my friend would come over and she would have to play with my brother because I would have my nose in a book! (so antisocial, lol). xxx

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  6. Liz 2015-02-19 at 18:04

    Have fallen in love with overnight oats, so fun to see your recipe. A recent find was 1/2 cup each oats, milk, vanilla yogurt and handful of chia seeds. Next morning you stir in mini chocolate chips and call it cookie dough oatmeal, lol. I like it best heated up, though the blog author insists it’s also good cold. Do you heat yours before eating?

    can see the introvert in you because you are so dedicated to the piano. That’s just you playing and I’d bet you totally recharge when you do.

    I’m an extrovert all the way–not saying I don’t like my solitude and silence (which rarely happens because my kids are noisy), butt I get all my energy from people. Left alone for too long (which I rarely am as even now in an empty house I am connecting with you online–so easy to reach out to others via Internet) I get antsy. Funny how we’re all different. Thanks for asking fun questions here πŸ˜€

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    1. Sofia 2015-02-20 at 17:10

      I sometimes heat mine before eating. I like the chocolate part to your recipe!
      I guess you’re right about the piano. I also prefer lone sports (for example, lots of swimming) to team sports.
      Maybe your children are also extroverts like you! πŸ™‚

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  7. The Peckish Kiwi 2015-02-19 at 19:03

    I’ve been skeptical about overnight oats, but your photography has brought me around. I might start giving them a try.

    As far as introversion goes, definitely. Might explain why I enjoy the back and forth of a blog’s comment section so much. I get time to read, think, consider (get lost in my thoughts), respond. Social situations don’t always allow that sort of time, so I can end up sitting there without saying much. Doesn’t always go over well.

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    1. Sofia 2015-02-20 at 16:52

      I’m quite lazy to prepare breakfast in the mornings, so having something like this already waiting for me for when I get up is a huge plus! Give it a try πŸ™‚
      Maybe your explanation is also why I like “conversing” in blog comments too. Have a great weekend!

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  8. chef mimi 2015-02-20 at 16:04

    A girlfriend is visiting overnight and I’m making this for our breakfast in the morning. From one introvert to another…

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    1. Sofia 2015-02-20 at 16:52

      Enjoy the time together with her and enjoy the breakfast πŸ˜‰ xx

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  9. Kiss & Make-up 2015-02-20 at 20:41

    Can ya make me some? πŸ™‚ This looks so delicious! I love oats and I love blueberries.

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    1. Sofia 2015-02-22 at 12:37

      Sure I can πŸ™‚

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  10. littleblissbook 2015-02-23 at 06:48

    Most people would say I’m outgoing, and I would agree. I’ve even been told I carry a ‘big energy’ when I walk. It’s shocking the things people tell you about their first impressions of you. I would definitely say though I recharge in solitude. Me, some, candles, my journal, or a sunny day driving during the sunset with music on is how I like to recharge. So maybe I’m a extroverted introvert? πŸ˜‰

    xx Rakhi

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    1. Sofia 2015-03-01 at 10:33

      Though online you do seem outgoing! But maybe you are an extroverted introvert. (I need to remember to use candles more often). xx

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  11. Dalo 2013 2015-02-27 at 19:33

    I like this description of you… I would not have sensed you being so serious and people being scared of you when first meeting you at work, but then I guess it makes sense. Focusing on work and having that seriousness can be intimidating. What you say about introverts I agree fully, “introverts are people that recharge energy through being silent, and even being alone.” While it is ideal to be a nice blend between intro & extro, I do think people are wired one way or another. Also, great post…nothing quite like oatmeal in the morning to start a day of intimidating people πŸ˜‰

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    1. Sofia 2015-03-01 at 10:35

      Actually I was telling a friend how that I had to interview people for a job. He laughed his head head and told me to remember to smile otherwise my candidates might freak out, lol.

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      1. Dalo 2013 2015-03-01 at 18:08

        Ha, ha…true, that would be a little nerve wracking having such a serious interviewer, but probably good to see how they react under pressure πŸ™‚

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        1. Sofia 2015-03-01 at 19:08

          Don’t worry, I smiled! πŸ™‚

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  12. Sophie33 2016-03-07 at 15:05

    I love overnight oats too! Your combo is tasty! MMMM!

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