One of my favourite breakfasts is overnight oats. I love them because ….
1) They are quick and easy to prepare
2) You prepare them the night before so it gives you an extra 10 minutes in bed!
3) They taste delicious
4) There are so many different ways to make them, they never get boring.
The basic recipe is easy, it is just oats (any type) with milk (any type – my favourite is almond as it tastes very creamy but dairy, oat, coconut, any milk goes).
From there you can experiment with lots of different toppings and fillings to help you get a great tasty and filling breakfast that takes 5 mins to prepare. Here are some of my favourites.
Warning – I’m not a food photographer but they all definitely taste better than they look 🙂
This is the first overnight oats recipe I tried and I use it as a base most weeks. Put a portion of oats in a bowl, with 1 tsp of flaxseed, a drizzle of honey and enough almond milk to cover the oats and mix. I sometimes add a tsp of chia seeds too. Then I top with nuts, usually pecans and macadamias and berries (you can use frozen ones as they will defrost overnight). I have also done a more tropical version with some mixed tropical fruit and coconut milk, very summery. Cover the bowl and leave in the fridge overnight.
I have a couple of Tupperware porridge bowls which I find great as they have reusable lids, but you can just use a bowl and cover with cling film or a plate.
Many recipes tell you to add toppings just before serving, but I always add them the night before and they always turn out fine, so up to you.
This recipe is a Deliciously Ella one that I now make without even thinking. It is very warming and has an almost carrot cake taste to it. For this you need a portion of oats, drizzle of maple syrup, some grated carrot, handful of raisins, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ground ginger and I/2 tsp turmeric. Mix all the ingredients together with a dollop of coconut/natural yoghurt and milk and pop in the fridge overnight. Really is delicious even though the ingredients may sound a bit out there, and the spices are all good for the immune system and for some anti inflammatory properties too.
Chocolate Orange Overnight Oats
This one I created over Christmas with a portion of oats, almond milk, a drizzle of orange juice and a drizzle of maple syrup and 1 tbsp cacao powder. Mix all together and then top with cacao nibs and clementine segments before leaving in fridge overnight.
Berry Overnight Oats
This is another Deliciously Ella inspired one which starts with mashing a banana and a handful of raspberries (fresh or frozen) and then mixing with oats and milk. Then mix in some dried cranberries and top with berries and leave in fridge overnight.
Brilliant Bircher Muesli
Bit of a twist on overnight oats is Bircher muesli. This is a great way to add some seeds into your diet.
For this I probably use a half portion of oats, and the other half of the portion, seeds – I usually use a mixture of sunflower, pumpkin, flaxseed and chia, but basically whatever you have! I add some chopped dried apple, raisins and then mix with a dollop of natural or coconut yoghurt and some milk and pop in fridge overnight.
If I am adding banana as a topping then I would leave that until the morning to save discolouration.
As you will see I do most of my recipes by sight, you just get to know what a portion looks like and I mix the ingredients up depending on what I have in, so don’t feel you ever have to stick slavishly to a recipe. Any milk, any sweetener (I.e. honey, maple syrup, agave, date syrup), any nuts (pecans, walnuts, flaked almonds, macadamias, pistachios etc) any seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, chia, flax, sesame) any fruit, fresh, frozen or dried all work well, so experiment to your tastes and what you have available.
Do let us know of any great overnight oats recipes you have tried that just can’t be missed.