I’m a little late to the overnight oats party but now that I have truly discovered them, my breakfasts will be looking a lot more like this. You can get super creative by adding a plethora of ingredients and flavour whilst still keep your breakfast super healthy. Any type of milk can be used to make overnight oats so its easy to keep this vegan and or raw.
I adore oats for breakfast but rarely make the time to cook them. My mornings are always a rush and getting breakfast done in a few minutes is my main priority. A little prep the night before is all that is required and the milk softens the oats so no cooking is necessary. Mixing this up in a jar is the other super convenient thing. Perfect to transport, eat on the go or take to work.
My Consol wide-mouthed jars with reusable lids make the perfect vessel for overnight oats. In a world where plastic is a major enemy to our environment, glass is a versatile and sustainable alternative. Its 100% natural and 100% recyclable. I’m thrilled that Consol is having their Red Hot Sale at the moment from 23 July – 6 August at their three stores in South Africa. Everything will be reduced from 25% – 50% so I’m planning on stocking up on jars. I literally cannot have enough.
How to make overnight oats:
- Make your base overnight oat mix the night before.
- Sweeten it with your preferred sweetener (see options below)
- Store in the fridge overnight in a sealed jar.
- In the morning pimp up your overnight oats with whatever fruit, dried fruit, nuts, spice or flavour you like (see ideas below)
- Devour while polishing your halo from all the clever planning and healthy eating.
Use equal quantities of oats to milk to make a firmer and drier mix. I like to add a splash more and add chia seeds, which also absorb liquid and firm things up.
Depending on how calorie conservative you want to be and what flavour you are after, use any sweetener of your choice. Honey, maple syrup, sugar, artificial sweetener, palm sugar or coconut sugar (my new favourite thing).
You could add your fruit, nuts or nut butter to the oats the night before, but I prefer to add them in the morning keeping them super fresh and crunchy.
It’s SO HEALTHY!
Adding chia seeds and a flaxseed blend adds amazing fibre to your overnight oats, as well as delivering on omega’s. The oats are low GI wonderful complex carbohydrates. Adding milk and yoghurt gives this power breakfast a protein boost and berries / fruit additional vitamins and minerals.
- 50% flax seeds
- 50% made up of equal portions: pumpkin, sunflower and sesame seeds)
NB – Grind these up in a food processor to break up the husks otherwise the seeds will not be absorbed by the body.
Recipe to make 1 serving
- ½ cup rolled oats (I don’t use instant oats here but I think you can too)
- ½ cup milk, almond milk, coconut milk (or any other milk of your choice)
- sweetener of your choice: sugar, coconut sugar, artificial sweetener, honey, jam & maple syrup
- 1 – 2 tsp chia seeds (optional – but add an extra 2 Tbs milk if you are using them)
- 1 – 2 tsp flax-seed blend
- ½ tsp vanilla extract (optional and nice in many flavour combos)
- Pinch of salt
- Cinnamon (optional and depending what other flavours uses use).
Tropical overnight oats:
Use coconut milk as an alternative and top with pineapple, yoghurt/coconut cream, sliced kiwi, passion fruit pulp and toasted coconut flakes. Sweeten with palm sugar or coconut sugar which has a lower in GI and is utterly delicious.
Blueberry, banana & almond overnight oats:
Inspired by my favourite smoothie, stir through a tablespoon of almond (or peanut) butter. Top with a sliced banana, fresh blueberries and chopped almonds. Add a dollop of full-fat Greek-style yoghurt too (optional)
Pear, apple & cinnamon overnight oats with honey:
Top your base mix with chopped up apple and pear, a dollop of yoghurt, a sprinkle of honey and a drizzle of honey (You could also poach the fruit before to make it more like an apple pie flavour).
Other topping ideas for overnight oats:
- Use frozen berries and add these to the milk to soak overnight and thaw.
- Any kind of nut, toasted or raw.
- Cocoa powder and or cocoa nibs to give it a chocolate edge.
- Espresso to give it a coffee flavour.
- Infuse early grey in the milk before adding to the oats to make tea flavoured oats.
- Dried goji berries, raisins, cranberries, or any other chopped up dried fruit (add this with the milk to rehydrate the fruit).
- Seeds (I use my delicious seed blend as per recipe above so no need to add more).
- Stir jam or marmalade through to flavour and sweeten.
- citrus zest or toasted coconut.
What is your favourite way of eating overnight oats?
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