Overnight oats is quite simply a wonderful idea, so easy, fast, delicious, healthy and versatile. It really ticks all the boxes for a filling, nourishing start to the day. The oats are a great source of soluble fibre, protein and B vitamins to set you up for the day and the berries add vitamins and antioxidants to support your immune system.
To be honest I prefer pinhead oatmeal porridge when the weather is cold but the Overnight Oats is a winner in the warmer weather! Sadly we haven’t seen much of the sun recently but hopefully there is some good weather coming soon!
Anyway back to the awesome oats. Here is the basic recipe to which you can add any selection of fruit, nuts or seeds. I buy my jumbo oats loose from Locavore or Wholefoods, much cheaper and no plastic packaging to deal with so better for the environment as well!
2/3 cup of jumbo oats
1 cup of non dairy milk, I like Oatly oat milk, almond milk or hemp milk
2 tablespoons of chia seeds
A handful of berries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries all work well. You can use frozen berries too. Alternatively a mashed ripe banana and some cinnamon or a grated apple with some raisins is also delicious.
Simply mix the oats and chia seeds in a glass mason jar, add the milk and berries and stir well to mix. You can add a teaspoon of maple syrup or honey for extra sweetness.
Close the lid, put the jar in the fridge overnight and by the morning the chia seeds will have absorbed all the milk and you will have a delicious breakfast! Just add a selection of toppings, chopped walnuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, goji berries, toasted coconut flakes or more berries to your taste.
The great thing about this is if you don’t have time for breakfast in the morning or you’d rather eat your breakfast later then just take the jar with you to work and eat it at your leisure!
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For 1 generous serving
Put the oats, milk and water in a pot, bring to the boil, give it a good stir then turn the heat down to a gentle simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking. I usually go for a shower leaving the porridge simmering on low heat. Then add a good spoonful of coconut oil to boost your metabolism and add your preferred toppings from the list. Serve with oat or almond milk.
If you are short of time in the mornings then try this overnight method instead.
Bring to the boil 2 cups of water and one cup of oat milk in a small pot, add ½ cup of oats, simmer for a minute then turn off the heat and put the lid on. Leave overnight.
In the morning, just simmer gently for 5 minutes, add coconut oil and serve with chosen toppings!
This is my absolute favourite winter breakfast, so versatile, filling and nutritious. It absolutely ticks all the boxes and supports every system in your body. Your bowels will be regular as clockwork, your immune system will be strengthened, your brain will get a good kick start with all the omega 3 fatty acids from the nuts and seeds, your metabolism will be boosted by the coconut oil, you will have lots of energy and you will be full until lunchtime!
I prefer the texture of Pinhead oatmeal for my morning porridge so I use that but you can use normal porridge oats if you prefer, just don’t use the sachets of instant porridge, they are full of refined sugar! I use Oatly organic oat milk which is full of soluble fibre and can help to lower cholesterol. Hemp milk and almond milk are also good alternatives. Most supermarkets stock a good range of non dairy milks.
If you use dairy milk you will be adding cholesterol, saturated fat, antibiotic residues and a good dose of hormones, which your body most definitely does not need!
If you need any more reasons to start eating porridge then check out this recent research at Harvard University here which proved that eating porridge regularly could be the key to a long and healthy life!
The possibilities are endless so get creative with your morning porridge and leave me a comment if you come up with any winning combos!
🍃 Health educator🍃