To say overnight oats have taken the breakfast world by storm is an understatement. There are almost half a million pictures using that hashtag on Instagram! They truly are one of the easiest breakfasts to put together, and, for the minimal amount of work required, they’re super filling and nutritious.
A dish of overnight oats is porridge taken to another level. Gone are the days of stirring a pan of oats on the hob only to end up with stodgy mush. When prepared correctly, oats contain many healthful benefits and studies of centenarians (people who live to over 100) have shown regular consumption of good quality porridge is a breakfast staple. Oats are the seeds of the Avena Sativa plant and their nutritious qualities are released when they’re used in as natural a state as possible, minimally processed and infused in liquid for a substantial period of time. That’s why instant porridge or quick-cook oats just won’t do you any good; make sure you source organic rolled oats to get the best from this dish, both from a taste and feel-good perspective (I like Bob’s Red Mill Traditional Gluten Free Rolled Oats.)
At their most simple, overnight oats are just rolled oats that are soaked in a liquid of your choice overnight and eaten at room temperature the next morning. The fun comes with the endless flavour combinations you can use to pimp them up. Add sweeteners like raw honey or pure maple syrup to the liquid, mix chia or flax seeds with the oats for a dose of superfoods; or before eating add yoghurt, chopped fruit and nuts/nut butter for additional nutrition and decadence. You can even blend protein powder into the liquid first and eat these as your post-workout fuel. So use the recipe below simply as a guideline and enjoy playing around with your favourite foods to make a dish that you personally love.
1 cup organic rolled oats (approx. 90g)
1 cup milk (approx. 240 mls) mixed with half a tablespoon sweetener* of your choice.
Simply stir everything together in a bowl and put covered in the fridge overnight!
*This recipe makes the oats to my personal taste when it comes to sweetness and texture. I find many people like it sweeter and runnier so add more milk and sweetness if you prefer. I also only use vegan milks such as coconut milk or homemade nut milks because I believe them to be far more nutritious and much tastier but you can use dairy if that’s what you have to hand.
Here are 3 recipes of my favourite overnight oats to get you started with ideas. You don’t have to layer the ingredients separately in mason jars like I do for fancy photographic presentation – they’ll taste just as good all piled into a bowl together!
RECIPE 1: BERRY, BERRY TASTY
- 360 mls almond milk mixed with 2-3 teaspoons raw honey (pure maple syrup or coconut nectar if vegan)
- 90g oats and 2 tablespoons chia seeds soaked overnight in the almond milk & honey mix
- Handful mixed berries
- 1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds.
Give the soaked oats and chia seeds a good mix. Taste to see if you want more sweetness, then add the berries and sprinkle the pumpkin seeds on top.
RECIPE 2: TROPICAL
- 90g oats soaked overnight in 240 mls coconut milk
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds soaked in 120 mls water/coconut water
- 120g coconut yoghurt (approx. half a cup)
- Handful chopped kiwi and pineapple
- 1 tablespoon raw coconut nectar (or your sweetener of choice; amount to taste.)
Mix the soaked oats, chia seeds and sweetener together. Top with yoghurt and fruit.
RECIPE 3: NUTS ABOUT PROTEIN
- Blend together: 270 mls nut milk*, three quarters scoop protein powder**, 1 teaspoon raw cacao powder and 1-2 dates (or sweetener of your choice.)
- Mix with 90g rolled oats and 2 teaspoons raw shelled hemp seeds (optional) and soak overnight.
- 1 large banana, chopped
- 5 tbsp organic peanut butter or almond butter
- Top with a few pieces of dark or raw chocolate.
*We use homemade brazil nut milk for this one but use whatever you prefer.
**We use Garden of Life Vanilla raw vegan protein powder.