Breakfast, Recipes, Sweet stuff

5th February 2017

Overnight Oats – 5 quick and easy recipes

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Overnight oats have been a go to breakfast staple for me in recent months. They’re ridiculously easy to throw together (literally takes me about 3 minutes) and there are endless combinations of flavours to experiment with so you’ll never grow tired of them. If I know I have a busy day coming up, the night before I’ll quickly chuck the ingredients into a jar and pop it in the fridge before hopping into bed, ready for an instant breakfast the next morning.

A regular breakfast staple!

I’ve included five of my favourite variations here, hoping to give you a different option for each weekday breakie! This way you’ll have a delicious nutrient-dense breakfast each morning and won’t find yourself getting bored. I’ve kept the basic ingredients the same for each recipe for greater convenience (no one likes recipes with a million ingredients!), with different additions to give a completely different flavour profile each time.

A couple of tips:

  1. I use unsweetened apple sauce to give some natural sweetness in a few of these recipes. I find this to be a healthy alternative which also gives the overnight oats a really good flavour! If you live in Gib, you can find some in Eroski, super inexpensive too.
  2. Each recipe makes enough for one serving, double up if you intend on sharing!
  3. I like to make my oats in small jars. This makes it easier to just pick up and take along with me if I need to eat them on the go, guaranteeing that they won’t spill/leak if they fall about in my bag. I got my jars at morrisons (if you live in Gib) but you could always recycle any jar once you use up it’s contents (e.g coconut oil). Alternatively, you could always just make your oats in a bowl and cover with clingfilm/plastic wrap before popping them into the fridge.

The Classic:

1/2 cup oats

  • 3/4 cup plant based milk
  • handful raisins
  • 2 tsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp hulled hemp seeds
  • 1 tsp cacao nibs
  • 3 tsp natural apple sauce

method: measure all ingredients straight into your jar and give it a good stir. Screw the lid on tightly and place into the fridge for a minimum of 2 hours. I like to top this one with some Alpro soya yogurt or Coyo (coconut yogurt) and some fresh fruit. Enjoy!

Apple Pie Oats:

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 3/4 cup plant based milk
  • handful raisins
  • 2 tsp apple sauce
  • half an apple, cubed
  • 2 tsp chia seeds
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon

method: measure all ingredients straight into your jar. Stir them up. Slap the lid on and pop it into the fridge. Let the oats soak up the liquid for a minimum of a couple of hours till fully absorbed and then dig in!

Choc Banana Oats:

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 3/4 cup plant based milk
  • 2 tsp flax seeds
  • 1/2 a banana
  • 1 tsp cacao nibs
  • 2 tsp cacao powder

method: Mash up the banana really well using a fork. Add the mashed banana and the rest of the ingredients into your jar. Mix well and screw on the lid. I like to give it a good shake once the lid is on to make sure any little balls of cacao powder mix into the liquid. Keep in the fridge overnight or a minimum of a couple of hours. I like to top this one the left over banana half and some more cacao nibs. Enjoy!

Carrot Cake Oats:

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 3/4 cup plant-based milk
  • 2 tsp flax seeds
  • 2 tsp agave/maple syrup
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • a few walnuts
  • handful raisins
  • 1 small/ half a medium carrot

method: Add the oats, sweetener, plant-based milk, flax seeds, spices and raisins into the jar. Grate your carrot and add it in. Use your hands to crush the walnuts and you add them into the jar. Stir thoroughly and screw on the lid. Place into the fridge over night (2 hours minimum) and voilà breakfast is served!

Pb & J Oats:

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 3/4 cup plant-based milk
  • 2 tsp chia seeds
  • 1-2 tsp maple syrup/agave
  • 1 tsp peanut butter
  • handful of raspberries (fresh or frozen)

method: Add all ingredients straight into your jar. You could use strawberries or any other type of berry if you have a preference. Stir really well, aiming to distribute the peanut butter throughout the mixture (if you wish you could always melt the pb in the microwave for about 10 seconds to make it easier to stir in). Screw the lid onto the jar and pop into the fridge for a couple of hours minimum. Top with extra peanut butter and berries before eating, because extra peanut butter is always a good idea.

I hope these recipes will inspire you to give overnight oats a go. If you’d like to view the recipe in video form, there’s a video on my youtube channel you can follow along to. Make sure to tag us on instagram (@eatyogreens_ or @eatyogreenskitchen) if you make any of these!

EYGK x

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