Have you joined the Overnight Oats Revolution yet?(Grain Free Breakfast Recipe Included)!!

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If not you really should! Not only is it a healthy, filling and nutritious breakfast but they taste delicious and are extremely quick to prepare.

So if you are short of time in the mornings and need either an instant or a portable breakfast, Overnight Oats are for you!

You can make them look pretty by putting them in lovely jars or if you are transporting them to the gym/work then tupperware works just as well.  I favour these tubs that I bought in Lakeland.

Tupperware

If you want to get creative then follow the basic recipe and experiment with you favourite ingredients and toppings.  But if you need some inspiration then have a look at the recipes and links below.

Overnight oats are my find of the year – try them!! I use either unsweetened almond milk or hemp milk which gives them a creamier texture. If you are feeling flush then buy some fancy pants jumbo oats for a chunkier texture.

Jumbo Oats

These recipes are approximately 350 calories.  If you are using them to refuel after a hard training session then you may need to double up. Or is that just me?

I usually just mash the banana with a fork but if you prefer a smoother texture whisk it up in the milk with a stick blender. They keep in the fridge for up to 3 days so make a batch and have them ready prepared.

These recipes are:

Snip 3Snip 4Snip 12Snip 13

For Adaptations and Life Hacks scroll down

Overnight Oats – Basic Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of oats
  • 1/2 cup of milk of your choice
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

Method

  1. Mash the banana in your jar, bowl or tub
  2. Add the oats
  3. Add the milk and vanilla extract
  4. Add anything else you fancy!
  5. Seal and place in the fridge – try not to eat until morning!

Lemon and Chia Overnight Oats

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup milk of your choice
  • 1 tblsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 banana mashed
  • Lemon zest from half a lemon

Method

  1. Mash the banana in your jar, tub or bowl
  2. Add the oats, chia seeds, vanilla extract, milk and lemon zest
  3. Stir and seal and place in the fridge until morning

Strawberry and Cinnamon Overnight Oats

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup milk of your choice
  • 3 large strawberries
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Method

  1. Dice 2 of your strawberries into your jar, tub or bowl.  Reserve the remaining strawberry for slicing on top in the morning
  2. Add the oats, milk, vanilla extract and cinnamon
  3. Mix well, seal and place in the fridge overnight.  Dont forget to slice a strawberry on the top when you are ready to eat!

Black Cherry and Almond Overnight Oats

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup milk of your choice
  • 40g frozen pitted black cherries (no need to defrost first)
  • 1tsp pure almond extract

Method

  1. Add all ingredients to your jar, bowl or tub
  2. Mix, seal and refrigerate overnight

Apple Pie Overnight Oats

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup milk of your choice
  • 1/2 an apple grated
  • 1/2 tsp allspice

Method

  1. Add all ingredients to your jar, bowl or tub
  2. Mix well, seal and refrigerate overnight

Click here for an awesome recipe if you are a fan of nut butters! This is the recipe that got me into Overnight Oats in the first place and remains a firm favourite!

Adaptations

Snip 6 Use fancy pants oats, top with plain greek yoghurt or Coyo coconut yoghurt and fresh berries
Snip 10Value oats work just as well, omit the chia seeds
Snip 8 Add a scoop full of your chosen protien powder to the milk and whisk with a stick blender, add nuts or nut butters
Snip 9Snip 5Snip 14 Omit the oats and use 1/2 cup of Chia Seeds to 1 1/3 cups of milk
Snip 2Its pretty hard to life hack such a simple recipe but for me frozen fruit is the way forward and there are lots of different ones available on the market including mango which I love!  No peeling, no chopping and no throwing away over ripe fruit because you didn’t manage to eat it in time.
Capture What to do with your left over chia seeds?  Well apart from making more overnights or the grain free option of Chia Pots, chia seeds can be sprinkled onto and into pretty much anything for an extra nutritional hit: Cereals, porridge, salads, stirfrys and baking. Be aware that they do raise the calorific content.  1 tblsp of chia seeds is approximately 60 calories

Do you want to see more overnight oats recipes?  If so like and share this post to let me know and I will post more scrumptious recipes soon.

*Oats do not contain gluten but due to the way they are grown and produced, manufacturers cannot guarantee that they have not been contaminated with a gluten containing crop.  If you only have a mild gluten intolerance then you may be able to tolerate “normal” oats.  However if your gluten intolerance is severe you will need to buy specially grown and produced gluten free oats

 

 

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