Overnight oats are the perfect make-ahead breakfast. Not only are they easy and simple to make, they’re nutritious + satisfying for that early morning hunger. If you’re like me, you fall asleep looking forward to breakfast the next day [simple pleasures], so why not wake up to this time saving delight!
Over night oats are also a great take along breakfast to get your work or school day off on the right foot. Cover your prepared oats with a lid and pack them along in your work or school bag…just remember to bring along a spoon *wink*.
Packed with soluble fibre, beta glucan to be specific, oats help to lower cholesterol. They’re also gluten-free, contain antioxidants that protect against heart disease and, best of all, they taste great. They’re just perfect all around, in my humble opinion.
If you have small children, the fact that you’re prepping this breakfast the night before will save you and your family precious minutes in he AM as everyone hustles to gets ready for their day. Plus, you’re kids will love helping create their own flavour combinations; let their imaginations roam free in the kitchen and get creative with them.
During the summer months, we love to top our oats with fresh seasonal fruits such as berries, peaches + nectarines. In the cooler months, this breakfast will certainly warm you up if served with spices, dried fruit and nuts [pictured here are combinations of blueberries, strawberries + pistachios or blueberries, bananas, dried apricot + currants]. I also love to top my and my son’s oats with chia jam.
Make this recipe tonight for your morning breakfast; you’ll love it!
SUMMER BERRY OVERNIGHT OATS
- 1/2 Cup Rolled Oats
- 1/2 Cup Non Dairy Milk
- 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1/8 tsp Ground Cinnamon
- 1 TBSP Agave Nectar or Maple Syrup
- 1/4 Cup Coconut Milk Yogurt
- 1/2 Cup Blueberries strawberries and banana
- 1 tsp Chia Seeds
In a small bowl or 500ml mason jar, add the rolled oats, non dairy milk and vanilla extract. Cover and place in the fridge overnight. The oats will soften as they absorb the liquid and come morning, they will have a texture similar to cooked oatmeal.
When you're ready to indulge, top the oats with your sweetener of choice, a layer of non-dairy yogurt, a layer or fruit, more yogurt and top with remaining fruit and Chia seeds.
The flavour combinations for this recipe are endless. Here are some of my favourites...peanut butter + banana, apple-cinnamon + maple syrup, strawberry and banana, cherry, black currant + nectarine with cardamon or dried apricot, cinnamon and nutmeg. Coconut shreds are also a great topping, as are chopped walnuts or almonds. Add a tbsp of ground flax seeds or hemp seeds to the oats while soaking for an added boost of omega 3. You can also add dried fruit to the oats while soaking to add natural sweetness to your breakfast. If you prefer your oats room temperature, simply let them soak overnight on the counter. You can also pop them in the microwave before adding your toppings to warm them up during those cold winter mornings.