Always in a rush in the morning? Then you need overnight oats. Super simple to prepare and you do it all the night before, so they’re ready just when you need them in the morning.
Way back in January, when I shared my Banana and Almond Breakfast Smoothie recipe, I said that I was on a mission to improve my selection of healthy breakfasts. My mission then stalled for a while. This was for two reasons…
- That banana smoothie is really yummy – I couldn’t resist making it.
- I got a bit carried away making pancakes so didn’t have much time for healthy breakfasts.
Overnight oats seem to be everywhere at the moment. So a few weeks ago I gave them a try and thought I’d share my super simple version.
The great thing about overnight oats is that you do all the work (what little there is) the night before, so if you need breakfast in a hurry in the morning you just take it out of the fridge, grab a spoon and dig in.
So what are overnight oats
In case you’ve not come across them before I thought I’d give you a brief overview. Overnight oats are porridge oats that have been soaked overnight in the fridge. They absorb quite a lot of the liquid so have the consistency of a really smooth porridge.
This breakfast is relatively high in fibre and protein which will help keep you filled up.
I tend to make my overnight oats using milk (although I’m experimenting at the moment). However, I’ve seen lots of variations using alternative non-dairy milks (e.g. almond milk) or yoghurt.
You can then add extra toppings. If I’m in a rush I add a teaspoon of honey to give some extra sweetness, and if I’ve got a bit more time I’ll add fruit, nuts, seeds or maybe a few chocolate drops :-).
Serve warm or cold
Personally I like to eat it straight out of the fridge. However, if you prefer it warm (on a chilly morning) then simply cover it and pop it in the microwave for 1 minute. Then give it a quick stir before eating.
So here’s the recipe… (OK recipe may be a slightly generous term as it’s so easy, but I thought I’d put it in a nice recipe box anyway).
Some more overnight oats inspiration…
Overnight oats nutritional information per serving
This is the nutritional information for just the oats and milk with no additional toppings.
This is the estimated nutritional information per portion. Please refer to my guide to Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen nutritional information if you want to learn more about how this is calculated.