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 :-).
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Simple Overnight Oats
- 50 g oats
- 120 ml skimmed milk - you can use any milk but I prefer skimmed
- Place the oats (approx. 50g) in a bowl.
- Add the milk (approx. 120ml). The milk should be just covering the oats.
- Leave in the fridge overnight.
- Remove from the fridge and add your favourite toppings before serving.
Any nutritional information provided is the estimated nutritional information per serving. Please refer to my guide to Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen nutritional information if you would like to learn more about how this is calculated.
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Free From/Suitable For
The ingredients for this recipe are commonly available free from all these allergens. However, please ensure you double-check allergen information for all ingredients.
- Suitable for Vegetarians
- Gluten-Free (please check your oats carefully as some contain gluten due to the manufacturing process used).
- Tree Nut-Free
- Celeriac and Celery-Free
- Sulpher Dioxide and Sulphite-Free
Can be made vegan and dairy-free by using a dairy-free milk.