Quick & Delicious: Overnight Oats

Overnight oats are hugely popular at the moment, and it’s easy to see why; not only do they look utterly delicious, but they’re super simple to make (and good for you, if you choose the right additional ingredients!). What we love about this recipe is that you can be really creative with them, for variety and for personal taste. You can serve these cold from the fridge or heat them up in a separate microwave proof container for a hot, healthy breakfast!

You’ll need some clean empty jars for this one, and the basic oatmeal recipe stays the same:
• 1/3 rolled oats
• 1tbsp chia seeds (this is optional, but chia seeds are packed with fibre, protein and Omega-3 fatty acids!)
• ¼ cup Greek yoghurt (coconut yoghurt is a great non-dairy alternative)
• ¼ – ½ cup almond milk (you can substitute dairy, soy, rice etc)
• 1 – 3 tsp honey or maple syrup to taste (optional)

Our favourite flavour combinations:

Banana Nut
1 small banana, sliced
1 tbsp nut butter
1 tbsp ground flax seeds
2 tbsp chopped nuts (you can leave these whole if you prefer; pecans and walnuts are our favourites!)

Berry Vanilla
½ fresh berries (such as chopped strawberry, blueberry and whole raspberry)
¼ tsp vanilla extract

Pina Colada
¼ cup diced pineapple
1 tbsp slivered almonds
1 tsp shredded coconut
1 tbsp honey

Chocolate
1 tbsp creamy peanut butter (optional)
½ banana, mashed
¼ vanilla extract
2 – 3 tsp cocoa powder
1 tbsp shredded coconut (optional)

Directions:
Step 1. Combine the oats, chia seeds, milk, yoghurt and honey/maple syrup in a jar.
Step 2. Add your desired flavour combination ingredients, and close the lid tightly.
Step 3. Give it a good shake and refrigerate overnight.
Step 4. If desired, add extra toppings such as nuts, fruits etc, for extra texture, just before serving.

Annette W – Seeing Me Project