Overnight Oats

Anyone who knows me knows that I LOVE breakfast. It's my favourite meal of the day and I love all foods associated it. As a dietitian, having a healthy breakfast every day rates pretty high up there on my priority list. That being said, sometimes mornings are busy! There are some days that I really don't have the mental energy or the time to whip up a gorgeous, healthy breakfast. On those days, with a little bit of advanced planning, overnight oats really save my butt!

Overnight oats are a classic. They take minimal advanced planning because most of the ingredients are non-perishable and can be kept in the house to be used on a whim. They only take 5 minutes to prep, which is great because prepping breakfast is the LAST thing I want to do before bed. And best of all you can make 1000 different versions of it!

Here is the base recipe that I use, and some different variations that I enjoy. I hope you enjoy it too!

Prep time: 5 minutes                                                                                         

Serves: 2

Basic Ingredients

  •  1 cup rolled oats (I prefer these to quick oats, because they have more texture)
  •  1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1  1/2 cups milk-type liquid of your choice (I like to use almond milk for something different)
  •  1 mashed banana
  •  Fruit to layer in (I find I normally use frozen fruit, just because it is easy to keep some in the freezer to have on hand)
  • Toppings can include nuts, seeds, dried fruit, coconut, hemp hearts, flax seeds, granola, anything your heart desires!

Directions

  1. Mix the oats, chia seeds, liquid and banana together in a large bowl
  2. Fill 1/3 of a container (I like to use mason jars to take on the go) with fruit, then pour the oat mixture on top. Sprinkle whatever toppings you would like on the very top.
  3. Leave this to sit overnight in the fridge and then you are ready to eat a delicious breakfast in the morning!

Have fun with the flavours! Here are a few of my favourites:

  • Add 2 tbsp peanut butter, coconut,  dried fruit and almonds
  • Add cinnamon, blueberries (frozen or fresh) and almonds
  • Add cinnamon, raisin, and walnuts or pecans
  • Add raspberries, 1 tsp vanilla, and almonds
  • Add pineapple, coconut and dried mango

Do you have a version of overnights that you love? Share it! Everyone always needs new ideas and recipes to add to the repertoire!