I’m a late adopter. Generally by the time I have jumped on board it’s about 5 years after something first appeared. When I was in uni, we hand wrote essays and used the library. When we had a special seminar on “the internet” (which did not look like it does now) we all fell about laughing. Why would we need this “internet”? We have a library sitting right next door! We shook our heads. It’ll never catch on.
Same with this “overnight oats” phenomena. It seemed like hippy stuff to me. But then in the hunt for an easy breakfast to avoid bingeing at lunchtime, I was forced to try them out.
I’m a savoury person by taste, but a couple of times a week when I have to commute a million miles to get into the office, this is perfect. I grab and go and then have at the office. I can even eat it on the train if I can’t wait. So here’s a really easy basic recipe that then you can add stuff to for variety.
Overnight oats basic recipe
- 1/2 cup oats
- 1/2 cup – I use almond milk
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
This makes one portion. Add all the ingredients to a jar, mix ’em up and stick it in the fridge.
I add 2 scoops of chocolate flavoured protein powder to the ingredients above (you could also add some organic cocoa or cacao). Then in the morning I add half a banana and some pecans.
For variety, you can add any fruit and any nuts. This also makes a great base for Bircher muesli (add some nuts to the mixture and grated apple).
I have a glut of cherries in the freezer so I plan on making some cherry compote that I can add to this in the morning with some toasted almonds.
You can also make it slightly different by using coconut milk instead of milk and then go crazy with your toppings – toasted shredded coconut and kiwi perhaps? Or mango and pineapple?
Its easy. It’s unprocessed. It’s healthy.
What could be better?