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Overnight Oats

I wasn’t sure about doing a post on overnight oats, because there are so many recipes around already (if after my post, you’re interested in more variations, you might look here or here or here). Still, I finally decided to do it, maybe some of you aren’t so much into trending healthy breakfast, and mostly because porridge (in winter) or overnight oats (in summer) are my everyday and favourite kind of breakfast. And I’ve heard from many people that they are looking for a healthy breakfast, that is nourishing, tasty and easy to prepare. I sometimes look at a beautiful picture of a pancake stake, you know, topped with fruit and shiny syrup on top and running down the sides, the kind of picture that makes you drool by just looking at it. And then I think about pancakes for breakfast for a change. But the second thought is – no porridge/overnight oats??? – nah. Maybe pancakes for lunch, but my oats in the morning are important. I actually try not having an all too copious dinner, so I will be hungry in the morning and enjoy my breakfast even more. Why over night? Because by soaking for so long, oats and chia get a super creamy texture, and are also more easily digested. And another really nice feature from overnight oats is, as the name tells, that you prepare them in the evening, before going to bed and when you wake up in the morning you can just grab them and eat them, or take the jar with you.

Mostly I prepare something really basic, usually just oats, chia seeds and plant milk (or sometimes freshly squeezed orange juice, which makes for a really fresh note) and then provide for flavour, texture and variation by means of a myriad of toppings (always fresh fruit, always nut butter, sometimes granola, yoghurt, toasted nuts or seeds, coconut flakes, chocolate chips or chunks, fresh mint, etc.).

Breakfast is especially important because it’s our start into a new day and choosing a healthy option often influences our food choices later in the day.

Notes

  • Most often I just make the basic overnight oats and then add sweetness, color, flavour and texture through the toppings, but I put two more variations I like, to give you some inspiration!
  • I usually use banana to sweeten the oats, mashed or cut in pieces (and sometimes maple sweetened cashew cream, berry-chia-jam or chocolate), but you could definitely add a little maple syrup if you prefer a little sweeter
  • They stay well in the fridge for at least 3 days, so you can actually prepare triple quantity and don’t have to worry about your breakfast for 3 days, awesome!

My go-to basic overnight oats

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 cup unsweetened plant milk (I use 1/2 cup coconut milk for extra creaminess and 1/2 cup oat milk for a little sweet touch)

Chunky Monkey overnight oats

  • basic overnight oats (see above)
  • 1/2-1 banana, cut into small pieces
  • 1 tablespoon dark chocolate chips or chopped chocolate, minimum 70% cacao
  • 1 tablespoon walnuts, coarsely chopped
  • optional add-in: 1 tablespoon pure cacao for a double chocolate version

Raspberry (or Strawberry if in season) Vanilla overnight oats

  • basic overnight oats (see above)
  • 1/2 cup raspberries (frozen and thawed work perfectly well) or fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract, or seeds from 1/2 vanilla bean

Simple toppings

  • seasonal fresh fruit
  • nut and/or seed butter (almond, peanut, cashew, tahini, pecan…)
  • hemp seeds
  • dark chocolate chunks or chips (minimum 70%)
  • toasted nuts or seeds
  • raw or toasted coconut flakes
  • raisins/ cranberries
  • yoghurt (from cow or plant milk, my favourite is the creamy greek yoghurt)

A little more elaborate toppings

  • homemade granola
  • cashew cream (soak 1/2 cup cashews in water for a couple of hours or overnight, rinse, barely cover in water and blend together with a pinch of sea salt, 1 teaspoon maple syrup and 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract)
  • toasted and chopped hazelnuts with cacao and a little coconut sugar (prepare a jar and use it for your oats, with yoghurt…)
  • berry-chia-jam (smash 1 cup berries with a fork, add 1 tablespoon chia seeds, 1 tablespoon maple syrup, and, depending on sweetness of the berries, a squeeze of lemon juice)
  • coconut whipped cream

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