Are you looking for a quick and easy breakfast? An overnight oats recipe could be exactly what you need. If you are like me mornings are always a bit of a rush. You always find something you have forgotten to do the night before. Maybe you forgot to try the washing or your child suddenly announces they have to bring something into school. Something they never thought to tell you about earlier in the week. Cue a mad rush searching the house or dashing up to the shop to get it. Mornings can be manic and anything that saves time has to be good. Recently I have been hearing a lot about overnight oats. They are prepared the night before and in the morning all you need to do is open the fridge and eat them. I have seen many different overnight oats recipes and kept thinking I really must give this a try. This week I tried raspberry and banana overnight oats.
if you are looking for a filling and nutritious breakfast oats have got to be better than sugary cereal. In the winter a steaming bowl of porridge fill you up till lunchtime. it goes a long way to preventing you reaching for a chocolate bar when you hit that mid morning slump. Oats have many great health benefits as well. They are high in fibre which helps to lower cholesterol lowering the risk of heart disease. The high fibre content also slows down the conversion of the oats to sugar which helps keep your blood sugar level steady reducing the risk of diabetes. Oats also taste good. In the summer when it is warm the last thing you want to eat is a hot breakfast, but overnight oats are the solution. Soaking them overnight results in a creamy and tasty breakfast and with added fruit you get a fabulously nutritious start to the day.
The overnight oats are really easy to make. All you need to do is to fill a bowl or jar with oats and add liquid. Any liquid you like, milk, coconut milk, yoghurt or boiling water and the oats will absorb it overnight. In the morning you will have a lovely creamy cereal. Get inventive and add mashed fruit, different toppings and other add ins and you can have a different taste every morning. All the work is done the night before, all you need to do in the morning is eat the overnight oats. This leaves you time to do other things.
I have to admit I was sceptical, I didn’t think that just leaving the oats to soak up the liquid would work. It worked really well, the transformation was amazing. My raspberry and banana overnight oats had raspberries and banana mixed in with the oats and left to soak overnight. I served the oats the next morning with some Greek yoghurt mixed though which complemented the flavour. If you have children you might want to use a slightly sweeter yoghurt as Greek yoghurt can be an acquired taste. To make the oats look extra special you could serve your overnight oats in a jar. This will make it look as if you have spent a long time making them.
Do you have any overnight oat recipes that you like? Let me know below, I would love to try some different types.