Overnight oats

Overnight oats

overnight oats breakfast

For a long while, our plan for August was to take care of our living room. We planned to strip the wallpaper off the walls, take apart the uber ugly inbuilt cupboards, patch and paint the walls and the woodwork and have the original wooden floors, that we were lucky to find under a horrible carpet, restored by professionals. But as we talked about doing all that we suddenly realised that what we really want to do as well is have a bit more of an open space living arrangement downstairs.

To achieve that we need to partially knock down the load-bearing (unfortunately) wall between the living room and the kitchen diner and the only logical time to do that is now, before we spend hours redecorating our foresaken (it has not been touched in 25 years apparently so you can imagine how bad it is) living room.

So it’s back to the drawing board for us – we will have to watch Netflix on my computer while sitting on two deckchairs in the middle of the living room for a little longer than initially anticipated. It sucks, but we think it will be worth it in the long run.

I am currently on a mission to find an experienced and reliable builder to carry out the works and a nice internal door that will dictate the extent of our demolition. We also need to move a radiator on each side of the wall into a new position to accommodate the new door, so it will be a bit of an upheaval, but it’s now or never and we are ready to get our teeth into it. Hopefully we will have a mostly finished living room in time for Christmas – fingers crossed.

This is probably the simplest ‘recipe’ that you have ever seen me do, but this is genuinely what I have been having for breakfast all summer, ever since it became too warm to cook porridge, so I thought I would share. What I love about this recipe is not only how cooling and nourishing it is, but also how quick and easy it is to put together, how portable it is and how there are no stubbornly dirty pots to wash up afterwards.

Simply put three ingredients in a bowl, mix well and stick in the fridge to wake up to a ready made breakfast base that you can jazz up with anything that takes your fancy. I like to top mine with cinnamon, a touch of maple syrup (although having watched this TED TALK I am down to a teaspoon of it) and heaps of berries cos they are delicious and I cannot get enough of them.

overnight oats mixing

overnight oats fruit topping

serves
1-2
PREP
5 min
COOKING
0 min
serves
1-2
PREPARATION
5 min
COOKING
0 min
INGREDIENTS
  • 60 g / 2/3 cup jumbo* rolled oats (GF certified if needed)
  • 8 g / 1½ tbsp ground chia seeds (1 tbsp whole)
  • 240 ml / 1 cup almond milk
  • ½ tsp cinnamon (optional)
  • maple syrup, to taste (optional)
  • approx. 150 g / 5¼ oz summer fruit, per portion
METHOD
  1. The night before (or at least a few hours before), combine oats, chia seeds and almond milk in a bowl. Mix well to combine and place in the fridge overnight to thicken.
  2. Give the bowl a good stir. Divide between 2 bowls if making two portions.
  3. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sweeten with maple syrup if desired.
  4. Top with fruit and consume.

NOTES
* I do not recommend using quick oats as they turn into an unpleasant mush.

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NUTRITIONAL INFO
calories
214
11%
sugars
13 g
14%
fats
5 g
7%
saturates
1 g
3%
proteins
7 g
14%
carbs
35 g
13%
*per serving
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REVIEWS & QUESTIONS
Eileen D:
So yummy! My family love this overnight oats. This recipe sounded so amazing, I couldn’t wait to try.
    Ania
    Ania:
    Thanks Eileen, I'm so pleased that you enjoyed it! x Ania
Natalie:
This is by far one of my favorite breakfasts! I never liked overnight oats until I found this recipe for them. My whole family eats them a minimum of once a week now. I don't do the maple syrup but I cut up a date and put it in for some sweetness and occasionally add some raisins too! Adding frozen fruit to my oats when I make them is also something that I do quite often. In the morning I love to top it off with fresh berries and homemade cinnamon almond butter... and don't forget a fresh cup of coffee to go along with them!
Thanks for the recipe!
    Ania
    Ania:
    Thanks so much, Natalie! I'm delighted to hear that I managed to change your mind about oats, especially given how healthy they are. You may also enjoy this recipe, which is my personal favourite - I use apples in season and bananas when I travel. I often add ground flaxseeds for extra nutrition too. Ania
Sarah | Well and Full:
I'm in the middle of some home renovations myself, so I hear you on that! ;) These oats look amazing though, hope you're enjoying your summer!
    Ania
    Ania:
    Yeah, renovations are tough, aren't they? It always looks way worse before it looks better! Thank you, you too. x Ania
Lynne:
In the winter I cook my porridge with dried fruit (usually cranberries) in the microwave - makes washing up afterwards a little easier. The idea of not having to use any power to produce what sounds to be a delicious version of winter porridge for the summer is one I'm off to try tonight! Thanks for sharing.
    Ania
    Ania:
    Great to hear, Lynne and I hope you'll enjoy it! x Ania
Jean Jacobs:
So long have been looking for a new healthy breakfast - we tried the soaked oats and berries for our breakfast this morning - absolutely delicious! Certainly had the 'wow' factor! Love the way in which can be made so quickly and easily the night before. Jean (Scotland)
    Ania
    Ania:
    Great to hear that you enjoyed them, Jean! And yes, they are so fuss free to make, aren't they? No dreaded porridge pot to wash up either ;) x Ania
Susan:
I love overnight oats in the warmer months, they are such a quick way to have breakfast ready and there are so many fun things you can do with them. I normally stir a lot of peanut butter into mine because peanut butter is life. I am loving all the beautiful fruit you are using!
Good luck with the house renovations, it sounds like a lot! We just finished about a year of renovations on our place (though all done by a person, not us), and it is a weird time but once it is done it is so delightful!
    Ania
    Ania:
    Thanks, Susan! Yeah, I am dreading it a little (especially cowboy builders and mess), but I bet we will enjoy the house more once it's a bit more us. Congratulations on completing your renovations!! x Ania
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