Need a simple, healthy breakfast that you can just grab and go? Our easy overnight oats recipe with four delicious flavours is going to help make your mornings easier.
If you've never tried overnight oats, you're in for a treat. These are a far cry from the lumpy porridge we had as kids. No cooking required, and there are so many different flavour combinations, you're sure to find one you like.
Simply combine all the ingredients in a bowl, or a jar to make it a grab and go snack, and leave in the fridge overnight. You'll end up with soft, creamy oats, without any fuss.
1/2 CUP OATS
1/2 CUP MILK OF CHOICE
1/2 TBSP CHIA SEEDS
1 TBSP Kai Ora Kanuka Honey
To make your overnight oats, simply add your oats and chia seeds to a small jar or bowl. If you have a sweet tooth, add your preferred sweetener. Mix with a spoon and pour your preferred milk on top. If you are going to eat your overnight oats cold, you can also add the yogurt at this point.
Give the mixture a good stir. Cover and chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours or overnight. This will allow the oats to soak and soften.
In the morning, just grab one of the jars, add your favourite toppings and enjoy it at home or on-the-go.
We love to change things up using almond milk, coconut milk or even oat milk! I've even made these with plain water, and topped it with coconut yoghurt, and it was still delicious.
Chia Seeds: Packed full of antioxidants, protein, fiber and omega-3's, this is a powerhouse punch that'll help to thicken your oats and keep you full all morning.
Flax seeds: Similar to chia seeds in terms of nutrition, they can help to reduce hunger and appetite. Plus, they’re often less expensive. They have a slightly nuttier texture. I like both and normally use whatever I have in my food cupboard.
Yoghurt: You can use greek yoghurt or coconut or almond yogurt for a vegan option. Yoghurt adds a tangy flavour and makes your oats extra creamy. You can add it into the mix or use it as a topping.
Sweetener: Forget sugar when it comes to overnight oats. Natural sweeteners work like a treat. Of course honey is our favourite natural sweetener. You can also use natural maple syrup, or if you make your own nut milk you can add dates to this for another natural sweetener. Give it a try!
Toppings: Fresh and dried fruit, with berries being a fav in our household, nuts, any kind of nut butter, cocoa nibs for a chocolate crunch, seeds, and any different combination of spices. Your only limit is your imagination.
3 DELICIOUS OPTIONS
Try out these delicious options below, simply combine them with the base recipe above.
1/2 Banana mashed
2 TBSP chopped walnuts
1/2 TSP Vanilla Extract
1/2 TSP Cinnamon
pinch of ground flaxseed
2 TBSP coconut yoghurt
sliced mango (or frozen mango pieces)
1/2 TSP cinnamon
1/2 TSP nutmeg
1 Apple, grated or sliced
4 Pecans chopped