Overnight oats are a great breakfast option for busy mornings. A nutritious choice, they are also easy to prepare the night before and assemble quickly in the morning.
Oats are a great source of soluble fibre, which is helpful at balancing blood sugar levels and great for digestive health. Oats are also a good source b vitamins, which help to manage stress, calm the nervous system and increase energy levels. Topping overnight oats, or oatmeal, with a source of protein and healthy fat is also important for stabilizing blood sugar levels throughout the morning and to maintain a balanced energy. I love topping oatmeal with a combination of nuts and seeds, as you will see below :)
OVERNIGHT OATS – A HOW-TO:
1 Part Oats
2 Parts Coconut Milk * Or any other plant based milk
For reference, a single serving is about 1/4 cup – 1/2 cup raw oats with 1/2-1 cup milk, depending on how hungry you are in the morning.
- Add oats and milk in a container. Mix together. Place in the fridge.
- In the morning mix together. Add toppings of choice. See below for options!
Chocolate Peanut Butter
Add 1 spoonful of peanut butter + 1 tsp cacao powder + 1 tsp hemp hearts + 1 tsp chia seeds, 1/2 sliced banana + maple syrup to taste.
Add 1 handful walnuts + 1/4 sliced apple + 1 tsp cinnamon + 1 tsp chia seeds + maple syrup to taste.
Add handful coconut flakes + handful berries ( fresh or frozen) + 1 tsp hemp hearts + 1 tsp chia seeds + 1/4 tsp vanilla + maple syrup to taste.
TIP #1: You can prepare the overnight outs without the toppings a few nights in advance, so that you can have breakfast planned ahead for a good few days!
TIP #2: If you need more protein in the morning, you can add a scoop or 1/2 a scoop of protein powder to milk before you add it to the oats at night. My favourites are Garden of Life, Genuine Health and Sunwarrior plant-based protein powders.
I hope you enjoy these three combinations. Let me know if you try them, or if you have any other favourite combos!