I’m not much of a breakfast person, but I do love breakfast food. So I have something breakfasty around 9 or 10 am and it’s either bread, porridge or these overnight oats!
I like quick food. Fast food sometimes, but food which classifies as “good”, yet is super simple to make. The overnight oats are so easy and the perfect breakfast, because the preparation takes place the night before and all you have to do in the morning is opening the fridge.
You’ll need: oats (with my gluten intolerance I can have normal oats, but if you’re celiac obviously you need gluten free ones), chia seed for added protein, thickness and crunch, (plant-based) milk, I like oat or almond milk, sliced almonds for taste and crunch and (frozen) fruit. I like berries of some sort and I buy them frozen, because fresh fruit is a pain in ten rear.
Now all you need to do is put all the ingredients into a bowl or mason jar or any other sealable container. I don’t know why I took a picture of each step, because it’s a no-brainer, but probably to show you my measurements. A full handful of oats go into the jar first. You can do it! It’s easy as 1-2-3.
Now I add the chia seeds. You can swap them for any other seed, like flax seeds, or add them to your liking. I add a full teaspoon, because I like the consistency the oats have in the morning. If you like your oats slimier, use more.
Now it’s time to add your almonds. Of course you could use any nuts you like, but sliced almonds are perfect, because they do go a little soft over night, but not too soggy. Also, they add sweetness and since we stay clear of refined sugar, it’s a good choice. Trust me, I’ve tried all the nuts.
Wow, I even took a picture where I showed you how to combine all ingredients. Sorry, dear reader, I don’t think you’re that daft. I guess I just got carried away with taking pictures. So for step 4, please mix up all the ingredients.
For step 5 just add your fruit. Frozen fruit contains so much liquid, so keep that in mind when experimenting with the consistency of your overnight oats. For the sake of measurement I guess I use 1 and a half handfuls of my frozen berry mix. I want it fruity, but not overpowering, as the fruit are quite tart.
Now for the vital part: adding the milk. Now, I like my oats to be homogenous and not runny. I guess if you’re fond of runny porridge, you might enjoy runny overnight oats as well, but I don’t. I like a thick paste. So I add just enough milk that it covers all the dry ingredients by half a centimetre and leaves a few of the berries uncovered. I just realise my “recipe” isn’t very precise, but since food is so personal I like to think I can give you an idea, which you can develop further.
So when you’re done, your oat, chia seed, almond and fruit mixture should look a little something like my picture number 7. You’re almost done now, all that is left to do is put that jar in the fridge and let it do its magic. The whole thing didn’t even take me 5 minutes, but the outcome is filling, bursting with flavour, even vegan and gluten-free if you want to and great to pop into your bag to eat at the office or in the bus or elsewhere. Or at home with a good view of the sunrise (me).
Okay, I even took a picture of the oats in our overflowing fridge. Wow. Showing my fridge to the world is a weird intimate thing I just realise. I’m sure the celebrities from “Cribs” staged their fridges. Ours looks horrendous! Please don’t judge. Now wave your yummy breakfast good-bye until the morning! The oats will soak up all the milk and the juice from the berries and the chia seeds triple their size as well. When you’re ready to eat your overnight oats, just give everything a good stir, maybe add a drizzle of honey or maple syrup and enjoy!
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