I’m on a bit of a health kick at the moment, but then again, being so close to the new year, who isn’t? I’ve also made the (some-what insane) decision to join a gym. And if that wasn’t crazy enough, I’ve signed up for 5am classes. Ugh! What was I thinking? As a result of all this I’ve-got-rocks-for-brains activity, I’m not always super motivated to organise a healthy breakfast. Overnight oats are my lifesaver some mornings, and Choc-Berry Overnight Oats are one of my favourite flavours.
If you didn’t know it, oats are really healthy for you (come on, we all know that though right?). They are filling, reduce cholesterol, are diabetic-friendly and are great for your skin. And breast-feeding Mummas, oats help boost your milk supply too!
Because they are insanely healthy for you, our whole family has oats for breakfast. Yep, even Rei Baby gobbles up her oats as part of her morning routine.
As much as I like my oats cooked and served as oatmeal, overnight oats are even easier to make. That’s right, easier than adding water and oats to a saucepan and simmering until cooked.
So how do you make overnight oats? Simply mix your ingredients together, place in an airtight container and refrigerate for at least 3 hours. There are so many different recipes you can make, but Choc-Berry Overnight Oats are one of my favourite, guilt free, breakfast treats.
I use quick oats, but you can use rolled oats which will give a chewier consistency.
When it comes to milk, use whatever type you would usually use. I love using coconut milk in my oats, because I love that extra depth of flavour it adds. Plus, I love coconut flavour. But I will use whatever we have on hand – coconut, oat, soy, rice or dairy just to name a few.
This week I was lucky enough to pick up some lovely fresh blueberries and blackberries on sale at my local supermarket, so I have used them here.
Depending on your tastes, you may wish to add extra cacao/cocoa. I doubled the quantity and omitted the sweetener in mine, but then again, I love bitter chocolate.
The following recipe is for 1 serve, so adjust the quantities depending on how many people are eating.
- 1/2 cup oats
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 tsp cacao/cocoa
- 1 – 2 tsp sweetener of your choice (optional)
- 1/4 – 1/2 cup greek yoghurt
- 1/2 cup fresh berries
- 1 tsp chia seeds
Mix the oats, milk, cacao/cocoa and sweetener together and place in an airtight container. Depending on your tastes, you may wish to add extra cacao/cocoa. I doubled the quantity and omitted the sweetener in mine, but I love bitter chocolate.
Put the container in the fridge overnight, or a minimum of three hours.
To serve, spoon oats into a bowl and top with greek yoghurt, berries and chia seeds.
If you are using a mason jar, try layering your Choc-Berry Overnight Oats with yoghurt and berries.
What about you? What’s on your breakfast menu?