I’ve only recently discovered “overnight oats”. I mean I’ve heard of them, I’m aware of the concept but I’m never really one to jump on the bandwagon. However, porridge is one of my go to, ‘safe’ foods right now. You know the times when you need something to eat but don’t really know what to have or what you fancy? Well I default to porridge. I’ll always have an array of original, golden syrup and multigrain and seeds porridge pots on standby in my cupboard. In this weather though – it’s currently about 30degreesC outside. My lounge may as well be a sauna. As much as I adore porridge, there’s no way, in these temperatures that I’m making a hot pot of porridge, let alone eating it. Which is what led me on to the overnight oats exploration.
I was a bit skeptical to begin with – cold, soggy oats mixed up with a bit of yogurt and milk, doesn’t sound the most appetising, does it? But I thought I’d give it a bash and see for myself. After scouring Pinterest for some inspiration, I was quite excited to try them (sad I know, I don’t get out much!). So I trundled off to Sainsbury’s and treated myself to a brand spanking new glass Kilner jar and a few ingredients to get me going!!
I’ve only tried a couple of different ‘flavours’ so far and, have to say, I’ve been pleasantly surprised – they’re actually sooooo tasty! Up until now, I’ve whipped up a plain old straightforward one, a chocolate and blueberry and a cinnamon and seeds. I use the same ‘base’ recipe for each but just add different extras depending on what I fancy. Not to blow my own trumpet but I think I’ve mastered the ‘base’ recipe now (I don’t like my oats too soggy so you may want to add more milk if you do) I use:
- 45g porridge oats
- Tsp chia seeds
- 75g low fat natural yogurt
- 100ml almond milk
It’s so easy to make, literally just add everything into your jar, plus any powders or flavourings and shake it all up, in the fridge overnight (if you hadn’t already gathered – clue’s in the name) and come the next morning/lunchtime (or whenever during the next day you want them) they’re all perfectly ready to dig into. I tend to add fruit/nuts and toppings after I’ve decanted the oats into a bowl (part of ED recovery – everything eaten from a plate/bowl) but I don’t see why you couldn’t add these things into the actual mix!
For the chocolate and blueberry, I added:
- Tbsp cacao powder
- Sprinkle of sweetener
- Topped with a few cacao nibs, handful of blueberries
For the cinnamon (so simple and straightforward):
- Tsp ground cinnamon
- Tsp powdered sweetener (or maple syrup, would work a treat)
- Pumpkin seeds (I used about a desert spoon)
- Topped with a pretty little strawberry (if you like things like raisins they’d probably work really well)
This is definitely my favourite. Imagine a cinnamon roll, minus the high fat and refined sugar content, add some slow release energy, boost the nutritional quality and this is what you get!!
If anyone has any other ideas for flavours or toppings, I’d love to hear them!!!