I've always been a huge fan of breakfast, eating it often being one of the first things I do in the morning. I've tried many different breakfast ideas, hopping on the smoothie bowl trend and, of course, eating avocado toast whenever I can. As I became busier though, I decided to give meal prepping a go, or at least for breakfast anyway.
Over the past year or so I have been eating overnight oats for breakfast most weekdays. Unsurprisingly, I have created my ideal base overnight oats recipe which I add different fruit and flavouring combos to whenever I want to switch it up!
This breakfast is perfect for those who aren't big on eating breakfast and those who are, meeting in the middle with a smaller portion size that still leaves you feeling full all morning.
I've always liked how easily customisable overnight oats can be, a tablespoon of protein powder turning it into a protein packed breakfast, or a few spices creating gingerbread oats.
Here are a few of my favourite flavour combos:
Gingerbread oats: Add 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg, 1/4 tsp ground ginger, and 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon to oats before adding milk.
Coconut and Cranberry oats: Add 1 tbsp dried cranberries and 1 tbsp threaded coconut to oats.
Salted Caramel Protein oats: Add 1 tbsp/portion of salted caramel protein to oats before adding milk.
Peanut Butter Chocolate oats: Add 1 tsp cacao powder before adding milk. Add 1 tsp peanut butter along with the milk.
If you're not looking to create a specific flavour combo, try adding in whatever you can find in the pantry!
Other add in ideas:
Flavoured almond milk/milk
Natural sweeteners eg maple syrup
Dark chocolate chips
Overnight oats are great for saving time in the morning and can be kept in the fridge for up to 4 days (keeping in mind that certain fruits may go off quicker). I will usually prep 4 jars of oats on Sunday night to keep me going through until Thursday.
See below for my all time favourite overnight oats recipe.
Banana and Cinnamon Overnight Oats
1/4 cup rolled oats
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp cinnamon
2/3 c almond milk (or any milk of your choice)
Add the oats, chia seeds, and cinnamon into a jar or container of your choice. Mix to combine.
Chop the banana in half lengthways and then into slices and add into the jar.
Pour in the milk and stir to combine.
Leave to refrigerate overnight for a quick and easy breakfast the next day!
Overnight oats are super quick and can be customised easily, they may just be you're new go-to brekkie!
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