I’m not a morning person.
I’ve been meaning to get this post live for a good couple of weeks, but it just hasn’t happened. Turns out overnight oats are really difficult to photograph, especially in the morning, bleary-eyed, pre-7:30am. Like I said, not a morning person.
I hate eating breakfast at the best of time (brunch, post 10am, absolutely no problem!), but since moving to London it’s been a no-go. It would be a struggle to fit eating into my morning routine, but the biggest issue is that I know damn well my stomach would not, well, stomach both a bus journey and train trip after some food, pre-8:30… After a few sneaky trips to Sainsbury’s for Pain au Chocolat I decided that was a sure way to both regaining (in weight) and losing (from my bank balance) crucial pounds. Overnight oats it was.
The pinterest-champion of breakfasts (poached eggs take the insta-crown obvs), Overnight Oats are the perfect combination of a filling breakfast, that takes next-to-no time in the morning and only a little prep the night before. And they aren’t horrendously bad for you either!
Ingredients – for one serving, that keeps me going until 2pm and even fills up my boyfriend…
- 30g oats
- 1/2 teaspoon of chia seeds
- Sprinkle of cinnamon
- 1/2 banana
- 90g of milk, using dairy-free if it floats your boat
- Optional – 1 tsp of peanut butter, nutella, etc…
- Toppings – seeds, cocoa nibs, nuts, berries…take your pick!
Simply mash the banana, and add to a jar with the rest of the ingredients. Mix really well with a fork (you want the chia seeds evenly dispersed), cover and put in the fridge overnight.
In the morning, simply scatter over your toppings. My go-to is mixed seeds with raspberries, though blueberries are also pretty damn yummy!
If you’re adding nutella or peanut butter, I highly recommend ‘mashing’ it into the banana as it makes it easier to mix.
My oats tend to be out of the fridge for a good two hours before I get chance to eat them, and this gives them chance to get a bit ‘gooier’ than they are cold – if you like add a little extra milk if you are eating them sooner.
And as an added tip, making them simply (no p-but or nutella) with Chocolate Soya milk is a pretty good idea.
What is your go-to breakfast?