About a month ago, I wrote an article for La Vida Magazine about overnight oats. Ever since then, it’s fair to say that my boyfriend and I have been hooked on the things.
With their delightfully alliterative name, overnight oats tick many boxes. They are quick and easy to make, and save time in the mornings as you prepare them the night before. They are nutritious, as they contain oats and fruit, both of which will help you towards reaching your optimal daily fibre intake. They also fill you up until lunchtime, making elevenses redundant! And finally, they make a delightful change from a bowl of cereal, brightening up mid-week breakfasts.
Last but not least, as the image suggests, they are a great way of using old jars – although Tupperwares work just as well for storing them in the fridge overnight.
Generally speaking, you can’t go wrong if you stick to a 1 part oats: 1 part liquid formula (1/2 cup of each). Then you can experiment by adding in extras.
Suitable liquids include milk (cow, almond, coconut, soya etc.), yoghurt, or even water.
Extra flavourings can include: peanut butter, grated chocolate, cocoa, maple syrup, honey, cinnamon, and more.
Great additions can be anything from dried, fresh or frozen fruit, to flaked almonds, or chia seeds… what ever takes your fancy. My ingredients are as follows:
- 1/2 cup of oats
- 1/2 cup of milk
- 1/2 two dollops of low fat natural yoghurt (I prefer my oats to be a little more on the runny side)
- Grated dark chocolate (about half a square)
- A squeeze of maple syrup
I know my measurements aren’t exact, but that’s really not a problem, just mix everything together and see what you end up with. Experiment with new flavours and additions, and do let me know in the comments section if you find a winner! You need to make the oats at least eight hours in advance, and store them in the fridge. This allows for them to soak up the liquid, making them more palatable in the morning. Of course, they can be made more than eight hours ahead – just make sure they are in an airtight container, and stored in the fridge. The additions, such as fruit and nuts, can be added in the morning, or the night before. If added the night before they tend to be gooier in the morning, so again, it’s entirely up to your own taste.