If you had to name your most used ingredient, what would it be? For me, it’s oats. I use them all the time and have them in some form or the another pretty much every day. I love using them in little treats like flapjacks and cookies, and in snacks to power me through the day, like my tropical treats or date bites. And I love using them to make a crunchy topping for my crumble for a delicious dessert.
But, in my eyes breakfast is where this ingredient really gets a chance to shine. Whether it’s a big bowl of homemade muesli or granola; which are both guaranteed to keep you full all morning, thanks to the oats slow release energy. Or porridge, who doesn’t love porridge?! I don’t think anything can beat a warm, steaming bowl of oats on a cold winter morning. Or my newest obsession…
What happens when you soak a combination of oats and chia seeds in milk overnight? You get the creamiest, smoothest and tastiest pot of overnight oats. Overnight oats have gained a lot of popularity lately and are becoming more and more popular. And, I completely understand why. They’re one of my favourite breakfasts (or lunches) at the moment, and I have them about 3 times a week! I love not having to rush around in the mornings and having something in the fridge ready to grab for a quick meal. If you want, you can even add a little more milk and warm it up to make a super creamy porridge.
I think that a lot of people still have a misconception about overnight oats. They seem think that it’s like eating cold porridge, but they couldn’t be more wrong. What you’re left with is a smooth, creamy pot of oats. And when eaten cold, tastes absolutely nothing like porridge at all but are completely scrumptious in their own right.
Grab and Go
It may sound slightly strange, but these three ingredients have completely revolutionised my mornings. Everything is prepared the night before, so require minimal effort the next day; making this breakfast the perfect solution to rushed mornings. As an added bonus, the meal is completely portable if stored in a mason jar or something similar. Meaning skipped breakfasts will be a thing of the past!
What I love most about this breakfast is just how simple it is to make, it really does only take about 5 minutes. In the last few weeks, I’ve tried all different flavours and additions. But decided to share a plain and basic recipe. This healthy concoction uses only 3 ingredients – oats, chia seeds and milk. This simplified version tastes perfect as it is. But I also love to add a little fruit puree on top, lightly warmed with a sprinkle of some fresh berries or bananas.
Super Smooth and Creamy
When you’re soaking your oats the night before, it may seem like you’re adding too much liquid, but this will all be absorbed overnight. In the morning, I sometimes find I need to add a splash more milk just to make it a little creamier; otherwise it can be a little bit stodgy.
The good news? Gluten free, dairy free and vegan adaptations are extremely straight forward; you simply use gluten free porridge oats and soak them the same way, using exactly the same amount of a dairy free milk alternative.
5 minutes, 3 ingredients and minimal effort. Not to mention a completely delicious breakfast. This must be one of my favourite ways to start the day.
Creamy, smooth, and completely delicious. Rushed mornings just got a little easier!
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|Prep Time||5 Minutes|
- 1/2 cup Oats gluten free, if required
- 1 tablespoon Chia Seeds optional
- 3/4 cup Milk or Dairy Free Alternative + 2 teaspoons in the morning
- Place the oats and chia seeds into a jar, and mix until just combined
- Add the milk, a little at a time, stirring constantly until thoroughly combined. It may seem like you've added a little bit too much milk, but this will all be absorbed overnight
- Place in the fridge overnight, ready for the morning
- If in the morning it seems like the oats have soaked up a little too much milk and the consistency is a bit stodgy for your taste, then simply add an extra 2 teaspoons of milk, and mix through
- Add your favourite toppings (I love lightly warmed berry puree and fresh fruit), and enjoy. I find that this is best enjoyed when it's been allowed to warm up slightly, so leave out of the fridge for roughly 5-10 minutes before eating