Updated: Sep 24, 2021
I prefer hot breakfast over cold. Well, most of the time. When I already know my morning will be jam-packed, I opt for overnight oat breakfast. If your mornings are hectic so far that breakfast is certainly not on your list, this breakfast is definitely for you. Overnight oats popularity is on the rise in the last few years. Who won't love the perfect time-saver, easy, nutritious, and versatile breakfast? It would help if you assembled rolled oats, milk of your choice, fruits, seeds in advance, and in the morning, you wake up to a delicious breakfast. Overnight oats are one healthy breakfast choice you will relish as oats are so versatile and delicious. There is an endless number of ways you make your overnight oats. One of my super busy friends makes it on Sundays and enjoys this breakfast every day till the weekend. Yes, overnight oats can be kept in the refrigerator for five days with their taste and texture intact.
Rolled oats are the best candidate to make overnight oats as they are steamed and then flattened. I like coconut milk or almond milk to soak the oats, but you can choose any milk of your choice; even water works well. You can sweeten it with your favorite sweetener, like honey, brown sugar, maple syrup, or jaggery. But why add sweetener? Oats taste better with the natural sugar present in fruits. Just give it a try.
You can add peanut butter or almond butter to make its consistency more creamy. I love to enrich my overnight oats with a serving of strawberries, bananas, blueberries, coconut flakes, and raspberries. Mango and coconut flakes make a lovely combination. I do add mango when it is in season.
Adding chia seeds, flax seeds, hemp seeds gives an added nutritional punch to the breakfast. But wait, I am not done yet; being an Indian, How can I resist spicing it up? I add little turmeric, cinnamon, or nutmeg to my oats for extra antioxidants. Now, my yummy breakfast is ready to fuel me up till lunch.
Preparation time- 20 mins
Cook time- 0 min
Total time - 20 mins
(Serves - 2)
Rolled oats – ½ cup
Milk (coconut/ almond) – 1 cup
Chia seeds – 1 tbsp.
Turmeric- ¼ tsp
Nutmeg – 1 pinch
Honey/maple syrup/ jaggery powder/ brown sugar – to taste ( optional)
Banana- 1 (sliced)
Strawberry – (2-3)
Hemp seeds – 1 tsp
1. Take a mason jar. Add oats and milk to it.
2. Add turmeric, chia seeds, nutmeg, and your choice of sweetener. Give it a good stir.
3. Close the lid and put it into the refrigerator.
4. In the morning, add toppings and enjoy.