Overnight Chia Oats

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People always tell me that they would eat healthier if they just had the time to prepare healthy food.  There’s always something, they say, and go on to give a host of excuses.  Because at the end of the day, that is what most of us do.  We make excuses for why we can’t exercise, why we can’t eat better, why we don’t have time to visit relatives, e.t.c.  Hey, I’m guilty of it too, we all are.

So here’s a tip, if you can’t wake up early enough for breakfast, or you need something to eat whilst your mobile, make this.

Overnight oats are the lazy person’s gourmet breakfast.  They take little time to prepare, can included anything and everything, and doesn’t have to be boring, as long as you keep changing up the flavour combos.

Here’s the basic recipe that you can adapt depending on how you’re feeling.

Basic Overnight Chia Oats

Makes 1 serve

1/4 cup of wholegrain oats

2 tsp of chia seeds

1/2 cup of milk of choice

Method

Place all ingredients in a container with a tight fitting lid and shake well a few times to mix everything through.  Place in the fridge overnight and it’ll be ready for the morning.

So that’s the basic recipe to get a good consistency, but to make it really tasty, you need to add a few things.

Fruit is always a good idea, as well as things like coconut yoghurt, raw nuts, goji berries, frozen/fresh berries, shredded coconut, spices like cinnamon, cardamon, nutmeg, e.t.c.

You can also blend the milk with whatever fruit you like and the oats will take on that flavour.

For example, blending your milk with berries before you pour it into the container with the rest of the ingredients will make a beautiful berry flavoured, vibrant looking oats.

I also like adding some  superfoods to mine for an added nutrient kick.  Things like spirulina, cacao, maca, acaí, e.t.c.

Here’s a few recipes to get you started.  They are all 1 serving.  Don’t be fooled by their size, they are quite dense and filling.

Choc-Berry

Ingredients

1 basic ovenight chia oats recipe

1 tsp of raw cacao powder (I used Nature’s Way Super Greens + Cacao)

2 tsp of shredded coconut

1 TBS flaked almond

1 cup of chopped fresh strawberries

Method

Mix all ingredients together really well except for strawberries, place in a jar, top with strawberries and place in fridge overnight.

Alternatively, you can add the strawberries in the morning.

Vanilla and Blueberry

1 basic overnight chia oats recipe

1 tsp of vanilla extract

1 TBS of yoghurt of choice (I used coconut)

1/3 cup of frozen or fresh blueberries

Method

Mix all ingredients together really well, except for the blueberries.  Place in a container and then  top with the blueberries.  Place in fridge overnight.

Bircher Style with Goji and Apple

1 basic overnight chia oats recipe, replace 1/2 cup of milk with 1/4 cup of orange juice and 1/4 cup of coconut milk

1 TBS yoghurt of choice (I used coconut)

1 TBS slivered almonds

1 TBS shredded coconut

1 TBS goji berries

1/2 apple, thinly sliced

1/4 tsp of ground cinnamon

Method

Mix all ingredients together well, leaving some of the apple aside to put on top.

Place into a container, top with the rest of the apple and a sprinkle more of the cinnamon.  Place in fridge overnight.

Peanut Butter

1 basic overnight chia oats recipe

2 tsp of PB2 (powdered peanut butter) or 1 TBS of peanut butter

2 tsp of pepitas

Method

Mix all the ingredients together well, place in a container and place in fridge overnight.

The next day, I like to add in a chopped banana (PB and banana is one of my favourite things) or a handful of chopped strawberries (PB&J sandwich like)

Mixed Berry, Coconut & Almond

1 basic overnight chia oats recipe made with 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk

2 tsp of Nature’s Way Super Greens + Reds powder (optional but recomended)*

2 tsp of shredded coconut

1 TBS flaked almonds

1/3  cup of mixed berries

Method

Mix all ingredients together really well, except for the berries.  Place in container and top with frozen berries.  Store in fridge overnight.

*If you can’t find the Natures Way Super Greens + Reds powder, blend 1/4 cup of frozen berries with 1/2 cup of the milk that you’re making the overnight chia oats with.  Pour this into the oats and chia.

Ok, now it’s up to you, so go forth and mix it up.

Don’t forget to tag @onehungrymami #onehungrymami on instagram so that I can see your creations and get some inspiration on new flavours.

Peas, love and mungbeans

xxb

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