It’s the middle of summer and the last thing you feel like is hot oats for breakfast. On the other hand, oats are full of all sorts of things that are good for you, including vitamins, minerals and fibre. They’re also cheap and filling, so will keep you going for a considerable part of your morning.
Instead of cooking them, why not try this delicious overnight cold version that requires even less effort than turning on the stove?
You can experiment with how thick or runny you like it by changing the quantity of oats to liquid. The proportions below will give you a fairly thick consistency, which feels nice and substantial.
The best thing about this recipe is that you can basically add whatever you have on hand. Feeling nutty? Add whatever nuts or seeds you can find in your pantry. Fancy a taste of the beach? Add coconut and pineapple or mango. Want a hit of chocolate in the morning? Add some cocoa powder or chocolate chips. It’s kind of like having dessert for breakfast, only much healthier. Yum!
- ½c raw oats (steel-cut if possible as they’re healthiest, but anything will work)
- ½c milk, yoghurt, coconut or almond milk, or a mixture of these
- ¼t vanilla essence
- 1t honey (or to taste)
- Add any (or a combo) of the following:
- 1T desiccated or flaked coconut
- Raisins or cranberries
- Nuts, whole or chopped
- Berries like strawberries, raspberries or blueberries
- Any other fruit like bananas, apple, mango or pineapple (chopped or mashed)
- 2t chia, sunflower and/or sesame seeds
- 1t cocoa powder
- Sprinkle of cinnamon
Place the raw oats in a glass jar or bowl, and sprinkle over cinnamon, cocoa powder, coconut, etc. Mix the liquids (milk/yoghurt, vanilla and honey) in a separate bowl. Pour the liquid over the oats and other ingredients, and give it a stir. Sprinkle fruit and nuts/seeds over – now or in the morning, as you choose (if you’re using banana though, either mash it up and stir it in, or only cut it up in the morning so it doesn’t go brown).
Cover the container and leave it overnight in the fridge. In the morning, add any extra fruit or nuts/seeds and give it all another good stir before enjoying your hearty breakfast!