Till about a couple of months ago, I’d never really been a fan of oats – I thought they were immensely boring, stodgy and generally un-flavoursome. Well, that is until overnight oats entered into my life.
While researching some fitness related stuff during my 10,000 steps a day challenge, I came upon some recipes for overnight oats, and decided to give it a try. And long story short, I am now hooked. This recipe has now become my staple weekday breakfast. It’s a bowl full of nutritional goodness and keeps me filled up well till my lunch time. Total win-win, I say!
The recipe is super simple, and takes just about five minutes to put together the night before. You could start out with this, and then make modifications based on your preferences. So let’s get right to it.
1/2 cup oats (rolled oats or steel cut oats or instant oats)
2/3 cup milk (dairy or non-dairy)*
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp honey
2-3 spoons of pumpkin seeds (optional)**
Pinch of cinnamon powder (optional)**
Fruit, of your choice (banana, apple, mango, berries – they all work well)
Mix all ingredients except for the fruit in a bowl. Stir a couple of times, cover, and refrigerate overnight.
The next morning, remove from the refrigerator and stir again. I like to add a couple of drops of vanilla essence in the morning as well to make it smell like dessert. Finally, top up your bowl with your choice of chopped fruits and enjoy an easy and delicious bowlful of health!
I use a bowl to prepare my oats, since I try to have a sit-down breakfast rather than one on the go. But if you need to, you could easily do the whole thing in a jar as well.
So, tell me, are you an oats / cereal person? Does overnight oats features in your usual breakfast lineup? What are your go-to breakfast recipes?
* When I initially started making the recipe, I used the same quantity of oats and milk, but now I prefer the consistency that comes with using just a little extra milk as compared to the oats. Feel free to tweak the proportion depending on your preferences.
** I always add pumpkin seeds but tend to skip the cinnamon powder.
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