Supercharged overnight oats

I think for a long time I was the only person who just didn’t get overnight oats. Surely its just cold porridge – how can that be a nice thing for breakfast?

But after actually making it – I’m prepared to admit I was wrong – in reality they make an easy, delicious and healthy breakfast!

Overnight oats are now my go-to when I know I have a busy day or will be short of time before rushing out of the door in the morning.

I portion out the dry ingredients into jars in advance and keep them ready in the cupboard. As all the ingredients are dried and everything is in an airtight jar, they will keep fresh for ages – not that they usually last that long!

All you have to do then is grab a jar the night before and rehydrate everything with some milk – oat milk is my favourite as it seems appropriate! In a pinch even water will do. Then just leave in the fridge to eat in the morning.

I usually just take the jar to work and enjoy once I get there – just make sure your jar is leak proof and you seal the lid well (speaking from experience….).

If you get five minutes in the morning, its great to top these with some extra fresh or dried fruit or superfoods. My current loves are goji berries, cacao nibs and a sprinkle of bee pollen. A few strawberries or raspberries are also perfect. 

This is my favourite basic recipe, but it is completely flexible. Try any type of dried fruit or seeds that you have in and go for any sweet spice you love, I love mixed spice but cinnamon is also fantastic. Have a play!

Basic overnight oats recipe (per serving)

  • 40g good quality porridge oats
  • 1 tsp protein powder (this one is my favourite)
  • 2 medium dates (about 15g), chopped
  • Pinch of mixed spice
  • 1 tsp flax seeds
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • Enough milk (whichever type is your favourite) to cover
  • For chocolate overnight oats add 2 tsp organic cacao powder.

Put all the dried ingredients together in a jar and stir to mix everything up.

The night before you want to eat, pour milk over the oats until they are fully covered. Stir or shake everything together until completely mixed and there are no lumps of dry oats or powder.

In the morning, give everything a good stir and top with fruit or whatever you fancy!

The other thing I love about this recipe is the ability to add in other superfoods and it just gets better! I often include some or all of these powders to give an extra nutrition boost.

Certainly don’t feel you need to use any of these as they oats are great without, but if you want to try something extra or new why not give some of these a go?

Maca powder

  • Use 1 tsp of powder per portion
  • Maca is an ancient food from the Andes. It’s rich in minerals such as iodine, calcium, potassium, iron and zinc in addition to Vitamins B6 and C. Studies have shown maca to be effective in boosting energy, stamina, memory and could also reduce some symptoms of depression.

Reishi mushroom

  • Use ¼ tsp of powder per portion
  • This medicinal mushroom has been used throughout Asia for thousands of years. Reishi is an apoptogenic and is believed to help strengthen your immune cells, lower blood pressure and have an anti-inflammatory effect on the body. Some studies have also shown reishi to be great for helping the body to combat stress and reduce the risk of premature aging.

Astragalus root

  • Use ¼ tsp of powder per portion
  • Astragalus has a long tradition in Chinese medicine and is used for a variety of conditions. It has been shown to assist with respiratory illnesses such as colds and flu as well as helping to protect the heart and liver. This is also another great immune system strengthener.

Super Vital Powder

  • Use 1 tsp of powder per portion
  • I love the fruity taste of this blend of beetroot, acai and baobab. It also adds a fantastic blast of vitamin C and antioxidants. Just what you need in the morning!

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