As the years pass by, our lifestyle is becoming busier than ever. There are a lot of people who tend to skip eating breakfast day after day, because as they say: they just don’t have the time for it. However, as we tried to emphasize in our previous article about the importance of meal prepping, it only takes a little extra time and effort the day before and you don’t have to give up on being healthy and eating proper, nutritious meals, even if you are busy. So if you are that kind of person who rushes out the door every morning with little to no time to bother about such things as breakfast, but you would actually like to get better at it as you know it’s important: this recipe is for you!
Cooking oatmeal in the morning is quick and easy by itself already, however, there is a way to make it even faster for you to get your ready-to-eat breakfast, and it’s called overnight oats. The basic idea is that instead of cooking the oats on the stove or in the microwave (or pouring hot water over them in case you’re using instant oats), you soak them in milk and put them in the fridge overnight. By the time you get it out of the fridge in the morning, it will have absorbed the milk, turning into a soft and creamy dish that is ready for you to eat without having to actually do something with it. The only thing you will need to prepare this recipe is a glass jar.
I like to start by preparing the milk mixture I am going to soak the oats in. Of course, you can use milk (or soy/almond milk for a vegan version!) only too, but with a few little additions you can take it to a whole new level! I recommend adding:
- Honey, stevia or other natural sweetener of your choice
- Vanilla extract
- Protein powder of your choice – I usually use vanilla flavored whey protein, but you can use any flavor, which is a great way to create different versions of this recipe.
Sometimes I like to add coffee as well –which goes really well with cappuccino flavored protein powders by the way- so that it makes the morning get-ready process even faster, as I can have my breakfast and morning coffee all in one!
And if you would like to give your oatmeal a bit of a pudding-like texture, add one or two tablespoons of chia seeds as well!
Once you have the milk with all the mix-ins of your choice blended well, pour them in your jar and add your oats. Remember: the oats will soak up a lot of the liquid, so it’s okay, if it doesn’t seem thick when you put it in the fridge. If you put too much oatmeal, it might end up so thick by the morning that you will barely be able to stick your spoon in it.
Although you could also mix in your toppings before you seal the jar and place it in the fridge, I would recommend adding the toppings right before eating it – so they won’t become too soft and soggy. As usually, great topping options are:
- Fresh fruits: bananas, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, kiwi
- Dried fruits: raisins, dried cranberries, mango, etc.
- Nuts: walnuts, almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, pistachios
- World of Chia fruit spread with chia seeds
We hope you will like this breakfast idea and that it will help you get back into eating a proper breakfast again! If you prepare this meal, snap a picture, share it and don’t forget to tag @probartaiwan so we can see!