I’m writing this at 7:10am; I’ve already been at work for over an hour, out of bed since 4:30am. I work at a gym and have to open it at 6 for all those people who are far too keen to be doing exercise at the most ungodly time of the morning. This means I leave the house at about 5am, which is no time to be having breakfast, because I’ll just be hungry again by the time I normally have breakfast and that’s just a waste of time, effort and calories. The solution, I have discovered, is overnight oats. I can make them the night before and take it with me to work to eat later in the morning, and I can still just roll out of bed and get out the door by 5am with as little trauma as possible. It does all the work for you while you’re asleep. It doesn’t get better than that, right? The recipe itself is pretty flexible—you can add whatever toppings and flavours you like. I’ve seen other recipes for apple pie overnight oats, chocolate brownie overnight oats—they’re all on the list of ways to make my Tuesday mornings a little more interesting.
½ cup rolled oats
½ cup liquid (I use water, but you can use milk of any description, even yoghurt)
1 tsp chia seeds
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1 tbl LSA
½ cup frozen berries
1 scoop protein powder (optional – if you’re leaving it out, you probably want to go with milk or yoghurt for your liquid)
1 tsp honey or maple syrup
1. Put the oats, chia seeds and LSA into a glass jar or whatever random vessel you choose to use.
2. Add liquid, it should be just enough to cover the oats.
3. Put the lid on and put it in the fridge. Let it do its thing for at least three hours, ideally closer to seven or eight (your brain would appreciate that much sleep too, but let’s face it—it doesn’t always happen, especially during hand-in week).
4. If you’re taking it with you somewhere, don’t do what I did and forget to take a spoon. It’s really upsetting, trust me.
5. Depending on how mad you are (and probably how far into winter we are), you can eat this cold or heated up. I’m not crazy, so I stick it in the microwave for about a minute.
6. Add your toppings!