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How to make Overnight Oats without a recipe… and my 3 favourite ways to eat it!

Overnight Oats – what the heck are they?! Well, they’re are something that’s taken Pinterest by storm. Essentially they’re an awesome breakfast of cold porridge in a jam jar. That might not sound that appealing, but trust me they are awesome!

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Mocha overnight oats with a latte – a prefect way to start the day!

The reason why they are so awesome is because they’re super healthy and they’re also a super easy and portable breakfast. I’m obsessed with them, and have been taking them to work for the past few months. They’re now my breakfast staple because lets face it, who doesn’t love breakfast served in a jam jar!

Also, with summer on the way they’re a pretty awesome way of still enjoying porridge in the heat!

Ok, so how do you make Overnight Oats? It’s really simple and really versatile! I’ve put together the basic principles you need to know so you can make your overnight oats at home just how you want them! I will also let you in on my 3 tops ways of making them.

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Blueberries and strawberry overnight oats

Principles

1. The only ratio you need to remember is 1:1

You will soak 1 part porridge oats to 1 part liquid overnight. If you want thick oats use slightly less, or slightly more if you like them runny.

Liquid wise you are open to a whole world of options such as; normal milk, almond milk, soy milk, coconut milk, hazelnut milk, coffee, just water, splash of cream, fruit juice, half and half – basically whatever takes your fancy!

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A few of my favorite things!

2. Put in some flavour!

You can sweeten and flavour your oats with whatever you fancy really. For example; honey, jam, maple syrup, cinnamon, ground ginger, coco powder, chai latte powder, grated dark chocolate, critus zest, vanilla extract, nutmeg, chai spices, mashed banana, marmalade and the list goes on!

3. Add in some healthy goodness and get creative! (This stage is optional)

For me this is where the fun starts and is time to jazz it up a bit! This is where you can add in dried fruit of every kind (banana chips are particularly good), chopped up nuts, shredded coconut, sunflower seeds, chia seeds*, sliced banana, blueberries, chopped up strawberries, any nut butter, Nutella (for when your in need), Greek yogurt, flax, natural yogurt, vanilla yogurt, crunchy granola – I am sure you get the picture.

*chai seeds are amazing! Basically they don’t really taste of anything but they pack 4g protein in just 1 tbsp, they also have lots of fibre and expand in your tummy to keep you fuller for longer. I use them in all of my overnight oats! You can buy them from heath food shops and eBay!

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Get yourself ready…

Measurements

Oats – 40g-60g (1/3 – 1/2 American cups) Or alternative just use a cup to measure your 1:1
Liquid – as above
Honey and jam type sweeteners – 1-2 tsp
Spices – 1/8 – 1/4 tsp
Coco powder types – 1-2 tsp
Dried fruit and chopped nuts – 1-2 tbsp
Seeds – 1 tbsp
Nut butters and spreads – 1-2 tbsp
Yogurt – 2-3 tbsp (depends how creamy you want it)

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Mix the dry ingredients first

Method

1. Add all of your dry ingredients to your jar/ Tupperware. Shake!
2. Add in your liquid. Shake!
3. Add in any creative extras (or save them for tomorrow to top). Shake!
4. Place in your fridge and say goodnight.
5. Get out the fridge, say good morning and add toppings if you want too (granola, half a sliced banana, yogurt, berries, dollop of peanut butter). Enjoy!

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Making it sweet!

My Favourite ways!

Blueberries and Strawberry Overnight Oats

1/3 cup porridge oats
1/3 cup almond milk
1 tbsp chai seeds
1-2 tsp strawberry jam
2-3 tbsp natural yogurt
Generous handful of blueberries (until my jar is full)

I assemble all the night before and just take to work with me in the morning! Dry ingredients first then the wet stuff!

Mocha Overnight Oats

1/3 cup porridge oats
1/3 cup of coffee (brewed and left out to cool)
1 tbsp chai seeds
1 tsp coco powder
1-2 tsp maple syrup
2 tbsp raisins
2 tbsp vanilla or natural yogurt

I assemble all of it the night before and take to work with me in the morning.

Gingerbread Man Overnight Oats

1/3 cup porridge oats
1/3 cup of coffee (brewed and left out to cool)
1 tbsp chai seeds
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1/8 ground ginger
2 tbsp vanilla or natural yogurt
1/4 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
1 tbsp Smarties (because what is a gingerbread man with no buttons!)

I assemble all of it the night before, apart from the Smarties. In the morning just top with Smarities and its ready to go!

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Goodnight jam jar!

The possibilities are basically endless and I do have lots of fun experimenting! Go forth into the world and get creative with your breakfasts!

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