Who else hits the snooze button on these chilly mornings one too many times leaving you frantically running around to get out the door on time? We know it's not just us! This lack of time often means skipping breakfast leaving you feeling flat and not to mention hungry until lunch time rolls around.
No need to worry, we have got you covered. Overnight oats are an excellent way to prep your breakfast the night before with minimal effort. The next morning, all you have to do is add your favourite toppings, grab a spoon and enjoy!
There are many ways to spice up your overnight oats including using different fruits, berry compotes, nut butters, nuts and seeds. All these toppings are jam packed with vitamins and minerals and are a great way to sneak in those extra nutrients.
Our favourite go-to toppings include:
Chia seeds - These seeds pack a punch in the nutrient department being very high in protein, healthy fats, magnesium and antioxidants. You can add chia seeds into the overnight oat's mixture, sprinkle them on top or even add a layer of chia seed pudding on your oats.
Pepitas - Pepitas or otherwise known as pumpkin seeds have long been valued as a great source of zinc and magnesium with just 1 tablespoon of seeds providing 1mg of zinc and 40mg of magnesium (that's a lot!). Pepitas also provide protein, healthy fats and iron. Try sprinkling some pepitas on top of your overnight oats. For an added crunch and flavour, toast them in a pan until golden.
Peanut Butter - Who doesn't love a good nut butter? Peanut butter pairs beautifully with this recipe and adds a hint of sweet and salty. Peanut butter's claim to fame is its high content of heart-healthy fats, as well as its high protein content. Approximately 35% of peanut butter's total weight is from protein, making it one of the healthier sources of vegan protein. As some peanut butters have additives and fake sugars, ensure that you purchase quality 100% peanut butters.
Enjoy getting creative with this super simple recipe and make sure you tag us @juiceinstitute with your creations!
Overnight Oats (serves 2)
1 cup of organic rolled oats
250ml of almond or coconut milk
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp of pumpkin seeds
1 tbsp shredded coconut
Dairy free chocolate chips
Mix together all of the ingredients and place in a container or jar to soak overnight. The next morning, finish it off with your favourite toppings.
Note: Enjoy at home or on the go. To make life a little easier, double the ingredients and make a large batch to last you a few breakfasts. The mixture will keep in the fridge for up to 3-4 days.
Recipe thanks to Clinical Nutritionist Edan Willing from Naturally Edan.