Easy Overnight Oats

I always run out of time to eat breakfast at home. But, as the saying goes, breakfast really is the most important meal of the day.

Breakfast is when we commonly eat the most fibre and intake key nutrients needed to kick start the day. Skipping it can lead to difficulty concentrating and a sluggish metabolism leading to weight gain.

Easy overnight oats are a great option for those on-the-go: you can grab them from the fridge, race out the door and eat them on the bus or at work. You can also make enough for a couple of days (after that the quality goes down, so avoid making a quadruple batch for the week)! They’re so fast to make, it’s easy to add it into your evening routine.

If you prefer a hot breakfast during the cold winter months, you can warm these up, but with soaking, they don’t have to be cooked.

The Recipe:

Serves 2

1 cup slow or rolled oats

1 apple, grated (unpeeled)

¼ cup raisins and/or unsweetened shredded coconut

½ tsp cinnamon

½ tsp pure vanilla extract or vanilla bean powder

1.5 cups your favourite milk, yogurt or kefir (*yogurt may need to be thinned with water)

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a bowl, jar or reusable container. Cover and soak overnight in fridge then serve in the morning. If desired, it can be topped with additional fresh fruit and/or nuts and seeds. Hemp seeds are a great addition for protein while chia or ground flax seeds are good for added omega 3 essential fats and even more fibre. Also, if using unsweetened plant-based milks, a drizzle of maple syrup or honey may be warranted.

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