5 tasty overnight oat breakfast recipes

Posted on July 6, 2016 by Laura Miller

HY oatsWe've all been told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and that we should eat balanced meal that will keep you feeling full until lunchtime.

But getting out of the door in the morning can be quite a task, whether you're in a rush to get to work, or getting the kids ready for school, it can mean there isn't always time for to sit down and tuck into a hearty breakfast.

Overnight oats are a simple and filling breakfast that can be made in 10 minutes or less - and they are prepared the night before, meaning there's no need for rushing around before work. Overnight oats are pretty versatile too and work well with a range of ingredients. If you're thinking of giving them a go, check out these five great suggestions for how to prepare them.

*Overnight oats are best prepared in air tight, glass jars that hold at least 400ml, so make sure you have one on hand!

Berry good
For this recipe you'll need approximately 100g of mixed berries, 50g rolled or porridge oats, two teaspoons of honey, and 100ml of milk. You could also add some Greek or natural yoghurt if you want to make it more creamy. Mix all the ingredients together and leave in the fridge overnight to chill.

Coconut might not be everyone's choice of ingredient but if you are a coconut fan then this recipe is for you! To start, toast 50g of flaked coconut in a dry pan. Pour approximately 100g of oats - rolled or porridge oats - into jar and add 500g of natural yoghurt, a half can of coconut milk, the toasted flaked coconut (don't include it all, keep some back) and one tablespoon of honey. Mix well. Leave in the fridge overnight and when you're ready to serve in the morning, sprinkle the remaining toasted flaked coconut on top.

Experimenting with flavour combinations is a way to mix things up. With this recipe you could try adding chocolate, mango or vanilla which all go well with coconut.

Peanut butter
Peanut butter is classed as good fat as it contains a high amount of healthy fats, as well as protein, vitamins and minerals1, making it a good addition to an overnight oats recipe. Pour 120ml of milk, or you could try unsweetened almond milk, into a jar and add two tablespoons of peanut butter and one tablespoon of maple syrup and mix well. Add 50g of rolled oats and stir until the oats are covered. Leave in the fridge overnight and add toppings in the morning. Banana pairs well with peanut butter and will make a great addition!

A chocolate lover's dream
Add 50g of oats into a jar along with 80ml of milk of your choice and a teaspoon each of maple syrup and cocoa powder.Mix well and leave in the fridge overnight. If you're a chocolate fan you could add a few teaspoons of chocolate chips in the morning as a topping before you eat it! Or, if you want to ease up on the extra chocolate, adding some fresh fruit such as strawberries or raspberries works well.

Go nuts!
It may seem surprising but, despite their small size, nuts are packed with nutrients that are good for a balanced diet. These bite size foods make a great snack option or breakfast addition as they contain a mix of omega-3 fatty acids, fibre and protein . For this recipe you'll need to blitz around four tablespoons of whole walnuts in a food processor, but remember to reserve some of the whole walnuts for the topping. Tip the blitzed walnuts into a jar and add 50g of rolled oats, four tablespoons of Greek or natural yoghurt, a teaspoon or two of maple syrup and as much milk as you prefer. Chill in the fridge overnight. When you're ready to eat or take it to work in the morning, sprinkle the left over walnuts and an extra drizzle of maple syrup over the top if you fancy it.