What are overnight oats?
Overnight oats have taken the world by storm in the last few years and I was really late to the party. Overnight oats, as the name suggests are oats mixed with yogurt or milk and fruit and then left, refrigerated, overnight. I’ve never been a huge breakfast lover so it usually takes me a while to try new breakfast recipes. In a bid to get better at eating a healthy breakfast I started eating porridge topped with fruit most mornings. And as great as that is, traditional porridge or oatmeal as its known outside of the UK does have to be made fresh and don’t even get me started on how hard it can be to clean dried oats off of bowls and utensils. I just don’t have time for that. So overnight oats turned out to be a great option for me as its so simple and all of the work is done overnight whilst you sleep, All you need is a jar!
Do you have a diet restriction?
This recipe is great for the following diet restrictions:
- Gluten Free (depending on personal intolerance levels)
- Nut Free
- Low GI
- Low FODMAP
- Low Fat
- Syn Free (using HeA and HeB)
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Step 1: Find a suitable container for oats
Firstly, You need to find a suitable container for your oats. Most people use a jar but you could also use a bowl or a glass as long as you have something you can use to cover it. Pop ½ a cup of rolled oats into the jar.
Step 2: Add your milk/yogurt
I found most recipes online call for either yogurt or milk. I personally found it best to use a mixture of milk and yogurt. Yogurt is a little too thick and milk is a little too thin so using a mix of both works really well. Pour in about 3 tablespoons of milk on top of the oats (just enough to get them all damp but not saturated) and then add ⅓ of a cup of yogurt. After this, top with your choice of fruit. I chose raspberries as I like soft fruits that break up and mix into the yogurt well.
Step 3: Shaken or stirred?
If your yogurt and milk is thin enough you should be able to shake your jar to mix up your oats and yogurt. Put the lid on first! If not, give your oats a good stir before putting the lid on. Don’t worry if your yogurt is too thick to shake, it will still do the job as long as it’s well mixed in.
Step 4: Go to bed!
Pop your jar of oats in the fridge and leave for several hours, or in other words, over night! Give it a little stir in the morning, top with some more fresh fruit and dig in!
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