So the kids are preparing for the Summer holidays while you’re stuck in a rut for the final fortnight.
When you’re trying to get the little ones ready for school, it’s easy to forget about something as important as breakfast.
After all, it’s going to be a hectic 6 weeks trying to juggle work and child care so you're already stressing about it all.
You need something quick, healthy, hearty, and cheap.
Sounds too good to be true?
Welcome to the wonderful world of overnight oats.
Overnight oats have been taking the internet by storm and unlike traditional porridge that you need to stir on the stove for a good 20 minutes, the prep time for overnight oats is 10 minutes or less before you go to bed.
Kids will also absolutely adore this healthy breakfast treat and they’ll love all the random colours you can make with this dish.
However this grab-and-go breakfast on a budget is sure to help busy mums and dads like you to get your 5-a-day, calcium, and to stay energised until lunch time.
Sometimes they’re called Summer oats because in the warmer seasons this brekkie can keep you cool.
If the weather turns typically British with the cold and rain, you can just pop them in the microwave for a minute and a half for a hot comforting meal.
All you need is:
- Porridge oats (of course)
- An air tight container like a Mason jar
- Milk, yogurt, water or a dairy alternative of your choice
We’d recommend using a measuring jug to roughly measure out 200ml of your liquid and 35g of your oats but to be honest you can be flexible with how much you put in.
The best part is that you can tweak the recipe to suit your tastes.
Not sure what toppings you want? Here’s some of our favourite overnight oats recipes:
- The Cinnamon Staple
- Desiccated coconut flakes
- 200ml of milk or a dairy alternative of your choice
- 35g or more of oats
- 1tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp of sugar
- Chopped banana
A sweet breakfast that will fast become a staple in the kitchen, you’ll get a bit of your 5-a-day with the banana but can also treat yourself to a bit of sugar with that half tea spoon. This recipe is so easy, even the mini ones can do it to help you out in the kitchen! Put all of your ingredients in the jar in no particular order – leave the banana out though! Put the lid on the Mason jar, shake it like a Polaroid picture, and leave overnight. When you wake up in the morning, give your oats a stir, chop a banana and add to the top.
- The Fruity Fresh One
- ½ tsp sugar
This one needs a bit of layering so it can look pretty! Layer your yogurt and oats one after the other, occasionally add chopped fruit to the yogurt layer. Mix and match your flavours but always remember to leave enough for your top layer to decorate it. Put the lid on and shake your Mason jar like you’re holding maracas, put it in the fridge, and leave it overnight. Add your fruit to the top in the morning!
- The Pecan Pie Porridge
- 1tbsp peanut butter
- 1 tsp maple syrup
- A handful of pecans
- 1 mashed banana
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- Optional: A splash of milk or dairy alternative of your choice
Is it a dessert or is it a breakfast? For everyone who has always wanted to eat cake for breakfast (hopefully not just us), this is a healthy overnight oats recipe that tastes like you’re indulging in a cheeky pudding. First you need to mash your banana up in a bowl – the spottier that nana is the better because that means it’s super sweet and ripe. Then add all of your other ingredients apart from the pecans to the mix and go stir crazy! Make sure that peanut butter is even, it’s easy to miss a spot in your jar. Shake your Mason jar like your busting out a Gangnam Style move, put it in the fridge, and leave it overnight. If you want your brekkie to be creamier, add a splash of milk to taste then stir before you leave it in the fridge. Remember the oats will swell and soak all of this mixture up so your Summer oats will be thicker in the morning after you’ve left them out, so don’t add too much milk because it’ll end up like a milkshake! In the morning, sprinkle some pecans on top, dig in, and enjoy!
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