For the longest time, I’ve always admired the pretty pictures of overnight oats on the Internet.
I’ve had so many reasons for not having a go at fixing this for my breakfast at home: can’t find the time to prepare the fruits the night before, not a big fan of milk, don’t have a proper “mason jar” to fill up my overnight oats with…and the list goes on!
So, as part of my resolution to stay healthy this year, I finally made the move to whip up my very own overnight oats for breakfast last weekend. And it felt really good to be eating healthy again!
Here are the simple steps I took to whip up the Apple Strawberry Cinnamon Overnight Oats:
You will need:
3/4 cup instant oats (You can use rolled oats, but I stuck with instant oats as I still had some leftover)
1 cup almond milk
1 apple, diced
5 strawberries, diced
1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
1 tablespoon raw honey
1 tablespoon chia seeds
A glass jar/mason jar
- Layer the ingredients in your jar, starting with the instant oats.
- Keep going by adding the raw honey and chia seeds.
- Next comes the fruit layers. Start with a layer of diced apples, followed by cinnamon powder and strawberries. Continue until you’ve used up all your fruits.
- Once done, pour in your almond milk. Give it a stir before closing the lid.
- Place the jar in your refrigerator overnight (or at least 8 hours).
- Enjoy it cold the next morning – or you can warm it up if you prefer.
- To prevent the apples from turning brown, you can sprinkle a small amount of salt and mix well. I learnt this tip from a friend many years ago, and so far it has always worked for me.
- Although most overnight oats recipes called for a 1:1 proportion of oats to milk, I find this a bit too dry and lumpy. If you prefer a yogurt-like consistency, use 1:1.5. When using rolled oats, increase the amount of milk used as the texture is more rough than instant oats.
- Keep aside some milk to add on to the concoction in the morning, as it will be quite thick when taken straight from the fridge.
- Feel free to showcase your creativity when it comes to the ingredients. When it comes to overnight oats, anything goes!
- You can use just about any milk that you like: fresh milk, oat milk, almond milk, chocolate milk. Just mix in all your favourite ingredients together.