Oats are one of my favourite breakfast options, but as it gets warmer porridge becomes slightly less appealing and I’m always ready for a change in options.
Overnight oats – also known as bircher muesli – is a delicious way to enjoy oats when the weather is warmer. You simply soak oats in a milk of your choice overnight, then mix through your favourite fruits, seeds, nuts and yoghurt plus other bits and pieces to create a delicious summery breakfast. This combination provides a nutritious start to the day – some slow release carbohydrate, fibre and protein to help keep you full, plus some healthy fats. And did I mention it tastes amazing too? I’ve come up with two delicious recipes for breakfast – banana blueberry overnight oats and passionfruit, coconut and raspberry overnight oats
I’ve been trialling a couple of new UNCLE TOBYS oat products and these have been the base of my overnight oat recipes. UNCLE TOBYS Ancient Grains Oats is oats with a bit of a twist. It also contains rye, millet and quinoa which makes a tasty change to original oats as well as adding a bit of a different nutritional profile. I’ve also been using UNCLE TOBYS Steel Cut oats. Instead of being rolled flat after the husk is removed like rolled oats, steel cut oats are oven toasted then cut into pieces using steel discs – hence their name! They have a nutty taste, a hearty texture and have a low glycemic index to give you a nice slow release of energy.
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And in the meantime, here’s my two delicious, nourishing recipes for some new breakfast inspiration.
Blueberry banana overnight oats
½ cup UNCLE TOBYS Ancient Grain Oats
2 tsp chia seeds
½ cup milk (cow milk or almond milk)
½ cup blueberries (I used frozen)
½ cup yoghurt
Place the oats, chia seeds, milk, ¼ of the cup of the blueberries and ¼ cup of the yoghurt in a bowl and mix together. Place in the fridge and leave overnight.
In the morning, cut the banana in half and mash. Stir through the oats.
Spoon half the oats into a glass, then add the rest of the yoghurt, then the rest of the oats. Top with the remaining half of the banana cut into slices and the remaining blueberries.
Tip: If you prefer things a little sweeter, stir through a teaspoon of maple syrup through the oats.
Passionfruit, coconut and raspberry overnight oats
1/3 cup UNCLE TOBYS steel cut oats
1/3 cup milk
1 tablespoon coconut milk
½ cup yoghurt
2 tablespoons coconut threads + extra for topping
1 tablespoon passionfruit pulp
1/3 cup raspberries
In a small bowl, mix together the steel cut oats, milk, coconut milk, ¼ cup yoghurt and the coconut threads. Place in the fridge overnight.
In the morning, top with passionfruit pulp, raspberries and remaining yoghurt and add an extra sprinkle of coconut threads.
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