Overnight Oats

My current every day breakfast is a smoothie after the gym consisting of spinach, a banana, raw cocoa powder, 100% peanut butter (oil and salt free) and hazelnut milk. I started making this because the smoothies I was having before were very sweet with 3-4 different fruits in each. Even though they were super high in sugar, they weren’t keeping me any more full than any other breakfast smoothie or shake. I find that this smoothie still has the sweetness from the fruit as well as getting all the goodness from the spinach and protein packed peanuts.
My alternative breakfast to my fruit packed smoothie was some lovely high sugar granola with… more fruit on top (and sometimes honey but we’ll pretend that wasn’t happening). I swapped the granola for oatmeal made with hazelnut milk and added bananas and raspberries most days. Again, this was sweet enough and absolutely delicious but I can’t deal with having hot breakfast in the summer. Loads of the Instagram pages I follow keep posting “overnight oats” that I assumed were bland and icky because they look like crap. Erika Bowes (from Handful of Fashion, and Tumblr and Instagram and the whole internet) has included them in a few of her posts and her recent blog so I thought I’d give it a go. 

I put 30g of oats in a glass jar and poured in hazelnut milk to twice the height of the oats (I hope that makes sense). You can add pretty much anything you want to them. I found a list of possible flavours on buzzfeed and went for a combination of a few. I added some cinnamon, flaxseeds, chia seeds and peanut butter to the oats and milk first and gave that a good stir. I found that the peanut butter becomes much firmer when it mixes in with the cold milk so I squished it around with the back of the spoon in the jar.

I also added a banana halved longways then sliced, and a handful of blueberries. Since then I’ve also tried raspberry & banana which is deliciously fresh. 


Harleigh Reid
Harleigh Reid

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