If you stay at my house overnight, I'll either serve you up a full English breakfast when you wake up, a seriously over-the-top pancake recipe or if I really like you, I'll make you some overnight oats. No one has ever actually stayed at my house before - except My Official Treat Taster, but he sort of lives here, so I'm not sure if that counts - but if you were to stay here, I'd definitely make you overnight oats. Because you're reading my blog and therefore I love you.
Is that last sentence too creepy for first thing on a Monday morning?
Monday to Friday I eat overnight oats every single morning for breakfast. At the start of the year I became obsessed with oatmeal recipes, but with the scorching heat of summer, I've had to switch my steaming bowls of oatmeal-ly goodness for overnight oats which are actually just as good as regular oatmeal.
The deal with overnight oats is that you mix everything together, pop it into a jar and leave it in the fridge overnight. In the morning, the oats have soaked up all the liquid so they're soft and wonderfully chewy. Overnight oats aren't as fluffy or puffy as regular oatmeal (anyone else describe their oatmeal as fluffy or puffy?) but they're just as amazing.
I always thought you needed chia seeds to make overnight oats - nope! All you need is yogurt. The yogurt is thick enough so that you end up with a breakfast that's got a bit of texture to it, instead of soggy, watery oats.
Not only do overnight oats taste absolutely amazing (especially when they're loaded with chocolate and raspberries!) but they're also really good for you and will definitely keep you full until lunchtime.
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- ½ cup oats
- tablespoons optional: 2 oat bran
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon dark chocolate chips
- ¼ cup milk
- ¼ cup natural or Greek yogurt
- 6-8 raspberries
- In a small bowl, stir together the oats, oat bran (if using), cocoa powder, brown sugar and dark chocolate chips.
- Pour in the milk and yogurt and stir again until everything is mixed together.
- Scoop the mixture into a small glass jar or container.
- Top with raspberries and screw/place on the lid.
- Leave in the fridge overnight (or at least 4 hours) before eating.