The last thing you want to be doing on Christmas morning is worrying about breakfast. So do yourself a favour and whip up a batch of these healthy gingerbread overnight oats! You need just 5 minutes to prep them the night before and then you’ve got a healthy, wholesome and delicious breakfast ready and waiting for you on Christmas morning.
What are you doing for Christmas breakfast this year? Or are you doing anything at all for Christmas breakfast this year? Maybe you just let everyone help themselves to cereal and mince pies. Or maybe you dream about lavish Pinterest-esque buffet tables laden with cinnamon rolls, gingerbread French toast and frothy caramel lattes.
That’s the kind of Christmas breakfast that I dream about every year. And it never happens because:
- There are only 2 of us at home
- The annual Christmas eve buffet and Christmas day dinner leave us with plenty of leftovers
- My boyfriend isn’t hungry in the morning
I mean, really! What kind of person isn’t hungry in the morning? Julia Child said “People who love to eat are always the best people”. And I totally agree. I bounce out of bed totally ravenous every morning and would love to have a truly decadent Christmas breakfast buffet. But unless I’m going to eat that all on my own, I have to stick with a simple, single-serving breakfast. Hello healthy gingerbread overnight oats!
I’m sure most people (at least the ones in charge of the cooking!) agree that there is so much to be doing on Christmas day they’ll take any shortcut available. These healthy overnight oats aren’t exactly a shortcut, but they do make what can be the most stressful day of the year much, much more relaxed.
Simply mix all your ingredients together in a big container, pop it in the fridge, and that’s your job done! You can prep these oats on Christmas Eve or anywhere up to five days before you eat them, giving you plenty of time to get ahead. If you’re thinking about how many calories you’re going to be loading up on later, best leave these oats as they are. (I think they taste best that way, anyway. Honest!)
But if you’re throwing calorie counting into the wind on Christmas Day, you could top these healthy gingerbread overnight oats with caramel sauce, grated white chocolate, Nutella…absolutely anything you fancy! After all, it’s not Christmas every day, is it?
If you’re not feeling the gingerbread vibe, I’ve got plenty of other healthy overnight oats recipes you’ll love! How about black forest overnight oats? Chocolate orange overnight oats? Or (one of my favourites) chocolate chip cookie dough overnight oats?
P.S. What are you going to top your healthy gingerbread overnight oats with?
Healthy Gingerbread Overnight Oats
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 2 dates chopped into small pieces
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/3 cup skimmed milk (you can substitute any kind of milk)
- 1/3 cup fat-free sugar-free natural yoghurt
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Place all the ingredients into a small container and stir together thoroughly. Pop a lid on the container and leave to chill in the fridge for at least 4 hours. When you're ready to eat, remove the lid and tuck in!