They say a habit is something you do without even thinking about it – like brushing your teeth every day. Having a good, healthy breakfast should also be a habit but it’s something I frequently go without – it’s either an epic feast or nothing but coffee. In order to break the (bad) habit of skipping breakfast I have been turning to overnight oats and they had been a bit of a morning saviour. Not only are they really filling and tasty, they only need under 5 minutes prep time the night before. I like to add a tablespoon or two of chia seeds to bulk them up and increase their overall nutritional goodness. And I have been throwing in all kinds of fresh fruit either as toppings or blitzed up in the oats. Really, I can’t think of a bad thing to say about them. I think you may actually sport a little halo, and a smug little smile, while you eat your morning bowl (or jar, in my case).
So far I have tried strawberry overnight oats, mostly to use up overripe strawberries; apple and cinnamon oats which I think might be better warmed up; chocolate overnight oats (using cacao powder not actual chocolate)… you name it! And they ALL taste good. Big smiley thumbs up all round. This matcha version was another hit – one of my favourites in fact. I also added hemp protein powder, which I originally bought to add to smoothies, and it does a good job of making me feel full until lunch. No small feat, let me tell you. Now I need to convert the kids – so far they have not been too keen.
Matcha Overnight Oats with Vanilla and Chia Seeds