Mixed Berry Overnight Oats
Firstly, a huge apology for my radio silence on the blog the past month. It's been a crazy busy few weeks in all areas of my life which, combined with a broken laptop (which spent over three weeks in repair), meant blogging had to take a back seat. Anyway, I'm now back and have lots of deliciousness and ridiculous rambles stored up to share. I'm starting with this recipe, which some of you may have already seen in the MissFits Nutrition Ebook, but for those of you who haven't, you're in for a treat.
As you know, I’m all about breakfast. You name it; oats, pancakes, toast, sweet or savoury. I love it all. I honestly don’t know how or why people would choose to skip the best meal of the day. Not only are there endless possibilities (so no one can EVER tell you they’re bored of breakfast), but it also sets you up for the day ahead by kick starting your metabolism. If you think about it, it makes sense that you need to replenish your body’s glucose stores after a long nights sleep. Trying to work, study, exercise, or even to just go about you daily business on ‘empty’ is never a good idea. Your brain needs glucose to function, no matter what you’re doing! It really gets me when people say ‘oh I don’t need breakfast, I’m just having a lazy morning at home’. No. No. No. There’s a whole range of evidence suggesting that breakfast is good. Yes, it’s essential for your energy levels, but it also helps to improve your mood, lowers stress levels, and improves memory and concentration. Your brain is an organ and that organ needs energy (i.e. breakfast) to function.
Right, rant over.
Back to today’s deliciousness… Overnight Oats.
I like to make sure I get up with enough time to make a nourishing breakfast before leaving the house. However, sometimes I’m out before sunrise and prefer breakfast on the go instead. One of my favourites is overnight oats. Lots of you have been asking me to share the recipe for my overnight oats, so here comes the first of many flavour combinations. They make a deliciously wholesome and high protein breakfast, they’re thick and creamy, without being too sweet or sickly, and they leave me satisfied and ready for the day ahead.
My secret? I always add yoghurt to mine. It makes them extra creamy whilst being also slightly tart, so it compliments the sweetness of the banana perfectly. The chia seeds add to the thickness, whilst also being a great source of omega-3, fibre and protein, so I’d definitely recommend adding them in. I like to take mine in a large glass jar (most mini jam jars just don’t cut it for me!), but a tupperwear would be just as good. Equally, they are a great option if you fancy oats at home, but would prefer them cold instead (hey, it’s spring right!?), so don’t just brush them aside for when you’re out and about!
For those of you interested in trying Missfits Nutrition protein sachets, you can use the code ‘mylifeisforliving20’ for 20% off your order. They come in four flavours including chocolate, vanilla, coffee and mixed berry. You can either pick one flavour or try out a variety box (my favourite)! They are made from pea protein and a number of other essential nutrients and are free from any added sugar. I honestly really recommend them, particularly as they are proportioned and delivered straight through your letter box! However, there are plenty of protein powder options on the market, so if you’ve got a favourite, then feel free to use that instead. Equally, if protein powder isn’t your thing, I’d suggest replacing it in this recipe with a couple of tablespoons of ground almonds, ground flaxseeds or simply more oats. I hope that helps and you find an option to suit your taste!
Now for the recipe...
Mixed Berry Overnight Oats
Time: 5 minutes to prepare, leave overnight
- ½ cup (45g) of oats
- 1 heaped tablespoon of chia seeds
- 1 sachet (25g) of Missfits Mixed Berry protein powder
- 1 small banana or 1/2 large banana
- 125g of unsweetened greek yoghurt (sub with coconut/soy if preferred)
- 200ml of almond milk
- 1 teaspoon of sweetener (optional)
- Toppings: fresh berries, nut butter, seeds, dried fruit, bee pollen
- Mash the banana, then add the yoghurt, milk and honey, and mix well.
- Add the oats, chia seeds and protein powder and mix again.
- Pour into a large jar (500ml) or tupperwear and add your toppings of choice.
- Refrigerate overnight and then enjoy in the morning!
This is just one of the many flavour combinations you can go for, but it’s a great place to start. I’d love to see how you get on. Where do you like to eat your breakfast if not at home? What are your favourite toppings? As usual, comment below or tag @mylifeisforliving on social media and let me know!
Until next time,