Are you looking for an easy and healthy way to start your day? It most certainly would involve having a filling and healthy breakfast, right? What if I told you that you can enjoy a super nutritious breakfast, that you don’t even need to prepare in the morning? It makes me so excited to wake up knowing that I have a delicious breakfast waiting for me in the fridge, and that I can start the day right, even if I have no time in the morning! This recipe acts so much like a mood booster in this sense. 🙂
Preparing your oats the night before not only saves you time in the morning, it actually makes your breakfast more nutritious. Why? Soaking them the night before actually makes oats more easily digestible, as their starches break down. Oats also contain phytic acid (like many other grains), which can inhibit the nutrient absorption of the food you eat. Soaking the oats breaks down the phytic acid and can help your body absorb more nutrients. I find this way of preparing your oats is just much faster too, and this way you will never have an excuse to say that you did not have time to prepare your breakfast. 😉 Because oats are high on resistant starch they are a great food if you are trying to lose weight. They will fill you up, and their energy will release slowly and evenly throughout your morning. Oats are also a great food for your heart, so help yourself with an extra serving as you’re at it. 🙂
I like to add chia seeds to my overnight oats to give them a pudding-like texture. And I personally think this recipe is an upgrade of my vanilla chia pudding (recipe here). I love chia seeds, as they offer so much nutrition. They are rich in minerals, fiber and plant-based protein (Read more about the nutritional properties of chia here).
So take 5 minutes in your evening and prepare this breakfast. You will feel spoiled in the morning, and will give yourself a pat on the shoulder for the little act of kindness you offered yourself 🙂
Overnight Oats And Chia Pudding
- 100gr rolled oats
- 180ml almond milk (or rice milk)
- 4 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
- 1-2 tbsp maple syrup
- Toppings: fresh berries, coconut flakes (optional)
- Place all ingredients, except the toping in a bowl and mix them well together. The texture should be a bit runny, as the chia seeds and oats will absorb some of the liquid overnight.
- Cover the bowl and place it in the fridge overnight or for a few hours.
- You can warm it up slightly in the morning, or enjoy it cold.
- Add toppings of your choice and enjoy!