There is something incredibly comforting in a bowl of oatmeal. With its many variations and the fact that it can be enjoyed warm or cold it provides the perfect breakfast base all year around.
A healthy start
I really like to start my day with some oats, as they give me energy that is released slowly and keeps me going until lunchtime. I have shared a few breakfast ideas with oats, and have gone more in detail about the benefits of adding oats to your diet here. So I will avoid repeating myself.
Making overnight oats is one of those staples that are perfect if you are trying to prepare your meals in advance and save yourself some time in the morning.
The benefits of meal prepping
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Chia jam for the win!
But now let’s get back to the recipe of the day. I usually don’t add maple syrup to the oats, as I find them sweet enough, but I have given you the option in the recipe. The raspberries give this recipe a light, summery flavor. The chia seeds will boost your fiber intake, as well as provide you with additional protein and healthy fats. More about the health benefits of chia seeds in this article.
I really love making chia jam and I also use it on top of fresh pancakes, like in this video which I’ll share with you below.
And if you want to bring this to the next level, I highly recommend adding a teaspoon of cashew butter! It will elevate the flavors, and will give a velvety texture and rich tang. It just tastes so indulgent!
Here is the recipe.
Vanilla overnight oats with raspberry chia jam
- For the overnight oats:
- 180ml calcium-fortified oat milk
- 115g rolled oats
- 1/8 tsp vanilla bean powder
- 1 tsp maple syrup (optional) Fort the raspberry chia jam:
- 150g frozen, organic raspberries
- 3 tbsp chia seeds
- about 2-3 tbsp water
- 2 tbsp coconut sugar Toppings:
- fresh raspberries
- cashew butter
- hemp seeds
- Take 15 minutes before going to bed to prepare delicious breakfast that will wait for you in the fridge in the morning.
- In a glass jar mix the oats, oat milk and vanilla powder. Close the jar and let the oats sit in the fridge overnight. They will thicken somewhat, so you can add a tablespoon of oat milk to them in the morning, to make them fluffy.
- Prepare the raspberry chia jam. Heat a small pot and add the frozen raspberries and a few tablespoons of water. Let them soften and then add the chia seeds and coconut sugar. Stir well until you get a jam-like consistency.
- Top your overnight oats with the raspberry chia jam, add a teaspoon of cashew butter and some fresh fruit.
- Enjoy at home or take the jar with you to work for later.