Gem's Perfect Breakfast - Simple Overnight Oats

Gem's Perfect Breakfast - Simple Overnight Oats

Gemma’s Perfect Breakfast – Simple Overnight Oats 

When we asked our pal Gem from @gemswholesomekitchen what her ideal healthy breakfast would be, she couldn't wait to tell us about this super simple recipe for overnight oats. As the name suggests, prep this the night before you plan to enjoy it, and pop it in the fridge. Come morning, you’ll have a delicious breky AND add a spare ten minutes to your morning routine! 

A Pinterest-worthy mason jar filled with Gem's delicious, simple overnight oats recipe. The jar is layered with oats, frozen purple and red berries, and topped with fresh berries and desiccated coconut.

You will need:  

  • 50g oats (use GF if needed) 
  • 1 tsp chia seeds 
  • 120ml plant-based milk, such as almond or coconut 
  • 1 tsp maple syrup (or honey) 
  • A handful of fresh seasonal fruit (e.g. berries, chopped, banana, grated apple or chopped peaches) 

Optional extras:  

  • A pinch of ground cinnamon 
  • 1⁄2 tsp vanilla extract 
  • 1 tbsp nut butter 
  • 1 tbsp desiccated coconut 
  • 1–2 tbsp granola  
  • Frozen berries 
  • Coconut Yoghurt 

Method: 

Combine the oats, chia seeds and plant-based milk in a small jar or bowl and stir through the honey or maple syrup. If you are using cinnamon, vanilla, or nut butter, stir these through now, too. Cover and leave in the fridge overnight. 

The next morning, top with fresh fruit, desiccated coconut and granola (if using). If you want to make your oats a little thinner, stir in a splash more milk before you add the toppings. 

#OatHacks 
On chillier mornings, Gemma recommends warming the oats gently before adding your toppings! 

In the mood for a little extra? Why not try one of Gemma’s special blends: 

MACA MOOD BOOSTER 
Maca is amazing for balancing hormones, helping with PMT symptoms and the menopause. It is also a great stress reliever. Bananas boost serotonin, our happy hormone! 
Add 1 tbsp maca powder, stirred into the oat mix the next day, served with 1 chopped banana. 

GREEN ENERGY BOOST  
Spirulina is great for energy and is full of nutrients and vitamins. It also contains tryptophan, an amino acid that supports serotonin production! 
Add 2 tsp spirulina powder, stirred into the oat mix the next day, served with chopped green fruits (e.g. kiwi, grapes or apple) 

CHILL-OUT CHERRY
Cherries are one of only a few natural food sources of melatonin. Raw cacao can help reduce anxiety – it is rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals! 
Add 1 tsp of cacao powder, stirred into the oat mix the next day, served with a small handful of fresh or frozen cherries (defrosted if frozen), pitted and chopped. 

Three glass mason jars sitting in a row; each contains one of Gem's beautiful, "extra" overnight oat recipes. From left to right: Chill-out Cherry (added cacao powder topped with fresh cherries); Maca Mood Booster (added Maca powder topped with chopped banana); and Green Energy Boost (added spirulina topped with fresh kiwi).Recipe from  The Self Care Cookbook’ by Gemma Ogston 
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