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!
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)
- 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
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.
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)
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.