Are you a breakfast person? I am and always have been. It’s not the “most important meal of the day” line that got me, it’s that when I wake up I’m hungry. Starving in fact! I love food and starting the day with a delicious breakfast works for me.

I stayed in a hotel a few weeks ago and enjoyed the buffet breakfast each morning. Not much excites me more than a hotel breakfast buffet! One of the dishes available was overnight oats and they were amazing. I have never really eaten them before or even considered making them so I came away quite chuffed with my new discovery. And, if you race out the door without eating breakfast or find that morning rush so stressful, I think they could be the solution to a blissful breakfast in your house. Plus I’ve got a yummy recipe that you can whip up in five minutes. Easy!

Super easy to make

See above – a recipe that takes five minutes to make is a winner in my book. There are few ingredients, you can customise to your taste and all they need is a stir before they sit in the fridge working their overnight oats magic. The other benefit is that you make them in the evening so they are ready for when you wake in the morning.

Perfect for on the go

If you are one who doesn’t eat breakfast because you are rushing out the door each morning, overnight oats are a simple solution. Make them in a plastic container and grab them from the fridge to eat on the train or when you get to work. If you are a breastfeeding mama, you might not be so much on the go in the morning, but more going nowhere. So before you head into the nursery to feed baby, get your oats from the fridge. They aren’t hot so you don’t need to worry about spilling hot porridge on your baby and you can eat them one handed with a spoon.Are overnih

A healthy start

Do you ever notice that if you start with a healthy breakfast, you are more likely to choose healthy options for the rest of the day? This is certainly the case for me. One of the appeals of overnight oats is that they are a healthier option. You can use almond, soy, coconut milk or even water to cater to taste and your preferences. You can also add different fruits for sweetness and to up your fruit intake for the day.

Nothing beats taste

So really what it comes down to is taste. I love food and I want the food I eat to taste good. Life’s too short right? I love to start my mornings slowly. I rise early and try and enjoy a cup of tea and some breakfast before my daughter wakes up and the chaos ends. If I can pull something delicious straight from the fridge without having to think about it, it just adds to the bliss of my breakfast me time.

apple and berry overnight oats recipe

Apple and berry overnight oats recipe

Serves 1

Ingredients

1/2 cup traditional oats
1/2 cup milk
1 apple, peeled and grated
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tbsp maple syrup
2 tbsp flaked almonds (plus extra to serve)
berries and strawberries, to serve

Method

Combine the oats, milk, apple, cinnamon, maple syrup and flaked almonds in a container or mason jar – whatever is fine as long as it has a lid. Place in the fridge overnight.

In the morning remove the oats from the fridge and stir to combine the ingredients. Top with fresh blueberries, chopped strawberries and the reserved flaked almonds.

What do you have for breakfast? Are you going to try overnight oats?

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