So the holidays have been and gone and as expected overindulgence was an issue, more for some than others — Jimi! After devouring a double chocolate gateaux made for 15 people, by himself in less than 24hrs, it comes as no surprise that Jimi has managed to gain nearly 3/4 of a stone in the past month. A figure he said he’s actually pretty okay with considering the ridiculous level of gorging over the last few weeks.
So now we’re on something of a January health kick and although we know it won’t last, even just a week-long detox can only be a good thing. By week two life will see us behind again, and we won’t have time to prepare a healthy, nutritious meal and so a call to kebab shop is an inevitability. But this year I’m determined to try and make the healthy option the easiest option. And so what better place to start than with these painfully simple overnight oats. Using the base recipe of 1/2 a cup of oats and 1/2 a cup of unsweetened almond milk (or any milk of your choosing) you can add practically ANYTHING into it. Then just give it a good shake, leave it in the fridge overnight, and by morning you’ll have a cheap, healthy and scrummy breakfast!
This is perfect for those busy mornings when you’re trying to get the kids out the door on time, while looking presentable, preferably with matching shoes on. Just 10 minutes prep the prior evening removes one less job for the next morning. It’ll be ideal for when I’m back at work in a few weeks, for a quick brekkie on the go.
This recipe below is one of my favourites. I think the amounts make for a sweet enough brekkie. However if you like it sweeter try adding more cinnamon rather than maple to keep things as healthy as possible. This one tastes great warmed up too — pour into a bowl and microwave for a minute or two — this will also soften the apple a bit.
- 70g (1/2 cup) rolled oats
- 120ml (1/2 cup) unsweetened almond milk
- ½ apple, chopped
- ½ tbsp maple syrup
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- Place all ingredients into a clean jar, pop the lid on TIGHT and shake until thoroughly mixed.
- Leave in the fridge overnight, to be enjoyed in the morning -- hot or cold.