Easy Overnight Oats

Launching this blog has been quite a process. From idea development, to figuring out how on earth web-hosting works, to actually taking the time to test some of my favourite recipes to make sure that they are delicious and easy for others to make… It’s also a little bit scary, sharing  my little space on the internet, something that I’ve been working on with others. But today is the day that I get to share my ‘baby’ with all of you. I’m hoping to share my passion with each of my followers, and I hope that over time I can inspire you to cook real food at home more often, to experiment in the kitchen and not be afraid of making mistakes, and to learn more about how the food that you eat can keep your body healthy and strong.

So here it goes, recipe number 1. Easy Overnight Oats. I figured that I should share this first because it’s probably my number 1 breakfast option at the moment. Please comment if you give it a go, let me know what you think, and share any tasty additions that you try out ๐Ÿ™‚

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Most of us know that it’s important to have something to eat for breakfast to kick-start our day,  but often don’t have the time to prepare something tasty, sustaining, and full of good nutrients that our bodies need, before we rush out of the house in the morning.  It’s pretty fitting that I start this blog off with a recipe that is one of my favourite go-to breakfasts for many different reasons.  It’s simple, quick and easy to make, and if you know that you’re going to have a busy week you can make big batch to last you a whole week.  It’s filling, and provides you with sustained energy to get through the morning.  It also tastes really good ๐Ÿ™‚ There is such a variety of different combinations and added extras you can add tailor the recipe to your own tastes and preferences.  Each of the main ingredients is pretty easy to find in the shops, affordable, and boasts a number of  potential health benefits when included as part of a balanced diet.  Here are a few awesome facts about some of the ingredients used in this recipe.

Oats

Most of the health benefits associated with oats have been attributed to high fibre, phytonutrient, vitamin, and mineral contents.  Beta-glucan is an important soluble fibre that is found in oats, which has been shown to lower total and LDL cholesterol levels thanks to its ability to bind to excess cholesterol in the gut and thus preventing its absorption. Recent research has shown that oats contain a unique phenolic compound known as avenanthramide (AVE), which may have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that provide positive health benefits. Oat products tend to have a low GI and cause a low blood glucose response when consumed, and thus provide more sustained energy over time as well as effective management of blood sugar levels in individuals with diabetes. 

Almonds

Almonds are nutrient dense foods thanks to their unsaturated fatty acid content. They also contain high-quality plant-based protein, fibre, vitamins B7 (biotin), E and B2 (riboflavin), manganese, copper, phytosterols, and a number of beneficial phenolic compounds.  By virtue of their unique composition, nuts have been proven to be beneficial when consumed regularly as part of a well-balanced diet.  The fibre and other prebiotic components found in almonds have been shown to improve gut health through the promotion of beneficial microflora growth. Studies have associated nut consumption with a possible reduced incidence of heart disease, and limited evidence suggests that they have beneficial effects on inflammation, hypertension, and blood cholesterol levels.  More information detailing the benefits of almonds can be found here, here, here, and here

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Ok enough information, here’s the recipe ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Easy Overnight Oats
Serves 2
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Prep Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup whole rolled oats
  2. 1/2 cup brewed Rooibos tea
  3. 1 tsp chia seeds
  4. 1 Granny Smith apple or pear, grated
  5. 1/3 cup raw nuts (almonds, pecans), roughly chopped
  6. 1/4 cup seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, sesame)
  7. 2 Tbsp Greek-style yoghurt
  8. 1 Tbsp desiccated coconut
  9. 2 Tbsp ground flaxseed
  10. 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  11. 1 tsp ground ginger
  12. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  13. To serve: fresh/frozen berries, banana, figs, raw nuts, cinnamon, chopped mint, lemon juice, orange segments...
The night before
  1. Mix together the oats, Rooibos tea and chia seeds in a small bowl or jar and store in the fridge overnight.
In the morning
  1. Mix the remaining ingredients with the oat mixture in a large bowl. Serve with fresh/frozen berries, sliced banana, figs, raw nuts, extra cinnamon, chopped mint, lemon juice, or orange segments. The possibilities here are pretty endless ๐Ÿ™‚
Notes
  1. I find that this recipe is sufficient for two people, but most recipes that I've encountered use twice the amount of oats specified here. If you try this recipe and find that the serving size is not big enough to fill you up and get you through the morning, increase the amount of oats to 2/3 cup or 1 cup.
  2. Double or triple the recipe if you want to make enough Overnight Oats to last you the whole week.
Adapted from Jessica Sepel (The Healthy Life)
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References

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[2] Dao C, Zhang H. Oat Beta-Glucan: Its Role in Health Promotion and Prevention of Diseases. Compr Rev Food Sci Food Saf. 2012 Jun;11(4):355-65.

[3] Anderson JW, Baird P, Davis RH, Ferreri S, Knudtson M, Koraym A, Waters V, Williams CL. Health benefits of dietary fiber. Nuts Rev. 2009 Apr;67(4):118-205.

[4] Onyenwoke A. Eat More Oats: They’re Really Good for You! Duke Med Health News. 2015 Aug;21(8):5.

[5] Menon R, Gonzales T, Feruzzi M, Jackson E, Winderi D, Watson J. Advances in Food and Nutrition Research. Vol. 77. Oats – From Farm to Fork. U.S.: Elsevier Inc;2016.  

[6] Liu Z, Lin X, Huang G, Zhang W, Rao P, Ni L. Prebiotic effects of almonds and almond skins on intestinal microbiota in healthy adult humans. Anaerobe. 2014 Apr;26:1-6.

[7] Ros E. Health Benefits of Nut Consumption. Nutrients. 2010 Jul;2(7):652-82.

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13 Comments

  1. Will definitely try this out. It looks delish. All the best with your blog Kirsty. It looks great !

  2. Well done Kirstin! What a wholesome starter to one’s day and your new blogsite. All the ingredients are so yummy! I enjoyed reading all the nutritional information too, provided so adequately. I look forward to more recipes from your kitchen to your Blog.

  3. Ingrid Terblanche

    Kirstin,this is a very interesting blog! Your breakfast oats recipe was exactly what i was looking for. I got bored with my muesli and yoghurt ,oats with cinnamon kind of breakfasts. I enjoyed reading the nutritional information as well! Thank you, Ingrid

    • kirstinlouisem

      Ingrid ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope that you enjoy(ed) the overnight oats! It’s a staple here in our house. x

  4. Dayna de Wet

    I absolutely love this! So easy, quick and super scrumptious. Perfect for a morning on the go!
    Thanks so much, this is my new favorite recipe! โค

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