Overnight Oats

I don’t know if many of you have heard of this quick and easy breakfast solution. It’s great if your short on time in the morning as all the preparation is done the night before. Essentially it’s porridge oats soaked overnight in some form of liquid and then the desired extras added. Once the basics are mastered, the combinations are endless meaning breakfast can get a little more exciting.
It takes a bit of trial and error to get the ratio of liquid to oats right for you. Some recipes suggest an equal amount of liquid (milk or juice) to oats, others throw yoghurt in the mix. Personally, I prefer 1 part oats to 1 part milk to 2 parts plain Greek yoghurt. You can then add any fruit, spices, nuts or seeds. These can be mixed into the bircher and left overnight or added to the mix just before eating. Sometimes when I’m mixing the oats, milk and yoghurt, I will add in a grated apple or mushed banana with a spoonful of chia seeds.
Once you get the right ratio to get a consistency that you like, you can then work on the actual amounts. I found recipes online made way too much for me to eat in the morning. I think oats are quite filling and therefore you only need a small amount. Therefore, my recipe below is what I make for myself. Adjust if you want.
Now, the reason I wanted to blog about overnight oats/bircher pots is because I finally got round to making one that sounds a bit crazy for breakfast (it has veg in it!!) but it tastes amazing. Carrot cake overnight oats.
I found a number of different recipes for this so I took some of the ingredients suggested and made my own. It really does taste like carrot cake. Yummy.
Carrot Cake Overnight Oats – 2 servings
50g porridge oats (not instant)
50ml milk (normal, soya or nut)
125g low fat Greek yoghurt
50g carrot, finely grated
1 teaspoon chia seeds
1 tablespoon raisins
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Sprinkle mixed spice
A few chopped walnuts
1. Mix together the oats, carrot, chia seeds, spices and raisins.
2. Add the milk, yoghurt and vanilla extract and mix together. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
3. Next morning, transfer half into a bowl and top with the walnuts.
This will keep in the fridge for up to three days. Adding the toppings before eating prevents them going soft. These can be heated in the microwave before eating (though I haven’t tried thus yet).
By finely grating the carrot, you can’t notice it texture wise as it is similar to the oats. Also, it’s the spice combination that makes this taste like a carrot cake.
Give it a try. I dare you ☺