Overnight Oats Recipe Ideas for Easy Healthy Gluten Free Breakfasts

For easy make-ahead healthy breakfasts, I’m swapping my morning porridge for this overnight oats recipe collection.

Don’t get me wrong, I seriously love porridge. It’s the breakfast of champions as oats are super-healthy, gluten-free and vegan friendly. But, sometimes it’s good to try something new and some mornings I simply don’t have the time to stand over the stove making porridge. Plus, we’re starting to see some warmer days now and I won’t always want a hot breakfast.

Did you know that oats are jam-packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fibre? They can help with weight loss, lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels, and help to reduce the risk of heart disease.

Overnight oats are a fantastic, chilled alternative to porridge with lots of ways to prepare them, so you’ll never need to settle for a dull breakfast. I like to make mine in a 1/2 litre Kilner jar, so I can pop them in my cooler bag in the morning and take my breakfast with me to work. No more expensive, unhealthy breakfasts in the staff canteen for me.

Basic Overnight Oats Recipe

The basic ingredients for one portion of overnight oats are 1/2 cup of oats and 1/2 cup of milk. I use veggie milks for mine with full fat dairy for the reluctant teen. Overnight oats couldn’t be easier to make as all you need to do is add the milk to the oats then leave in the fridge overnight to soak for a healthy and delicious breakfast.

Everything is better with fruit added to it. Just add your oats and fruits layer by layer, add the milk and leave in the fridge overnight to soak.

Fruity Overnight Oats Recipe Ideas

Black Forest

This healthy twist on Black Forest Gateau tastes like heaven. You’ll be ready for anything from all the vitamins and minerals in the cherries and I defy you not to love the chocolatey goodness of the hazelnut milk. If you want a treat, add a handful of chocolate chips too! You’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup hazelnut milk
  • 1/2 cup frozen cherries (I use them straight from the freezer, as they thaw overnight in the fridge)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Mango Medley

Ever since I first tasted mangoes years ago in India, I’ve thought that they taste like summer. The nutrient packed mango contains cancer fighting antioxidents, can help aid weight loss and regulate diabetes. Did you know that mangoes can also help with digestion and are great for your skin? This delicious overnight oats recipe is as good for you as an old-fashioned health tonic (without the horrible taste!) You’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup mango chunks
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp linseed

Completely Bananas

Who doesn’t love bananas for breakfast? Add one to your overnight oats, with crunchy unsweetened peanut butter and a spoonful of honey and you’re onto a delicious winner that will keep you feeling satisfied and full of energy all morning. You’ll need:

  • Sliced banana
  • 2 tsp wholefood peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup hazelnut milk
  • 1 tsp agave nectar/honey
  • 1 tsp pine nuts

peach overnight oats recipePeach Melba

Get all the flavours of a naughty Peach Melba pud without any of the guilt and worries about your waistline. Packed full of vitamin C and fibre, peaches are amazing for keeping your skin looking fabulous. You’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup sliced peaches (tinned are perfect, but remember to buy them in juice not syrup!)
  • 1/4 cup diced pear
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 cup natural/soya yoghurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 tsp pine nuts

Winter Wonder

Dried cranberries pack a real flavour punch plus they are well-known for helping with urinary tract infections and lowering blood pressure. Combine them with the crunch of sweet apples and the warmth of allspice and you have a winner of a winter breakfast. You’ll need:

  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped apple
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 1/2 cup of almond milk

There are so many other combinations you could experiment with. Apples partner wonderfully with cinnamon, blueberries are very good with strawberries and you can try all kinds of toppings from diced dried fruits to nuts and seeds.

I’d love to know which overnight oats recipe you liked best or maybe you invented your own?

 

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