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Overnight Oats (Basic Recipe)

Healthy Eating: Overnight Oats (Basic Recipe)

In those days after Christmas, you might feel a craving for healthier food. Maybe it is even a new year’s resolution of yours to start eating more healthy. A proper breakfast is the perfect start to an improved eating pattern, so why not start there? Even if you are short on time, overnight oats are perfect. They are quick, healthy and delicious.

christmas breakfast

Enough to eat at our Christmas breakfast!

Importance of Breakfast

Breakfast is actually my favourite meal of the day. There are nights when I can’t sleep because I am so excited for breakfast the next morning. I know, you can call me weird. But in the end, breakfast is not only delicious, it is also a very important meal. Whether it is your favourite part of the day or just something you have to do in the morning, eating a proper breakfast is what sets your digestive system working and wakes up all kinds of processes in your body. Without breakfast, your body will work on half-force for the entire day.

Quick and Easy

So, even though breakfast is not something to skip, there are those mornings when you just have to hurry and can not be bothered to spend hours in the kitchen. Even on days like that it is possible to have a proper start. Making normal oatmeal in the morning will take about ten minutes (plus five to eat), not a lot of time, really. But by preparing overnight oats, you don’t have to spend any time on making breakfast in the morning at all. It’s simple, healthy and delicious. And now time will be no problem either.


The key to keeping up your resolution to eat healthy is variety, even with your breakfast. Much as I like a simple bowl of cinnamon banana oatmeal, eating that every morning would become rather dull. By keeping things interesting for yourself, it will become much easier to hang on to your new habits. Try adding other spices, fruits, add-ins, anything you can come up with. And if it is no success, well, than you can just try something else tomorrow.

chocolate banana

Oats with cocoa powder stirred in, topped with banana slices and roasted hazelnuts.

Overnight Oats (Basic Recipe)

This basic recipe is very simple, and although it is delicious in itself, it mostly forms a starting point from where you can start experimenting with different flavours.

What you will need:

  • About 30 grams of rolled oats
  • A teaspoon of chia seeds (optional but highly recommended)
  • About 150 ml of your favourite milk
  • A mashed banana
  • About ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon
  • A pinch of salt

How to:

  1. In the evening, mix everything together in a jar or small bowl. (If adding extra spices or soft things, do so now)
  2. Cover with a lid or foil and put in the fridge.
  3. The next morning your breakfast will be ready to eat. Now is also the time to top with anything crunchy or fresh.
  4. Enjoy!

What is your favourite breakfast?

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