Lena Talks Breakfast: Overnight Oats

Wednesday, September 30th 2015 Food

Apple and Cinnamon Overnight Oats - Lena Talks Beauty

Recently I decided to include the odd non-beauty related post, and this is my first food post! I’m ever a late adopter of things, and I’ve got into making Overnight Oats in the last few weeks after seeing them on blogs and Pinterest for years now. I used to love making porridge in the mornings when I was a student, but now I prefer to sleep until the last possible minute and end up eating at my desk when I get to work which makes porridge a bit impractical, and overnight oats perfect.

I have experimented a lot, and I have a few different varieties of overnight oats that I make but this is my go-to lately. It’s based on a recipe from My Whole food Life  but I’ve changed up some of the ingredients to suit what I have available, and what I like to eat. So without further ado, here is my recipe for Apple and Cinnamon Overnight Oats.Apple and Cinnamon Overnight Oats Recipe - Lena Talks Beauty

Like I said earlier, the ingredients of overnight oats can vary a lot, and as long as you keep the oats: milk ratio right then the additional bits can be anything you have available. Here is what I use for my apple and cinnamon overnight oats

  • 1/3 cup Rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup Almond milk – or dairy, or soy, coconut etc
  • 1 small apple, or half an apple, grated
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Chia seeds
  • Sultanas
  • Sunflower seeds

Apple and Cinnamon Overnight Oats - Lena Talks Beauty

I make my overnight oats in a plastic container, as opposed to the glass mason jars I see on Pinterest because it’s much more practical to transport and clean, but you can put it in anything, even a bowl with gladwrap over the top. The first ingredient that goes in is 1/3 cup rolled oats, since it’s the key ingredient. After that, I add in 1 teaspoon of chia seeds. I didn’t know much about chia seeds until I received this bag of them in a PR parcel from Goodness Natural Beauty who use chia seed oil in their beautiful skincare. The benefits of chia seeds are various, but the benefit I like the best is that they have dietary fibre which is great for digestion.

Chia seeds for Overnight Oats - Lena Talks Beauty

Next up is one of the star ingredients – 1/2 tsp of cinnamon. I know some people don’t like much cinnamon, but I really do, so you can add as much or as little of this as you want.
Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oatmeal

Sultanas and Sunflower seeds are totally optional ingredients, but I threw some in since I had them at home and they add some different flavours and textures to the oats.

Sultanas and Sunflower Seeds for Overnight Oats - Lena Talks Beauty

Once all of the dry ingredients have been added, it’s apple time! Most of the American recipes for overnight oats refer to applesauce, and I don’t even know what that is, so I decided to use grated apple. Either use one small apple, or half of an apple – I typically make a serving for myself and one for my brother, but these keep in the fridge for 2 days so you could use your whole apple that way. Or have a snack while making breakfast for the next day!

I use my apple corer which is a pretty unneccessary uni-tasker item, but I have to use it to make myself feel like it’s not stupid to own it. Otherwise just grate your way through the apple and stop at the corer. I don’t peel it since the apple skin is more good fibre, and also I’m lazy.

Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oatmeal

Grated Apple Overnight Oats - Lena Talks Beauty

I often find myself snacking a bit on the apple before adding it to my oats

The final ingredient is milk! I’m lactose intolerant, so I use Blue Diamond Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk. I like the vanilla variety since it adds some flavour and sweetness without being overpowering or adding too much sugar. You could also use normal cow’s mik, soy milk, coconut milk, whatever you fancy. Add 3/4 cup of milk, and combine all ingredients well.

Blue Diamond Almond Milk Unsweetened Vanilla - Lena Talks Beauty

Here is the finished product – delicious oats ready to go in the fridge overnight and be eaten in the morning. Overnight oats are intended to be eaten cold, but you can microwave them in the morning if you wish. I eat mine at room temperature, since I take them out of the fridge and then on a journey to work they warm up a bit.

Apple Cinnamon and Chia Overnight Oats - Lena Talks Beauty

Eating overnight oats in the morning really fills me up, I usually don’t even feel like eating morning tea when I’ve had my oats in the morning. It’s a fairly low cost meal, even the chia seeds aren’t terribly expensive per serving once you’ve bought the bag. It definitely saves money on me buying muffins and snacks every day at work!

There are a million different things you could do to vary your overnight oats, and I’ve pinned a lot to my Pinterest food board which I plan to try. Have you ever made overnight oats? Got any recommendations for me? Let me know in the comments section – and I would LOVE to know if anyone follows this recipe!

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  • YUM! This looks so good 😀

    • It is so good! I was too lazy to make it last night and I was full of regret this morning 🙁

  • I love any variation on the overnight oat theme! If I know I’m going to have a busy week it’s so easy to make a big batch of the dry ingredients and add your milk of choice. I actually like it birchers muesli style as well, with a bit of juice, grated apple, and yoghurt. Lately I’ve been really into just using almond or rice milk with three tablespoons of chia, then mixing in Greek yoghurt when I eat it. So yum! And cinnamon is life.

    • Oh that’s a good idea, mix up the dry ingredients at once! I wish there were nice non-dairy yoghurts, the only ones I’ve tried have been so foul.

      • Oh no! I’ve heard good things about coconut yoghurt but admittedly haven’t tried any haha. I’m lactose intolerant too, but I find that yoghurt is ok because there isn’t that much lactose in there – or at least there shouldn’t be! Ooh and I’ve been taking lactase pills before I have things like ice cream and milky coffees, but I’m not sure how easy it is to find.

        • I haven’t seen coconut yoghurt! I;m not just intolerant in terms of stomach upsets, it also triggers eczema for me sot that’s another reason why i avoid it. I have lactose pills for when I really want it, but it’s still not ideal.

          • Ugh, eczema can go die in a fire. I only have tiny patches of it every now and again, and I don’t know if it’s related to my dairy intake – probably more a stress thing for me. I’m going to try coconut yoghurt next time I see it haha!

  • i love oats and any forms of it….So excited to try this one Lena 🙂 Thanks for sharing! that measuring spoon with a heart shape is lovely!

    • Let me know how you get on! Its delicious, I’ll be making it tonight. The measuring spoons are so cute!

  • I love overnight oats! Glad to hear you’re making your morning breakfast routine quicker and not just skipping it all together! The apple-cinnamon combos is definitely a winner. Just make sure you’re getting 20-30 grams of protein for breakfast to turn on your body’s max fat-burning potential 🙂

    • I haven’t actually checked how much protein is this, I should work it out – since I’ve been working out more I’ve been trying to keep an eye on my protein intake!

      • I’m so glad you’re keeping record of your protein intake now that you’re more active! Please let me know if you have any other questions about fueling your workouts or fitness/nutrition in general.

        • I just looked it up and almond milk is pretty low in protein – think I’ll be switching to soy or lactose free dairy maybe! Thanks for making me think of this 🙂

          • I would say definitely stick with the almond milk (make sure its unsweetened!), soy milk and lactose free dairy can be highly processed! Instead, I like to have a side of egg whites or one egg and 3 egg whites with my oatmeal (you can also cook them in there by just adding them for the last microwave/stovetop minute) or mix in some all-natural vegan or whey protein powder.

  • Yum, this looks amazing Lena!

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