One of the biggest challenges my clients face is finding the time to prepare a balanced and healthy breakfast on busy mornings. Overnight oats are the perfect solution, because most of the work is done the night before. All that remains in the morning is to add a few toppings. In addition, overnight oats can easily be packed for a nutritious breakfast to go.
To ensure you have the energy you need for whatever the morning brings, a healthy breakfast must include a balance of carbohydrates, protein and healthy fat. In the recipe below, chia seeds and walnuts add a boost of protein and healthy fats that complement the carbohydrates in the raspberries and oats.
You can easily change up the toppings based on what is in season and what you have stocked in your pantry. Great options include a variety of fresh fruit, nuts and seeds. Changing up the toppings will ensure that breakfast will not only remain interesting, but it will also be more nutritionally diverse.
Best of all, clean up is a breeze because overnight oats require just one bowl to prepare.
A healthy, nutritious breakfast that can be prepared in just minutes with virtually zero cleanup? It just doesn’t get much better.
- 1 large banana, mashed
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1/2 cup organic raspberries
- 1/4 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
- unsweetened coconut flakes, to taste
- In a small bowl, mash the banana with a fork until smooth.
- Add the chia seeds, rolled oats, ground cinnamon, vanilla extract and almond milk.
- Stir until thoroughly combined.
- Cover and refrigerate overnight.
- In the morning, stir the oatmeal mixture to combine.
- Add raspberries, walnuts and coconut flakes.
Overnight Oats adapted from Oh She Glows.