Oats are so underrated! Usually in the cold winter months I settle for a quick bowl of porridge in the mornings before college, but since the weather is getting warmer I have been experimenting a bit more with my breakfasts. I actually want to enjoy them instead of almost inhaling (not literally) them before I run out to work. Oats are also one of the simplest and healthiest breakfasts you can have. They lower cholesterol, are incredibly nutritious, fuel you until lunch, reduce your risk of heart disease and they are possibly the most affordable breakfast out there. Here are my top 3 breakfast that I like to make with oats.
Overnight Oats w/ Fruit & Yogurt
This is so simple because most of it is prepared the night before, so it’s certainly one for you if you find mornings a bit of a rush. This is the one I’ve been opting for the most.
1 cup of Oats
1 tbsp of Chia Seeds
I cup of Water / Milk
Handful of Blueberries/Raspberries
1 tbsp Natural Yogurt
Method: Mix the oats and the chia seeds together in a bowl, and then add the water or milk if you prefer, but I find it just as nice made on water. Pop in the fruit and leave this in the fridge overnight to soak. In the morning top it with yogurt and sprinkle a few extra chia seeds on top (if you wish). Sometimes I add a bit of honey if I’m needing a bit more sweetness.
Porridge w/ Banana and Peanut Butter
This is a great one for those slightly colder mornings when your in need of something hot to eat. It’s also great for that bit of extra protein in your breakfast with the chia seeds and peanut butter.
1 cup of Oats
1.5 cups of Water (or milk)
1 tbsp Chia Seeds
1 tbsp Peanut Butter
Method: On a medium heat, add the oats and water to the saucepan. When its about half cooked, add in the chopped banana and stir it all up. The mushier the banana gets the better. Once it’s cooked, pop it in a dish. Add the peanut butter and sprinkle the chia seeds on top.
Smoothie Bowl w/ Oats
If you love your smoothies but don’t find them very filling for breakfast then try out this recipe and add some oats into the mix (literally). This is another great one if you’re in rush most mornings because you can blend it up and take it with you if needs be. Also, depending on how much water you add you can still drink it as a smoothie if you are having it on the go. You can pretty much use any smoothie recipe you like and just add in the oats.
1 cup Oats
1 cup frozen berries
Handful of Spinach
1 tbsp chia seeds
Method: Add the banana, berries, chia seeds and oats into your blender. Add whatever amount of water you like, depending on whether you want to drink it like a smoothies (add more) or have a nice thick smoothie bowl (add less). Blend it all up til it’s smooth, and then pop it in the bowl. You can sprinkle whatever you like over the top but I just added a few extra berries and some extra chia seeds.