I used to have the same boring breakfasts every day. Don’t get me wrong, I love Weet-Bix, Vegemite toast, peanut butter toast… but I needed a change. Plus, we don’t have a toaster. Starting my health-kick this year has really inspired me in the kitchen. I love that breakfast can be savoury or sweet. I love that breakfast can taste like dessert.
Almond milk is my new favourite thing. It tastes just like milk but doesn’t give me any problems associated with eating dairy products. I was also very fussy with cow’s milk growing up so this is a great substitute. I love cold cereal for the first time in my life.
I began experimenting with oatmeal this year after being inspired by those flavoured microwave oats which never really filled me up. I thought to myself, hang on, I can make these myself! And with any flavour I like!
I started researching. Yes, it was true. There were endless possibilities for oatmeal. Why did I not know this?
Generally I eat breakfast at 7.30am, and by the time I get to work at 9am I am already hungry. I decided I wanted to start eating breakfast at work. But making oatmeal at work seemed like a messy option.
I stumbled across an article about overnight/refrigerator oats. What a great idea! I have started experimenting with flavours I like and this breakfast is a new favourite for both Alex and I. I think they would be even better during Melbourne’s toasty summer.
I like to add ground flaxseed as it is a great source of Omega-3 for my vegetarian husband and non-fish-eating me. It can be easily added to cereals and smoothies. I have seen recipes for overnight oats which use chia seeds (an even better source of Omega-3) but currently in Australia they are just so expensive.
- ¼ cup rolled oats
- ¼ cup milk of choice
- ¼ cup vanilla yoghurt
- 1 tsp ground flaxseed, optional (or chia seed)
- ½ small banana, sliced thinly
- 1 tbsp jam of choice
- 1 tsp sugar or sweetener (optional)
- Combine all ingredients in a small, lidded container. Mix well.
- Put on the lid tightly and leave overnight in the refrigerator.