I’ve always been a promoter of making time for breakfast in the morning as it sets your energy levels right for the rest of the day, but I must admit ever since starting my placement (meaning earlier starts than uni!), I have found it a lot harder to whip up something tasty that goes beyond peanut butter and banana on toast! The oats in this Banana Chia Overnight Oats recipe ‘cook’ (soak up the liquid) in the fridge overnight meaning that they’re a perfect grab n’ go option for those ‘wow I’m so late’ mornings!
I first tried overnight oats years ago when I was in secondary school, but I really wasn’t a fan when I tried my first attempt as I think I got the liquid:oats ratio wrong! I was always dubious to try it ever since, but then I thought I’d give them another shot when I received some Chia seeds from Creative Nature Superfoods.
Chia seeds are a great food to add to your diet especially for vegans as they are:
- A source of Omega-3 fatty acids– improves heart and brain health, skin and sleep
- High in Fibre– keeps you fuller for longer (1 serving provides 16% of your RDA)
- A source of Calcium (good for bone health) and Magnesium (increases calcium absorption and is vital for enzyme function e.g. protein synthesis)
I know chia seeds can be expensive but if you fancy giving them a try head over to Creative Nature Superfoods where you can get 10% off by entering FAVE10 using this link!
After browsing a few recipes for chia overnight oats on Google for some inspiration, I thought I’d make mine with some almond milk, coconut yogurt, cinnamon, vanilla essence and half a mashed banana. I made mine the night before which literally took under two mins, and come the next morning, the oats and chia seeds had absorbed nearly all the liquid making them really plump and creamy.
Leaving the oat mixture in the fridge over night means that there’s no need to cook the oats the next day which saves loads of time, and even if you find the idea of cold oats a bit weird (which I did at first), you only need to blast them in the microwave for a minute once you get to work.
The best thing about these banana chia overnight oats recipe is that you can experiment with so many different flavour combos so you won’t get bored of them any time soon! I topped mine with coconut yogurt, granola, banana, some berries and a tad bit of agave syrup for some added sweetness. You can experiment with different plant milks/yogurts, different fruits (tinned peaches taste amazing in this!), and I reckon a bit of cocoa powder would taste great in the oats too!
Have tried chia seeds before? If so, what recipes did you use them in? Feel free to leave suggestions in the comments below!
BANANA CHIA OVERNIGHT OATS RECIPE
For the creamiest oats leave them to soak overnight and stir through some soya yogurt before eating
For the oats
- 40 g porridge oats
- 1 tbsp Creative Nature Superfoods chia seeds see notes for discount link
- 120 ml plant milk I used almond milk
- 1 tbsp coconut yogurt plus extra for topping
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract optional
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon optional
- 1/2 mashed banana
- handful of mixed berries
- 1 tbsp coconut yogurt
- 1 tbsp granola
- A squeeze of agave syrup maple syrup would go too
- Add all the oat ingredients to a fancy jar (or your favourite Tupperware!)
- Leave in the fridge for at least 2 hours or preferably overnight
Wake up to some lovely soaked oats and sprinkle over your favourite toppings- but keep them healthy of course! (you can get creative!)
- You can also microwave them in the morning for about 90 secs if you prefer hot oats
If you fancy being a bit extra like I was (for the sake of this post!), you can serve your oats in a jar, otherwise any old Tupperware will do!
I know chia seeds can be expensive but they're really nutritional and taste great in this recipe, so if you fancy giving them a try head over to Creative Nature Superfoods where you can get 10% off by entering FAVE10 using this link!