Starting the day off with a healthy breakfast isn’t always easy.
Sometimes, we get stuck in a rut and have the same thing over and over and over.
Not only boring but a missed opportunity to get better food in you and start the day right.
I was way overdue for a change, and also in need of making an effort to reduce my dairy intake.
What was needed were alternatives that were both good for you and great tasting.
The problem is that I really really love Greek yogurt.
And the cheese… OMG I love cheese.
So this is was no easy task.
Thankfully I have a son-in-law studying nutrition, and there are a whole slew of ideas on the web too.
Overnight Oats for Breakfast
*printable recipe below
Overnight oats was a suggestion that just kept coming up.
I must admit, that I was a bit reluctant to dive into this breakfast option. It’s quite popular online and on social media, and it kinda felt like I was giving in to a “fad” idea more than an actual healthy choice.
However, it turns out they more than deserve their popularity.
High in protein and good fibre, along with many other minerals and vitamins, overnight oats are also helpful in reducing inflammation , and that’s something most of us need to work on.
They’re very easy to prepare the night before. The next morning your healthy breakfast is ready to go, leaving you absolutely no reason to skip breakfast or grab something crappy in a hurry.
Most importantly though…
They actually taste great!
Because, let’s be honest, it’s hard to make changes and adopt better habits when something tastes like…well u know…
So, if you have been on the fence about trying overnight oats, I hear you.
But they are a great alternative and worth incorporating into your breakfast menu.
Here’s one of my favourite flavour combo so far.
Give it a try.
I think you will be pleasantly surprised.
Cocoa + Peanut Butter Overnight Oats (vegan friendly/ dairy free)
- 1/2 cup rolled oats (not the quick ones)
- 2 1/2 tsp cocoa powder
- 2 tbsp peanut butter smooth or crunchy
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- 1 tsp ground flax seed
- 1 tsp maple syrup
- 3/4 cup oat milk almond or soy also ok
- 1 tbsp mini vegan chocolate chips (regular chocolate chips are ok too but try to keep it vegan to avoid the dairy)
- Add all ingredients to a medium bowl and stir together well.
- Transfer, equal portions to 2 smaller serving bowls, cover with plastic wrap or lid and refrigerate overnight.
- The next morning when ready for breakfast, remove cover and enjoy straight cold from the fridge, or leave on counter for 10 min and eat at room temperature*if you wish you can also heat up in the microwave for 20 seconds to take chill off, but keep in mind that eating the oats raw is more beneficial and that's the whole idea behind overnight oats