Blueberry banana overnight oats – prepare your gluten free oatmeal in the day before consumption with this banana blueberry with chia seeds recipe.
I’m sure you have probably heard the hype right now, that is overnight chia seed oats . I have also hopped on the oatmeal wagon, to a lesser extent with this blueberry banana overnight oats. I have always enjoyed eating oatmeal but preparing them the night before with chia seeds using a small handful of ingredients makes them oh so tempting.
I could easily eat this for breakfast everyday but since I like to diversify, I can’t see myself doing so.
The importance of breakfast
As we all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day, while I am on the subject, let’s be candid here, how many of you actually eat breakfast in the morning? Do you lead a hectic lifestyle that warrants a non stop attitude? Are you too lazy to fix yourself something to eat in the mornings? Perhaps you’re indecisive about what to eat?
I have broached this topic many times before throughout my life and have heard all of the excuses above. I’m not chastising anyone for their decision not to eat first thing in the morning, but I do want to point out the importance of commencing the day on a full stomach.
You see after sleeping for such a long period of time, while your body has had a chance to re-energise and restore its balance, it needs some substance to recover from not eating for several hours. This is where the term breakfast derives from because you are breaking the fast (breakfast).
I personally cannot leave the house without a bite to eat, I ALWAYS and I mean ALWAYS eat breakfast, whether it’s a bowl of fruit, smoothie, blueberry banana oats or an omelette, Charla is eating before she heads out. I need my energy levels optimised before I start the day, if I didn’t my blood sugar levels would plummet leading to hypoglycaemia (low blood pressure).
It’s not uncommon for people who skip breakfast to feel faint, tired or dizzy throughout the day and unbeknown to them these symptoms stem from not eating breakfast. It is so imperative to eat something in the morning , you owe it to your body.
Ingredients for overnight oats
Oats – Oats are naturally gluten free but due to trace or cross contamination it is always best to buy oats that are labelled “Gluten free”. Old fashioned oats work best for this recipe because the quick ones absorb the milk and become quite mushy. I actually like the “mushy” texture (yes, I’m weird) so this doesn’t bother me at me.
Nut milk of your choice – Any plant based milk works for this recipe cashew, coconut milk, almond etc.. pick your poison!
Chia seeds – are quite gelatinous when they expand. Great for adding to your overnight oats if you want some additional thickness.
Cinnamon – spices always add flavour and warmth!
Coconut nectar – This is my favourite low GI sweetener, it has caramel butterscotch taste. A great for diabetics, agave and unrefined maple syrup are equally as nice
Fruit – You can add any fruit you want to these overnight bowl but I like a simple blueberry and chopped banana combination
How to make blueberry banana overnight oats
Bowl or mason jar – you can use either one these to house the oatmeal. Jars come in handy if you are eating on the go or intend to take your breakfast for work, gym or so fourth the next day. It’s your choice as to whether a jar or bowl is suitable for this recipe.
Oatmeal prep – add the listed ingredients to the jar/bowl and mix together. The chia seeds and oats will work in unison to absorb most of the liquid. If you oats are too thick the next day add a splash of nut milk.
The good thing being there’s zero prep work other than pouring the ingredients into a small bowl and mixing them together. It’s so handy to take this out of the refrigerator, eat the next morning and repeat the entire progress again.
Are overnight oats fattening
No, oats are low in fat and contain healthy carbohydrates.
I don’t consume nut milk so can I make overnight oats with water
Yes, you can. use 1 cup of water in place of the nut milk. The chia seeds should still be able to help with expanding the oatmeal
Overnight oats benefits
- Full of fiber which helps to aid the digestive system
- Complex carbohydrates are slow releasing helping to keep you fuller for longer
- Gluten free and vegan friendly
- low in fat
Alternative to oats
- Millet flakes
- Almond meal
- Hemp hearts (seeds)
Overnight oats variations
Chocolate and banana overnight oats – add 1 tbsp of cacao
Strawberry and banana overnight oats – add 1/2 cup of chopped strawberries
Overnight oats banana and peanut – 2tbsp of creamy peanut butter
Other breakfast recipes to try
Blueberry banana overnight oats
- 1/2 cup of gluten free oats old fashioned rolled oats work best, but quick oats are fine
- 1 1/4 cup of coconut milk can use almond or other nut milk
- 1 tbsp of chia seeds
- 1/4 of cinnamon
- 1 tbsp of coconut nectar can use agave, maple or another low GI sweetener
- 1/2 a banana or a small banana
- 1/4 cup of blueberries
- Add all of the ingredients to a bowl or a jar and combine everything, give it a good stir.
- Place in the refrigerator overnight. The chia seeds and oats will swell and expand overnight. The next day you should be presented with some creamy oatmeal.
- Garnish with additional banana, blueberries and a drizzle of coconut nectar.