overnight oats

Quite honestly, like most people, I can’t be bothered making any meals in the morning for the day ahead. This even includes breakfast, so I like to prep the day before. Ironically, breakfast is the hardest meal to do this for. I found the below from Leanin15 and here’s what I thought…

We often use items that will go off or deteriorate overnight which creates a challenge. With training as well, I needed a higher protein option however, didn’t fancy eating day old bacon. I looked at Leanin15 because I thought it would provide a quick option. Instead, I found a quick AND prep-friendly option in the form of Overnight Oats. Most of the ingredients can be found in your home already, or picked up for cheap and used throughout the week.

What you need:

5g frozen cranberries (Leanin15 suggest more when serving but I didn’t use them)

1 pear chopped¬†into rough pieces (Don’t peel)

175ml almond milk

1 tablespoon of Greek yoghurt

1 tablespoon of honey

1 scoop (30g) protein powder (I used Vanilla but I guess any flavor would work)

100g rolled oats

Flaxseeds (I used a small hand full when serving)

Chopped toasted hazelnuts (I used a small hand full when serving)

overnight oats leanin15
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The one thing about overnight oats is how easy they are to make. This means that even if you get in late after work or the gym, you can knock them up quickly before bed and not have to worry about the morning.

How to:

  1. Throw the cranberries, pear, almond milk, Greek yoghurt, honey and protein powder into a blender and mix until smooth
  2. Put your oats in a bowl and pour the mixture over the oats
  3. Leave to soak in  the fridge overnight (Leanin15 suggests an airtight container but I just wrapped tightly in clingfilm)
  4. In the morning, sprinkle the flax-seeds and toasted hazelnuts on top
  5. Enjoy!!!

The verdict

Overall, these tasted great! I was a little bit suspicious of overnight oats as for some reason I had the impression of them being very bland. Leanin15 has managed to make them taste good, almost like a bircher pot. The cool thing about this recipe is that it’s quite general which means you can change the flavour’s quite easily. If you wanted different fruit I.e. Berry flavour, it would be pretty easy to do. Similarly, if you wanted to mix up the protein flavour you could swap this quite easily.

In addition, this is actually a healthy option. The balance of macro-nutrients in this recipe is about as good as you’ll get for a quick and easy breakfast. There are good amounts of protein, carbohydrates and fats to get your day going and you can up the levels of them depending on your needs (Pre/Post training etc). If you’re really in a rush you could also make in a portable container and take with you to eat on the go. Win win.

I’d recommend giving this a go to anyone looking for a quick, easy and tasty breakfast. It would be even better for those with busy mornings running families around or training early. A quick, easy, hassle free breakfast that can also be eaten on the go!

 

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