Summer’s not over. Not yet. I’m not ready for that and in order to celebrate, I decided to revisit an old favorite of mine, a.k.a. my go-to summer breakfast. I last posted a recipe for overnight oats over a year ago (Banana-Mixed Berries anyone?), and while the base recipe basically hasn’t changed, I made three major changes to it, by adding:
- chia seeds
- frozen berries
- quick cooking oats instead of old fashioned
Although these changes might seem minimal, they transformed my morning overnight oats experience. The chia seeds “plump up” when soaked in yogurt and almond milk, which gives an incredible thickness to the oats mix. As you can see on the close-up above, they turn into plumpy little black spots, adding an interesting texture to each bite. Additionally, this “superfood” is packed with nutrients, which will keep you full longer than oats alone.
Frozen berries, on the other hand, will give you the perfect sweetness as they’ll “dissolve” in the oats mix throughout the night. I find that to be particularly effective with raspberries, but other berries are just fine too. The frozen fruit will also give your overnight oats a vibrant color, which I love. I mean, look at these pink hues from the raspberries alone! No artificial food dyes anywhere near! For the best of both worlds, you should add some fresh berries on top the next morning, which will prevent any sogginess that would arise from leaving fresh berries soaking overnight. Here, I added a bunch of blueberries!
These overnight oats are perfect on-the-go, or enjoyed curled up under your covers with a large cup of coffee and a good book. Speaking of which, I’ve been reading a great one recently called “Les Eaux Troubles du Mojito,” (or the “Mojito’s Troubled Waters”). It’s a collection of short “thoughts” or “reflexions” about life, love, and everything in between (like the simple pleasures of a mojito). Through these short stories, the author invites his readers to look at the little things in life that we usually fail to pay attention to. The seemingly unimportant details that we forget to appreciate, but that actually make every day special in its own way. Like a few extra minutes spent in bed, eating this comforting breakfast, before going on with a busy day. Bon appétit!
Total time: 2 minutes (+overnight rest)
- 1/3 cup quick cooking oats
- 1/3 cup plain yogurt (European Style)
- 1/3 cup almond milk
- 1/3 cup frozen raspberries
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1/2 banana
- The night before: mix the oats, yogurt, milk, chia seeds, and raspberries together in an airtight container, and let it sit in the fridge overnight.
- Stir the mixture with a drop of almond milk to loosen it a little bit. It will turn pink as the raspberries dissolve in the mix. Add the sliced banana and enjoy right away!
TIP: You can top these overnight oats with any fresh fruit you prefer, or also use different frozen berries in the base mix (like strawberries or blueberries). Finally, you can top it with honey or dark chocolate shavings for extra indulgence!
“Muesli aux Framboises et Graines de Chia”
Total time: 2 minutes (+une nuit au frigo)
- 1/3 tasse de flocons d’avoine
- 1/3 tasse de yaourt nature
- 1/3 tasse de lait d’amande
- 1/3 tasse de framboises surgelées
- 1 c.s de graines de chia
- 1/2 banane
- La veille: mélangez les flocons d’avoine, le yaourt, le lait d’amande, les graines de Chia, et les framboises dans un récipient hermétique, et mettez le au réfrigérateur pour la nuit.
- Mélangez le muesli en ajoutant un peu de lait d’amande pour délier le tout. Le muesli devient alors rose grâce aux framboises. Ajoutez la banane tranchée et dégustez!
LE PLUS: Vous pouvez garnir ce muesli avec n’importe quels fruits frais, ou utiliser différents fruits rouges congelés dans la base (fraises, myrtilles…). Pour encore plus de plaisir, vous pouvez aussi ajouter un peu de miel ou des copeaux de chocolat noir!