Banana blueberry overnight oats - the easiest breakfast in the whole wide world. Perfect for busy mornings!
Can I please get a round of applause for all the mummas out there?
Since becoming a puppy parent my mornings have totally changed. I now need to be completely ready to leave the house for work 30 minutes earlier than usual so that I can go outside and have plenty of play/snuggle time with Sage before I leave her for the day. 30 minutes doesn't sound like a lot but at 6.30am? Um, yes. I am now in the boat of needing to know exactly what I'm going to pack for my lunch and having my outfit planned in my head so that I have a couple of less things to think about. And this is me with a PUPPY!! Amen to all you mothers of little humans out there. How do you even do it??
Let me help with the breakfast situation on these busy mornings. I've heard people talking about overnight oats for a while now and I've kind of ignored them. (The oats, not the people!) I love oats for breakfast but I've been pretty happy with my granola in summer and porridge in winter game plan. Until the Sunday that I couldn't be bothered making granola and knew that I wouldn't have time on Monday morning to make porridge. So I listened to all the amazing stories about overnight oats and made my own!
And now I don't know why it took me so long! All that's required is finding a big enough jar (a canning or preserving jar is best as the wide mouths make it easier to put the ingredients in) adding all the breakfast goodness and putting it in the fridge overnight. Come 6am you just pull it out of the fridge and breakfast is ready! Even better, if you're in a massive rush to get out the door, grab a spoon and it's breakfast on the go.
I thought that leaving them overnight would give the oats a weird texture but that is not the case. They are soaking in milk and yoghurt but somehow they don't go soggy and actually retain some of their shape. I have made these with regular milk and almond milk so use whichever you prefer. Or try coconut milk for a tropical taste!
Layer up the oats, milk and yoghurt and then sprinkle on the banana slices and blueberries. I have used both fresh and frozen blueberries and they are both perfect, so use whatever you have. A drizzle of maple syrup seals the deal. You can leave out the maple syrup if you would prefer not to sweeten it, however I used unsweetened almond milk and plain Greek yoghurt so I felt mine really needed the syrup. It's only about 2 teaspoons of syrup so I would say go for it! Screw on the lid, pop it in the fridge and it is all ready for the morning.
These also keep surprisingly well. You can make 5 on a Sunday night and have one every morning for the week. The only thing I would keep an eye on would be the banana. If you find the sliced banana doesn't last the week, add it in the night before.
It's also worth noting that I eat a lot at breakfast time so this recipe makes quite a large portion. If you want to make them smaller, it's easy, just make it ⅓ cup or everything instead of ½ cup. Or make the full recipe and eat half for breakfast, half for a mid morning snack!
Banana & Blueberry Overnight Oats
- ½ cup rolled oats
- ½ cup milk regular, almond, soy - anything will work
- ½ cup yoghurt
- ½ banana sliced
- ¼ cup blueberries fresh or frozen
- 2 tsp maple syrup
- Add ingredients into a jar in the order listed.
- Screw on jar lid and refrigerate overnight.
- Remove from the fridge when ready to serve, stir it up and enjoy.
- Servings will keep in the fridge for 5 days.