Overnight oats are a type of uncooked porridge that can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Overnight oats are made with, you guessed it, oats! There are many benefits of eating rolled oats and steel-cut oats:
- They help to keep you full longer
- May help control blood sugar levels
- They feed the good bacteria in your gut
- May help lower cholesterol levels
Together these work to help reduce gut inflammation, type 2 diabetes and obesity.
Oats are also a great tonic for the nervous system. They may help to strengthen the nervous system during times of exhaustion, stress and anxiety.
Oats are an excellent source of fibre and resistant starch. Eating oats raw provides the highest amount of resistant starch. Try making overnight oats, raw muesli bars or biscuits, or put a handful in your smoothie. If you currently eat a low fibre diet it is important to slowly add high fibre foods to your diet to reduce the side-effects of bloating and flatulence.
Overnight oats (serves 3-4)
- 1 cup oats – use rolled or steel-cut oats, avoid quick oats as they don’t provide the health benefits of the others
- 1-1 1/2 cups of milk, cow or nut – amount depending on how thick you like it
- 1 tablespoon of maple syrup or honey (optional)
- Top with fruit, nuts and seeds of your choosing
Optional extras – 1-2 tablespoon ground flaxseed or chia seeds. 2 teaspoons raw cacao powder, 1/2 cup Greek yoghurt, 1 scoop protein powder (I like Amazonia Raw). 2 tablespoon nut butter. 1 teaspoon vanilla or cinnamon.
Combine all the ingredients in a bowl, minus the toppings, and stir well. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Serve with your toppings of choice.
Yum Yum!! xx