If somebody would have told me some years ago , that overnight oats would make it under my top 5 breakfast favourites one day , I would have probably called them crazy. In my memory, overnight oats were categorized under slimy ,sour and dull breakfast nightmare from the past.
My dad had always been a big promoter of bircher muesli ,as we call it here in Germany and eventhough he is definetly great at many things, cooking , tasting and foodstyling have never been any of them.(No offense Dad!)
For somebody like me who loves to indulge in flavourful food, his „secret“ formula of stirring togehter some oats , kefir and raisins in a bowl and simply letting it stand over night , was not exactly what you would call convincing, neither taste nor consistency wise. And since gut health wasn´t on my agenda in my early twenties , overnight oats remained an unexplored food territory for me , which I tried to avoid wherever I could.
Two years ago , on my daughter Matilda´s Birthday I invited a bunch of friends over for brunch. All of my guests had prepared a little something for our breakfast table and when my good friend Moni suggested that she would bring along a big bowl of Overnight Oats I didn´t want to be rude by telling her that overnight oats were actually the stuff my breakfast nightmares were made of ,so instead I just smiled politely and said:“ Oh…Overnight Oats! Great! “
But it was this very Bircher Muesli that would help me overcome my overnight oat aversion forever . Her lightly sweetend oat mix had a fluffy ,cloud like texture ,was full of crunchy nuts and zesty grated apple.
Thanks to some pretty little raspberries it had a beautifully pink coulour to it and was nothing like the lumpy, dense tasteless version from my childhood(I still love you Dad!!!).
From this day on I started experimenting with overnight oats and discovered that the possibilities are not only endless but also mindblowingly delicious .Once you have found your perfect base you can turn the most simple ingredients in a real luxury breakfast .Not to mention that it´s incredibly cheap, easy to make, a real time saver for busy days and a truly nourishing breakfast or take along snack .
You can easily vary with the ingredients and adjust it to whatever you have sitting in your fridge or in your pantry.
The recipe I am giving you here is my simple bircher base . This is the consistency and the structure , which works best for my individual taste, but I know that preferences can vary so feel free to adjust it to your very own likings by adding more or less liquid, by using different nuts or sweeteners , omitting chia seeds if you don´t like them, etc.
To me the perfect overnight oats should be light and fluffy in consistency , so I always leave some space in my bowl or jar for a bit of extra liquid.
If you have created this base you can either leave it plain and simple as it is, add some chopped fruits or nuts and you have an extremly healthy and tasty breakfast waiting for you in the morning, or you can try some of tips below and turn your overnight oats into a real breakfast treat .
My guide to perfect Overnight Oats:
Yields 1 (very hungry) eater
In a medium bowl mix :
- 1 1/2 Cups of Oats , or 1 cup oats and 1/2 Cup popped Amaranth
- 2-3 Tbs Chia seeds
- 3/4 Cup chopped nuts of your choice ( e.g. Cashews , Hazelnuts, Walnuts)
- 3/4 to 1 Cup milk or liquid of your choice ( nutmilk, oatmilk, coconut milk or dairy)
- 1 1 /2 Cups of Yoghurt of your choice ( greek yoghurt, curd , soy yoghurt , coconut yoghurt etc.)
- 3 Tbs Sweetener ( e.g. Maple Syrup , Agave Syrup, Apple Sauce, Coconut Blossom Sugar , Honey etc.)
- a pinch of vanilla
- a pinch of cinnamon
Stir well until ingredients are homogenously combined and let it stand in your fridge over night or for at least 2 hours.
Add some more liquid if necessary and transfer to a breakfast bowl or Weck Jar.
Here are some tips how to turn your bircher muesli into a real breakfast treat :
Toppings and addings for your base :
chopped fruits, fresh or frozen berries, caramalized banana, nutbutter ,matcha powder, rose water, caramel, lemon zest, roasted nuts or seeds , granola,grated apple , chia jam ,cocoa nibs, warm fruit compote , chocolate Chips or sauce, crumbled cookies or cake.
Here are some of my favorite (and most approved)variations :
Carrot Cake Oats :
Add pureed carrots , walnuts , cinnamon, nutmeg , orange zest to your base
Matcha Chocolate Overnight Oats :
Add 1- 2 tsp Matcha Powder, 1 tsp Tahini or almond butter , chocolate chips, and frozen raspberries to your base.
Apple Strudel Oats :
Add 1/2 Cup of Apple Sauce, cinnamon , nutmeg , chopped walnuts, dried cranberries, stewed apples ,lemon zest and crumbled Marzipan to your base.
Banoffee Oats :
Replace yoghurt part with alpro caramel pudding and add 1/2 half mashed banana to your base. Drizzle with Caramel and top with caramelised banana coins sauteed in coconut oil.
Black Forest Cake Oats :
Add 2 tbs cacao powder and some dark chocolate Chips to your base and layer with some stewed cherries in a jar.
Key Lime Pie Oats :
Replace your plain yoghurt with Alpro Lemon Cheesecake Soy Yoghurt OR add 1 tsp of lime and/or Lemon zest to your base.M
Mango Coconut Oats :
Use coconut yoghurt and/or add coconut cream, lime zest and coconut shreds to your base.Top with ripe and juicy mango slices and drizzle with a bit of lime juice.
As said before , this are just MY ideas to perfectly delicious bircher muesli , but I wanted you to get an idea how wide the posibilities are to enjoy a nutritous , yet flavour packed and exciting breakfast or snack, if you just let your creativity take over and experiment with ingredients you have at home .
Lots of love,