We’re in for a treat today (or, really, tomorrow morning), as this recipe comes our way from Caroline Risby, who writes about simplifying fitness, wellness, and nutrition to make it accessible to more people. She’s the author of Healthy Overnight Oats, which is available now, in digital Kindle format from Amazon.
Overnight oats are a busy girl’s best friend. They’re simple to prepare, super-healthy, and can be customized to your own tastes with endless flavor and topping combos.
Oats are the perfect breakfast base, since they contain complex carbohydrates, which release energy into your bloodstream slowly. This mean you feel fuller for longer, so will be less tempted to snack mid-morning. The dietary fiber in oats also supports healthy digestion, as well as helping to manage bad (LDL) cholesterol. But not all oats are created equal, so before we dive into the recipe, here are a few tips for choosing the right type for a healthy and tasty breakfast:
- Rolled oats (also known as old fashioned oats) are ideal since they result in a lovely smooth texture when soaked overnight.
- Steel cut oats are just as nutritious, but are a little crunchier, so if you prefer a bit more bite or texture then go for these.
- You can also use instant oatmeal too — just keep an eye on the ingredients list. They’re often pre-flavoured, with mouth-watering names like apple and cinnamon, or golden syrup. But in reality this means they have a lot more sugar and unnatural ingredients than plain options, so might not be as healthy as you’d hoped.
Banana Cappuccino Overnight Oats
- ½ cup or 40g rolled oats
- ½ cup or 120ml milk (dairy or almond)
- 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules
- 1 ripe banana, one half mashed, one half sliced
- Place rolled oats, milk, coffee granules, and mashed banana into a mason jar.
- Stir until everything is thoroughly mixed together, and the oats are covered in liquid.
- Place the top on the jar, and store in the refrigerator overnight (or for a minimum of 4 hours).
- In the morning, stir, then add the sliced banana and serve.
Have you ever tried making overnight oats? What’s your favorite flavor to add? The possibilities are practically endless! —Caroline