Mornings tend to be rather manic in my house, sorting out breakfast for the kids, lunch boxes, the dog… the truth is I rarely have the time to eat breakfast myself. The truth is I really am not a breakfast person. My favourite thing is a glass of green juice. However on those days where lunch time is an unpredictable thing due to work commitments I need a something more, something that will keep me going.

Overnight oats are the perfect, stress free option. Ok, you do need to be organised and prepare them in the evening, a smart phone reminder is brilliant here if like me you find it hard to thing about a breakfast the night before. In the morning you just upturn your soft yummy oats into a cereal bowl, add some fruits and/or nuts and breakfast is served. I find oats prepared in this way so much lighter than cooked porridge.

You can experiment with many flavours. I tend to add some frozen berries (they defrost by the morning), chia seeds, cinnamon and almond or coconut milk. You can also soak the oats in apple juice and add a bit of non-dairy yoghurt in the morning. My son likes a teaspoon of maple syrup to sweeten up the oats but I find the oats sweet enough without it.



a jam jar (that holds just over 1 cup) with a lid
frozen berries of choice
chia seeds
non dairy milk
fresh fruits


  • First place a layer of frozen berries at the bottom of the jar (about 2-3cm).

  • Add a layer of oats mixed with 1/2 tsp of cinnamon. The oats should go up to about 2/3 of the jar.

  • Next add 2 tbs of chia seeds (you can add a tablespoon of nuts here too).

  • Cover with non dairy milk.

  • Refrigerate over night.

  • Up turn into a bowl, add some fresh berries and nuts.