Right now in this rapidly evolving food landscape of ours, Overnight Oats aka Bircher Muesli is one of the simplest and cheapest breakfast ideas you could whip up.
If you don’t have oats you can also use natural muesli with the added bonus of a few extra bits!
Oats are a fabulous source of resistant starch – it’s no surprise that as the name would suggest, resistant starch is resistant to digestion and nourishes our gut bacteria. This special starch is a prebiotic and basically gets the party started by fuelling the probiotics in our large intestine. The good bacteria that are produced as a result of the starch being fermented in our gut, naturally help us to maintain our intestinal health.
This recipe for Overnight Oats serves two people but I usually batch it up and multiply the recipe by at least five to feed the locusts that live in my house.
Depending on how you prefer to operate, the Overnight Oats can be made in individual containers or like me, a large container that will hold the weeks worth.
2/3 cup rolled or quick oats
2/3 cup plain natural or Greek yoghurt
1 cup water
2 tsp chia seeds
2 tsp shredded coconut
1 medium apple, grated
1 tbsp natural yogurt to serve
Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Cover and place in the fridge overnight.
To serve, spoon into bowls and top with a dollop of natural yoghurt and fresh fruit of choice such as:
- 1/2 cup berries (fresh or frozen) or
- 1 small sliced banana or
- 1 passionfruit
These are all equivalent to one serving of fruit but you could also combine a variety of fruits to make up one serving and add variety to your breakfast each day.
For some other simple breakfast ideas, you can check these out here.