The quote is from one of my favourite TV shows (Parks & Recreation) and I have to say I agree. Nothing beats breakfast for me. I prefer a sweet breakfast of pancakes, overnight oats, cinnamon and raisin bagels, lots of fruit or just anything covered in chocolate. However, some days will always call for some eggs and smoked salmon (mainly those preceded by some drinking).
Before I found out I could no longer have dairy and was hugely careless as to what I ate, I used t
o have a huge bowl of sugary, chocolate cereal with lots of milk. So the biggest issue for me when I went dairy free was trying to figure out what on earth I could eat for breakfast. I was in university halls at the time so the only option seemed to be some suspicious looking eggs or toast and jam. Toast and jam it was… for months. I kept getting so hungry later in the day and ended up eating more as a result.
When I went home I discovered overnight oats, and my world was changed forever! I missed my indulgent breakfast and this really hit the spot, and if anything I prefer it. It is basically cold porridge, however I’ve found myself getting far more creative with it than I ever did with porridge. It is also gluten free, so if you think you have problems with gluten this is an ideal, quick and easy breakfast recipe.
- 50g jumbo rolled oats
- 15g soy protein powder from myprotein.com (my favourites are chocoalte or vanilla flavour)
- Around 100ml, depending on how dry or wet you like your oats, of a milk of your choice (my favourites are dark chocolate and almond alpro milk or sweetened almond milk).
- I’ve also started added a teaspoon of cinnamon in and mixing every now and again, I really recommend it!
- Mix the oats and the protein powder in a jar together and then add the milk.
- Close the jar and then leave it in the fridge overnight ideally (or if not for a few hours) to let the oats soak up the liquid and puff up.
I always top mine with a banana and tend to add goji berries for some extra texture. Sweet
freedom chocshot (any of their flavours) goes lovely with it along with some peanut butter or PB2.
It really makes for an idea breakfast which you can take with you if you’re running late for work or indulge in with lots of toppings if you have the time. It’s high in fibre and protein and low in fat and will leave you feeling full until lunch time!
If you make it and like it please let me know by tagging @whygowithout on instagram/twitter/facebook and using #whygowithout!