Breakfast meal prep is a great way to save you time in the mornings. Essentially, meal prep is done to save you money or time and the following easy recipes are designed to save you both. Additionally, that little bit of extra time you have in the mornings can be put go extra good use. Either use the time you saved to catch up on some much-needed rest or spend the time with your family.
Oats is a great way to start the day making this one of the healthiest meal prep plans you’ll come across. These also make for great on breakfasts on the run. Feel free to substitute ingredients where you see fit. The idea behind these amazing oats breakfasts is that they be created the night before. This form of oats meal prep is also called overnight oats.
What exactly is overnight oats?
To make overnight oats is super easy. It only requires you to soak rolled oats in its raw form in a milk of your choice, overnight, hence the name. Traditional methods of cooking oats require you to cook it before serving on the stovetop or even in the microwave. But, to create oatmeal that does not require cooking can take anything from two and a half hours (if you’ve had a late night) to have night. Essentially, you just need to give the oats enough time so that all the liquid you added to them is absorbed.
How do I meal Prep Oats?
Well, firstly we’d suggest investing in a few jars. You could also reuse old coffee jars. Then throw in your oats and place it in the fridge. In the morning simply remove the oats and you’ll find that you now have a healthy ready to eat breakfast. We suggest using the following oats meal ratio for each person eating in the morning:
- ½ cup rolled oats
- ½ cup liquid
The key to the recipe is having something to soak the oats overnight. This can be milk of any kind. We found that plant-based milk such as oat, coconut or cashew also work really well.
What about flavour?
If you’re not a fan of plain oats you can opt to add in a few flax or chia seeds before placing the oats in the fridge. Vegan and Greek yogurts will give your oats a delicious creamy but yet tangy taste. Simply add it to your mix before putting it in the fridge or add it as an option topping the next morning. Craving something a little sweeter? Why no add in some honey? Then for an added flavour boost, don’t forget a pinch of salt.
Can I add fruit?
Yes, yes and yes again. As far as breakfast oats meal prep goes you can use almost any fruits to boost your flavour range. Here are a few of our top combinations:
Blissful Berry – Pick out your favourite season berries and pop them in the base mix. Because berries can be quite tart we suggest adding a little honey or syrup to the jar before putting it in the fridge.
Nutty Coffee Mix – Add a teaspoon of your favourite instant coffee to your oats. Then drop in about three tablespoons of almonds or walnuts. Top it off with yogurt of choice and place in the fridge.
Apple Crumble – Add syrup and cinnamon to the oats before soaking them. Be sure to give it a good mix. Top it off with a few nuts and fresh apple slices. In the morning pop the mix in the microwave for about a minute just to let the flavours infuse.
Chocolate Oats – Add one teaspoon of cocoa powder to your base mix along with a little honey. Before popping it in the fridge, make sure to add a little Nutella or chocolate spread to the top. It’s simply delicious!
Nuts about peanuts – This version is great if you’re heading to the gym before work. Add two to three tablespoons of peanut butter to the base mix and let it rest overnight. It will be super filling and packs a protein punch of note. Feel free to add in a few bananas for a little fruity taste.
Island Mix – Get that holiday feeling by adding coconut milk to your oats and topping it off with a little coconut yogurts and a few slices of banana and mango.