preferably, use whole oat flakes, the large ones
plain or vegan milk, as preferred
in the vegan version, you can omit or use 1 tablespoon of ground flax seeds
to taste, you can use any sweetener
or other flavors, cocoa
any favorite fruit - fresh, dried, compote, frozen etc.
Step by step
It would be a good idea to use the same glass for measuring all the ingredients. For me, it's a 250ml glass.
I recommend using large flake oats.
The ratios for the classic overnight oats should be:
- 1 glass of oatmeal
- 1 glass of milk
- 2 tablespoons of Greek yogurt (will bring extra taste to the pudding)
- 2 tablespoons of chia seeds
The ratios for the vegan overnight oats would be like this:
- 1 glass of oatmeal
- 1 glass of vegetable milk
- 3 tablespoons of chia seeds
From now on, the preparation process is similar.
Combine the above ingredients in a bowl, add the vanilla essence or any other favorite flavor - cinnamon, cocoa etc.
Add your favorite sweetener to taste - honey, sugar, brown sugar, maple syrup, agave syrup, banana puree etc.
I really like the taste of maple syrup in this porridge, but if I don't have, I use 2 tablespoons of honey.
Another option is adding pieces of fresh or dried fruit.
It was surprising for me to find out how tasty goji berries were in milk. I actually recommend trying, especially if you don't really like them dried.
Cover the bowl with foil or lid and refrigerate overnight for 8-10 hours.
You can mix all the ingredients directly in individual jars (especially if you plan to pack them). I prefer to prepare a base mixture and then create combinations in serving bowls.
In the morning, mix all the ingredients again. If you like the porridge more liquid, you can add a little more milk or yogurt.
Then I split it into serving bowls, according to the preferences of each family member.
Here is a combination of goji, cranberries and cashews - goji was the only one to stay in the pudding to hydrate and I put the rest over the top or in layers.
In another bowl, I put a few tablespoons of pudding, then some banana cubes.
I added 2-3 tablespoons of oats and decorated with strawberries.
The children really liked the combination of pudding with just cocoa powder and bananas.
You'll have a very fresh and fragrant porridge if you spread over pieces of peach from compote, pineapple or mango.
Here is the version with blueberries or frozen raspberries. Fruit jam / fruit puree would also be a great idea.
So, there is only one basic recipe which you can configure in various combinations and colors, any way you desire.
It keeps in the fridge for 3-4 days or even less, if it has fresh fruit.