Breakfast, they say is the most important meal of the day and we the working women’s brigade know that better than anyone! While there is no denying that the morning rush keeps us from an elaborate one, we definitely deserve our power bowl of oatmeal breakfast. Well, read on as we put together some simple overnight “make ahead” oatmeal recipes for you to carry to work.

Easy to make and carry, packed with nutrition to give your day a healthy start, these oat recipes make an easy grab on the go, breakfast!
Banana apple porridge
 

Banana apple porridge

A bowl full of oats loaded with natural fruits is an ideal way to kick-start your morning. Just sauté those wheat oats till the raw smell disappears and allow the cinnamon and fruit mix to enhance the flavour of your morning. Well, not only are these ingredients a packed bowl of goodness but also are brimming with calcium, protein and fibre all of which are energy boosting foods that do your digestive system immense good!

Ingredients

1 cup sliced banana
1/2 cup apple cubes (unpeeled)
1/4 cup broken wheat (dalia) , washed and drained
1/4 cup quick cooking rolled oats
2 cups low-fat milk , 99.7% fat-free
2 tsp low-fat butter
1 tbsp powdered sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon (dalchini) powder

Instructions

Melt some butter in a pressure cooker and add the oats, sauté on a slow flame for a couple of minutes. Add the milk and 1 cup of water, mix well and pressure cook for 2 whistles. Now add the sugar and cinnamon powder mix well and cool slightly. Refrigerate covered overnight. Carry this mixture to work in a box and carry apples and bananas in another, add the fruits to the oats and indulge!

Overnight oats with figs and honey
 

Overnight oats with figs and honey

Another way to make overnight oats is by soaking the oats in milk (vegan/almond milk) and then topping them with a wholesome dose of healthy. Considering it’s the start of the fig season, you might want to load your breakfast bowl with figs and pistachios, the natural sweetener being honey. Psst, figs also because they are high in natural sugars, soluble fibers and minerals; including potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron and copper all of which are an abundant source of antioxidant vitamins A, E and K that contribute to health and wellness.

Ingredients

¼ tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp yoghurt of choice (Greek, coconut)
½ cup oats
½ cup almond milk
½ tsp of stevia if you like more sweetness

Instructions

Combine all ingredients and leave in the fridge overnight. Carry to work and when you are ready to serve, top it with fresh fig, pistachios and a drizzle of honey.

Blueberry maple overnight oats
 

Blueberry maple overnight oats

Laden in soluble and insoluble fiber, blueberries are one of the richest sources of antioxidants and contain the health-promoting phytochemical, anthocyanin. Plus they are a good source of vitamin C, which helps strengthen the immune system. So go ahead and load your oats with these.

Ingredients

1/2 cup of regular or rolled oats
1 cup of non-dairy milk (almond milk or otherwise)
1 tablespoon of chia seeds
1/4 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
½ cup blueberries
1 tablespoon chopped walnuts
1 teaspoon of 100% pure maple syrup

Instructions

In a bowl add oats, non-dairy milk of your preference, chia seeds, vanilla extract and cinnamon. Mix in all ingredients together. In a container carry layers of soaked overnight oats, alternating it with blueberries and walnuts. Top it with maple syrup as the sweetener.

For all of the above oat recipes you can refrigerate the oats in a mason jar cover it with a lid and set in the fridge overnight. Relish it in the morning!