I am by no means a morning person, rather than bouncing out of bed awake and alert I prefer to snatch a few more precious moments of sleep snuggled deeply beneath a cozy duvet. My alarm is always on snooze and usually wakes everybody else in the house up before me. Ive taken this aproch to mornings for as long as I can remember and it invariably means I skip breakfast, particularly in the winter on dark frosty mornings. Yes, I know this is very naughty but on days where the choice is being late for work versus skipping breakfast I always choose the latter (And usually wind up a few minutes late for work anyway!) So in a bid to look after myself I thought breakfast on the go would be a wise decision.
This overnight oats recipe is great for a portable breakfast and it can be prepared the night before (Leading to a bonus extra 2 mins in bed as a reward for being so organised!) Then grabbed quickly from the fridge before running to the car the following morning. I made up a batch in jam jars for easy transportation too.
Ingredients for 1 jam jar:
- 1 apple, cut ito halves and one half grated
- 75g rolled oats
- 150ml pressed apple juice/pinapple juice/apple and mango juice
- 50g of dried fruit, I use sour cherries but sultanas and raisins work well too
……and to finish you will need:
- The other half of the above apple
- a sprinkling of toasted nuts
- a drizzle of honey
- a spoonful of greek yoghurt
The night before combine the grated apple, oats, fruit juice and dried fruit in a jam jar, stir well to combine then pop the lid back on the jam jar and place in the fridge overnight. The oats and cherries will soak up all the fruit juice resulting in a fruity porridge-esque breakfast ready to go for the next day. Place the honey and yoghurt together in a separate pot and refrigerate overnight alongside the oat mixture. I also like to prepare my nuts the eve before and leave them on the kitchen side, all ready to go.
The following morning choose either of the following options, whichever is most suited to you
- Awake a minute or two before your alarm is set to go off. Tiptoe downstairs so as not to wake the rest of the household, make a nice cup of tea and remove bircher Muesli from the fridge. Neatly slice the remaining half of the apple and add this along with the nuts, honey and yoghurt to the top of the oat mix then sit calmly on the sofa doing something constructive like reading a good book or watching the morning news, safe in the knowledge you have plenty of time to prepare for the day ahead (How I wish my mornings started)
- Awake 20/30 minutes after your alarm goes off, usually with a cat sitting on my head or a vigorous shake from C telling me i’ve woken everybody else up by sleeping through my alarm and it’s really time to get up now. Stumble downstairs to make a cup of tea, which I probably won’t have time to drink, shower and get dressed (Clothes I also prepare the night before to avoid that just thrown on look) grab bircher muesli and run to the car, drive swiftly (but safely) to work, realise that despite my
bedbest efforts (yes I’m still wishing I was back in bed) I have forgotten the honey yoghurt and nuts diligently prepared the previous evening (no worries here, breakfast will still taste good) eat breakfast at the desk with a few disapproving looks from more organised/motivated colleagues. (how my morning actually starts)
Are you a morning person?