I’ve been a big fan of overnight oats ever since I first saw them all over the Instagram fitness pages. Easy to make and perfect if you’re in a rush first thing (which I almost always am after a morning workout!) they are a great way to get a healthy breakfast on the go.
So when Total Greek Yoghurt invited me to take part in their #TryTotal campaign it was obvious to me what my first recipe would be… overnight oats!
This recipe is based on the original Bircher-Benner creation, made for his patients in hospital. The Bircher muesli had more fruit than grains, with grated apple making up the bulk of the recipe. The sweet crunch of the apple, mixed with creamy oats and dried fruit is a winning combination.
½ cup rolled oats
½ cup (~170g) Total Greek Yoghurt*
½ cup milk*
1 apple, peeled and grated
1 tbsp nuts/seeds**
1 tbsp dried fruit***
– Combine the oats, yoghurt and milk in a bowl.
– Stir in the apple, nuts/seeds and dried fruit.
– Pour into a container with a lid (glass jars are nice!) and keep in the fridge overnight until ready to eat – top with coconut flakes to serve, if you like!
– You can also add a squeeze of lemon to give this a bit of extra zing.
* I usually use full fat, but 2% or 0% fat yoghurt, and semi-skimmed milk, are also fine.
** I used pumpkin seeds, but pistachio nuts are another favourite, or you could try almonds, pecans, hazelnuts, sunflower seeds, or even chia seeds (though soaked they wouldn’t give you the crunch!).
*** I used raisins, but dried cranberries, blueberries, chopped apricots, dates etc. are also lovely.
Total Greek Yoghurt is a great protein source, but if you need an extra protein kick you could add a scoop of your favourite protein powder, but be aware that this will alter the taste so be careful to think about what goes with apple!