Vegan, GF, DF
It’s exam season, which means our time is dominated by revision. As much as we’d all love to, dedicating the usual (perhaps, excessive) amount of hours preparing and cooking food cannot be justified. But, at the same time, filling and nutritious meals have to remain a priority. Here lies the contradiction. Therefore, at this time of year, quick recipes and planning ahead are what’s needed. The best place to start? Breakfast.
I created this recipe specifically as a pre-exam breakfast. It can be made the night before in about two minutes, leaving the only thing to do in the morning is take in out from the fridge. Even better, it’s packed with goodness for both the mind and body, meaning your stomach won’t be rumbling halfway through the exam and your brain will be in-gear. Oh, and it’s delicious too.
Blueberries have a reputation as being particularly good for the brain, which is why they became my starting point for this breakfast. They’re also in season at the moment, so their juiciness makes them the perfect match for the sweet banana as a base. This means the recipe doesn’t require any additional sweeteners, such as honey or maple syrup. Even though these may be unrefined, they are still sugars, so it’s good to cut-down on them where possible. But the magic ingredient, of course, is the chia seeds. I add chia seeds anywhere possible, as they are the most amazing superfood and another ‘brain food’. However, they are actually necessary here. Because of their hydrophilic nature, the chia seeds will absorb some of the almond milk and really thicken the mixture; essential for any overnight oat recipe. Finally, a word on almond milk – do try and use one hundred per cent almond milk (e.g. Rude Health). I never used to, but I found it really does make a difference to the flavour and creaminess, on top of having no additives or emulsifiers.
With this recipe, you’ll never have to feel guilty about spending lots of time making breakfast before an exam, when you should perhaps be having one last check of your notes. Yet, regardless of whether the day is a busy one, this super-simple and delicious overnight oat recipe is a winner.
Small handful Blueberries
1/2 cup Almond Milk
Small handful Sunflower Seeds
1 tbsp Chia Seeds
1 tsp Cinnamon
1. Mash the blueberries and the banana together, then pour in the oats and the almond milk. Stir together well.
2. Add in the remaining ingredients, and stir well for a second time.
3. Transfer the mixture into a jar or covered bowl and place in the fridge overnight.
4. In the morning, simply take from the fridge, give it another quick stir and enjoy! (It shouldn’t need more almond milk, but if you like it slightly runnier then do so).
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