Sweet or savory breakfast? Which one is the right for you? What about the timeless cappuccino and croissant? Are you among the new “bowl addicted”? I am absolutely for the sweet breakfast, although I like the classic English breakfast with eggs and bacon. But even for English people it isn’t the everyday breakfast anymore, as only for the weekends when there is more time. I’ve lived for over 35 years without porridge and now I can’t help it. Would you believe it? Today I tell you about my no-cook breakfast porridge recipe since I am an expat, and my new passion that is called Mocha banana overnight oats.
The English breakfast, the one with bacon, beans, sausages and puddings, eggs and toast, is a real meal that usually they make over the weekend, reducing to two important meals of the day.
The English breakfast dates back to the Middle Ages, when the peasants ate it, as they have to skip lunch and be able to arrive till the end of the day.
The modern rhythms have made also the English breakfast sweeter.
Most of the children eat the porridge at breakfast in the UK. Their typical breakfast, made with oatmeal, is very nutritious and balanced. Calories rarely exceeds 200 calories, then depends on what extra food you put on it.
And mine now are from the Porridge party as well!
I prepare it by pouring three tablespoons of oatmeal in a saucepan and adding about 150 ml of milk. When milk starts to boil it is ready: you can see that it is mushy. You can add cold milk or yogurt to cool it down, and then a little honey.
But what is the overnight oats?
The meaning lies in the word itself, overnight: it has been prepared the night before, put in a jar, and left in the refrigerator.
You can use both milk and yogurt, but with the Greek yogurt you will have a super creamy porridge.
When I wake up in the morning, I take out it immediately from the fridge, so that it is not too cold: Whether it is too cold, I warm him a few seconds in the microwave. It is perfect for when in the morning you are in a hurry, add what you want and the breakfast is ready.
Chia seeds make a big difference because they help thicken oats. Also they are a super food, rich in fiber, omega-3 and protein.
If left to rest in this way during the night, it becomes even more digestible.
How do you prepare?
What you need is a bit of milk (diary or rice, almonds…), or yogurt, oatmeal and a jar to seal hermetically.
Once prepared, put it in the fridge and let rest all the night.
I add something different every time, from nuts to fruit, chocolate or peanut butter.
Mocha Banana overnight oats: the recipe
My absolute favorite. These are the ingredients:
1/2 cup or 60 gr of rolled oat
1/2 cup or 60 gr Yogurt
1/2 tsp of cocoa powder
1/2 espresso (or even a whole cup depends on how you want to feel the taste of coffee)
1 teaspoon of chia seeds
A splash of cinnamon
1 tsp of peanut butter
Yes I know is not exactly light, but I can survive till lunch without the pit in my stomach.
Overnight oats Customizable:
- You can make it totally vegan or lactose-free. I also prepare it often with coconut milk.
- You can create many different combinations every time, such as blueberries, honey and almond flakes; or raspberries and chocolate flakes; and again with apple and cinnamon.
A curiosity for those who suffer like me of water retention: oats do not ferment like other carbohydrates. It is perfect for those who suffer from constipation as well.
See you soon!