I feel like I should just re-name this blog to Breakfast Lover or maybe Super Breakfast Keeno? Haha.. either way, I have just been absolutely obsessed with breakfast lately. I am not sure what the reason is but I suspect it has something to do with the fact that we are in the middle of winter, the mornings are dark and cold and I need to have a reason to get up at 5am (yes, that’s not a typo)!
Kombucha in overnight oats?
Yes, I added kombucha to my overnight oats. When I first got the idea of making my overnight oats at home, I searched for a recipe to get me started. After some research, I decided to adapt a recipe from Taste which had apple, nuts and seeds (which I love) but looking down the list of ingredients, I saw it also suggested using apple juice which I wasn’t particularly keen on. I don’t drink apple juice anymore and I didn’t want to add the sugar contained in the apple juice to my oats. Needless to say, even if I was keen to mix apple juice in, I didn’t have any in my fridge. So I looked around my fridge and thought – why couldn’t I use kombucha (which I did have, in spades)? I am not going to cook this and I love the taste.
So I did put it in and it really works (and is completely delicious). And so, kombucha overnight oats were born. Welcome to my life, lovely!
So… is kombucha overnight oats good for me?
Oh sure! Just think about all the delicious ingredients you’re putting in:
- oats = a great source of important vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants which gives you sustained energy;
- kombucha = rich in beneficial probiotics and contains antioxidants, so brilliant for your guy health;
- Greek yoghurt = excellent source of calcium, which can help improve bone health. It also contains probiotics, which support a healthy bacterial balance in the gut;
- grated apple (including the skin!) = extremely rich in important antioxidants, flavanoids, and soluble fiber which may promote weight loss and gut health;
- cinnamon = a delicious spice which can lower blood sugar levels and reduce heart disease risk factors;
- nuts and seeds = which are packed with a powerful punch of vitamins, minerals and fats. (Read more here.)
- maple syrup (optional but really lovely) = natural sweetener with a lower glycemic index than cane sugar which is not only high in antioxidants, but also contains nutrients like riboflavin, zinc, magnesium, calcium and potassium; and
- craisins (optional) = craisins are dried cranberries. Cranberries are high in vitamin C, vitamin A, and vitamin K. They also contain proanthocyanidins (PACs), an antioxidant that may help prevent a range of diseases. Just make sure you use craisins low in sugar, if possible. I like these.
Starting to like the sound of my kombucha overnight oats? Thought so.
I know, right? The idea is starting to grow on you. As you see, all the ingredients are healthy and good for you. Plus, if you are like me, you will love knowing that you have something AMAZING waiting for you in the fridge in the morning which you don’t have to cook, or prepare from scratch. You can lightly heat it up to take off the chill (optional, but recommended for cold winter mornings), mix in your nuts and seeds (which you can also prepare the night before) and you’re good to go. A winner, especially if you need to make a quick getaway or are dealing with cranky kids (or god forbid, a cranky husband)!
Make your overnight oats as you like
This recipe is, of course, completely versatile. As you can see from the photos above, my son wasn’t feeling keen on nuts and seeds that particular morning so we omitted them. It’s delicious either way, though I have to say I do like a bit of crunch and extra texture myself.
You can also, as you can see from the list above and the recipe below, omit the maple syrup and craisins if you want to go completely sugar free (though I do like the light added sweetness).
Lately, I have also been topping this little beauty with some fresh fruit, like raspberries, blueberries, sliced strawberries or banana. The combination of fresh fruit and the creaminess of the overnight oats is absolutely delightful.
So, give it a try today!
Kombucha overnight oats
Overnight oat mixture
- 1/8 cup flaked almonds
- 1/8 cup pepitas
- large handful of craisins
- handful of fresh fruit (sliced strawberries or banana, blueberries, raspberries or blackberries work well)
- Coarsely grate the apple. Mix the grated apple, rolled oats, kombucha, Greek yoghurt, cinnamon and maple syrup in a bowl until well combined. Cover and place in the fridge for 1 hour or, ideally, overnight.
- Combine the flaked almonds, pepitas and craisins in a small bowl. I do this the night before, so it's all ready for the next morning.
- The next morning, take the overnight oats out of the fridge and, if desired, heat up a little in the microwave. Perhaps a minute and 20 seconds on 30% power should do (though microwaves do vary, so use your judgment.)
- Once the overnight oats are lightly warmed up, mix in the almond pepita mixture and top with fresh fruit.
This recipe makes one medium to large sized (hungry) adult portion. It was inspired by a Taste recipe for bircher muesli which you can find here.
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