Oats are such an easy breakfast, perfect for those days you’ve got to hustle out the door because you can make them ahead of time. Oats are a staple in my pantry because they are so versatile! To help keep a bowl of oats fresh and exciting if you’re eating them every day, I recommend testing out different oat toppings.
Never tried making overnight oats before? Check out my easy overnight oats recipe, and just swap the toppings with the ideas below!
Stewed Apple & Cinnamon
Sounds amazing, right? It’s so worth the effort to stew your own apples — that way you know there’s no hidden sugar or preservatives in them, and you can make them anytime you want.
Cut an apple into chunks and throw them into a saucepan. Add a generous amount of cinnamon (depending on your taste) and a bit of water. Bring the mixture to a boil and then turn it down to a simmer. Once the apple becomes soft, turn the heat off completely and let it cool for a minute or two before adding it to your oats. Stewed apple keeps in the fridge for a few days, so you can make a batch ahead of time and use it to top your oats throughout the week.
It’s not just for smoothies! For an extra hit of protein to keep you going on a busy day, you should try adding a little protein powder (about ½ a scoop should be enough for one serve) to prepared oats. Make your oats as normal and stir in your favourite protein powder variety just before you eat.
Berries & Coconut
Oats and berries are a taste match made in heaven. Even better, they’re healthy for us too! Simply combine 125g of berries (frozen berries are fine if you’re having trouble finding fresh ones) with 2 teaspoons of unsweetened shredded coconut. This topping can be done in two ways: hot or cold.
Fig, Honey & Yoghurt
Did you know figs are a source of magnesium, calcium and fibre? They make a great addition to your bowl of oats with a little greek yoghurt and honey. All that fibre can help you to feel full, as well as giving you a sweet treat. Slice up a fresh fig to spread over the top with a dollop of yoghurt and drizzle some honey over the top. Yum!
Do you girls have a favourite topping for your oats? Feel free to let us know about more awesome combinations in the comments!
Love, Kayla xx