Breakfast means, Breaking the Fast. It is the first, and the most important meal of the day, often missed, overlooked or blamed for getting in the way of our busy day. Think about it. Can your car or bike work without fuel? Breakfast is the fuel our body needs to run smoothly throughout the day.

Given that morning time is when we are in a rush to get to work, or get started with WFH, our #FitKitchen decided to put together a few easy recipes with a powerful ingredient - Oats. These #FitRecipes can be put together a night before and are super easy to carry along. The #FitRecipes have been put together keeping balanced nutritional profile in mind; packed with fiber, prebiotics, protein, and a multitude of flavors to fuel your mood and day!

Give these #FitRecipes a shot and let us know if these breakfast oats hit the spot with you as well. We read Everything!

1) Elaichi and Coconut-Pear Overnight Oats

Ingredients list: (Serves 1 person)

  • 2/3 cup rolled Oats
  • 1 tbsp. Chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp. Honey or as per taste
  • ½ tsp ground cardamom (elaichi)
  • A pinch of cinnamon powder (dalchini)
  • 1 small pear, diced
  • ½ cup coconut milk or regular milk
  • Sea salt, a few flakes (optional)
  • Grated Coconut or Coconut flakes for garnish, optional

Procedure : 

  • Overnight oats prep: In a medium sized bowl, pour the coconut milk and add the ground cardamom, cinnamon, chia seeds, and honey. Stir the ingredients until they are well combined
  • Add the oats to this mixture and stir the ingredients until combined; the oats soak in the milk and the mixture becomes of a mealy consistency
  • Scoop the oats into a medium sized glass or steel container and cover it with either cling wrap or the lid and refrigerate it overnight
  • Layer the overnight oats with 1 tsp. of honey, pinch of salt, diced pear, and grated coconut before enjoying it as your breakfast!

2) Chocolate and Chia Overnight Oats

Ingredients list: (Serves 1 person)

  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • ½ ripe banana
  • 1 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp. Chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp. Honey, or as per taste
  • ½ cup full-fat coconut milk or regular milk
  • Grated Coconut or toasted coconut flakes for garnish, optional

Procedure : 

  • Overnight oats prep: In a medium sized bowl, mash the ripe banana with a fork
  • Add the cacao powder, honey, coconut milk, and mix the ingredients until they turn into a smooth paste
  • Add the oats and chia seeds to the paste and mix until all ingredients are well combined
  • Refrigerate the mix, covered, overnight
  • Sprinkle the coconut flakes before serving!
  • To serve this warm, heat 2-3 tbsp of milk on low heat and add the oats mixture to it. Adjust the amount of milk as per your taste and preference of consistency. Enjoy the oat porridge warm, or cooled!

3) Mango and Peanut butter Overnight Oats

Ingredients list: (Serves 1 person)

  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • ½ cup mango puree or fresh mango pulp
  • 1 tbsp. Honey
  • 2-3 tbsp. Milk (almond or regular milk)
  • 1 tbsp. Peanut butter (or any other nut butter)
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 2 tbsp. Pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tsp. Flax seeds (optional)

Procedure :

  • Overnight oats prep: In a medium sized bowl combine the mango puree with honey, peanut butter, milk, and sea salt
  • Add the rolled oats, and flax seeds (optional) to this mixture and combine well
  • Scoop the mixtures into jars or glass containers. Cover and refrigerate overnight
  • Top the mango and peanut butter oats with pumpkin seeds and enjoy a nourishing breakfast!

4) High Protein Overnight Oats

Ingredients list: (Serves 1 person)

  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • ½ scoop of Protein powder (Whey, preferred)
  • ¼ cup regular or soy milk
  • ½ cup dahi (preferably hung curd or Greek yogurt)
  • 2-3 tbsp. Honey
  • 2 tsp. Chia seeds
  • ½ cup fresh fruit- strawberries, kiwi, etc.
  • Mint leaves for garnish (optional)

Procedure : 

  • Overnight oats prep: In a medium sized bowl combine the hung curd, milk, honey, chia seeds, and the protein powder to make a paste
  • Add the rolled oats, and mix the ingredients until all incorporated
  • Refrigerate the oats overnight covered
  • Garnish with fresh fruit and mint leaves to enjoy a refreshing bowl of protein-rich breakfast! This breakfast can also be eaten post a workout to fulfill the protein intake.

5) Curd-rice style Overnight Oats

Ingredients list: (Serves 1 person)

  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • ¼ cup dahi (hung curd or Greek yogurt)
  • ½ cup milk (full fat, preferred)
  • 2-3 tbsp. Pomegranate seeds (fresh)
  • ¼ tsp. Salt
  • ¼ tsp. Black pepper
  • 1 tbsp. Chopped dhania

For the tadka:

  • 1 tsp. Ghee
  • Pinch of hing (asafoetida)
  • Pinch of mustard seeds
  • ½ tsp. split channa dal
  • 3-4 curry leaves (kadipatta)
  • ½ green chili, chopped
  • 2-3 tbsp of chopped cashews (optional)

Procedure : 

  • Overnight oats prep: In a medium sized bowl combine the hung curd, milk, salt, black pepper, rolled oats, 1- 2 tbsp. Pomegranate seeds, and chopped dhania. Mix the ingredients until they are completely incorporated
  • Add the rolled oats, and mix the ingredients until all incorporated
  • Set the oats mix aside

Tadka : 

  • In a small pan, heat the ghee on a low-medium flame. Add the mustard seeds to the heated ghee
  • Once the seeds splutter, add the curry leaves, asafoetida, channa dal, and green chili. Saute the mixture on a low flame until fragrant
  • Add the cashews and roast for another few seconds
  • Pour this tadka over the oats mixture and mix well to incorporate all the ingredients
  • Let the mixture cool and scoop it into a container with a lid to refrigerate for 4 h or overnight
  • Garnish with pomegranate seeds and chopped cashews (optional) before serving

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Note: This recipe was adapted from the recipe by
https://ohsheglows.com/2015/07/30/coconut-cardamom-vegan-overnight-oat-parfait-with-blueberry-chia-seed-jam/

http://tohercore.com/overnight-chocolate-chia-oat-pudding/

https://www.chelseasmessyapron.com/pumpkin-overnight-oats/

https://healthyfitnessmeals.com/protein-overnight-oats-recipe/

https://www.myhealthyconfessions.com/curd-rice-style-savory-overnight-oats/