Published On: Tue, Jul 20th, 2021

Banana and Coconut Overnight Oats

The idea behind overnight oats is, instead of cooking oats to make porridge, the oats are soaked in a liquid, usually cows’ milk or plant-based alternative. The soaking process allows the oats to absorb liquid and soften enough to eat uncooked.

The soaking time can be as little as 2 hours, or overnight, hence the name ‘overnight oats’. The next morning these creamy, soaked oats can be topped with fruit, nuts, seeds and yogurt for a more sustaining breakfast meal.

Banana and Coconut Overnight Oats

 

 

Oats contain two types of dietary fibre which are good for gut health – soluble and insoluble fibre. Beta-glucan is the soluble fibre present in oats and forms a sticky gel when combined with a liquid such as milk. The gel is useful as it increases intestinal bulk and facilitates the passage of food through the gut helping to reduce constipation.[1]

Oats also contain insoluble fibre which proceeds through the intestinal tract without being digested.

When both types of dietary fibre reach the large intestine, they are fermented by gut bacteria to form short chain fatty acids (SCFA) which help to keep the lining of the gut healthy.

Banana and Coconut Overnight Oats

The idea behind overnight oats is, instead of cooking oats to make porridge, the oats are soaked in a liquid, usually cows’ milk or plant-based alternative. The soaking process allows the oats to absorb liquid and soften enough to eat uncooked. The soaking time can be as little as 2 hours, or overnight, hence the name ‘overnight oats’. The next morning these creamy, soaked oats can be topped with fruit, nuts, seeds and yogurt for a more sustaining breakfast meal.

Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American, british
Keyword Overnight oats
Servings 4
Author Love Your Gut

Ingredients

  • 100 g gluten-free oats
  • 15 g  chia seeds
  • 300 ml semi-skimmed milk
  • 100 g plain yoghurt
  • 40 g walnuts
  • 40 g dates pitted and roughly chopped
  • 1 banana peeled and chopped into small cubes
  • 30 g coconut shavings

To serve

  • 60 g chopped fresh fruit e.g. apples, blueberries, strawberries.
  • 30 g nuts e.g. walnuts, chopped almonds, pecan nuts
  • 10 g maple syrup optional

Instructions

  1. Place the oats, chia seeds, milk, yogurt, walnuts, dates and banana in a large bowl. Add 20g of the coconut shavings and mix well. Cover the bowl and place it in the fridge. The overnight oats will be ready to eat after two hours but can be left in the fridge overnight and eaten the next day.

  2. Serve the overnight oats with a mixture of chopped fresh fruit, the remaining coconut flakes, and a few chopped nuts. Add a drizzle of maple syrup if you like.

  3. Alternative serving suggestion

    Take a portion of overnight oats to work with you in a jar to eat as a snack or as part of your lunch. Sunflower, pumpkin, flax and poppy seeds can be used instead of chia seeds.

  4. TIPS: Oats and chia seeds are very absorbent and will continue to soak up milk for several hours. Add more milk or water to the overnight oats if you think they have become too thick. Overnight oats will keep in the fridge for up to three days, so it makes sense to make enough to last for several days.

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