A quick scroll through Form’s Instagram feed will enlighten you to our love of oats. If not porridge, it’s the overnight variety you’ll likely find us tucking into of a morning, and probably with a tablespoon or two of protein for some additional fuel.
Overnight oats are a nourishing and super-efficient way to start the day, considering all the prep comes the night before. Once you’ve mastered the perfect ratio of oats to plant-based milk, the next logical step is to get experimental. Not to undermine the humble original, but overnight oats offer immense possibility in terms of flavour and texture, with nutritional benefits to boot.
To elevate your overnight oats into not just convenient nourishment, but something to look forward to in the morning, here are a few ways to mix things up.
Silken tofu feels like a solidified custard in texture, produced without separating and pressing the soy curds as happens in the production of regular tofu. Adding it to your overnight oats base can lend a creamy, pudding-like texture while also injecting an extra helping of protein to your breakfast bowl/jar. For two servings, simply mix 85g silken tofu with 1 cup plant-based milk, 2 tbsp of your Form protein of choice, 1 cup oats and 1 tbsp chia seeds. Soak overnight, then top with fruit when morning comes.
This simple tweak goes a long way when it comes to naturally sweeten your overnight oats, while also getting the most from both the flavour and the antioxidants in your favourite berries. Try blending strawberries or raspberries with your nut milk of choice before you add your oats. As an added bonus, pink oats are all the more ’grammable!
For a subtler flavour boost, soak up the goodness of your favourite tea. This works particularly well with blends such as sweet chai or earl grey, plus black tea contains caffeine and the amino acid L-theanine (a winning combo also found in our Boost nootropic supplement), shown to improve alertness and focus.
Try steeping a tea bag in hot water for 3-5 minutes depending on how strong you like it, then discard the tea bag and stir in 1 tbsp maple syrup. Let it cool for a little while before adding your oats (2 cups), nut milk (½ cup) and vanilla extract (1 tsp). We like it best topped with stewed fruit the next morning.
You might have seen this one done before under the name “zoats”, so-called for their more common name in the US: zucchini. Like with grated apples in bircher muesli, this variation of overnight oats involves grating replacing some of the oats in your bowl with grated courgette. In return, you get a serving of veggies first thing in the morning. Try this recipe by Claire Fabian.
Give your breakfast a Japanese twist with the addition of sweet white miso, which boasts a sweet, creamy and nutty flavour that perfectly compliments oats. Fermented for a shorter period than darker varieties, white miso is the most palatable in overnight oats for its comparatively mellow taste. Try blending a teaspoon with your plant-based milk of choice and one date before mixing with your oats, then top with tahini and fresh fruit.
For more recipe inspiration, check out our catalogue of proats, smoothies, baked treats and more here.