Blueberry Coconut Cacao & Chia Overnight Oats

Oats are a great start to the day as they have protein, omega 3, fibre and micro nutrients. Its micro nutrients include Lignans, Manganese, Molybdenum, Phosphorus, Copper, Biotin, Vitamin B1, Magnesium, Chromium and Zinc. When you add Chia and other seeds to the mix, you are giving yourself a powerhouse of a breakfast! This blueberry, coconut, cacao, chia overnight oats will keep for 2-3 days in the fridge, so you can make it in advance, which means that your mornings are less hectic and you can relax & breathe before you eat! If you leave the house too early for breakfast, it is also really handy to grab and go!

There are many flavours which would work with overnight oats so don’t be afraid to experiment with what you have in your fridge.

• Oats ¼ cup
• 2 dessertspoons of Chia Seeds
• 1 mashed banana
• Yoghurt 1/4 cup (I use dairy free but if you can tolerate dairy, it would contain more protein)
¾ cup Plant Based Milk (Oat, Coconut, Almond)
• A dessertspoon sesame seeds
• ½ cup berries (strawberries, blueberries, blackberries or mix of all)
• Desiccated coconut 1 tablespoon
• Berries
• Cacao nibs
• Desiccated coconut

✓ Mash the banana
✓ Pulse it with the blueberries, coconut, milk, yoghurt and sesame seeds in a nutribullit or hand blender (or just mix very well)
✓ Add the chia seeds and mix well with a fork to combine, making sure the chia seeds don’t clump together
✓ Split between two clean glass jars (old jam jars or Kilner jars)
✓ Cover with a lid
✓ Leave in the fridge overnight (they will be good for a couple of days, especially if you use plant milk)
✓ The mixture will set and then pop a few berries on top and sprinkle with cacao and coconut

You could also add 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon (max) or cacao powder to mixture. Also if you find the blueberries tart, you could add a little maple syrup but remember a little goes a long way so just a drizzle! The coconut adds some sweetness anyway. So, if you try a variation of blueberry, coconut, cacao & chia overnight oats (or “bcccoa” for short – just realised its a bit long winded!) I would love to hear what tasted good for you. You can adjust the amount of liquid also to suit how you like it yourself. You might like it a little sloppier (more liquid). This recipe makes it similar to the consistency of a mousse fyi.

Lyn Sharkey Nutrition
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