I’m loving overnight oats at the moment, and these cinnamon and cherry overnight oats are a deliciously calming way to start the working week.
That’s right – some studies suggest that eating tart cherries in particular can reduce stress and even help you sleep better. Now, I’m no nutritionist, but I’m open to eating anything that both tastes good and potentially reduces anxiety! Plus, adding cherries to overnight oats is such an easy way to get some mood-boosting antioxidants in the morning, especially if you’re running out of the house to catch a train early doors.
If you’ve never come across overnight oats before, the concept is simple – you mix oats with liquid and any fruit, nuts or seeds you’d like to add, stick them in an airtight container and leave them overnight in the fridge. By morning the oats will have soaked up the liquid and they’ll be ready for you to eat – so simple!
When I first started making overnight oats, Mr Rinroad told me it’s the same as making porridge in the microwave. I guess that’s true, if you don’t add anything but milk to the oats but, in my experience, overnight oats are way faster to make and you can add way more to them to up their nutritional value. Also, you could eat them cold if you feel so inclined, or don’t have time to pop them in the microwave in the morning (have I sold them to you yet?!)
If you’re making these cinnamon and cherry overnight oats, and you have a near-empty nut butter jar, I’d highly recommend using it as the container. The flavours will have added extra deliciousness to your oats come morning. Otherwise, mixing your oats in a tupperware or kiln jar will work just as well!
Ingredients (serves 1):
- 1/3 cup rolled oats
- 1/3 cup natural yoghurt
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tbsp chia seeds
- 5 cherries (halved and de-stoned)
- 1 tbsp almond or other nut butter (if desired)
- Mix the oats, yoghurt, milk, cinnamon and chia seeds together in whatever container you’re using (tupperware, kiln jar, near-empty nut butter jar).
- Leave in the fridge overnight.
- In the morning, heat the oats up (if desired) and top with the cherries and nut butter.
- Serve and enjoy!