overnight oats – a collection

Ah, overnight oats. The Holy Grail of so many of us fevered fatties who desperately cling to the idea of something delicious for breakfast. Bearing in mind the cereal allowance you get with Slimming World wouldn’t fill a cat’s hat, most convenient breakfasts are out. Yes, you can have a bloody fruit salad but I mean really, if you’ve got the time and the inclination in the morning to be chopping up papaya than you’re a better person than me. It takes all my concentration and effort not to piss in the kettle and set my hair on fire.

Overnights oats then. The basics are very simple – take 35g of basic, bog-standard oats, put them in a jar, a bowl, a glass or a top-hat for all I care, mix enough fat-free yoghurt into the oats to make a nice thick paste and then pop it into the fridge overnight so the yoghurt soften the oats. Syn-free for the win. It looks repulsive in its most basic form, like something that could be treated with a flamethrower and industrial strength Canestan Duo, but if you jazz it up with various bits and pieces it actually does become a tasty little breakfast.

Now since we’ve been doing the blog we’ve come up with a fair few variations and, because I’m a generous bugger, I’m putting them all in one place. You’ve now got exactly no reasons not to try something new in the morning. So here we go…


rocky road overnight oats

rocky road overnight oats

you’ll be needing these to begin with:

  • 35 of oats
  • 1 vanilla and chocolate Mullerlight (syn-free)
  • sliced banana

you’ll need to do this:

  • place your oats in the bottom of your jar
  • cover with sliced banana
  • cover with the yoghurt

and then you’ll use your syns to add the following to your overnight oats:

  • 10 mini marshmallows (0.5 syns)
  • 5g of chocolate chips (1.5 syns)
  • 5g of dried cranberries (0.5 syns)
  • two smashed up sugar-free Werthers Originals (0.5 syns each)

I know 5g doesn’t sound like a lot, but weighed out and mixed in, it is. Jeez, calm down.


rhubarb and custard overnight oats

overnight oats rhubarb and custard

you’ll need these to make rhubarb and custard overnight oats:

  • 35g of oats (healthy extra)
  • a banana and custard muller yoghurt OR 100g of syn-free natural yoghurt, with three drops of custard flavouring added*
  • 200g of rhubarb
  • enough sweetener to take the edge off the tartness of the rhubarb
  • a drop or two of rose-water (optional)

* you can buy custard flavouring from Lakeland – it’s in their professional flavouring range. You don’t need this, but it does taste lovely!

and you’ll need to do this:

  • mix up your oats and yoghurt, dur, and put it into the bottom of the jar
  • chop up your rhubarb into thumb sized chunks, chuck in a pan with a couple of tablespoons of water and a drop of rose water and cook on a medium heat with the lid on until it turns to mush
  • take it off the heat, mix in sweetener if you want it
  • once cooled, pour the rhubarb onto the oats, and seal
  • mix it up in the morning and enjoy!

Rhubarb raw is syn-free and then you add it to water, so really, it’s syn-free, but SW say it’s 0.5 syn for 100g. Look, don’t count it, seriously. You’re not going to turn into Dibley-era Dawn French if you eat something grown in the ground and boiled in something pissed from a cloud. If you were deep-frying it in butter…perhaps.


café mocha overnight oats

cafe mocha overnight oats

you’ll be needing these for café mocha overnight oats:

  • 35g of oats (healthy extra)
  • 1 Muller Yoghurt vanilla with chocolate sprinkles
  • 1 banana (now, if you’re sensible, mash it in a bowl like a normal person, but if you’re Captain Anal when it comes to tweaking, smash it up in your teeth and then spit it into the jar, because you know, that makes a difference to the syns…well maybe if you’re a fucking sparrow)
  • a good cup of instant coffee, stronger the better

you’ll need to do this:

  • mix up your oats with the yoghurt and put into the jar
  • top with the mashed banana
  • take your cup of instant coffee and dribble a tablespoon or two into the jar
  • top with a few granules of coffee
  • mix it all together like a bad-ass and put it in the fridge to enjoy in the morning.

You can make this just as strong as you like. The banana adds a bit of sweetness, the coffee adds a pick-me-up. Better made with decent coffee mind, a cup of Mellow Birds isn’t going to cut the mustard!


peanut butter and jelly overnight oats

overnight oats peanut butter jelly

I appreciate it looks like I’ve already had a bash at eating it, but it was tasty! Jelly in America is actually jam, but well, jam is sugar and fruit and that would send Margaret herself into a fit of the vapours, so I’ve replaced it with sugar-free jelly. Delicious! So…

for peanut butter and jelly overnight oats, you’re gonna need:

  • 35g of oats
  • 2 tsp of peanut butter (crunchy, lighter – 1.5 syns per tsp, so 3 syns)
  • some sugar free raspberry jelly made up to instructions (use any leftovers for dessert!)
  • a vanilla yoghurt (or, in my case, I used around 60ml of almond milk, and didn’t syn it…what a slut, but it’s about 0.4 syns)

then you’ll need to:

  • decant the milk or the yoghurt into a bowl, and add the peanut butter – mix it together as best you can, but don’t worry, it doesn’t need to be smooth, just try to blend it a little – if you’ve having difficulty, microwave for the briefest of moments
  • add the oats and stir
  • add the jelly on top
  • when it comes to the time you want to eat your oats, give everything a right good stir!

You can drop the syns by lowering the amount of peanut butter, but haway, life is too short to shit your pants over 1.5 syns. 


apple pie overnight oats

apple pie overnight oats

to make apple pie overnight oats, you’ll need:

  • 35g of oats
  • 1 apple
  • 10g of sultanas
  • cinnamon
  • fat free natural yoghurt
  • if your yoghurt is a bit Katie Price (a little tart), chuck in a dusting of sweetener, but just a dusting, you don’t need to use a bloody snow shovel

then you should:

  • get yourself a fancy jar like mine from Amazon or if you are trying to save money, ask a passing child to hold their hands in a bowl shape, mix it all in there, have them stand overnight and then send them back up the chimney after breakfast in the morning;
  • put your 35g of oats and dash of sweetener in the bottom
  • add your 10g of sultanas on top (1.5 syns at a push – 25g of basic sultanas is 2.5g)
  • grate your apple coarsely (I mean use the coarse setting on the grater, not that you should eff-and-jeff all throughout the process) and pop that on top
  • add a sprinkling of cinnamon
  • add the natural yoghurt

MIX it together – a few people have commented that the oats were a bit dry but then they hadn’t mixed it all together – it won’t look as pretty as my photo, but if you don’t mix, you’re going to have a very dry breakfast…


carrot cake overnight oats

slimming world carrot cake overnight oats

for carrot cake overnight oats, you’ll need:

  • 35 of oats
  • either 100ml of almond milk (you can have so so much on Slimming World it’s not funny) or a yoghurt
  • a medium carrot
  • a mashed up banana
  • a tsp of brown sugar (two syns if that)
  • a pinch of cinnamon
  • add a few raisins (25g of raisins is 4 syns, and I only added eight…)

then you should:

  • grate the carrot
  • mix everything together!

Make this syn free by using a syn-free yoghurt, sweetener and no raisins but goodness me, you might as well suck your thumb for all the taste that’ll have. Mix it all up, put it on the side if you don’t like it cold in the morning or fridge it if you prefer. Enjoy in the morning! Some people will tell you adding a mashed banana means you have added a tweak, but I say bugger off to that. You’re eating the same amount of banana that you would if you just ate a banana normally, so there’s no extra sugar, syns or effort needed.


frozen fruit overnight oats

overnight

Put simply – measure out the oats, place in the bottom of the jar, top up with yoghurt and then lots of syn free berries. The oats absorb the yoghurt and the fruit juices and creates a lovely little porridge. You can mix it up with other fruits and yoghurt, just make sure you’re choosing syn-free options or synning accordingly!

Handy thing to make before bed to save time in the morning.


Enjoy all!

J