Overnight Oat & Chia Seeds

There are thousands of overnight oat and chia seeds recipes out there. This is actually one of the many positive sides of this delicious breakfast recipe, it’s very versatile. Here I am going to share with you the one that I often make for me and my son.

I have been making this recipe for Diego since he was about 8 months old. Also, I served chia seeds pudding at his 1st birthday party for his little friends and it was a success amongst all the little ones. So, here you also have an idea for parties! I think its neutral flavour and creamy texture is quite appealing for little ones. I also use chia seeds in cakes and chia seeds also work as an egg substitute when it comes to baking. 

Chia seeds are seeds from the Salvia Hispanica plant, part of the mint plant family. It is originally from Central America and it has been consumed there for years. However, it is relatively new in Europe. Chia seeds are nowadays considered a superfood due due to its high nutritional value. Chia seeds are rich in fibre, plant-based protein, calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc and omega 3 Fatty Acids. 

When I say that we follow a plant-based diet. I very often get asked where do we get calcium from? The concern comes mostly for my growing toddler. Chia seeds are perhaps at the top of the list of our calcium sources and then comes leafy greens and other vegetables like broccoli and legumes. 

Today, more people are aware that cow’s milk is not the only or neither the best source of calcium. As explained here, calcium is a mineral and therefore it is found in the soil where it is absorbed by plants. Animals also get their calcium from eating plants as opposed to what we have been told for years that calcium comes from milk and dairy products. The thing is that animals get the calcium from the plants they eat and then it passes to your body through their milk. So, better to get your calcium intake directly from plants! For further information, read this. 

Going back to the recipe, this is a very easy, filling and nourishing breakfast idea. As I mentioned before, it is very likely your little one will like it and it’s a twist to the classic porridge breakfast. Feel free to add your favourite fruits and toppings. For instance, I often add some coconut flakes, seeds, goji berries, hemp seeds, etc., the list goes on. 

Ingredients: 

Toddler portion (serves 1) 

2 ½ Tbsp oats 

Tbsp chia seeds (about 15 gr) 

2.5 gr ground cinnamon 

½ cup coconut milk (or any plant based milk) 

Toppings  

Blueberries 

Raspberries 

Goji berries 

Coconut flakes 

Adult Portion (serves 1) 

Tbsp oats 

Tbsp chia seeds (about 15 gr) 

5 gr ground cinnamon 

1 cup coconut milk (or any plant based milk) 

Toppings 

Blueberries 

Raspberries 

Goji berries 

Coconut flakes 

How to: 

  1. Place the oats, chia seeds, cinnamon and milk in a glass jar
  2. Put a lid on the glass jar and shake it well
  3. Leave it soaking overnight (you can put it in the fridge or leave it at room temperature)
  4. For serving, put it in a bowl and add fruits and coconut flakes
  5. Enjoy it!

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