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Eating on a budget - overnight oats

Eating on a budget - overnight oats

As the winter mornings get colder, no one can blame you if you just want to stay curled up under your duvet for a little bit longer.  And if you’ve got early morning lectures, it can be all too tempting to roll out of your warm bed, get dressed and rush straight out of the door without having breakfast because there just isn’t time to eat.

At the risk of sounding like your mother, breakfast is important, particularly if you have a long day of study ahead.  It’ll keep you fuelled up for the day, and stop you getting hungry and daydreaming about what you’re going to have to eat when you get home. 

If you really don’t have that much time in the morning, a quick slice of toast or bowl of cereal will only take a few minutes out of your day.  But if you really want to be organised then why not prepare something the night before?  That way you can cherish that extra half an hour in bed, knowing that there’ll be food waiting for you when you get up.

One of the simplest recipes to make the night-before is Overnight Oats.  Overnight Oats is basically a porridge ‘hack’ – so if you love a bowl of porridge in the morning but don’t want the hassle of making it when you’re in a rush, then this is ideal for you.

Overnight Oats


50g porridge oats (5p)

100g greek or natural yogurt (20p)

100ml milk of your choice – I normally use almond milk to give a bit of extra sweetness (10p)

1 tsp cinnamon (5p)

Handful of frozen fruit of your choice (20p)

Total cost: 60p per serving1


Find a jar with a lid (if you don’t have one a bowl and some cling film will be just fine).
Add all the ingredients to the jar, stir everything together and then cover and place in the fridge. 

Leave overnight, and in the morning give it another quick stir and enjoy!  The oats can be eaten straight from the fridge, or if you want to warm them, you can just pop them in the microwave for 30 seconds.  (Just make sure the container you made them in is suitable for microwave heating).

If you’ve used a jar with a lid then you can even take your porridge with you as an on-the-go breakfast.

One of the best things about Overnight Oats is that you can jazz up the recipe with lots of different flavours, so you can have a different one each morning if you fancy it!  Just take out the frozen fruits and replace with something else - why not try some of these ideas:

Chopped banana and Peanut Butter

Grated apple and sultanas

Cranberries and chocolate chips

Flaked almonds and desiccated coconut

1 Cost based on the lowest priced items at  Prices at other supermarkets may vary.

About the author

Heather Collin

Heather Collin

Heather graduated from University in History and English and has spent the last ten years working in Marketing, PR and Events.  She currently works in Digital Communications at Wrexham Glyndwr.

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