Let’s be honest, weekday mornings can be tough. If you’re like me your first priority is mainlining coffee, and locating your keys trumps making a healthy breakfast. Since I’m definitely not a morning person, I spend a few minutes in the evening assembling a make-ahead breakfast like overnight oats with kefir and berries.
Have you tried kefir? It’s a cultured dairy product similar to yogurt with a thinner, pourable consistency. It has a tangy flavor and is ultra creamy when you choose kefir made from whole milk. You can drink it straight, whirl it into a smoothie or mix it with cereal. Here I’ve made a version of overnight oats by layering kefir with muesli, berries, toasted coconut and hemp seeds. It’s an easy breakfast that makes for a less hectic morning.
Kefir Overnight Oats Recipe with Berries
1/2 cup organic whole milk plain kefir (I used Lifeway)
1/4 cup muesli or toasted oats (I used Seven Sundays original muesli)
1/2 cup frozen mixed berries, thawed
2 tablespoons toasted coconut flakes
1 teaspoon hemp seeds
Pour kefir into 2 small glasses. Top with muesli; cover and refrigerate overnight. To serve, top with berries, coconut and hemp.
Makes 2 servings
-Layering the muesli over the kefir allows the oats to soften slightly while retaining some texture. If you prefer a softer texture, stir the muesli into the kefir before refrigerating overnight.
-Since fresh berries are not in season, I opted to use frozen. It works well to place the frozen berries in the fridge overnight to thaw.
-If desired, drizzle with honey or pure maple syrup to add a touch of sweetness.
-For a grab and go breakfast, assemble in small mason jars with a tight fitting lid.