Ever dreamed of breakfast that you could cook in your sleep? I’m not a morning person and on many a sleepy morning I’ve wished for exactly that. It takes at least one coffee cup to go down in a daze before I can even begin to think of something wholesome and healthy to make for my first and most important meal of the day.

Lately, I’ve found that magic breakfast that cooks while I’m asleep. In fact, it often leaves me sleepless and excited about my next breakfast. I make sure I add as many variations every day to keep my taste buds guessing. The base is usually the same though: four tablespoons of oats, a teaspoon of dried fruit and nuts, a teaspoon of chia seeds for extra protein, a quarter cup yoghurt and a couple of tablespoons of milk to create a runny consistency. I combine the ingredients and leave them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. The next morning, I add fresh fruit to make a wholesome, protein-and-fibre filled breakfast that’s great to start a hot day.

To keep the mystery alive, I make sure I vary the recipe everyday, even if it’s just a tiny bit. One time I added melted dark chocolate to the mix. Another time I substituted the dry fruit with chopped dates and added melted dark chocolate. That was a divine date, chia, chocolate and oat pudding. I also make sure I vary the fruit I use every day to maximize the nutritional content. Changing up the fruit you eat every morning means you get a larger amount of nutrients rather than the same ones every day. Another time I added a teaspoon of creamy peanutbutter and a banana. For this recipe, I subtracted the dried fruit and nut because the contrast with the peanut butter would’ve been too jarring. That tasted glorious. Another variation was to add little bits of ginger to the mixture overnight, subtract the nuts and fruit and add peaches in the morning. It was the loveliest peach and ginger cold oats I could have dreamed of.

Yet another time, I added dark chocolate shavings. Clearly, I love chocolate. I plan to experiment with cacao nibs, apples and cinnamon and oranges and cranberries. Loads of possibilities for a breakfast that you can cook in your sleep. Literally.

Disclaimer: Final product may look different