Recipe: Before bed oatmeal

Recipe: Before bed oatmeal

Going to bed on either on an empty or overfilled stomach negative effect on your sleep. The key is to find a nice balance between the two. Our warming before bed oatmeal is the perfect supper time snack- satisfying, nutritious and packed full of ingredients (oats, bananas and almonds) known for their sleep-inducing effects. 

The ‘sleep-inducing’ ingredients

Oats

Packed full of complex carbohydrates and slow-releasing energy, keeping your hunger signals at bay. Oats also contain an amino-acid called tryptophan which works to stimulate the sleep-promoting hormone melatonin

Bananas

Rich in both magnesium and potassium which help your muscles to relax. They also contain high amounts of vitamin B6 – a vitamin known to help your body to produce the “feel-good” hormone, serotonin, and the “sleep-inducing” hormone, melatonin! 

Almonds

Contain both tryptophan and magnesium - a combination perfect for helping you to relax and drift off to sleep.

Ingredients for warming before bed oatmeal

Ingredients for warming before bed oatmeal
  • 85g oats
  • 80g low fat Greek yoghurt
  • 300ml milk
  • 40g frozen blueberries
  • 30g flaked almonds
  • 1 banana, mashed well
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking powder

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (fan oven)
  2. In a bowl mash the banana until almost smooth
  3. Add the oats, yoghurt, blueberries, flaked almonds, baking powder and cinnamon into the bowl and stir to mix the ingredients
  4. Pour over the milk and stir mixture well until combined
  5. Add the combined mixture to a dish suitable for baking
  6. Place in the oven and bake for 25 minutes
  7. Serve either on its own or with a dollop of yoghurt  
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