Lemon Poppyseed Overnight Oats with Raspberry Chia Jam


An easy and bright tasting breakfast perfect for busy summer mornings as you can prep everything the night before. The crunch of the poppyseeds combined with the play of sharp lemon and sweet raspberry jam make this a breakfast you’ll look forward to.



What kind of friend are you to yourself?

I know it seems like one of those terribly obnoxious questions you’d find in a self-help book — the kind with a glamorous looking man or woman flashing you a patronizing, bleached white smile from the cover — but all the same I think it’s work asking.

Are you a good friend to yourself? The kind that makes you lemon poppyseed overnight oats to wake up to in the morning because you know you’re going to be rushed? Do you cheer yourself on and celebrate your achievements? Do you show up to comfort and console yourself when things go wrong, showing compassion, encouragement and understanding when you haven’t been your best?

Or are you that other kind of friend? The one who seems to always lead you into trouble, pushing you to have that extra drink, talking you out of going for that run, convincing yourself that you aren’t good enough / smart enough / [enter pejorative here] to go after what you really want in life — or worse; that you need to always be achieving, doing, improving because you just aren’t good enough the way that you are.


It’s amazing how cruel we can be to ourselves. We say and do things to ourselves that we would never inflict upon our worst enemies. And why? Maybe we think we are protecting ourselves, making it less of a surprise in case someone else should think the worst of us too. But that isn’t any way to live. It would be like bricking up all your windows because one day someone might decide to throw a rock at your house. And if we aren’t kind to ourselves, how can we ever really learn to be kind to others?

So this is my assignment for you this week: try to be your own best friend. Put flowers on your night stand. Tell yourself you are amazing. Buy yourself a coffee. Force yourself to try out that new yoga class, ask for that promotion or go for that run because you know you can do it and you care about your wellbeing. And most importantly of all, prep these lemon poppyseed overnight oats for yourself so that you can hardly wait to get out of bed to eat breakfast the next morning. Now that’s what I call a good friend.


Lemon poppyseed overnight oats with raspberry chia jam

Total Time 15 minutes

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For the oats:

  • 1 cup (100 g) rolled oats

  • 2 tbsp poppyseeds

  • 2 tbsp chia seeds

  • 2 tbsp maple syrup

  • zest of 1 lemon

  • juice of 1/2 a lemon

  • 1/4 tsp vanilla powder or 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • 1.5 cups (330 ml) non-dairy milk of choice

  • 1/8 tsp salt

For the jam:

  • 4 cups (300 g) fresh or frozen raspberries

  • 1/4 cup maple syrup

  • 1 tbsp chia seeds

For garnishing:

  • Fresh raspberries

  • lemon zest

  • edible flowers


  • Combine all of the ingredients for the overnight oats in a bowl or jar and mix well. Check for taste, adding more lemon or maple to achieve your desired level of tart and sweet, then place in the fridge for at least 2 hours; ideally overnight.

  • Make the jam. Combine all of the ingredients in a medium sized saucepan over medium heat. Cook until the berries have broken down and the jam is just beginning to thicken. Place the jam in a jar with a lid and place in the fridge to chill. The jam will continue to thicken as it cools, but will remain on the compote side of the jam equation, so don’t worry if it doesn’t get as thick as a normal jam.

  • When you are ready to assemble, place a generous portion of the jam in the bottom of two glasses or jars. Top with the oat mixture. I like to have about 1/3 jam and 2/3 oats, but if you prefer something less sweet, just increase the proportion of oats.

  • Top with fresh berries, some strips of lemon zest (see the citrus peeler in the ‘shop this post’ section below) and a few edible flowers if you’d like to be fancy (and who doesn’t?).


You can prep the jars the night before so all you have to do is grab and go the next morning.

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