If you’re a fan of overnight oats, you might like this syn-free recipe that doesn’t use up any of your Healthy Extra choices! As plain couscous is a free food, having this for breakfast, instead of your regular overnight oats, means you can still have a sandwich later, or some bread to dunk in your lunchtime soup without having to syn the bread or do an SP day – very handy if you often get to the end of the day and really wish you could have a soft-boiled egg and soldiers, but you’re out of syns and you’ve already used your Healthy Extra B option! It’s very quick and easy to set up, and you can take it with you to work in the morning if you’re in a hurry.
F = Free food – eat as much of this as you like
S = Speed food – eat as much of this as you like, filling at least 1/3rd of your plate with it
P = Protein food – eat as much as you like
HEa = Healthy Extra A – daily dairy allowance
HEb = Healthy Extra B – daily fibre allowance
- Plain couscous – however much you want (F)
- Boiling water – enough to cover your couscous (F)
- Artificial sweetener – optional (F)
- Vanilla essence – optional (F)
- Syn-free yoghurt of your choice (F)
- Fruit of your choice (F/S)
- Make up the couscous by pouring on enough boiling water to just cover it, and stir through sweetener and vanilla essence if using. Cover, and set aside till the water is absorbed, then fluff it up with a fork and leave to cool completely.
- Stir through the yoghurt and top with your fruit.
This is fine to make up in the evening and leave in the fridge overnight so you can grab it and go, making it a fabulous, filling breakfast to have on hand for those busy mornings when you’re in a rush!
I used a heaped teaspoon of sweetener and a teaspoon of vanilla essence, because I love the stuff, stirred through a Mullerlight mandarin yoghurt, and topped with summer berries. It was rather yummy, and although I do prefer overnight oats for texture, it’s still a nice alternative to have on hand for those days I fancy some bread with my speed soup at lunch time!