Do you feel it? September is imminent.

I find September re-invigorating…without all of the pressure to makeover your life (can we stop, already?) that January brings. I embrace the return of routine, which is like a bit of a security blanket for me when life gets hectic.

My own life, after being in my book cave for what felt like forever, is also ramping up to its usual schedule. I’m writing this from a hotel room in Calgary, having just eaten some hotel oatmeal, wishing that I had this breakfast in front of me instead!

Oats are such a healthy food – and overnight oats are a slam dunk in terms of getting well nourished on busy mornings. Ten minutes the night before and you have a bleary-eyed zero effort breakfast on the go the next morning. You know how much I love matcha. I am also an equal opportunity tea enthusiast…and I don’t think that people drink enough oolong! Oolong is black tea’s earthier, more brooding cousin. Oolong is fermented, just like black tea, but it is only partially oxidized. I find it’s complex flavour a really nice change from my usual darjeeling or matcha.

September is such a fun time to eat. There are still so many goodies around, so I created this with plums…but as the plums disappear, it would be lovely with ripe pear too. The hint of cocoa powder is there to accentuate the natural cocoa flavours in oolong tea. If you want, you could absolutely double the cocoa to turn this into more of a chocolate-y treat!

Try these easy breakfast ideas!

overnight oats in a glass jar with plums and a spoon

Plum Ginger Oolong Overnight Oats

A zero effort breakfast with a twist! Oolong's earthy and complex flavor mixed with plums, provide a nourishing break from the norm.
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  • 2 teabags Oolong tea, good quality
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cashew milk
  • 1/3 cup quick oats, (gluten free if needed) (learn about the benefits of oats!)
  • 1 tablespoon ground chia seed, (learn the benefits of ground chia seed)
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger, grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon raw cacao or cocoa powder
  • 1-2 teaspoons maple syrup or honey, (to taste)
  • 1 medium plum or pear


  • Brew 2 tea bags in 1/2 cup freshly boiled water for five min.
  • Squeeze out teabags thoroughly.
  • In a resealable container or mason jar, thoroughly combine tea, cashew milk, oats, chia seed, cinnamon, ginger, cacao and 1 teaspoon maple syrup. Place in fridge overnight.
  • Dice the plum or pear and store in a separate container overnight to preserve texture.
  • When ready to eat, stir the two together and add more sweetener if desired.

Photo Credit: Alyssa Dawson