Sometimes I feel like I’m the last one in the internet world to discover food trends like green smoothies or Greek yogurt or chia seeds and then I don’t know if I should blog about them, cause you know…five hundred people already have? In 2011? But…if there is an awesome food or healthy recipe that I didn’t know about before and I love it, I want to share. Someone out there won’t know what the heck I’m talking about, and might enjoy it as much as I do. Right? Riiight?
With that in mind, I bring you my new favourite breakfast: OVERNIGHT OATS! I first discovered these on the Oh She Glows food blog and now I keep seeing recipes everywhere. I’ve played around a bit and make it just the way I like it now but there are lots of variations. I’ve seriously eaten this every day for the last week – which is great for a notorious breakfast skipper. It’s pretty filling and easy and really rounds out my morning routine.
Basically it’s oats, milk, mashed or chopped fruit, chia seeds and ground flax. It soaks overnight and gets all happy in the bowl and in the morning you sweeten it up with maple syrup, toss some granola on top if you like crunch, and/or drizzle nut butter if that’s your thing.
I’m not an oatmeal eater, normally. As in, I’ve tried instant oatmeal a handful of times and found it bland and gross. These overnight oats do get an interestingly sludgy texture that I kind of like (weirdo) and because it’s getting chilly outside I often pop my bowl into the microwave for 20-30 seconds to take the cold edge off.
Overnight Oats (4 variations, clockwise from photo above)
1). 1/3 cup oats, 1 ripe mashed banana, 3/4 cup almond milk, 1.5T chia seeds, 1T ground flax. Topped with hazelnut butter in the morning which turned out to be very clumpy.
2). 1/3 cup oats, 1/2 ripe mashed banana, 5 chopped strawberries, 1 cup almond milk, 2T chia seeds, 1T ground flax. Added melted peanut butter in the morning.
3). 1/3 cup oats, 1/2 cup pumpkin puree, 1 cup almond milk, 2T chia seeds, 1T ground flax, 1t vanilla, 1/2t cinnamon. Added maple syrup, vanilla Greek yogurt, and leftover roasted pumpkin seeds in the morning. Fancy.
4). 1/3 cup oats, 1 ripe mashed banana, 4 chopped strawberries, 1 cup coconut milk, 2T chia seeds, 1T ground flax. Added melted peanut butter, a splash of maple syrup, and a bit of granola cereal in the morning.
I’m looking forward to trying out more variations and think I’ll be adding Greek yogurt more often going forward. Try it out and enjoy!