Oatmeal is so comforting in the fall and winter months, but now that the weather is finally warmer (hurray!) most of us are not in the mood for eating something hot in the morning. At least I’m not. This makes overnight oats the perfect solution.
I actually never considered eating oats raw and cold, and it sounded a little strange when I first heard about it, but this method has completely changed my mind. It’s creamy and rich from the almond milk and oats, and naturally sweet from the banana and fruit. It literally tastes like a dessert parfait for breakfast. It gave enough energy for a hike that I did today for at least 3-4 hours, so it definitely satisfies. Here’s also why I love it:
- it takes minutes to prep with no cooking
- it can be made the night before
- it can be packed up in a mason jar and brought on the go
- it can be modified to suit varying tastes (add whatever fruit/nuts/milk you like)
- it can easily be doubled/tripled to feed more people
- it’s gluten-free and vegan
- it’s packed with heart-healthy fibre and antioxidants from whatever fruit you add
- soaking your oats also helps reduce the amount of phytic acid which may help with greater mineral absorption
Need I say more? It’s so easy, you “oat” to try it! 🙂
Have a happy and nourished morning!
Vegan Gluten-Free Overnight Oats (serves 1 hungry person) (adapted from Oh She Glows!)
- 1/2 cup gluten-free organic rolled oats
- 1 tbsp. white or black chia seeds
- 3/4 cup almond milk (you could also try mixing in yogurt/kefir of your choice too)
- 1/2 mashed banana (or try applesauce or omit and add a few tbsp. of maple syrup)
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon or vanilla powder
- fresh seasonal fruit, nuts, seeds, granola, cacao nibs or bee pollen for the following morning
1. The night before, mix all ingredients in a small bowl, cover and let sit in the fridge overnight.
2. The next morning mix the contents and add more milk if you would like your mixture to be a little runnier.
3. Layer fruit and oats in a glass or mason jar for a pretty presentation. You can also pack up the mason jar to bring breakfast on the go! It’s that simple.