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Sunday, September 8, 2013

Overnight Oats

I'd heard about these Overnight Oats for quite some time.  I was skeptical, as I've had a long lasting relationship with good ole' stove top oatmeal for many years. This week,  I tried overnight oats for the first time, and the result: game changing.  Overnight Oats is a cold version of the popular breakfast dish that you can add any imaginable flavor combinations to; it saves you time in the morning and keeps you full until lunch! I am a total convert. Here are the oat creations I've made so far:

Chia, Cacao Nib Overnight Oats 
with berry compote, chopped nuts, and fresh figs

-1/2 cup oats (mine are gluten free)
-1 Tbs. chia seeds
-1Tbs. cacao nibs
-1 dash cinnamon
-1Tbs. agave
-coconut milk and almond milk
-Handful raspberries and blueberries
-chopped raw almonds and hazelnuts
-1 Fig (optional)

Combine oats, chia seeds, cacao nibs, cinnamon, and agave in a small bowl with enough coconut and almond milk to submerge the mixture and create a soupy consistency.  I like the mixture of these milks, but you can use any milk that you like.  Stir, cover, and place in the fridge overnight.  To make the compote, combine berries in a small sauce pan over medium heat until the berries burst. Place the compote in a separate container and chill overnight. In the morning, assemble to your liking, add the chopped nuts and enjoy!

Coconut, Raspberry, Cacao Nib Overnight Oats with almond, raisin, coconut sugar topping (my fiance's personal fave)

-1/2 cup oats
-1Tbs. unsweetened coconut flakes
-1 handful mashed raspberries
-1Tbs. cacao nibs
-coconut milk and almond milk
-1/2 Tbs. agave
-1handful chopped almonds and raisins
-1 dash cinnamon
-1/2 Tbs. coconut sugar
-1 fig (optional)

Combine oats, coconut, raspberries, agave, and cacao nibs in a small bowl and submerge with milk of your choice.  Cover and place in fridge overnight.  To make the topping, mix together almonds, raisins, cinnamon and coconut sugar.

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