Thursday, August 1, 2013

Overnight Oats

I've had a rocky relationship with oatmeal over the past 6 months. In January I started eating more of it, as a healthy breakfast with some fruit, maybe a little almond butter etc. Then in February when I started the HIIT challenge, I decided to cut out refined grains (but secretly almost all grain-based carbs), as well as oatmeal. I got sucked into the paleo realm of hatin' on grains. Recently, since trying out veganism, I've realized I need the grains to make sure I'm getting enough calories in my diet, so I've re-introduced a lot more whole grains, including oatmeal. Here's a recipe that I tried last night (and this morning) in my quest for delicious breakfast foods.

This recipe is incredibly versatile: Put in it whatever you want, and it will be delicious.

-1/2 cup oats (I use old fashioned, not quick oats)
- 1 cup of liquid (I used unsweetened almond milk)
- 1 small mashed banana
- 1 small diced peach
- 1 Tbsp chia seeds
- cinnamon
- ginger powder
- allspice

Mash up the banana, add the spices and mix around, then add everything else and give it a good mix. Put a cap on whatever container you're using (a re-used jar works great) and place in the fridge overnight.

This was delicious. SO delicious, I didn't take a picture until after it was gone...

Some ideas for easy substitutions or additions of the fruit:

Diced apple
Pumpkin Puree
Par or pre-cooked Quinoa
Mashed Chickpeas

Of the liquid:

Green Tea
Rice Milk
Soy Milk
Chocolate Almond Milk
Coconut Water

Of the spices:

Cocoa powder
Pumpkin Pie Spice
Add some Stevia
Add a little Turmeric 

Seriously....anything goes.

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