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Overnight oats (different versions)

Overnight oats are delicious and the number of possible variations is unlimited. Once you grasp the concept of this simple nutritious meal, the sky is the limit and you can experiment with all sorts of ingredients to make it funky and to change it up. For those who are in a hurry in the morning, this is the best because it is prepared at night and ready to eat when you wake up. And if you are on the go, make it in a mason jar and take it with you.

 

 

 

 Ingredients (serves 1)

The base:

  • ½ cup of natural rolled oats (use gluten free certified if you avoid gluten)
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp. natural nut butter (my favorites are peanut butter and almond butter)
  • ¾ cup non-dairy milk such as almond milk, hemp seed milk or cashew milk (my favorite is coconut milk and because I buy the full fat version, I mix it with one part water)

Preparation

  • Mix all above ingredients in a bowl or a mason jar, cover overnight, stir in the morning and enjoy! If mixture is too thick, you can add a little bit of your non-dairy milk to make oats creamier. These are delicious cold but if you prefer a hot breakfast, you can heat up in a small saucepan or in the microwave.

Variations and adders:

  • Mash a half of a banana and mix with base ingredients. With the mashed banana, I particularly enjoy using peanut butter to get good old peanut butter and banana combo.

OR

  • In the morning, once the oats have already been in the fridge overnight, cut up half of a banana in 5 mm thick slices. Heat a little clarified butter or ghee in a pan and sauté the banana. Add to oats and enjoy.

OR

  • In the morning, once the oats have already been in the fridge overnight, put 1/3 cup frozen blueberries in a saucepan and heat up. Add a few table spoons of water to poach the berries. After a few minutes, add a few slices of banana, cover and let poach on low heat for a few minutes. Pour the fruit with poaching liquid over the oats and enjoy.For those who enjoy a little more sweetness, it is possible to add a touch of maple syrup or honey. Cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, cardamom, vanilla, maca and lucuma are also adders that enhance the taste and make this dish delicious.

    Cocoa powder can be used to give it a chocolaty taste and dark chocolate chips would also be an decadent adder.

    I could go on forever…

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