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Overnight Oatmeal

by Maria on August 8, 2014

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Let’s just say I was skeptical. First of all, cold oatmeal didn’t sound that appealing and I was worried about the consistency…all I could think of was soggy cereal. Secondly, I really don’t think it’s so hard to cook oats on the stovetop in the morning. You start them, they simmer, and you do other things while they cook.

That said, I love oats—they are a nutrition powerhouse packed with energy sustaining whole grains and fiber and can be purchased certified gluten-free if necessary. So I am always eager for more oat-filled recipes. And while a bowl of old-fashioned, hot oatmeal is one of my favorite breakfasts, it is not something I crave in the heat of summer. (Being the sole breakfast maker of the house, the idea of waking up to a ready-made nutritious breakfast was also appealing!)

While I had seen numerous recipes for overnight oats on Pinterest, it was my new cookbook that really convinced me to give them a try. This fabulous cook book, The Oh She Glows Cookbook, is written by Angela Liddon who also has a swoon-worthy blog that is definitely worth checking out if you haven't already. Like her blog, the book is jam-packed with delectable vegan recipes and thoughtful commentary. Even though I am not a vegan I am always looking for more inspiration and methods to help me eat a more plant-based diet.

So here we are, the first recipe in this cookbook: “Effortless Vegan Overnight Oats.” I had all the ingredients on hand, it only took a few minutes to prepare, so I gave it a whirl. The results? To be honest, the ready-to-eat mixture didn’t look very appealing. But once I scooped it into a glass jar and mixed in the berries and topped with some coconut it was much prettier.  And the taste? Yum! It was cool, sweet, and delicious. Perfect for a hot, humid morning in August!

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Overnight Oatmeal

Adapted from The Oh She Glows Cookbook

Servings: 3

 

1 ½ cups unsweetened almond milk

1 cup rolled oats (gluten-free if needed)

¼ cup chia seeds

1 mashed banana

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

 

Serving additions:

Berries

Hemp seeds

Shredded, unsweetened coconut

Honey or maple syrup

 

  1. Mix all almond milk, oats, chia seeds, banana, and cinnamon together in a bowl. Cover and chill in refrigerator overnight.
  2. Scoop into a parfait bowl or glass jar with accompaniments of your choice. Enjoy!

 

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