Over Night Oats

A mega-hit with both my daughters and a great alternative to shop bought cereals which are often high in sugar and made from highly refined grains.

Servings

4 (at least)

Ready In:

Requires overnight soaking but prep is 5 mins

Good For:

Lunch

Inroduction

About this Recipe

By: Tom Arundel

This is one of those recipes that is a wonderful product of the clean eating phenomenon of the past few years. It can be made dairy free, gluten free, vegan and can be sugar free too. I don’t personally adhere to any of these eating protocols but this is still a delicious and highly nutritious breakfast which is a mega hit with both my daughters and a great alternative to shop bought cereals which are often high in sugar and made from highly refined grains. If using almond milk (and I think it does work a little better than cow’s milk in this recipe) I tend to make my own but Blue Diamond unsweetened almond milk is reputed to be one of the better brands you can buy. A note on quantity of the milk. Some recipes call for a 2:1 ratio of milk to grains but when I make it I prefer the texture and consistency if you use 3:2. Experiment and see what works for you.

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup oats or 1/2 cup oats + 1/2 cup raw buckwheat
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp ground flax seed
  • 1 tbsp dried goji berries
  • 1 1/2 cups of almond milk (or cow’s milk if not available)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract or seeds of 1 vanilla pod
  • Handful of berries of your choice
  • A Drizzle of maple syrup or honey

This is one of those dishes that you can play around with endlessly. As I discuss above you may want to add more almond milk for a slightly more soupy consistency. We sometimes add bananas instead (or as well as) berries and various toppings add crunch and flavour. Favourites include shelled hemp seeds, cacao nibs (particularly with red berries), flaked toasted almonds, roasted buckwheat (kasha). The opportunities are boundless – cooking is so much more than following a recipe so use this as a base and play around with seasonal fruits and different flavours and textures.

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

The night before combine the oats, buckwheat (if using), chia seeds, flax seed, goji berries, vanilla extract and almond milk in a bowl and stir. Refrigerate overnight (it will last for 3-4 days in the fridge). Note: if you are making your own almond milk then you will need to start at least 8 hours before this.

Step 2

On the morning of breakfast spoon equal portions of the mix into 4 glass jars (I use some old bon maman jam jars) or short, wide glasses (a generous sized whisky tumbler is perfect!).

Step 3

Add a generous handful of your favourite berries.

Step 4

If you wish drizzle a little honey or maple syrup over although don’t kid yourself that if you do that this is a sugar-free dish!

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