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How to Make Overnight Oats: the formula

There are a million overnight oat recipes out there - and don’t get me wrong - it’s great to be inspired by some flavour concoctions that you hadn’t thought of - but why not make something from your own brain? It’s simple once you know the formula! The general idea is you “cook” the oats simply by soaking them for a longer period of time. Most people eat it cold - but if you wanna warm it up in the microwave that’s totally cool - you do you!

Serves: 1




INGREDIENTS:

The Night Before

- 1/2 cup rolled oats or a 1/4-- 1/3 cup of steel cut oats

- 2/3 - 1 cup liquid of your choice (plant-milk, juice, water, etc… - more or less depending on the thickness you want. Generally you want to double the liquid to the oats)

- 1 tbsp of ground flax or chia seed (or half of each)

- 1-3 tsp of sweetener (maple syrup, date syrup, honey, coconut sugar, agave, - whatever you want)

- 1 tsp spice (cinnamon, cocoa powder, matcha powder, ginger, cardamom, whatever you like!)


Add in the Morning

- 1 tbsp dried fruit of choice (if you want to plumpen the dried fruit, feel free to add it the night before with everything else)

- 1-2 cups of fruit (bananas, berries, apples, kiwi, mango, whatever-the-hell you want or have on hand)

- 1-2 tbsp chopped nuts / nut butter (you can also add this the night before but they’ll lose their crunch. If you’re using the nut butter stick to just 1 tbsp, and consider stirring it in the night before as well)


Additional toppings: coconut, pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, cocoa nibs, chocolate chips, whatever-you-fucking-fancy!


DIRECTIONS:

If you’ve got a big mason jar you can grab that so you can look like everyone else making these goddamn things - but if you’re on the go then a mason jar totally comes in handy - but there’s no reason you can’t just make this in a regular bowl.

Grab whatever-the-hell-container you’re going to use. Mix in the oats, liquid, flax and/or chia, sweetener, and spice(s). Then, depending on what kind you’re making you might also want to add some of the fresh/frozen/dried fruit now too. Stir that all together and put it in your fridge and leave overnight. You can also technically make this first thing in the morning - but you’re going to want to let it sit at least an hour.


After soaking - add whatever else you’re adding and stir it the hell up. The general idea is to eat this cold (eating carbs like oats colds increases the resistance starch and improves digestion, it can make you feel fuller longer because it doles out the insulin slower - thereby promoting weight loss!), but if you really want it warm just zap it in the microwave for a minute or two. Either way - get it to whatever temperature you want and SMASH IT INTO YOUR MOUTH.

TIPS:

***I’ve never tried it, but some people put a little squeeze of lemon juice to give it a little tang.


Customize to whatever flavours you want - if you need some inspiration consider these:


Apple-Cinnamon

Oats

Ground Flax

Plant-Milk

Maple Syrup

Raisins or Currents

Cinnamon

Pecans

Chopped Apples


Tropical

Oats

Ground Flax/Chia

Plant-Milk

Sunflower Seeds

Pistachios

Coconut

Mango

Pineapple

Chocolate Peanut-Butter

Oats

Ground Flax/Chia

Plant-Milk

Cocoa Powder

Chopped Peanuts or Peanut Butter

Chocolate Chips

Bananas

Blueberries (optional)


Pumpkin Pie

Oats

Chia Seeds

Plant-Milk (Oat if you have it)

Maple Syrup or Mollasses

Pumpkin Puree

Cinnamon

Pumpkin Pie Spice

Pecans

Pumpkin Seeds

Dried cranberries


Carrot Cake

Oats

Chia Seeds

Plant-Milk

Maple Syrup

Raisins or Currents

Grated Carrots

Cinnamon

Pecans

Shredded Coconut

Banana Nut

Oats

Chia Seeds or Ground Flax

Plant-Milk

Maple Syrup

Mashed Banana

Cinnamon

Nutmeg

Chopped Walnuts

Peanut Butter & Jam

Oats

Chia Seeds or Ground Flax

Plant-Milk

Coconut Sugar

Vanilla Extract

Chia Berry Jam

Peanut Butter

Freeze Dried Strawberries (or fresh or frozen)

Chopped Peanuts


Gingerbread

Oats

Chia Seeds

Plant-Milk (Oat if you have it)

Mollasses

Cinnamon

Ginger

Cloves


Chocolate Cherry Cobbler

Oats

Ground Flax

Plant-Milk

Dates / Date Syrip

Vanilla Extract

Cocoa Powder

Cinnamon

Nutmeg

Banana

Frozen Cherries

Coconut

Pecans

Cocoa Nibs


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