Wednesday, September 30th 2015 Food
Recently I decided to include the odd non-beauty related post, and this is my first food post! I’m ever a late adopter of things, and I’ve got into making Overnight Oats in the last few weeks after seeing them on blogs and Pinterest for years now. I used to love making porridge in the mornings when I was a student, but now I prefer to sleep until the last possible minute and end up eating at my desk when I get to work which makes porridge a bit impractical, and overnight oats perfect.
I have experimented a lot, and I have a few different varieties of overnight oats that I make but this is my go-to lately. It’s based on a recipe from My Whole food Life but I’ve changed up some of the ingredients to suit what I have available, and what I like to eat. So without further ado, here is my recipe for Apple and Cinnamon Overnight Oats.
Like I said earlier, the ingredients of overnight oats can vary a lot, and as long as you keep the oats: milk ratio right then the additional bits can be anything you have available. Here is what I use for my apple and cinnamon overnight oats
- 1/3 cup Rolled oats
- 3/4 cup Almond milk – or dairy, or soy, coconut etc
- 1 small apple, or half an apple, grated
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp Chia seeds
- Sunflower seeds
I make my overnight oats in a plastic container, as opposed to the glass mason jars I see on Pinterest because it’s much more practical to transport and clean, but you can put it in anything, even a bowl with gladwrap over the top. The first ingredient that goes in is 1/3 cup rolled oats, since it’s the key ingredient. After that, I add in 1 teaspoon of chia seeds. I didn’t know much about chia seeds until I received this bag of them in a PR parcel from Goodness Natural Beauty who use chia seed oil in their beautiful skincare. The benefits of chia seeds are various, but the benefit I like the best is that they have dietary fibre which is great for digestion.
Sultanas and Sunflower seeds are totally optional ingredients, but I threw some in since I had them at home and they add some different flavours and textures to the oats.
Once all of the dry ingredients have been added, it’s apple time! Most of the American recipes for overnight oats refer to applesauce, and I don’t even know what that is, so I decided to use grated apple. Either use one small apple, or half of an apple – I typically make a serving for myself and one for my brother, but these keep in the fridge for 2 days so you could use your whole apple that way. Or have a snack while making breakfast for the next day!
I use my apple corer which is a pretty unneccessary uni-tasker item, but I have to use it to make myself feel like it’s not stupid to own it. Otherwise just grate your way through the apple and stop at the corer. I don’t peel it since the apple skin is more good fibre, and also I’m lazy.
The final ingredient is milk! I’m lactose intolerant, so I use Blue Diamond Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk. I like the vanilla variety since it adds some flavour and sweetness without being overpowering or adding too much sugar. You could also use normal cow’s mik, soy milk, coconut milk, whatever you fancy. Add 3/4 cup of milk, and combine all ingredients well.
Here is the finished product – delicious oats ready to go in the fridge overnight and be eaten in the morning. Overnight oats are intended to be eaten cold, but you can microwave them in the morning if you wish. I eat mine at room temperature, since I take them out of the fridge and then on a journey to work they warm up a bit.
Eating overnight oats in the morning really fills me up, I usually don’t even feel like eating morning tea when I’ve had my oats in the morning. It’s a fairly low cost meal, even the chia seeds aren’t terribly expensive per serving once you’ve bought the bag. It definitely saves money on me buying muffins and snacks every day at work!
There are a million different things you could do to vary your overnight oats, and I’ve pinned a lot to my Pinterest food board which I plan to try. Have you ever made overnight oats? Got any recommendations for me? Let me know in the comments section – and I would LOVE to know if anyone follows this recipe!