Sensational Overnight oats

Hi friends!

Happy New Year! May your 2015 be filled with laughter, victories and exquisite food. I hope you all had great fun celebrating and welcoming in the new year. For our first recipe of the year, I bring you…Overnight oats! Now some of you may be less than enthused about this as you may have not-so-fond memories of gluggy, luke-warm camp porridge, but I can assure you this is nothing like that! Overnight oats are the Rolls Royce as far as oatmeal goes. Not only are they delicious and filling, but also really versatile. I’m giving you 4 variations to try out.

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For New Year’s Eve my family had a little shin-dig…we even brought out the cocktail umbrellas (because it’s not a party unless there are cocktail umbrellas, am I right?) Then we went into town to watch the fireworks, and aside from the drizzy mizzy weather it was a fantastic evening.

We spent New Year’s day down at the lake sunbathing, picnicing and whizzing around on the boat. And by that I mean I spent the day fearing for my life, while clinging onto the biscuit as I was dragged unwillingly through the water. We then camped overnight at a place where there is a hot water inlet into the lake. We tried lying in the pools however, we were either freezing to our bones, or our bottoms were on fire. Apart from sleeping on very lumpy ground, getting a tad sun burnt and having a close encounter with a very friendly swan, we had a marvelous time.

Before we get to the recipe, this week I also want to bring back our superstar ingredient series. And clearly the hero of the week has to be oats. Oats are a fantastic source of vitamin B, iron and dietary fiber. Oats are the only source of some antioxidants which have the ability to reduce cholesterol and help protect the circulatory system (healthy hearts all round.)

Now for the ambrosial overnight oats…

They all begin with a basic recipe:

1/2 cup oats and 1/2 cup milk…and then there are special ingredients added which creates a chef-d’oeuvre (FYI, that’s French for masterpiece)

I decided it would be fun to give each of the flavours a personality. (In case you didn’t already think I was crazy.) Kicking things off we have Green monster oats (duh duh duhhhh..)  Green monster is a sly, tranquil beauty with a powerful nutritious kick.

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To make…

  • 1/2 cup oats,
  • 1/2 cup milk,
  • 1/2 cup yoghurt,
  • handful spinach, (or any other lovely leafy green)
  • 1/2 banana,
  • 1/2 Tbsp chia seeds,
  • sweetener to taste.

Blend everything except the oats, then stir this mixture into the oats. Chill overnight!

Up next we have, Pina colada oats. Pina colada is the wild child. Not one to shy away from having a good time, it’s like taking a trip to a tropical island when you taste a bit of this party pud.

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To make:

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup yoghurt
  • 1 Tbsp desiccated coconut
  • 1/4 cup pineapple + a little juice
  • sweetner to taste

If that’s not for you, how about… Triple chocolate oats. Chocoholics beware, this will send you into a spin. Decadence is it’s middle name, so if you feel like a sweet treat then this is the one for you.

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To make:

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 banana, mashed
  • 1 Tbsp cocoa
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • 11/2 Tbsp chia seeds
  • sweetner to taste

Mix everything together, place in a jar and chill overnight.

Last, but not least, we have… Peanut butter, banana oats. This one is the classic comfort combo. If your motto is “early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, happy and wise,” and your idea of a big night is staying up past 10 and watching more than 2 episodes of “Friends”… then this comfort food is just your type.

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To make:

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 banana, mashed
  • 1 Tbsp peanut butter (crunchy or smooth…I ain’t fussy)
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • sweetner to taste

Mix it all together and chill that baby in the fridge overnight. (While you finish that “Friends” episode)

And there you have it! 4 ridiculously easy, unbelievably edible, overnight oat recipes that will have you positively jumping out of bed in the morning.

I challenge you to make (at least) one of these for breakfast this week… then tell me how much you loved it.

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Have a beautiful week, until next time…KEEP CALM…and eat your oatmeal.

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