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Friday, August 14, 2015

Overnight oats: recipes for summer and fall

Overnight Oats: Recipes for summer and fall
There is nothing complicated or revolutionary about overnight oats. The concept is very trendy right now here in the US but muesli has always been a staple in the Europeans diet. This doesn't make them any less delicious! I eat overnight oats for breakfast at least a couple of times a week, especially in the warmer months. The dish takes no time to prepare (as long as you remember to do it before you go to bed) and creamy soft oats make the perfect medium for seasonal eating.

Overnight Oats: Recipes for summer and fall

There is much written about the benefits of soaking grains and if you are interested in this concept I recommend the book Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon. The bottom line is soaking grains before eating makes them easier to digest, which is good news for people like me who have stomach sensitivity issues.

I hesitate to even call this a recipe because it is so simple. The fun comes in adding whatever is in season to the oats, which results in a different meal each time you make it.

Overnight Oats: Recipes for summer and fall
Summer Overnight Oats

The night before you wish to eat the oats for breakfast, combine equal parts of:
Old Fashioned Rolled Oats (not instant)
Yogurt ( I use organic whole milk vanilla)
Milk ( I use raw or organic whole milk)
I use a 1/3 cup or 1/2 cup measure depending on how much fruit I intend to add to the oats in the morning.

To the mixture add a handful of nuts and a teaspoon of vanilla or additional sweetener such as maple syrup or honey if desired.

Once combined, place the bowl in the fridge overnight.
When ready to eat, add seasonal fruits.

Here are a few of my favorite summer variations:

Chopped walnuts and strawberries
Sliced almonds with blueberries or raspberries
Chopped pecans with peaches or apricots

Overnight Oats: Recipes for summer and fall
Fall Overnight Oats

In the fall, as less fresh fruit becomes available I switch over to dried or frozen fruit and the method changes slightly.
To the oat, yogurt, milk and nut mixture I add 1/2 cup of frozen fruit or a handful of dried fruit before placing in the fridge. I also add a little spice, which seems right for the fall!

Here are some fall overnight oat variations

Walnuts, fresh apples, raisins and a pinch of cinnamon
Almonds and fresh pears, pinch of ginger
Walnuts and dried cranberries,  pinch of cinnamon, dash of maple syrup
Cashews and dried dates
Walnuts and frozen blueberries, extra vanilla

Do you have a favorite overnight oats recipe?


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  1. I've recently discovered Hemp Seeds. They have both protein and essential amino acids making a nice change for the nuts on oatmeal or yogurt.

    1. Great idea! I'll have to give hemp seeds a try. I know a lot of people like chia seeds and they can be a good choice for this dish because they swell up when soaked. Personally they are not my favorite.

  2. I've recently discovered Hemp Seeds. They have both protein and essential amino acids making a nice change for the nuts on oatmeal or yogurt.

  3. Funny that you write this right now. I just started to do this, because my daughter came home from her summer job ( she works in London, Ontario) for a visit before University starts again, and told me that's what she's eating for breakfast right now. She seems to have developed a sensitive stomach like me ( I either have IBS or gluten-sensitivity). I find that in the past I couldn't tolerate oats, raw or otherwise, but in this form, it's like a mild solid in my gut. The feeling is similar as eating buckwheat. How wonderful. Greetings from Eastern Ontario.

  4. I have a definite sensitivity to yeast, of all things, but if I eat too many grains I feel it, too. Soaking grains has helped a lot with that problem and I'm glad you've found the same! I also love how easy breakfast is in the morning with this recipe and by switching it up it never gets old.

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