Screen shot 2013-12-03 at 6.44.52 PMAround this time of year with it getting dark so fast at night I tend to want hearty healthy meals but don’t want to spend a ton of time making them. Especially right after Thanksgiving with all of that cooking and overeating I want simple healthy meals that fill me up provide me with the right nutrients.

Anyone who knows me pretty well knows I have an obsession … some may say addiction. An oatmeal obsession. I love cooked oats, baked oats, overnight oats, granola, oat-based power balls … the list goes on. One of the easiest ways I like to prepare this staple food is to soak them overnight and eat the raw in the morning. It is a great way to get all of the nutrients and it takes mere minutes to throw together and voilà you have a healthy delicious breakfast to grab on the go.

I have always known that oats are nutritious, and that my body feels nourished and happy when I start the day with some form of oatmeal. Last night I was reading an issue of Yes! magazine called “How to Eat Like Our Lives Depend On It” and there was a section about “What Our Ancestors Knew” that talked about soaking oats. It said, “Soaking grains breaks down phytic acid, a substance that prevents the absorption of minerals like calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc. Also, as grains soak, vitamin content increases, especially B vitamins.” Basically increased digestibility, increased vitamins and minerals. What’s better than that?

I am not saying I will never cook my oats but it does make this convenient option even more appealing. I have many favorite combinations for my overnight oat jars but here are two to start with. I enjoyed my pumpkin ones this morning after my early morning yoga class. 


photo(1)Pumpkin Overnight Oats

  • 1/3 cup pureed or canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 tbsp 100% pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1tsp flax seed meal
  • 3/4 cup milk (I use almond milk but whatever you want!)
  • optional additions: 
    • handful of nuts (I prefer walnuts or pecans)
    • raisins or other dried fruit
    • maca powder

Put all ingredients in a jar or tupperware, mix well, and place in the fridge. Refrigerate for two hours or a couple days. Enjoy!

I prefer mine at room temp, so I generally pull them out in the morning as I get ready and bring them to work with me to eat there. I also like them cold and have even popped them in the microwave for 30 seconds or so to take the chill off on a cold morning. 


Basic Overnight Oats

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon 
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1tsp flax seed meal
  • 3/4 cup milk (I use almond milk but whatever you want!)
  • optional additions: 
    • fruit (banana, berries, persimmon, apple sautéed with cinnamon and maple syrup, etc.)
    • sweeteners (honey, maple syrup, agave)
    • nut butters (almond, peanut, sunflower seed butter)
    • nuts
    • raisins or other dried fruit
    • maca powder

Directions:

Put all ingredients in a jar or tupperware, mix well, and place in the fridge. Refrigerate for two hours or a couple days.


Note:

I generally only put a tablespoon of any sweetener and mainly do it with the pumpkin. Most of the time when I am throwing in nut butter I let that naturally sweeten it for me.

My favorite combos:

Some of my favorite combinations I have tried so far are strawberry with unsweetened shredded coconut, nut butter with banana + raisins,  peach with ginger syrup, and of course pumpkin with walnuts.  I also love topping any of my oats with buckwheat grouts, unsweetened shredded coconut and/or homemade granola.

Oatmeal Obsession: Part 1- Overnight Oats
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