Yesterday on Yahoo Food we saw a non-recipe for Overnight Oats. It is a non-recipe because you can use your creativity to fashion your breakfast oatmeal to suit your specific tastes and preferences. You do not even need to cook this breakfast food. Its flavors are melding while it is in your fridge and you are sound asleep.
After reading about it, we decided to try this kind of oatmeal concoction. We combined ½ c. old fashioned oatmeal with ½ c. unsweetened vanilla almond milk and a ½ c. of water. We then cut up a small banana and a few pitted dates. We added a sprinkle of nuts, a dash of cinnamon and a splash of pure vanilla. We put all of these ingredients in a large soup mug, gave them a good stir and covered the mug with tin foil and placed in the refrigerator overnight. We were excited to see what I would find in the AM.
Well, we were pleasantly surprised. All of the flavors blended nicely and it reminded us of rice pudding without the rice. It was creamy and flavorful and it would be refreshing on a hot day. During the winter months, we think we would prefer to heat it just a bit in the microwave. Note: We did add a ¼ c. BodyCrunch, cocoa flavor, for a topping just before eating. This added a protein boost.
Although we made ours in a large soup mug, the original article said to put it in a jar and give it a shake before putting it in the fridge for the night. In the morning, you could add your favorite toppings or eat it as is. Eat it at home or on the run, your choice. There are so many variations you can use when making this. The only limits you have is your imagination. Next time we think we will try ½ c. almond milk and ½ c. fat-free Greek yogurt the next time.
As you can see, there are Endless Possibilities with this recipe of sorts. It is all up to you. Add fruits, spices, sweeteners, nuts and seeds. Whatever strikes your fancy would be great.
Get in touch with your creative side! Enjoy!
Go on Yahoo Food and read about Overnight Oats for the original article.