Teaching my family how to eat clean hasnít always been easy. Some of my kids like hot oats, and some prefer cereal. I donít purchase sugary cereals anymore, and often find the flavor of clean cereals to be somewhat unflattering. I prefer to have home made oatmeal for breakfast, but now that summer is here, warm oats just arenít hitting the spot.
I recently came across a recipe for oatmeal in an interesting and whole new light. My dear friend Zain Jamal created them, and she calls them Overnight Oats! In order to share them with you, I have modified the recipe to my personal liking, and switched up some of the ingredients.
These oats are pre-made before you go to bed, and are ready to eat when you wake up! They are cold, like eating cereal, but have a soft muesli consistency. These oats are perfect because they contain a perfect balance of protein and complex carbs, along with some healthy fat to get your kids off on the right track. Cold and refreshing, this is the perfect dish to serve out on the patio on a nice, warm sunny morning! Itís a fabulous concept, and probably the easiest breakfast you can make at home.
Give them a try soon, and you just may never go back to eating cereal again!
Ĺ cup whole uncooked oats
Ĺ to ĺ cup almond milk, or enough to cover oats completely
1 teaspoon raw honey (a strong drizzle is about a teaspoon)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Ĺ cup any fruit or mixture of fresh or frozen fruits
2 tablespoons sliced almonds or other whole unsalted nut
1 teaspoon ground flax seed
My favorite toppings: Cherries, mango, banana, blueberry, strawberries, kiwi, blackberries, shredded raw coconut (1 heaping teaspoon provides healthy fats), oranges, watermelon, plums, and dates.
In a small glass bowl with a tight snap-on style lid, place uncooked oats and cinnamon in bowl, and cover with almond milk. Drizzle in the honey, and stir until combined. Dice your fruit(s) up, and place on top of the oats (the almond milk should not cover the fruit). Cover tightly with lid, and place in refrigerator over night.
The next morning when you are ready to eat, remove lid and top with ground flax seed and almonds or nuts. Use any combination of fruits, nuts, raisins, dates, figs, berries, seeds, flax, chia seeds, protein powder, etc. Do not leave in refrigerator longer then 24 hours.