If you’ve always wanted to try overnight oats, this is the yummiest recipe to go for. By Yuen Yi Ying
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I’ve eaten a lot of heart-healthy oats in my lifetime, but I’ve never really been a fan of it, mostly because I’ve been prepping it wrong. Mine always ended up a tasteless, gluey mess, and I can’t believe I ate it for as long as I did!
This recipe however, changes everything. I can’t take credit for it. Truth be told, it’s my cousin’s, who works as a pastry chef in New York City. While living with her, I was very inspired by her healthy eating ways – mostly veggies, always organic, using the freshest, top quality ingredients. Eating the way she did really picked up my energy levels and changed my skin – I think it’s what finally ended my 10-year battle with chronic eczema.
One of my favourite recipes she taught me is how to make proper overnight oats. We’d whip up a portion every night for the next day, but soon realised we could make a big batch of the dry mix for the week, which saved a lot of time. Make some to enjoy in the morning sunshine, or bring it to the office to kick off your busy day.
This recipe is for a day’s portion (multiply the amount of dry mix by seven to have a week’s supply and store in an air-tight jar). Vary the recipe as you like.
3/4 cup rolled oats
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tbsp dried raisins
3/4 tbsp dried goji berries
1 tbsp chia seeds
2 tbsp dried dessicated coconut
1 tbsp dried mulberries
2 tbsp toasted and chopped nuts (walnuts, almonds etc.)
(Optional) 1 tsp date, raw or coconut sugar (or maple syrup to taste)
(Optional) 2 tsp powdered peanut butter
1 cup milk (or non-dairy alternatives like almond, rice, or oat milk)
(Optional) Fresh fruits in bite-sized pieces
In a mason jar or sealable container, pour in the dry mix, then add the milk, which should cover the oats with some excess. Stir everything together with a spoon, then cover and leave to chill in the fridge overnight, or for at least four hours. Before serving, mix the oats and top with your favourite fresh fruits.
Bonus tip: You can turn your overnight oats into pancakes too! If you have leftovers (or you can whip up a fresh batch), blend the mix in a food processor or blender, then use it like pancake batter. Alternatively, tip the dry mix over yogurt to make a delicious and filling yogurt parfait.