I have a new obsession: overnight oats. I have never been a porridge or cereal person – not in the mornings, not ever. I only had regular oat bran at home to make pancakes when I was on a Dukan diet a few years ago. Other than that, anything oat related in my kitchen was to be used for baking. Until recently…
So, first of all, a few words about this new Monday recipe series: As you know, Thursday is my gluten free recipes day. I decided to make Mondays as vegan day. I am not vegan, I can never be vegan because I cannot think of a life without cheese (and eggs, to a certain extent..). However, I like preparing vegan recipes and cooking / baking for vegans because it feels like a good challenge to me as a person who does not know all the details of that diet. So for me, this is a learning experience – just as gluten free baking is an experience, by finding out about different kinds of flours.
So now, back to this recipe. Overnight oats recipes are very easy and practical. Especially if you have early mornings and do not have much time to prepare breakfast, then overnight oats are just the right thing for you. You prepare these in a jar in the evening, put in the refrigerator and then just eat right away in the morning. You can warm it if you like, but I prefer cold.
Alright then, enjoy your recipe and have a lovely week!
Difficulty: ★☆☆ (Easy)
(makes 1 jar)
(adapted from Oh My Veggies)
1 dl + 1 tbsp + 1 tsp / 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (you can use sweetened if you like, but I prefer to adjust the sweetness to my taste)
1 dl + 1 tbsp + 1 tsp / 1/2 cup rolled oats (in Finnish: Kaurahiutale, a good option is this: http://www.myllarin.fi/tuote/myllarin-luomu-kaurahiutale/)
1 tbsp ground flax seeds (in Finnish: pellavansiemenrouhe, my favourite brand is Elixi)
1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
1 tbsp rice syrup (or agave nectar, or maple syrup – or honey, if you don’t need to be vegan) – you can adjust this amount according to your taste
1 dl + 1 tbsp + 1 tsp / 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds (if you are having trouble with taking seeds out of a pomegranate, watch this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=084ABt9q1n0)
1 tbsp chopped dark chocolate or cacao nibs (you can find both vegan chocolate and cacao nibs in Ruohonjuuri for example. I used dark chocolate because it is much cheaper than cacao nibs!)
There is only step: put all the ingredients in a jar with a lid and stir. Put in the refrigerator overnight. You might want to stir again before serving, or add more almond milk if you want thinner. You can also add more pomegranate seeds and chocolate on top before eating if you like. Enjoy!