Vegan Overnight Oats (Summer Porridge) Updated
Sometimes at international breakfast bars there is "Muesli". It's cold oats that have been soaked usually in milk and yogurt. I love this stuff! I am an addict really for this. The problem is, I don't know how to make it. Usually there are no real specific directions on the quantities with which to soak my oats overnight. Plus, I wanted to try this with rice or almond milk since I'm trying to cut back or sugar, dairy, and meat. I tried it last night and was actually very happy with the results. So, here is my first try batch ratio list.
1/2 cup old fashioned oats
3/4 cup vanilla almond milk
This is the "base" meaning this is what I put in the fridge overnight, covered in a glass jar. In the morning I mixed in 1 Tbsp. raw almond butter, one banana, 1 Tbsp. of unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 Tbsp. of ground flaxseed, and a sprinkling of raw unsalted sunflower seeds.
It was good BUT for many readers, this just might not be sweet enough. A person could probably put in some honey to sweeten it. Next time I might mash the banana instead of just chopping it so that the sweetness of it can be better spread out in every bite.
Again, this was my very first trial run but it went well. It was simple simple simple and fantastic for the Summer. No need to heat of the kitchen with this recipe! Some other things I may try is mixing in some applesauce and cinnamon instead of the above combo. Once I get my hands of some chia seeds I may try that as well.
Do you have any suggestions for mix-ins?
I've refined my oats a bit. I've limited the amount of oats and am now added a lot of yummy bulk to it. So really don't need all the oats (or sweeteners).
1/3 cup oats
about double the "milk"
Right now, I'm working on a plant based diet and it's really been life changing for me and the family. This means that my milk is almond, rice, soy or coconut. I'll usually rotate them around. I haven't eliminated milk or meat all the way but, I've cut it out drastically. I don't preach (usually) and I don't judge so just use whatever milk substance you'd like.
If your curious what a plant based or nutritarian lifestyle is, I highly recommend the book (The forward is by Dr. Oz) Eat to Live the Author Dr. Fuhrman, also has fantastic webpage with helpful articles and more. A fellow mommy friend recommended him to me. What really motivated me was his free podcasts. This doctor has helped thousands and thousands. For free you can also listen to his prerecorded podcasts.
Here's the combo that I've really enjoyed.
- 1chopped and peeled granny smith apple (if it's oraganic, no need to peel) . I use this snazzy Chop 'N Prep Chef to chop up my apples. LOVE THIS thing. I use it every single day if not twice a day. Because I move around a lot to different countries, having something that is not electric makes it possible for me to not have to purchase new appliances every few years.
- 2 tsp. sunflower seeds
- 1 tsp. nutritional yeast
- 1 tsp. ground flax seed (the body can't absorb the nutrients of whole seeds)
- 1 tsp. chia seeds
- 2 tbsp. raisins
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- maybe more milk if you want to change the consistency.