October 19, 2013

Overnight Oats

Oats aren't a new thing. They made an entry into my kitchen shelf a few years ago. I used to make oats porridge for breakfast at times when I felt like. My idea of oats was oats porridge, that was it. But after I started following food blogs from around the world, I got introduced to several interesting ways of bringing oats on to our plates. I gave it a try in making Instant oats idli, oats upma and also this Overnight oats breakfast recipe. 
Nothing ever clicked like the overnight oats recipe did!

Put a prefix SUPER for every word that follows: Quick. Delicious. Filling. Healthy. 

It is so yummy and refreshing that I really enjoy it having for breakfast, most of the mornings. I prefer this over any other breakfast during week days, because it keeps me good until lunch time without any sign of hunger in the busy routine. It is so quick and can be whipped up in a few minutes the night before.

Step 1: The night before

In a container with proper lid, mix together 3 or 4 tablespoons of oats, half a cup of plain yogurt. Place it in the refrigerator overnight.

Step 2: First thing in the morning - Top up

Chop up the fruits & dry fruits & nuts that you like-- half a banana, half an apple, a few strawberries, 2 dates, a few almonds/pistachios and the possibilities go on. Here you can experiment as much as you like! 
Put them in the already creamy oats, you might want to add some milk to adjust the consistency of your choice. You might also want to adjust the sweetness as per your liking. MIX thoroughly.

I prefer it just the way it is, with the sweetness of fruits and creaminess of yogurt!

As you see, that's a lot of fruit and goodness, isn't it! It's like treating yourself with the best and healthy breakfast ever possible :-)

Step 3: 

Enjoy the spoonfuls of goodness, while browsing through the morning mails/ news/ your favorite things.

Some more topping ideas:

  • Fresh fruits chopped
  • Dry fruits chopped
  • Chopped nuts like almonds, walnuts, pecans, pistachios
  • Raisins
  • Seeds sprinkled (like sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds)
  • Favorite fruit jam or marmalade
  • Maple syrup or date syrup
  • Chocolate sauce 
  • Chopped chocolate or chocolate chips or cocoa
  • Crushed granola for crunch
Happy eating & Healthy eating!!