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How to make Genius Overnight Oats

Confession: I hate
oats. Given a chance, I would never touch the cereal that tastes like
cardboard. I have tried making porridge, have tried adding fruits and nuts and
honey and cinnamon and what-have-you. Still yucky… So why am I writing about
it? And better yet, why is this post called “Genius Overnight Oats”? Coz
this non-recipe is the best way that I have found to eat oats – a
super-food
that is heart-friendly, helps in reducing risk of Type
II diabetes and helps you maintain
your weight
.
It’s precisely for these reasons that I try to eat
at least 2 oats-based breakfasts every week, but I have never really enjoyed them. That is until I
received a newsletter from Food52
– a website that I totally recommend; super recipes and some delicious food
photography. It’s choc-a-bloc with useful tips and meal ideas.
Their newsletter
came with “How to make overnight oats without a recipe”, so I thought, well
it’s worth a shot. It’s a no-cook recipe, or rather a non-recipe – very
as-you-like-it kind of a thing. And I loved it! It’s made me a convert. I think
my problem was the hot, cooked oats with its thick, gluggy consistency, which
is quite off-putting. With overnight oats, that problem was resolved. It’s a
great make-ahead breakfast, perfect for time-strapped folks – make it the night
before and in the morning you can just grab and go! 

 

So here’s how you make
easy, no-cook overnight oats. These are just pointers, you can mix & match
to make your very own signature recipe 🙂

 

Take about 100 gm oats
per person. Place in a bowl or a jar (with a lid, if you plan to carry it as an
on-the-go snack).
Throw in any seeds you
like – flaxseeds (alsi), watermelon seeds, sunflower, chia (sabja) etc. I use roasted
watermelon seeds and roasted flaxseeds from Godrej Nature’s Basket’s Healthy
Alternatives aisle
.
Add nuts such as
almonds, walnuts or dried cranberries, raisins, dates etc. Sprinkle some cinnamon or
nutmeg powder.
Pour in enough milk to
soak the mix well. If you want a dairy-free version, use soymilk, almond milk
or even coconut milk. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
Soak it up
In the morning, stir in
some honey or any other sweetener you like; maple syrup is good too. Sometimes
I skip the honey and add a spoonful of homemade peanut butter or some liquid jaggery from
i2cook
. Don’t go overboard here – remember this is supposed to be a
healthful breakfast, not dessert!
The morning-after look!
Top with fresh fruits
or granola and dig in. Thank me (and Food52) later!How do you like your oats?
Do you have a delicious recipe to share? I would love to hear, so leave me a
comment below.

 

You can read the
original Food52 post here.
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