These are an easy no-cook technique for a healthy grab-and-go breakfast or snack that is full of fibre and vegan-adaptable. Top with fruit, nuts, seeds, peanut butter and yogurt.
Coconut milk makes these rich, naturally sweet, and ultra-creamy. You can also use yogurt, or other milk of choice such as almond milk or hemp milk if you prefer. Chia seeds really contribute to the texture, you hardly notice them, they seem to absorb some of the starchiness of the oats and give a smoother mouthfeel. Plus they are full of fibre, omega-3’s and protein!
Don’t add that cinnamon until the morning! It is one of the culprits in producing a gluey texture.
What type of oats are best to use?
Regular rolled oats give the best results. The oats still have some texture but are soft enough to chew.Instant oats completely break down turning soft and mushy. But if you like that texture then go for it! Make it your way.Steel Cut Oats can be used although they need more time and liquid to soften.
You will Need:
- Regular rolled oats
- Coconut milk or yogurt
- Water or milk (your favourite: almond milk, hemp milk, etc.)
- Vanilla extract
- Maple syrup
- Pinch of sea salt
- Chia seeds (optional)
Start with rolled oats-organic, gluten-free, old-fashioned oats all work fine.
Add chia seeds and a pinch of sea salt.
You can also make this in individual containers for an individual grab-and-go breakfast. 1/2 pint mason jars are great for this!
Add your milk. Coconut milk makes these rich and gives a less gluey yet ultra-creamy texture and adds natural sweetness. You can also use yogurt or other milk of choice such as almond milk or hemp milk.
Add maple syrup and vanilla.
Raisins, currants, dates, orange or lemon zest, chocolate chips, nut butter are all good to add in now to flavour your oats. (I personally like to add some Hemp Protein Powder here for additional protein!)
Mix up thoroughly.
Leave over night in the fridge & top with fruit/ seeds/ nuts/ cinnamon in the morning! The more often you make these the easier it will be to tweak to your individual taste preferences!