Overnight Oats

So things are going to be a little different here for the next little while. For the next month I'm on a dairy and wheat free diet, and as a result I'll be posting recipes that fall along that vein. Have you ever been on a restricted or elimination diet? I am expecting that this month will be a challenge, even with cooking as much as I do. I already follow a semi-vegetarian diet, so I will be very restricted in terms of what I eat for the next little while. I'm planning on a lot of grain bowls and stir-fries to get me through. I am hoping to use this experience to try some new grains that I haven't had before. There are tons of wheat free options out there, I just tend to rely on the same ones. Luckily I don't have to follow a gluten free diet, which is much stricter. I still have the option of eating things like oats and barely, as well as foods like rice pasta that could be processed in the same facility as wheat. 

Breakfast is the easiest meal for me on my new regime because I eat the same thing every weekday morning in the winter, overnight oats. As I have mentioned in previous posts, as a kid I hated oats, but now I love them! There is nothing like a steaming bowl of steel cut oats on a chilly winter morning. They are healthy, filling and warm you from the inside out.  A big bonus for me is that they are also wheat free! One important thing to note is that they aren't always gluten free, so if you are sensitive make sure to double check the label. The other cool thing about oats is their amazing texture and light flavor. This makes them the perfect vehicle for a variety of different toppings and mix ins like fruit, nuts and spices. 

The lighting is bad, but unfortunately it's dark outside when I eat breakfast. Longer days (and better pictures) are coming soon. 

The lighting is bad, but unfortunately it's dark outside when I eat breakfast. Longer days (and better pictures) are coming soon. 

If you are like me, you want as much extra sleep as you can get in the morning. There is no way that I am going to stand in front of the stove for 30 minutes stirring a pot of oats. With overnight oats you  have to do prep the day before, but in the morning you just need to pop them in the microwave and you are good to go. This recipe uses steel cut oats, other varieties won't work out as well. If you want to learn more about oats check out this previous post. For the recipes below, make the base then pick one set of mix ins. Refrigerate overnight and then you are ready to go in the morning.

Overnight Oats

Serves one

Base

0.25 Cup Steel Cut Oats

1 Cup Water

 

Mix-In Options:

Peanut Butter Oats

1 TBSP Peanut Butter

1 TBSP Raisins 

 

Banana Bread

0.5 Banana, Peeled and Sliced

0.25 TSP Cinnamon

Pinch Allspice 

1 TSP Chia Seeds

 

Apple

0.5 Apple, Diced

0.25 TSP Ground Cinnamon and Cloves

1 TBSP Dried Cranberries

1 TSP Chia Seeds

1 TSP Slivered Almonds

 

Mix your base and you toppings together.

Cover and refrigerate overnight

Microwave for approximately 6 minutes in a deep bowl

Serve hot

 

Enjoy!

Alexandra