Saturday, October 25, 2014

Overnight Almond Oatmeal with Chia and Maple Syrup

Overnight Almond Oatmeal with Chia and Maple

Once again I'm way behind a current trend.  Actually, I may be so far behind that the trend is nearly past, but I've finally tried Overnight Oats.

For months my blog reader has been filled with various versions of overnight oats.  From Pumpkin Spice to Orange Cashew, overnight oats are everywhere.  But... the thought of them somehow just sort of seemed distasteful.  Would they be overly mushy?  Would they be chalky?  Would they be just plain weird?

almond extract
Nope to all the above.  Amazing, fabulous, incredible, irresistible, and perhaps even spectacular.

Mushy?  Not at all - a lovely smooth texture with just a little bit of an oaty bite.  Chalky?  Heavens no.  Not a speck of chalkiness in the cup.  Weird?  Maybe a little... but oh, so lusciously fabulous at the same time.

I am forever totally, and positively hooked.

Figuring I should start with a basic recipe - almond milk and oats - I reached for vanilla extract for a little flavor enhancement, but not paying attention, my vanilla turned out to be almond.  And a better mistake has never been made.

Textures and flavors blend together in this "ready when you are" breakfast (or lunch as it may be) creating a simply irresistible concoction I've enjoyed daily for the past week.

Topped with a handful of chopped walnuts and a drizzle of pure maple syrup, these overnight oats are setting a trend all their own.  #love

Overnight Almond Oatmeal with Chia and Maple
Yes... Liv really had her oats in a jar with a little string tied on it!  I think she's getting a little spoiled... :) 


Overnight Almond Oatmeal with Chia and Maple Syrup
Lusciously fabulous and filled with power super foods, oats, walnuts, chia and maple work together to set your day off in the right direction.  Pure, unadulterated happiness!
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2 cups vanilla flavored almond milk (we like Silk Brand)
1 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
2-4 Tbs chia seed * (we like Nutiva Organic)
generous 1/4 tsp almond extract
chopped walnuts
pure maple syrup
additional almond milk (optional)

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Place almond milk, oats and chia seed into a sealable jar (or two - three smaller jars) and shake or stir to fully combine.  Place in fridge overnight.

In the morning, remove from fridge and spoon desired amount out into a bowl.  Top with a sprinkle of chopped walnuts and a drizzle of pure maple syrup.  Add additional almond milk if desired.  Enjoy!

I found this recipe to make 3 servings.  Just as good a day later as well.

Liv Life Note:  I loved the mixture with 4 Tbs of chia... chia brings a nice, smooth gel-like texture to the mix, however my husband prefers a higher oat ratio.  Experiment to find your happy spot...

Liv Life Note 2:  Place in a small single serving sized jar and just grab and go in the morning.  Top with maple syrup before leaving and bring walnuts in a small bag or other small container.  Don't forget a spoon!

Overnight Almond Oats with Chia and Maple

8 comments:

  1. I have had the same reservations about this trend, Liz, particularly since I've had overnight oatmeal a few times that made me shudder. But I trust your judgment, so I shall give it a whirl. :-)

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  2. Can you warm this and if so is it just as good?

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    1. I actually ate mine cold... Didn't think i would like it that way but loved it!! I've read on other blogs that some people like to heat a bit... Don't think it would be a problem. Let me know what you think if you do heat!!

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  3. Sounds interesting, I have never heard of this so...... I use almond flavouring a lot, love it :-) Take care Diane

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  4. Kim- I've never tried overnight oats and I've also seen looooooooads of recipes. But your makes me intrigued. I'm going to give yours a try. Have a great weekend.

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  5. I have been eating these for a while and love them as much as you do. I generally do coconut/walnut/chia with almond milk and steel cut oats. I think steel cut is probably too "al dente" for most people but I love the chewiness.

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  6. Do you have to use the almond milk, or can you just use regular milk? I like plain oatmeal just the way it is, so if the almond milk is for the flavour, then plain old cow's milk should be fine right? I was thinking of adding some nutmeg and cinnamon to make something like an eggnog flavour, maybe with some artificial rum extract.

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    1. Plain milk is just fine!! We are a dairy-free household , hence the almond milk. Any milk will do. And I love the cinnamon/nutmeg additions!!

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