Scotland has a long and fascinating history with oats.
I am not ashamed. This is precisely the kind of thing that I geek out about. I am currently trying to convince Ryan that we need to go and tour an 800-year old oat mill in Alford, Scotland. Yes, they have been milling oats for a very long time and they host the World Porridge Making Championship – I must go and experience this. Oats are a serious food staple here and I love how versatile and easy they are.
If you have perused Instagram or Pinterest lately you know that overnight oats and chia pudding are all the rage. This recipe combines both recipes and will give you an easy way to get the nutrients and energy you need to start your day. Or if you are like me, it makes the perfect afternoon snack.
This is a quick morning meal because it is prepared the night before and includes only four baseline ingredients; oats, yogurt, chia seeds and almond milk. The toppings are endless and totally up to you. Your body will reap the benefits of fiber (thank you, oats), healthy omega fats (thank you, chia seeds) and satisfying plant-based protein (thank you, yogurt and almond milk). The oats and seeds are soaked into the yogurt and almond milk, which means that the oats become deliciously soft, creamy and easy to digest. The chia seeds expand and create a pudding type texture that will have you wanting it every day of the week.
1/2 cup gluten free oats
1/4 cup almond milk
1/4 cup dairy-free yogurt (I really like this coconut yogurt, but soy yogurt is also delicious and slightly easier to find)
2 tablespoons of chia seeds
Place all of the base ingredients in a jar and stir them all together. Secure the lid and pop in the fridge to store overnight or for at least a few hours.
When you are ready to eat, get creative with your toppings. They are endless, experiment with what you like and what you have on hand: sliced bananas, blueberries, strawberries, almond butter, sliced almonds, unsweetened coconut chips, pumpkin seeds, cinnamon, honey or drizzle some agave.
If you are not dairy-free use your favorite yogurt and milk
If plain yogurt is not your favorite, try adding a teaspoon of vanilla extract or fresh fruit to add more flavor.
Enjoy and I hope you have a delicious start to your week!