Indy Power: All right on the night... with these overnight oats
Give busy mornings a health kick with this simple breakfast - prepared before bedtime.
Coconut overnight oats
I'm seriously into oats - whether it's porridge, Bircher muesli or overnight oats. This recipe is like all of them in one and you can serve it around the table or straight out of a jar at your desk. If I'm at home, I'll elevate it with some stewed berries and seeds; if you're on the go, all you'll need is a spoon - both ways have their merits!
Makes 4 servings. Gluten-free, dairy free & vegan
150g gluten-free oats
45g desiccated coconut
1 heaped tablespoon chia seeds
¼ tsp vanilla powder or 1 vanilla pod
200ml coconut milk
350ml nut milk
1-2 tbsp of maple syrup
Add the oats, desiccated coconut and chia seeds to a large bowl and mix well. Then mix in the vanilla powder or vanilla pod.
Whisk together the coconut milk, nut milk and maple syrup.
Pour the wet ingredients into the dry while mixing.
Transfer the mixture into a large jar, or individual serving containers and refrigerate overnight or for a minimum of three hours.
Serve the next day or up to three days later, with a dash more nut milk to moisten.
If you prefer yours hot, just add the finished mixture to a saucepan and cook on medium heat until heated through.
Milky way: DIY oat milk
Oat milk is my latest obsession. It’s my favourite swap for cow’s milk when I’m ordering a coffee, and any coffee shop that has it on their menu is instantly in my good books. The brand Oatly (available in selected Tesco and health food stores nationwide, see oatly.com) has a delicious one — their ‘barista’ version is amazing — but it’s also so easy to make your own and it’s ideal for people with nut allergies.
To make it at home, soak 100g of oats in water for about three hours, then rinse them and add them to your blender with 750ml of fresh water. Blend on high until smooth and then strain through a nut milk bag or cheesecloth.
Make it your own
You can, of course, be creative with a few of your own additions to the mix: cinnamon adds delicious warmth, while cacao powder makes the mix rich and chocolatey. Raisins are yum for a bit of chew and flaked almonds for crunch — whatever you’re in to!
The easiest way to transform your oats, whether they’re hot or cold, is with stewed berries. They only take about three minutes from start to finish and they add beautiful colour and refreshing sweetness. This is how I make mine: add two handfuls of berries to a saucepan with 1-2 tablespoons of water and let it simmer for about 2-3 minutes, then mash it with a fork. You can add a little honey or maple syrup too, if you like. Then just spoon it over your oats. With this recipe I went for blueberries but any berries work, fresh or frozen.