CURRANT, PISTACHIO & COCONUT OVERNIGHT OATS
I've been seeing overnight oats recipes everywhere for the past few months, and I finally broke down and tried making some myself. Love them!! My brain takes some time to turn on in the morning, and this takes all the guesswork out of breakfast, for me and my little one (FYI, when I first gave them to her, it was the quietest I've seen her; she dug in!!). There could be nothing easier than throwing a bunch of ingredients into a mason jar, shaking and letting them sit overnight - no cooking. And it's a complete blank slate; you can literally layer any flavors you want.
Breakfast, for me, is a way to cram in as many nutrients as I can. The day can kind of slip by you, so I like to make sure I have at least packed my morning with protein and vitamins. I went a bit Middle Eastern-inspired here with fruity currants (raisins or sultanas would be great too), pistachios and some dried, unsweetened coconut. A bit of cinnamon, vanilla and ground cardamom make all of the flavors pop, and I added some chia seeds for protein, Omega-3s and hydration. I also used a combination of milk and yogurt to bloom the oats, and I love how the currants and pistachios plump up a bit. Pick any milk you like for this - almond, fresh coconut or any nut milk would be delicious here. If you want the pistachios to have more crunch to them, leave them out and layer them the morning after.
Yields 2 to 3 servings (depending on your appetite!)
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
3 tablespoons dried currants (or 1/4 cup raisins/sultanas)
3 tablespoons unsalted, shelled raw pistachios
2 1/2 tablespoons dried, unsweetened coconut
2 teaspoons chia seeds
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
Pinch ground vanilla bean (or 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract)
1 cup milk (cow's, nut, coconut, etc)
1/2 cup yogurt
In a mason jar or bowl, add all of the ingredients. Shake or stir until well-combined. Cover and refrigerate overnight. That's it!
If you want, you can heat them a bit over the stove the next morning if you like your oats warm. I actually love them straight out of the fridge...These keep for a few days, but I prefer making it daily.