fruit & cacao overnight oats
we can all relate to squeezing in those 7 extra minutes of sleep in the morning before mustering up the strength to leave the comfort of our beds - we feel ya! while that additional time seems vital in the moment, it doesn't leave you much time to prepare a hearty breakfast before you leave the house. if you are not a morning person, this recipe is perfect because preparing everything the night before will give you that much needed extra time in the early hours. taking a few minutes before bed to assemble all these ingredients by simply layering them in a bowl, or a mason jar as we have done, really allows for all the flavours to soak in each other's goodness. this is a great treat year round being sure to add fruits that are in season. the recipe works great with dried fruits as well. it will most definitely leave you wanting more!
Recipe (serves two):
- 2/3 cup / 65g gluten-free rolled oats
- 1 cup / 250ml nut milk (we used cashew)
- 1/2 tsp lemon juice
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 and 1/2 tbsp raw cacao powder
- 2 tsp cacao nibs (or dark chocolate chips)
- 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
- seasonal berries (in this case, we used strawberries)
- hemp hearts (optional)
- extra fruit (optional)
- flaky sea salt
fold the oats, nut milk, lemon juice and chia seeds together in a bowl or jar, cover, and refrigerate overnight.
in the morning, remove the oats from the fridge and fold in cacao powder, cacao nibs, and maple syrup. top with seasonal fruit (we love cherries!) and add more milk if desired. if you're looking to impress with your presentation skills, layer the oat and chia mixture with seasonal fruit throughout to create your own parfait (we love using mason jars for this).