Saturday, 16 March 2013

Overnight Oats

Today's recipe, overnight oats, was inspired by a trip to Ikea. Although functioning primarily as a furniture and homewares shop and every couple's worst nightmare, its renowned for also existing as an unlikely hangout place. I'm almost a little ashamed to admit I went along to the yellow Swedish juggernaut simply to eat from their crazy European Cafeteria and catch up with some more financially-sound friends. As someone who loves marketing, I praise Ikea for managing to unleash everyone's inner-OCD-sufferer. 

When I spotted these cute jars for only a $1.99 each, I knew I had to come home and use them for something equally aesthetic. (Even though I promised I'd refrain from buying anything due to having just conquered a crippling Ikea addiction).

You make these little pots of happiness the night before serving. Leaving a creation overnight to set is embarrassingly exciting especially when you can experiment with flavours. In the past I've used mashed bananas, strawberry jam and peanut butter to create different tastes.

Quick Oats, 45g
Milk, almond, 1/2 cup - use your milk of choice.
No-fat Greek Yoghurt, 2 tbsp or 30 g
Stevia, or sweetener or choice, 1 tbsp
Sugar-free Maple Syrup, 1 tbsp
Blueberries, small handful or 30g
Chia seeds, 5g, or 1 tsp
Almond butter, small teaspoon or 10g - You can also use peanut butter

Mix ingredients in a jar and leave overnight covered. The more yoghurt you use - the creamier you can expect it to be. Top with fruits, nuts and sauces of choice. I used some extra greek yoghurt, blueberries, goji berries and maple syrup.