Very slowly I have been converting to somewhat healthier eating over the last few months. I still have a long way to go, but have found some keepers in the healthy type foods. One that I now eat 2 – 3 times per week is Flax and Blueberry Overnight Oats. By clicking the link, you will go directly to the page where I found the recipe, but I will put it here also. The website does give the nutritional information that goes with the recipe also. Of course, I have made changes to suit myself. My changes follow the recipe.
“Flax and Blueberry Overnight Oats
Author: Pinch of Yum
½ cup rolled oats OR quick oats
⅔ cup water
½ cup low fat vanilla yogurt
1 tablespoon flax meal
1 baby pinch of salt
blueberries, pecans, brown sugar, and other goodies for topping
In an individual food storage container, add the ingredients in the order listed (except for toppings). Do not stir. Refrigerate overnight.
In the morning, stir up the mixture; it should be thick and the oats should be completely soft. Add the toppings of your choice. Repeat forever.
The different varieties of oats affect the texture, so if you like a thicker, chewier texture go for rolled oats and if you prefer something softer and creamier, go for quick cooking oats.”
The only ingredient I do not use is the baby pinch of salt. I don’t see any reason to add salt – so I don’t. I also add chia seeds – and I don’t really measure the chia or the flax meal – just sprinkle some on. I don’t pay attention to the order that I add the ingredients either. I don’t use the brown sugar as I find it is sweet enough with added fruit. I have never used pecans either, but do use sliced almonds and blueberries or pineapple or strawberries or banana or whatever you would like in the way of fruit. I have used both the rolled oats and the quick oats and do not find much difference between them. I ignore the Do Not Stir part of the instructions and I do stir it before putting it in the fridge overnight. I stir it again in the morning, put it in the microwave for a few seconds to warm it up and then add my toppings.
Basically you can make this recipe your own by using the basics and then make whatever changes you like to suit yourself. That’s what I do anyway. 🙂 Someone suggested adding Bran Buds, so I picked up a box today and will sprinkle some of those in my next bowl.
I did not have oatmeal in front of me when I wrote this, so no pictures (but you can find pictures at the site mentioned above). Chester was willing to pose for a couple of pics though – and everyone (especially me) loves to see my boy – so here is Chester today.
It is a beautiful day (for March) here today and Chester is enjoying some time outside in the sunshine. Right now it is -2C ! 🙂
Chester will be 12 years old on May 1st and he has been seizure free since mid July 2012.