I thank my lucky stars for this recipe J. For my bachelor friends and my friends who want to gain “brownie “points with their wives, to all the working ladies and mums, this recipe is for you. I had always wanted to try out this recipe but never got around to try it.
Now with my hands always full I am looking for quick recipes. This recipe requires minimum effort and what’s best is morning when you wake up you don’t have to think about cooking breakfast. Just open that fridge, top it up and eat the oats from the jar :D. It can also be served as a on-budget dessert J. Once you got the ratios, from there everything is pretty much your canvas, from toppings to sweeteners to fruits.
Oats – 1 cup
Curd/Yogurt – 1 cup or ½ cup thick curd + ½ cup slim milk
Dates (pitted) – 5 numbers
Raisins – 1 handful
Honey – 2 tbsp.
Almonds – 10 nos. roughly chopped
Chia seeds – 1 tbsp.(optional)
Flax seeds (optional) – ½ tbsp.
Fruits of choice
The basic rule for this recipe is the ratio of the oats to liquid which is 1:1. It could be anything from milk/Slim milk, any kind of nut milk (for the lactose intolerant), soy milk, curd/yogurt or a combination of curd and milk.
In a mixing bowl mix oats with curd. If you are using the thick curd variety, I would recommend loosening it up with water or slim milk (curd:milk=1:1), especially if you are adding chia seeds[ chia seeds absorb moisture]. I prefer my overnight oats a little runny. This is an optional step, if you prefer your yogurt/curd thick then don’t add water or milk to it. Now add chia seeds (if using) and give it a mix. Roughly tear apart the pitted dates and add to the mix along with the raisins. Give this all a mix and transfer to individual mason jars/ bowls. Keep this in the refrigerator overnight.
In the morning, just before eating it top up with chopped almonds, flax seeds (if using) and any fruits of your choice (apples, pears, muskmelon, peaches). Drizzle with a tbsp. of honey for each jar/bowl. Give this a gentle mix and enjoy cold 🙂
P.S.: I added all my crunchy elements (i.e. nuts and flax seeds) the next morning because I didn’t want it soggy. You can always add it the previous night in the mix, especially if you have no time to do it the next day.
You can use any sweetener from brown sugar to maple syrup. I used honey for its health benefits and add as per your liking. 1 tbsp. seemed sweet enough for me.
You can substitute chia seeds with sabja seeds/black khus khus
You can even have this oats warm, if you’d like, by just heating it in the microwave J.
Hope you find this recipe quick and easy. Please try and let me know what you added to your overnight oats to make it your own creative canvas!