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Overnight Oats With Almond Milk

February 22, 2017

I love bringing overnight oats with almond milk to work. Fast times call for kitchen productivity hacks too. I’ve been super inspired by all of the overnight oatmeal recipes happening online. I just had to try them for myself.

Why settle for boring hard to digest sugar dosed oatmeal when you can try overnight oats with almond milk?

What’s so fancy about these overnight oatmeal recipes? I prefer to avoid using microwaves to cook my food. I prefer stove or oven to cook, bake and warm up my food. One of the main directions for following overnight oatmeal recipes is that you allow the oats to soak in nut milk overnight in the fridge. This helps to make the nutrients more bio-available and makes it easier for your stomach to digest. Overnight oatmeal can be eaten chilled or left out on table for 30min before eating.

Are overnight oatmeal recipes gluten free?

Some of you might be questioning: Are oats gluten free? Yes, but only non-contaminated, pure oats are gluten free. Let me explain.

The problem with oats is that they are at risk of cross-contamination. Some oats are manufactured in facilities that also process gluten-containing grains like: wheat, barley and rye. Taking it a step further, to make sure you’re really eating gluten-free oats, it’s important that the oats were farmed in gluten-free soil! Yes, farming is a business and so farmers will often re-use soil for other crops. Always do your research and read the fine print. If you’re strictly celiac then this is very important for you know.

If you’re celiac or have a serious gluten allergy, pick oats from brands that follow the gluten-free purity protocol and are free from cross-contamination like this one.

There are a lot of helpful articles with this information. A good Google search will help. However, I’ve handpicked some of the best brands for those looking to make gluten-free overnight oats. I’ve shared them later down in the post.

Are overnight oatmeal recipes paleo?

While oats are not paleo, I do enjoy an occasional oatmeal fix. If you’re strictly paleo and looking for some paleo oatmeal inspired options, I’ve got a suggestion. Instead of oats, you can use sweet potatoes as your “oat base”.  Add some butter and dress up with cinnamon, raisins and almonds. Seriously, it’s delicious.

For the rest of us, let’s upgrade our oatmeal game by trying some overnight oatmeal recipes. My classic apple spice overnight oatmeal recipe is gluten-free, plant-based and 100% delicious. Whether you want it for breakfast or a mid-day snack, overnight oats with almond milk is a delicious way to brighten up your day.

If apples aren’t your thing, try different toppings! You can top with blueberries, goji berries, organic dark chocolate, almonds, fresh organic coconut flakes, chia seeds etc…

My top fav brands for gluten free oats:

GF Harvest Old Fashioned Rolled Oats GF Harvest grows their oats in gluten-free soil. This means that they don’t reuse soil from other gluten containing grains (wheat, barley and rye). They have a dedicated GF manufacturing facility too.

If you don’t have a gluten allergy and are not concerned about eating only gluten-free oats, there are tons of other healthy oat brands. I also like Nature’s Path Organic

Apple Spice Overnight Oatmeal with Almond Milk

Overnight Oats With Almond Milk
 
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Ingredients
  • ½ cup oats
  • ½ cup almond milk
  • ½ apple (sliced and diced)
  • ½-1 tsp cinnamon
  • Drizzle of honey
  • Top with almonds
Instructions
  1. Pour ½ cup oats into a ball jar
  2. Add ½ cup almond milk
  3. Stir
  4. Add apples, honey and cinnamon
  5. Top with almonds
  6. Cover ball jar and chill in refrigerator overnight or at least 4 hours before eating

Sources:
http://www.thekitchn.com/the-oat-conundrum-are-oats-glu-137074
http://www.glutenfreeoats.com/

 

 

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