Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Strawberry Chia Overnight Oats (Vegan, Gluten Free)


And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, 
I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again 
with the summer

                                                                                             F. Scott Fitzgerald

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We welcomed the first day of summer up at the lake this past weekend.  We didn't see much of the sun but it didn't matter.  

Unplugged (no internet, not even a phone) we built camp fires, played multiple contentious rounds of boggle and worked in some mandatory family poker: five card draw, Kings and Little Ones, is my game.  There was plenty of swimming too -- our golden won't have it any other way.

I'm not sure there's a place on earth I would rather be in the summertime than this simple stretch of unspoiled rural Ontario.  Where local farmers still know something about raising animals and the drivers customarily wave every time they pass you by (a basic human civility that is so uncommon in the city, it still manages to make me blush).  And those old gravel roads, the hallmark of country nostalgia, that wind their way into every corner without a beginning or an end.  The further you go, the longer the journey becomes. I have walked these roads for hours at dawn without arriving at a single destination. I like it that way. Loose and undefined in my mind.  


Strawberry Chia Overnight Oats

Strawberry Chia Overnight Oats (Vegan, Gluten Free)
  • 1/3 cup (80 mL) 100% whole grain gluten-free oatmeal
  • 2 Tbsp (30 mL) chia seed
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) fresh local strawberries, sliced or chopped (reserve a couple slices for topping)
  • 1/3 banana, sliced
  • 2 Tbsp (30 mL) almonds or walnuts (or nut of choice)
  • 1 cup (250 mL) milk beverage of choice (almond, hemp, brown rice, soy, coconut, for example) 
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) pure vanilla extract
  • Drizzle (2.5 mL) of agave nectar or pure maple syrup

Serves 1

Notes:
  • Chia seeds offer plant-based omega-3 fatty acids, fibre, antioxidants and an impressive array of minerals. Unlike flaxseed, chia does not have to be ground to be bioavailable (ie: to be absorbed and usable by the body). Flaxseed has a similar nutrition profile to chia (with slightly less fibre, omega-3s and minerals per serving) but flaxseed has the added benefit of containing lignans - plant compounds believed to be protective of breast health - which chia does not.  Chia is more expensive than flaxseed but due to the highly concentrated nature of its nutrients on a gram per gram basis, a small amount of chia goes a long way. You can find chia seed at any health food store and many larger grocery stores.
  • Pure oatmeal does not contain gluten.  If you have contamination concerns, you can seek out certified 'gluten-free' oatmeal.

Directions:
  1. Place oatmeal, chia seeds, sliced banana and sliced strawberry together in a bowl.  In a separate small bowl, whisk together milk and vanilla and pour milk mixture over oat-chia mixture.
  2. Place oat-chia mixture in fridge overnight.  In the morning, remove bowl from fridge and top with almond or walnut and another couple slices of strawberry. You can also add additional fluid (milk beverage) if you like at this stage and a drizzle of agave or pure maple syrup.
  3. If you prefer to soak your nuts (almond or walnut) for digestibility, simply add them to the oat-chia mixture overnight rather than adding them in the morning.
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gorgeous local berries are now flooding our markets

refrigerated oats served up cool and refreshing for summertime

taken by my son at sundown over the water 

13 comments:

  1. Sandra @ Kitchen ApparelJune 25, 2013 at 7:37 AM

    It sounds like your vacation spot is absolutely perfect :) The picture
    of the lake is so relaxing and soothing, as is the way you describe the
    beauty of finding real peace and quiet.

    This breakfast is just
    what I needed to see. I have been neglecting breakfast for a while now
    and your overnight oats have given me so much inspiration. This is
    exactly the type of breakfast I need to start making again!!!

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  2. My husband loves oatmeal with fruits for the dinner! This is a perfect recipe, Kelly.

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  3. Still on the road quick hello to say I loved this post particularly the photo of the lake

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  4. Kelly, your writing is breathtaking. Effortless and exquisite. As for this recipe, I don't think I have ever seen a more beautiful and luminous oatmeal. Love your photos (the one your son took is so peaceful). Thank you for the continuous inspiration.

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  5. Sounds like a perfect weekend! I love soaked oatmeal for breakfast. This version is a powerhouse of nutrients. What a great recipe. In my neck of the woods the wild strawberries are just coming into season now. Perfect timing.

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  6. This dish is as beautiful as the words you used to describe the lake. I would absolutely love to have a place on the lake one day. I spent some time at a family friend's place on the lake several times when I was younger and it was so perfect. Sleeping on the beach and waking up with the sun, plenty of water-skiing and roasting marshmallows, BBQ's, and exploring the surrounding area...it always sticks out in my mind. I'm glad you got to get away for the weekend! I hope you enjoy many more weekends there this summer kelly! Thanks for the breakfast idea, too!!

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  7. Oh that does look ever so peaceful Kelly, I love the photo of the boat. We're heading up north this weekend, leaving on Thursday night in fact. I'm hoping it's not going to be as hot, but I am looking forward to that wonderful peacefulness that overcomes me when I'm up there...forced to do nothing (well, maybe a little bit of blogging).

    This oatmeal dish looks so fresh and tasty. what great breakfast or even snack! Hope you're having a lovely day.

    Eva http://kitcheninspirations.wordpress.com

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  8. Sissi_Withaglass.comJune 25, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    Kelly, your weekend sounds like a huge success and a well merited rest. For now at least I wouldn't like to live in the country, but it's always a nice change to spend several days in the nature and observe people live completely different life from the city dwellers.

    I'm not sure but I think your oats are what the Swiss consider as typically Swiss breakfast dish "birchermuesli". As much as I love oats, I have always preferred them crunchy but your refreshing breakfast looks gorgeous!

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  9. You had me at The Great Gatsby quote. :). What a beautiful retreat you have.

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  10. This looks amazing. I'm obsessed with chia seeds. And as a foodie, I'm ashamed to say this, but I've never made overnight oats! Gasp. This would be perfect to take to work. I work at a fitness studio, and sometimes I have to open the place at 5:30 in the morning. Having something waiting for me in the fridge would save me prep time in the morning!

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  11. Emilie@TheCleverCarrotJune 27, 2013 at 8:42 AM

    Isn't it great to step away from electronics for a bit? It looks like you had a beautiful spot to re-charge! How wonderful :)


    I'm looking forward to giving this one a go- I have all of the ingredients right in my kitchen! I love when that happens. Thanks for sharing this lovely, healthy recipe. I think my little ones will like it too (always looking for new ways to feed them!) xx

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  12. Gorgeous pictures Kelly! The sunset picture definitely presents the feel of the lake environment. Walking to nowhere was what I loved about backpacking and hiking. The only destination was a lake or a stream or just an opening in the forest next to a stream to throw a tent. Definitely at peace. I am really surprised to see that this method doesn't require any cooking at all. What a great way to have oatmeal in the summer. It's cold and healthy. We don't eat oatmeal in the summer because we don't like a hot breakfast with the heat we're having. So you just handed me the solution for having oatmeal in the summer! It looks delicious! Thanks!!!!

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  13. Lovely. Your writing reminds me of Walt Whitman.

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