Yesterday, the whole family had a Skype session with my in-laws, who are down in Florida for the winter. It’s great for the kids to continue to “see” them, and lord knows, getting a kid to talk to ANYONE on the phone is nearly impossible. This way, Nana and Papa can see when the Threenager nods her head, instead of just listening to the silence!
Anyway, this happened:
Nana: “So as you probably know, Aunt K turned 80 yesterday!”
the Threenager: “That’s HORRIBLE!!!!“
*everyone laughs in disbelief*
Nana: “Well I don’t think it’s THAT bad, really!”
the Threenager: “Okay, I’ll say it more gently next time!”
Bless her heart. I don’t know where she gets it from.
So, on to the food! I used to be all Paleo and shit, before I got pregnant this last time. I know, hard to believe with the food that I talk about now, but it’s true. So every damn morning, I would wake up and do this huge fry up. Eggs, sausages, sweet potato, mushrooms, spinach. The whole fucking shebang. Not exactly a quick meal. Then I got pregnant, and the sight and smell of almost all vegetables and meat made me completely ill. So I went off the Paleo diet and embraced gluten, in all shapes and forms.
Now? I’d love to eat that way again, but it’s so fucking time consuming. I’m sorry, but between the breastfeeding, toilet training and trying to make sure the Teenager gets out the door in time in the mornings, it just ain’t happening. Sooooo I’ve become a big fan of overnight oats. 5 minutes at night is all it takes, and they are ready to eat cold out of the fridge, or you can warm them up in just a minute and you are good to go. Plus, you can control exactly what you are putting in it. And so many variations are possible! The recipe I’m sharing is my current favourite. Why? Because chocolate. I haven’t seen this flavour combination anywhere yet, so maybe I just invented the next big thing. Go me!
Healthy Hot Chocolate Overnight Oats
- 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1 Tbsp chia seeds
- 1 Tbsp cacao nibs
- 1 Tbsp shredded unsweetened coconut
- ~1 Tbsp raw cacao or cocoa powder, to taste (less for a milk chocolate taste, more for a dark chocolate taste)
- 1 Tbsp maple syrup, honey or agave, or to taste (you may want a bit less, or a bit more if you’re using an unsweetened milk and have a sweet tooth like me)
- 2/3 cup milk of choice (I have tried everything from canned coconut milk* to sweetened vanilla almond milk, they’re all pretty good)
1. In a small wide mouth mason jar, combine the oats, chia seed, cacao nibs, coconut and cocoa powder.
2. Add your milk of choice and stir to combine, making sure the chia is well distributed.
3. Add sweetener of choice and give a quick stir to incorporate.
4. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
5. In the morning, give a quick stir and warm it up for 1-2 minutes in either the microwave, or on the stovetop in a small saucepan for about 5 minutes. Or, eat it cold from the jar with a spoon!
*If using canned coconut milk, you should use half water for the liquid measurement, so that it’s not too thick. Trust.
Let me know if you try this out, and how you like it. Warmed up, it tastes exactly like hot chocolate to me. And who the hell doesn’t want hot chocolate for breakfast? I have been alternating this with a Chai version of overnight oats, but that involves making chai concentrate. I’ll share that recipe soon.