Sunday, 12 October 2014

Overnight Oats With A Twist

So I was on my way home from uni earlier this week and my route requires me to pass by a plethora of shops that I try hard to ignore.
 However, I convinced myself that a few bits were needed at home so I wandered into Waitrose and spent a fair amount of time simply browsing.  As I left, I watched hopelessly as my annoyingly infrequent bus drove past me and all I had to show for my idiocy was a carton of coconut milk and a pack of mozarella balls (I am aware of how odd this is).  As it was raining sideways and I didn't want to spend the next 15 minutes waiting for another bus (I should really learn how to drive) I took shelter in Holland and Barrett.  I picked up the essential oils I had been meaning to buy for months and  a flavour of Yogi tea I had yet to try and as I went to pay, I ended up engaging in conversation with the lovely sales assistant about our mutual love for Yogi Tea.  As I was leaving, she pulled out something from beneath the desk and popped it in my bag.  It wasn't nearly as strange and conspicuous as I make it sound, it turned out to be a recipe book written by the makers of Yogi tea.  And this, my friends, is how we get to the recipe for overnight oats.

The Yogi recipe book is simply brilliant.  It tells you how to incorporate the different Yogi teas into the recipes by either using the spices in the tea bag or using the brewed tea itself.  It then ends each recipe with a mantra and a yoga position much like the tea bags do themselves.  My tea cupboard has to be one of the best stocked tea cupboards I know of.  I'm not even disguising that as a humble brag it's pretty much a fact.  So thanks to my inability to avoid Waitrose and the lovely lady at H&B, I now have other uses for all my tea bags that I had never even considered before.  So, here is a great breakfast/dessert recipe packed with delicious flavours whilst being extremely easy to make and suitable for vegans!
You will need;

  • 1 small mug of brewed Organic Choco Yogi Tea Aztec Spice (Use any herbal tea you like, I like this one because it has flavours of chocolate, ginger and cinnamon which are incredibly warming in this current climate)
  • 3/4 a cup of rolled oats
  • 3 tbsp of non dairy milk (your choice, I like to use coconut milk) 
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • A pinch of cinnamon
This is the basic recipe for the overnight oats.  When it is prepared, you are free to add all the powders, butters and toppings that you like.
Brew your herbal tea of choice in a small mug for 20 minutes.  Put your oats, chia seeds and cinnamon into a bowl and mix.  Next, add the brewed tea and non dairy milk to the oat mix and stir until fully combined.  Pop in the fridge and leave overnight ready to be consumed the next morning.

The oats and chia seeds soak up all the liquid which results in the mixture thickening much like porridge.  I love this recipe because it cuts time from my morning routine but still ensures I have a proper filling breakfast.  When you remove your oats from the fridge, you may want to stir up the mixture and perhaps add a little more milk if it is too thick.  Then the fun can begin when you start to add your toppings.  Here are some of my favourite combinations;
  • 1 scoop of peanut butter mixed in and topped with raspberries
  • 1 tablespoon of maca powder topped with goji berries and mixed seeds (as pictured)
  • 1 scoop of almond butter topped with sliced bananas and walnuts
  • 2 scoops of yoghurt (Rachel's do a limited edition apple and cinnamon one around Christmas which is amazing) topped with strawberries
Experiment and see what works for you.  Hopefully you should have most of the basic ingredients in your cupboards so you won't have to spend any extra cash to prepare a fantastic breakfast dish.  This recipe works just as well without the chia seeds if it's not something you want to purchase, just make sure your liquid quantity is slightly less.  For me, breakfast really is the most important (and most enjoyable) meal of the day, and as I'm fairly lazy, I enjoy the extra time spent in bed knowing my breakfast is ready and waiting for me.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Vegan Chocolate Pudding

I realise it's been a really long time since I've written anything.  I kind of hit a slump after coming back from America and as life does, it gets in the way.  Now that I'm back into some sort of a normal routine I can hopefully get back to blogging more regularly whilst trying not to be drowned in final year work.  Tom and I had missed cooking so much whilst we were in America (we ate out everyday....oink) that when we came home we got back into our usual regime of throwing a load of ingredients together and calling it a meal.  As a result, I have lots of recipes and experimental dishes I want to share that I hope you'll like and that won't cause too much bodily harm.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Amongst The Clouds

If you find yourself in New York, it is imperative that you add 'Visit the top of the Rockefeller' to your list of things to do.

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Lower Manhattan

We spent the next morning fuelling up on waffles and eggs at a local diner in the Meat Packing District.

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Gluten Free Chocolate & Peanut Cookies

These are great.  Really great.  Not even just gluten free (and paleo!) great but serve them up for anyone and everyone great.