Monday, 13 August 2018

Recipe 35: Overnight Oats with Yogurt and Fruits

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.


Each one of us has heard this phrase and also swear by it.


A tasty hearty breakfast really sets the energy level and mood for our day.


But with our busy schedules, getting a breakfast ready for the whole family and running off to work and school, is cumbersome.


I wasn't much of a Bread-Butter, Bread-Omlette kind. It never filled me up and by the time it was lunch, I ate a meal before lunch. Thereby, I was eating two breakfasts and several rounds of tea to keep me full. Needless to say, I was gaining weight.


Recently, I started on oats and it has really changed my breakfasts. I actually look forward to the next morning just so that I can eat my cool and refreshing oats.


My recipe for oats doesn't require you to cook them at all. Infact cooking oats makes them super slimy and absolutely unappetizing.


My "Overnight Oats with Yogurt and Fruits" is simple, yummy and very nutritious.


Today I bring to you one recipe of overnight oats. But they can be made into many different ways. In a few days I will post those recipes as well.
So, lets begin

Ingredients for Serving 1:

  1. 1/2 cup oats (click to buy Quaker Oats)
  2. 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp. water
  3. 1/2 cup or 100gms flavoured yogurt (I used Mother Dairy Blueberry Yogurt)
  4. 2 tbsp. white sesame seeds
  5. Your choice of chopped fruits

Method:

The night before take a bowl and soak oats in water.
 Before Soaking
At the Time of Soaking
Cover the container and keep in fridge to chill.
The next morning, oats will soak up all the water, turn pump and juicy.
After Overnight Soaking
Add your store-bought yogurt, fruits and sesame seeds. I had mangoes. So, added one whole chopped mango in my breakfast bowl.
Serve chilled!

Tip:

  • This recipe is oats with yogurt. Therefore, I have soaked oats in water and not milk. Ideally, milk and yogurt (or anything sour) should not be mixed.
  • The amount of water I recommend is for oats which is not very dry and lumpy. They will be slightly mushy. However, If you prefer packed and dry oats, take equal quantities of oats and water.
  • No need for additional sugar because yogurt is already sweetened.
  • If store bought flavoured yogurt is unavailable, you can definitely add some homemade yogurt (click for recipe of homemade yogurt) with 1 tbsp. sugar.
  • Sesame seeds are a great source of calcium, iron, magnesium and fibre. One should include such foods in their diet. Being tasteless, sesame seeds are great for sprinkling on top of any recipe without changing the actual taste and texture of your food. I sometimes, add flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, almonds and other nutritious seeds and nuts in my oats and cornflakes.
  • Dates and honey are great replacements of sugar.
  • This recipe can be easily made for more than one person. Just take a large container with lid and add 1/2 cup oats (100-200gms oats) for each person and soak them in equal amounts of water and refrigerate overnight. Add the toppings next day, and you are ready for a breakfast!
  • All my cups and spoons measurements is taken by Hokipo Measuring Cups and Spoons Set of 12. (click name to buy)




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