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The best overnight oats recipe ever

The best overnight oats recipe ever

I am obsessed with breakfast. It's the one meal a day I get to eat in silence, in peace, alone (okay, except for the weekends), and I used to struggle with finding something I actually enjoyed eating first thing in the morning that didn't make me feel like crap after. I don't like to "cook" in the AM because the kids are sleeping, and I can't stand the thought of eating eggs before 9am anyways.

Enter overnight oats.

I've tried a few different recipes, but no single recipe stood out as something I *had to have* again, until now.

Haters gonna hate, but it's Gwyneth Paltrow's recipe from her new book, It's All Easy. It fits the bill: This recipe is quick, super easy to make and I already have it memorized. I've had it every morning for 7 out of the past 8 days, only skipping it when I ran out of a key ingredient.

Yes I love the recipe because it's easy (now it takes me less than 5 minutes to make), but I also love the flavors and the texture — it's thinner than other overnight oats...I've always detested thick, miserable oatmeal. Here's the {adapted} recipe:

Gwyneth Paltrow's Almond Orange Overnight Oats (serves 1 person)

1/4c gluten-free oats

2t maple syrup

Pinch kosher salt (I like Diamond Crystal brand)

1t orange zest

1T fresh-squeezed orange juice

1/3c rice or nut milk

1T unsweetened shredded coconut or coconut flakes

1T slivered almonds (chopped hazelnuts are equally delicious)

2T coconut milk yogurt (because I can't tolerate dairy — but she recommends Greek yogurt)

Mix all ingredients together. I find this works best in a glass bowl with a lid (Target has a great Pyrex set that I love — I don't store much food in plastic any more); just mix it well so that the oats will "cook" in the liquid over night. Store in the refrigerator. That's it; you're done and you have a super-delicious healthy breakfast waiting for you the next morning.

Some notes:

  • GP recommends toasting the coconut and nuts prior to adding them into the mix. I have tried toasting and not toasting — when it's 9 o'clock at night and it's martini night I can be a little lazy — and I noted absolutely no difference in taste. What really takes center stage is the orange — for me the coconut flakes just give it extra texture. If you think using nuts anywhere without toasting them first is sacrilegious, by all means, toast away. (Put them in a dry pan over medium-low heat until fragrant.)
  • If you try this once and the mixture IS too runny for you, try adding a little bit of extra oats each day until you reach your preferred texture. But I love it with the original ratios. It comes out more like a thick soup, less like dense porridge.
  • I have also stopped using "real" measuring implements and it works even if you estimate the teaspoons, tablespoons and cups. It's a very forgiving recipe, which I love.

Make it tonight and tell me how much you love it in the morning!

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