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Monday, 29 December 2014

No-bake Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats Recipes!

It's Christmas soon! I bet you have your dinner planned, but what about breakfast? Most of us tend to indulge over the holidays so why not start out your morning with something healthy, that's also quick and easy to make.

I'm sure you've heard of overnight oats but have you ever made them? I've got two healthy no-bake oatmeal recipes for you to try, both raw vegan and vegan – all made from fresh, whole foods. Plus I have a bonus holiday smoothie recipe for you too!

Overnight oats are simply raw oats soaked overnight that soften as they absorb the liquid you put them in. You can make them in one of my favorite things…mason jars! What’s great is that there is no cooking involved and you can prepare it before you go to bed so it’s ready first thing in the morning.

Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats (vegan, gluten free)
Serves 1
1 tbsp chia seeds
1/3 cup dry steel cut or rolled oats (certified GF oats if you’re a gluten-free)
3/4 cup almond milk
2 tbsp date syrup or pure maple syrup
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp vanilla powder
2 tbsp dried mulberries
½ apple (chopped)

Mix all ingredients, except mulberries and apples, in a sealed container like a mason jar. Allow it to sit for at least 20 minutes at room temperature, then refrigerate overnight until ready to eat at breakfast, or for 2 hours minimum. Add mulberries and chopped apple in the morning, and more almond milk and date syrup if desired.  Breakfast is served!

*Date Syrup is made using medjool dates and water. Dates are my favorite sugar substitute as they are a whole food fruit and not processed in any way.

How to make date syrup: Soak 1 cup of pitted medjool dates in 2 cups of warm water.  Soak for 20-30 minutes and blend both dates and the soak water in a blender on high until smooth. Refrigerate after use. 

For the raw vegan version of this keep reading...

I am obsessed with this next breakfast cereal recipe. I make it all the time in the winter months with the seasonal fruits. It’s my fruit-filled version of overnight oatmeal, gluten-free, grain-free and made entirely from fruit! The only difference is you don’t have to let it sit overnight. You can eat it right away!

Apple Cinnamon Fruit Oatmeal
Serves 1
4-5 bananas, ripe and spotted
1 apple (chopped)
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla powder
2 chopped dates (pitted)
2 Tbsp dried mulberries

Blend your ripe and spotted bananas in a blender with the cinnamon and vanilla on low until pudding-like. Add 1 chopped apple, 2 chopped dates and dried mulberries to the blender and pulse blend a couple of times to mix together. Pour mixture into a bowl and let sit for 5 minutes as the mullberries absorb some of the moisture and soften. Top with more dried mulberries and date syrup. Serve and enjoy!

The last recipe I want to share is one of my favorite holiday smoothie recipes! But first I want to share about my new recipe ebook - Holiday Drinks!  

These recipes are sure to get you in the holiday spirit. Whether your in the mood for a juice cocktail, a holiday smoothie or a hot drink to sip on with friends, you'll find something that satisfies your holiday craving. Not only will you enjoy all 20 of these recipes, you will be helping animals in need of a home this Christmas. The Moose Jaw Humane Society has been working really hard to find all their animals at the shelter a home this year. They are always in need of donations, so from now until Jan 1st, this book is available by donation with all the proceeds going to the shelter. Together we can give back! Find out how to donate below...

Here's a free recipe from the ebook to entice you:

Gingerbread Smoothie 
4 bananas, ripe and spotted
1 frozen banana
2 tbsp carob, raw cacao or organic cocoa powder
1/2 thumb of ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup of water

Blend all ingredients together in a high speed blender until smooth. Enjoy!
*you can substitute ginger powder for fresh ginger if you don't have a high speed blender. 

For more recipes like this, check out my 

Happiest Healthiest Holidays to you and your loved ones! 
Naturally Ashley 

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