Weekday neglect

[donotprint] I’ve been neglecting overnight oats during the week in favour of some incredible baked oat varieties. The thing about baked oats is that they are a little more forgiving when working with not so ripe fruit. The baking process brings out the flavour, juiciness and softens making even the most unripe of fruits taste delicious!

When you have fresh juice dripping fruit on hand it would be sacrilege and probably pretty stupid to bake it in the oven as it would more than likely turn to mush. The only thing for it is overnight oats! I’m a big fan of including different fruits in my overnight oats rather than plain old banana all on it’s own.

In to the mix went one of the amazing yellow plums, and a pink plum with a beauty all of it’s own.  A little cinnamon, groats, maple syrup and the oats were good to go! Well the next morning they were good to go!

I topped them off with pistachios and dried apricots as well as some fresh plum as I did the smoothie yesterday morning. They were just creamy enough with that bit of chew and bite that I love so much about overnight oats.

After taking a few snaps I was reminded about the forgotten ingredient…a little almond milk to loosen the whole mixture up and add that highly desirable cool creaminess.

If you’re a regular visitor you’ll know that I’m a huge pistachio nut fan. Having actually bought a copy of women’s health magazine (it’s not something I do regularly preferring to catch up for free online) and actually reading it…an even stranger occurrence seen as I usually flick through the pages a couple of times before disregarding and setting aside, I was delighted to see the pistachio nut coming out on top.

It’s the most calorie friendly nut and least likely to pack on the pounds seen as removing them from their shell requires a little more time and attention (seen as I’m trying to gain weight and usually crack open the shells before sitting down to munch neither really counts!). They also contain the highest amount of cholesterol lowering plant sterols and contain one of the highest amounts of protein, phosphorus, potassium, thiamin, Vitamin B6, beta carotene, and lowest amounts of fat when compared with equal serving sizes of almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, pecans, walnuts and macadamias! Find out all you ever wanted to know about the pistachio here.

Juicy ripe melt in the mouth plums, chewy sweet dried apricots, creamy cool oats and toffee like pistachios…a combination made in heaven! Smile

What nut are you nuttiest about? [/donotprint]

Vegan Plum Pistachio and Apricot Overnight Oats

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Servings – 1

Preparation Time – 5 minutes

Ingredients

Oats

  • 40g (1/2 cup) rolled oats
  • 1 tbsp buckwheat groats
  • 1/2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 125ml boiling water
  • 1 small yellow plum diced
  • 1 small pink plum diced
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon

Toppings

  • 60ml (1/4 cup) almond milk (optional)
  • 1/2 tbsp chopped pistachios
  • 3 dried apricots diced
  • 3-4 slices of plum (yellow, black, pink…)

Directions

  1. Mix together all overnight oat ingredients, place in a seal tight container and place in the fridge overnight or for at least 4 hours.
  2. Serve topped with plum pistachios, apricots and drizzle with almond milk to serve. Give it all a good mix up before digging in!

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