Gluten-Free Overnight Oats

So, I read many different blogs over the course of the week.  Some are strictly gluten-free, others are based on healthy living (eating & exercising).  I have run across many bloggers making “Overnight Oats” a lot recently and it really piqued my curiousity.  I have been in a breakfast rut for quite a while.  Eating what is familiar and what I know can get me through the better part of the morning without having to snack.  I have been eating 2 brown rice cakes, 2 TBSP peanut butter or Barney Butter, 2 egg whites mixed in with 1 Roma tomato & fresh basil.  I also have a couple cups of coffee and sometimes some tomato juice.  I eat around 7:00 AM and am hungry by 9:30 AM.  I am sure some of this is due to the fact that I go to the gym 5 mornings a week, before breakfast.  So, I need something with more staying power.  Whole grains are tough to get when you are gluten-free, as so many contain gluten.  So, this is one reason the Overnight Oats appealed to me.  I have had Lara’s GF Oats (Cream Hill Estates) before, but just a small simple bowl topped with berries.  I believe I talked about it here.   Tina at Carrots N Cake posted not too long ago about Overnight Oats.  I decided that today was the day to try them.  Last night I readied up my bowl and put it in the fridge.  Here is the play by play:

Overnight Oats

1/2 cup oats (I used Bob’s Red Mill Certified GF Oats)

1/2 cup milk (could use soy, almond, rice milk or water)

pinch of salt

Cover & stick in fridge overnight.  Mine were in for about 12 hours, maybe a little less.

This AM….

Added 1/4 cup canned pumpkin

cinnamon ~ dash

vanilla ~ dash

Cooked for 1 minute, then stirred & covered again.  Cooked for another minute, then stirred & covered again.  Cooked for 30 seconds more.

Then I topped with 1 TBSP White Chocolate PB and 1 TBSP PB and 1 TBSP Boysenberry preserves. 

A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.  So creamy and all the flavors….WOW!  I am going to play with the toppings the next few times.  Maybe some walnuts, cocoa or carob powder, chocolate chips, coconut.  I also am going to add in some ground flax seed meal next time for the extra fiber boost.  Wish I could do fruit….banana would ROCK in this!

BTW, if you find the the mixture to thick after sitting overnight, you can add more milk before micro-waving. 

 

I was full a little over half way through the bowl, but finished it because it was so darn good.  I stayed “satisfied” for over 4.5 hours!!!  I wasn’t really “hungry” for lunch until about 12:30.  WOW!  Now, today was my day “off” from the gym and I only did yoga this AM, so the real test will be having this to eat after a good workout and how long it holds me over.  I don’t have anything against eating snacks, and enjoy eating them, but I don’t always have time and if I know I have a super busy day, I can eat this instead and not be starving by the time I can get to eat.  I am one cranky person when I am hungry. 

Sorry I didn’t get a picture.  It was a big bowl of goop that tasted amazing.  One of those “ugly” foods they talk about on Tina’s site in the comments. 

 

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  1. [...] oatmeal for about a year now.  I have tried Lara’s, made by Cream Hill Estates and Bob’s Red Mill.  They are both very good and not hard to make at all.  However, there may be times when [...]

  2. [...] or Bob’s Red Mill Mighty Tasty Hot Cereal).  I can’t wait to start making my oatmeal again.  Perhaps tomorrow AM since we have a frost warning tonight & a low of 35 [...]

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