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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Chia oatmeal breakfast with fruit (no cook)

How to prepare a really nice and healthy breakfast ahead with no cooking at all: just mix yogurt with chia seeds and oat flakes (rolled oats) and leave it overnight in the fridge. The moisture from the yogurt will soak everything up and you'll have a nice creamy cup of breakfast then when you wake up. And the health benefits of chia seeds are really substantial, so maybe it wouldn't hurt if you incorporated such a breakfast in your meal rotation as often as possible.
To make it all even better, add fruit. You can either mix chunks of fresh fruit directly in the yogurt when you prepare it, or add some fruit jam or spread on top when you serve it (as I did here). Anyway, it will be good. And the combinations are almost limitless. Get creative :)
Recipe idea: here.

Last year: Căpșune cu smântână (Simple Strawberries and Cream) (Romanian).
Two years ago: Chicken, olive and preserved lemons tagine (Moroccan).
Three years ago: baby making and no cooking. :)

Ingredients (for each serving):
  • half a cup of Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons oats
  • 2 teaspoons chia seeds
  • 1-2 tablespoons fruit preserves (I used raspberry)

Mix the yogurt with the chia seeds and the oats. If you want to add fresh fruit, cut it into chunks and add it too. Leave overnight in the fridge (covered). 
Take out, add some fruit preserves (if you want) and dig in! :)

Note: it's efficient to make more servings ahead. Like 6 at a time. They keep well in the fridge, covered, for 3 days or so (depending on how fermenting is the fruit you add to the mix). If you add fruit only when you serve it, the oatmeal mix should keep in the fridge even longer. 

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