I love overnight oats because they're quick and easy to make, are super versatile and you can take them on the go with you when you're pressed for time!
Now that the weather is cooling down I like to keep my internal body temperature warm by using ingredients that help keep my internal fire going. This recipe is filled with super boosted medicinal foods which support a healthy immune system to keep the seasonal colds at bay.
The use of cayenne pepper in this recipe is to activate the healing benefits of the turmeric while also making you feel all warm and tingly inside. Turmeric is a superfood root which is dried and powdered, the benefits of using it are numerous. For me the most important thing is that it reduces inflammation in the body. Inflammation is your body's response to injury which is great! However, our modern diets and lifestyles of eating highly processed sugars and dairy, drinking alcohol, feeling stressed etc can also cause inflammation in the body. Therefore by adding turmeric to our diets we can aid our bodies by reducing it's workload. It's not a cure all and it also helps to be more mindful of what we fuel our bodies with, both nutritionally and mentally.
Cacao is also a very powerful antioxidant, high in magnesium, which helps relax our muscles, hence why women crave chocolate when they are about to start their cycle. Please make sure that you use good quality raw cacao powder for this recipe as nutritionally it makes a big difference. Most cocoa powder you find in your local supermarket has been heated at very high temperatures which kills a lot of the nutrients. It is more expensive but a little goes a long way with so it's worth investing in some as it will last quite some time.
If you don't have all the ingredients don't worry, get creative and substitute some or leave others out. Or better yet why not try your hand at making your very own signature version?!
(Makes 1 large serving or 2 smaller servings)
- 3 Tbs chia seeds
- 3 Tbs rolled oats
- 1 Tbs almond meal
- 1 tsp cacao powder
- 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1.5 tsp cinnamon powder
- 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
- 1 Tbs goji berries
- 1 ripe banana, mashed
- 1/2 Tbs cacao nibs
- 1/2 Tbs coconut flakes
- 1.5 cup non dairy milk (I used sunflower seed milk)
- Pinch of Himalayan pink salt
Mix everything into a bowl or jar using a fork, making sure it's all well combined. Place in the fridge overnight or for a minimum of 15-20 minutes. Enjoy! *This will last in the fridge for 2-3 days.