February in southern Canada is cold. Mornings are tough leaving the warmth of the covers to make the long trek downstairs. It helps to know that my overnight oats only take one minute in the microwave to reheat for a warm breakfast. My hubby seems to have turned over a new leaf and is finally eating my oats as a quick breakfast on the run. (However, he also still makes a fried egg and onions to go with it. He is a creature of habit, and assures me I love his predictable nature. I mostly love how he schedules into his calendar, “remember to be spontaneous”, but I digress.) I have been experimenting with new ingredients for oat recipes with what I have on hand. This recipe is our new favourite. It has a bold flavour, is deceptively sweet and completely yummy. With the weather at -17 degrees Celsius today, hubby needed this stick-to-your-ribs, protein packed, oat recipe. He actually deemed it “delicious”! (He is known for telling me everything tastes, “good”.)
Almonds are a healthful snack on their own, delicious as a milk and are great added to recipes cooked or raw. Medicalnewstoday.com has a great article on their website of the benefits of almonds, as does authoritynutrition.com. These sites are where I did most of my research. Did you know that almonds are technically seeds and not nuts at all? They are also mentioned in the Bible at least 8 times and specifically in Genesis 43:11 are given the title as “some of the best products of the land” (NIV). Almonds contain fiber, Vitamin E, Caclium, Manganese, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potssium, and healthy fatty acids as well as other trace elements. They have been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease and colon cancer. As well, their high levels of magnesium assist in blood sugar control and lowering blood pressure. They are an excellent source of protein, with one ounce containing about 1/8 of our daily needs (Ie. 1 cup would max out your daily protein!). Almonds are also full of antioxidants, most of which are found in their brown skin. This recipe has two forms of almonds to help you start your morning right!
Makes one serving.
1/2 cup of unsweetened organic almond milk
1/2 cup large flake organic oats
1 (generous) tsp fancy molasses
1 (heaping) Tbsp slivered or sliced raw almonds
4 diced dates
2 Tbsp unsweetened organic applesauce
1/2 tsp almond extract (this makes the recipe, do not substitute!)
1 tsp-1Tbsp chia seeds (preference)
Mix all ingredients, except the raw almonds, together in a microwave safe container.
Close the lid and shake well.
Place in refrigerator overnight.
Heat in microwave for 1 minute on high.
Serve topped with raw almonds and stir well.