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Mocha Overnight Oats – chocolate & coffee flavored porridge

Just a quick FYI. This is not a paid endorsement/advertisement by any of the companies mentioned. Should I ever be so lucky to be in a position to be paid to test food I’ll be sure to scream it from the highest rooftop 🙂 This is just my way of sharing some knowledge. 

Coffee, Chocolate, Caramel. All great great in their own right, even better paired together.

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Having oats for breakfast have become a staple of my diet recently so I have been tried and tested some different flavors just so I could mix things up from day to day and keep the first meal of the day exciting. These Mocha Overnight Oats are by far a game changer and I urge anyone reading this post to give them a try. Especially if you love the taste of coffee… and chocolate… and caramel…. together!! There’s a choice of hazelnut which has yet to be done but definitely looking forward to that sometime soon.

As can be seen in both pictures the main player is the flavored instant coffee made by Beanies. Aldi had them in stock a few weeks ago for €3 each (side note: props to Aldi recently, they have been killing it (in a good way) with their food options as of lately. Somehow whenever I think about an idea for food I would like to try/create Aldi happen to be selling it the very next week).

I enjoy coffee and usually drink espresso straight. Becoming accustomed to the strong bitterness is a required taste however should you develop a habit over time the bitterness soon becomes a lot milder and in no time tastes like sweet nectar when it meets the lips. The coffee (Beanies) itself is already slightly sweetened which takes away some of the bitterness left in your mouth although its worth playing around with quantities until the right balance is achieved. In saying that the addition of protein powder or flavor drops etc. will  add sweetness too.

Leaving the house at 5:00am to train before work is tough enough without having to prepare meals in advance. Therefore making these the night before and having them ready to go after a shake is a huge time saver. From a flavor perspective leaving the oats to soak up overnight allows the coffee and chocolate to marinade and come through which produces a much deeper flavor more so than if heated up.

Again it is important to mention that the quantities are based on my own requirements and should be adjusted to fit your own lifestyle and needs.

Ingredients 

85g Oats

20g Protein

12g Peanut butter powder

5g Raw cacoa powder

2 tsp Beanies coffee – 1 chocolate & 1 caramel (you decide)

Method

Mix everything and add in some water or milk until just about covered, mix and leave overnight. That’s the simplicity of overnight oats. Hope you enjoy this one. Any tips please feel free to share as I am always on the hunt for new things.

 

Shane.

FFC #13 Quick overnight oats

There is a certain contradiction when you hear of quick overnight oats due to the fact there is nothing remotely quick about having to wait 12+ hours to eat.

The “quick” in all of this refers to the earlier stage of preparing the oats. In order to make overnight oats more visually appealing on the eye people usually serve them in glass containers so as the different layers of oats, berries & yogurt can be seen. 

However, in order to display a layered effect the timing is essential. This is because time allows the oats and the milk to combine, the yogurt to set which makes it easier for each layer sit on top of the other. If the layers aren’t set properly then they become one big homogenized bowl of slop.

So to save time and all the messing around with waiting for this layer and that layer to set before commencing with the rest of the recipe, the following method offers a reduction in prep time while also ensuring everything still sets and tastes as nice. The only set back is having to wait overnight to dig in.

As always the nutritional content can be found on myfitnesspal by searching for feastfoodcreations.

Serves 1

Ingredients:

60g porridge oats (kavanaghs organic oats)

40g whey protein powder (Scitec Ireland)

15g chia seeds (harvest morn)

5g raw cocoa powder (green & blacks)

200ml unsweetened almond milk (approach)

70g non- fat Greek yogurt (Liberte) 

Strawberries, Raspberries, Blueberries (whatever quantity you decide, just be sure to add them onto myfitnesspal separately).


Method:

Combine the oats, chia, protein, cocoa together in a bowl.

Pour in the almond milk.

In a glass bowl, layer the bottom with berries, then spoon in half of the oat mixture.

Add in all of the yogurt and some more berries.

 Add the remaining oats on top

Finish with some berries and yogurt on top.

Cover and leave on the fridge over night. Then it’s ready to go.

(The next day you can have the oats as is or even sprinkle some cinnamon or drizzle a little bit of honey over the top, its Heaven!!)