By Kathy Hester, Contributor
First, I want to thank Jill for allowing me to share one of my recipes from my upcoming book, OATrageous Oatmeals. I am grateful to be in such a supportive community of vegan authors and readers.
You know that oats are good for you and you should probably add more of them to your weekly menu plan. However, if you are stuck in an oatmeal rut, it may seem too boring. I believe strongly in having innovative, exciting oats, and I’m here to lead you out of that rut.
Oats go far beyond breakfast, so don’t limit how you use them. In my new book, I have recipes for oat milk, oat yogurt, steel-cut oat sausage crumbles, oat dal, oat soups, mushroom stew, gnocchi, and much, much more. Some use rolled oats — steel-cut oats with some oat groats thrown in for good measure!
Oats are also a great way to start your day, and that’s why I’m sharing my recipe for Blackberry Mojito Overnight Refrigerator Oats with you.
Hopefully, you have already been introduced to overnight refrigerator oats. This is the perfect summer canvas to adorn with the array of spring and summer fruits and herbs.
You can make them with yogurt, but this is one of my recipes that is yogurt-less. I like to have a few in my arsenal, so if I go to make some before I go to bed, I can make them even if I’m out of my usual soy yogurt.
These are a little thinner than the ones with yogurt. You can add a tablespoon of chia seeds to thicken it up if you’d like.
You don’t have to use the 1/2 teaspoon of rum if you prefer to not imbibe, but if you use alcohol based vanilla extract you already add a little to your morning oats!
I’m dying to know — what’s the most interesting thing you’ve done with oats?
Blackberry Mojito Overnight Refrigerator Oats
From OATrageous Oatmeals by Kathy Hester
Sweet juicy blackberries soaked in bright lime and mint flavors with the faintest aroma of rum will perk you up even on the toughest mornings. You can add a teaspoon or two of chia seeds to make this extra thick.
1 cup blackberries (cut in 1⁄2 if large)
1⁄2 cup (120 ml) unsweetened nondairy milk
1⁄3 cup (31 g) rolled oats
2 tablespoons minced fresh mint or 1⁄8 teaspoon mint extract
zest from 1⁄2 lime or 1⁄4 teaspoon lime oil
1⁄2 teaspoon rum or rum extract, optional
1 tablespoon agave, to taste (or your choice of sweetener, to taste)
Add all the ingredients in a mason jar or a dish with a cover. Mix well and let sit in the fridge overnight. Stir and eat.
Makes 1 serving
Blackberry Mojito Overnight Refrigerator Oats recipe reprinted with the permission of Page Street Publishing Company.