Here’s an easy to make breakfast while you sleep! It’s Gluten Free, Dairy Free and sweetened with 1 teaspoon of local honey. Have you heard of overnight oats? I’ve just started developing an interest since my gestational diabetes. Di d you know Oats are gluten free? Depending on where the oats are grown and manufactured, they are gluten free. Some oats are grown near barley and wheat so there is a chance for cross contamination of gluten. Manufacturers who process gluten can also acquire the cross contamination of gluten. If you are celiac sensitive or severely gluten sensitive you want to make sure your oats are 100% gluten free with no chance of cross contamination.
The benefits of oats are too numerous to mention. So I’ll cover just a few. Oats are a whole grain source of plant-based protein and can provide a filling, energizing start for your day. It has a low score on the glycemic index chart. High scores make your sugar rise quickly and fall quickly causing sluggish energy levels and foggy thinking. If you’re watching your sugar levels you want to look for low glycemic scores to keep your levels more stable.
Oats contain a good amount of fiber to help you detox. Fiber travels through your body and gathers toxins and wastes keeping us healthy in many ways. It contains soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber can naturally lower cholesterol when you eat it on a regular basis. So there you have it cholesterol-lowering, insulin-regulation, filling, energizing, detoxifying, healthy and tasty!
So why soak oats overnight? Soaking makes them easier to digest. The starches break down and that helps digestion. It also helps to create a resistant starch that can decrease insulin levels. Resistant starch is linked with improved weight, better digestion and a filling feeling lasting longer. Whoa, that’s a tongue twister!
Remember to select rolled oats that are old-fashioned. The quick oats don’t act the same way. Quick oats have a higher glucose index rate which will make your blood sugar jump high then fall. There are organic choices and 100% Gluten Free choices. Be sure to choose whatever type your body is in need of.
The best part is it takes 5 minutes before you go to bed and whalah, your breakfast is ready when you get up. You could heat it or eat it cold. Eating it cold tastes more like a dessert! What a great way to start your day!
- ½ c. oats
- ½ c. coconut or almond milk
- 1 teas. chia seeds
- 1 teas. local honey
- ½ c. frozen strawberries
- ½ c. non-fat cool whip (optional)
- 1 teas. chopped pecans
- Mix oats, coconut milk, chia seeds, and local honey until oats are covered in liquid. Layer oat mixture and frozen strawberries in a wide mouth mason jar.
- Cover and refrigerate overnight.
- In the morning put cool whip in a piping bag and swirl on top of oats. Sprinkle with nuts as desired. You can eat warm or cold. Enjoy!