Golden Milk Overnight Oats
Updated: Aug 25, 2020
Mornings should be simple. Seriously simple. Just a handful of affordable ingredients, a little bit of planning ahead, and a hectic morning becomes magically manageable...
Just mix everything together before bed and in the morning your breakfast is ready to go! A greatly appreciated relief for a hectic day, or just because you might be getting tired of doing all the cooking...this is truly one of my favorite techniques to play with. Oats are considered a "grounding" food in the Ayurvedic tradition, making them a perfect ingredient to start your day.
It should be noted, however, that certain oats (including Quaker) contain some of the highest concentrations of glyphosate, a key ingredient in the pesticide Round Up and considered a carcinogen after a significant lawsuit here in San Francisco, CA. In addition to being a cancer risk, glyphosate degrades the microbiome and has detrimental effects on the digestive system. Conventional oats were recently found by ewg.org to contain nearly 300 times more glyphosate than organic brands, which did not contain any. click here for their complete guide. And if you feel moved to get this dangerous ingredient out of your food, please contact act.ewg.org/a/pepsico .
Oats are rich in fiber and even contain more soluble fiber than any other grain. In addition, they are also a good source of protein, iron, calcium and various mineral. Even though they are technically gluten free, you will want to purchase gluten free variety if you are celiac because they may contain trace amounts due to processing exposure.
Turmeric has protective effects on the gut lining and liver. In part because of its curcumin content, turmeric is appreciated for its anti-inflammatory properties while also used as a digestive bitter, it helps to “sooth” and “move” digestion, fat absorption and bowel movements. If paired with black pepper, absorption increases 67%.
Ginger is helpful in aiding digestion, soothing stomach upset, and is also rich in antioxidants. Considered anti-inflammatory, if used in moderation it helps to soothe the GI tract and may also reduce muscle soreness. Studies have also shown it can lower blood sugar when consumed regularly.
Cinnamon is helpful for promoting good bacteria growth while discouraging potentially bad strains, thereby helping to restore the gut lining. It can also act as an antihistamine and has been used for centuries as an astringent for the gut. Like ginger, it is also believed to help balance blood sugar.
Golden Milk Overnight Oats
1 ½ cups cashew milk* or coconut milk
1-2 tsp freshly grated turmeric (or sub1 tsp organic ground turmeric)
2 cm knob of fresh ginger, rinsed, OR ¼-1/2 tsp ground ginger
½ tsp ground Ceylon cinnamon
Pinch of black or white pepper
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 TB maple syrup
1/2 cup organic rolled oats
1 TB chia seeds
Optional toppings: sliced bananas, granola, toasted coconut flakes
1) Combine milk, turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, pepper, vanilla, maple syrup and salt in a glass container and stir to combine.
2) Add all ingredients to a glass container with a lid and stir to combine.
2) Place in refrigerator and allow to sit overnight (or for at least 4 hours)
3) in the morning, remove from refrigerator and allow to come to room temperature. If you prefer a hot oatmeal, you can place in a saucepan and heat on the stove. You may need to add more water and/or plant milk of choice. serve in bowls or glasses and top with optional toppings of choice. Enjoy!
*for homemade cashew milk, simply soak ¼ cup raw unsalted cashews in 4 cups filtered water along with one pitted Medjool date and 2 cm knob of fresh ginger (peeled) in a covered glass jar 4-6 hours, or overnight. When ready, simply add to a high-speed blender and combine until smooth. If you are concerned about lectins, you can rinse the soaked ingredients and add 4 cups of clean water before blending.
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