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Overnight Oats

4 Sep

This morning I want to tell you about what I had for breakfast today (and eat about 99% of the time).  They’re called overnight oats.  I first learned about overnight oats from some other blogs that I read, and I have to admit that when I first read about people eating COLD oats, I thought they were nuts.  But I continued to see them popping up on blogs, and people said that they were so filling.  I decided to try them a few months ago, and the first time or two that I ate them I still wasn’t sure about them.  Karl would look at them and give me a look like what I was eating was disgusting.  He absolutely refused to try even a bite!  Sometime after I’d been eating them for a month I guess he figured that there must be something good about them for a rather picky eater like me to like them so much.  Just as it was for me, he was not sure about them the first morning, but now he swears by them.  It is a sad and hungry day for us if we do not make them, and that’s why I want to share them with you.  They are quick to make, and they fill you up so you start your busy day on the right foot!

You have a couple different options for making them.  The first is greek yogurt versus regular light yogurt.  At first I used vanilla greek yogurt, but I also eat a cup of greek yogurt at lunch time.  Since greek yogurt is so high in protein, I found I  was actually eating too much protein.  So, I decided to switch to Dannon Light and Fit yogurt instead.  Another plus of using the regular yogurt is that it tastes a little better so you don’t need to use any kind of sweetener for it.

The other option you have is for when to make them.  I know they are called overnight oats, and making them before bed is a great option.  But some nights you forget, and once you’re ready for bed you don’t want anything to stand between you and your pillow.  So, we have found that they are also really good if you make them when you first wake up in the morning and let them sit out for 1-2 hours.  This is personally my favorite way to eat them!

Making the oats is really simple and should take you 5 minutes or less!  We eat them the simple way with just oats, yogurt, a splash of milk, and topped with fresh fruit, but there are lots of people who add lots of other toppings like peanut butter, nuts, and chia seeds.  So feel free to experiment and make these your own!  Be sure to comment and let me know your favorite way to eat them!

Overnight Oats

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 c. (40 g) old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 c. (~112 g) yogurt in the flavor of your choice (vanilla works really well)
  • splash of milk
  • fresh fruit toppings of your choice

How to make it:

  1. Mix oats, yogurt, and milk together
  2. Place in refrigerator overnight or let sit covered for about 1-2 hours
  3. Top with your favorite fresh fruit or other toppings, stir, and enjoy!

Blueberry Sorbet

20 Jul

So a couple weekends ago Karl and I bought the ice cream maker attachment for our Kitchenaid Mixer.  The first recipe we tried was for vanilla ice cream.  That recipe taught us that we have to follow the instructions!  First, you have to freeze the bowl for at least 15 hours.  Second, whatever mixture you want to turn into ice cream has to sit in the refrigerator for at least 8 hours.  For all you engineers out there, you are basically doing a real-life heat transfer problem.  The closer the ice cream mixture is in temperature to the bowl, the faster it will cool down and turn into that good mixture.  Patience is definitely key to making ice cream!  Since that batch did not turn out as well as I would like, it did not make the blog cut.

Our next ice cream experiment was blueberry sorbet.  Have you noticed that July has been the month of blueberries?  I just couldn’t help but find recipes to use them since they have been so plump and tasty this month!  Just a word of warning – next month will probably be peaches and September will be apples :-).   Anyway, back to the sorbet!  We had a lot of confidence going into our second attempt with all that we learned making the vanilla ice cream.  I made the blueberry and simple syrup mixtures one night before bed and the next night after work we put it all together!  The consistency of the sorbet came out much better than our first ice cream attempt, so we knew we did something right!

20 minutes into the mixing  and we had some soft sorbet.  2 MORE hours in the freezer and we had perfect sorbet!  It definitely satisfies your sweet tooth.  In fact, I was surprised at how much sugar went into the 2 quarts of sorbet.  I was always under the impression that sorbet was healthier than ice cream, but I’m not really sure if that is true.  I mean, I know that ice cream has  a lot of cream, but the first batch I made only contained 1/4 cup of sugar.  The sorbet on the other hand is basically fruit (lots of natural sugar), water, and sugar.  So if any of you had the same misconception as me be sure and watch your portion size!

The recipe is surprisingly simple so if you have an ice cream maker you should definitely give it a shot!  And if you don’t have an ice cream maker, I’m pretty sure there are articles online explaining how to make your own ice cream without the ice cream maker.  So you should try it out too! 🙂

Blueberry Sorbet (taken from the Kitchenaid Ice Cream Maker Attachment Cook Book)

Blueberry mixture:

  • 5 cups blueberries
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tbsp. lime juice
  • Combine blueberries, water, and lime juice in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade
  • Process the mixture until it is completely smooth
  • Strain liquid into an air-tight container.  Press slightly down to extract as much liquid as possible, but do not let solids pass through strainer
  • Refrigerate overnight or at least 8 hours.

Simple Syrup:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • Combine sugar and water in a saucepan
  • Bring to a boil over medium-high heat
  • Cook and stir constantly for 10 minutes or until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  • Immediately immerse pan in an ice bath, stirring constantly until the mixture comes down to room temperature.
  • Place in an airtight container and refrigerate overnight

Blueberry Sorbet:

  • Combine blueberry juice and simple syrup just before mixing
  • Mix according to your ice cream maker’s instructions for 15-20 minutes – be patient!!

    Is it ready yet?

  • Freeze and allow to harden for 2 hours then ENJOY!