"The only real stumbling block is the fear of failure. In cooking, you have got to have a what-the-hell attitude." ~ Julia Child

Raw(k) and Roll, baby! My first attempt at vegan overnight oatmeal

by Julie on August 31, 2010

in Breakfast, Vegetarian

“I made you breakfast.”  the neighbor texted. “Cold oatmeal.”

“Oh boy.”

Maybe I could get one more cup of strength-giving coffee into my system before I had to get down there. I’m always up for trying new things.  But there are certain creature comforts I require in the morning and they all revolve around the adjective “warm.”

Nor am I in the mood most mornings to discuss crunchy food trends, like raw food and its myriad health benefits.  Don’t even say the word “vegan” in my presence before noon. I do not have a poker face. Most especially pre-coffee. Just keep your trap shut and bring me my eggs…

So imagine my shock when I dipped in (to be polite) and found it tasty.  Creamy.  Just sweet enough. Mmmm.  Imagine my further chagrin when I found myself later that day wondering if I could go back down and  have some more …

She didn’t have any more, but she emailed me the vegan overnight oats recipe she riffed upon. “I did not measure the oats that you ate and I didn’t add vanilla or banana,” she wrote. “I did, however, drop in one date per person (so 3) for sweetness and a pinch of salt for balance.”

Oh dear. Riffing.  Can you imagine the abomination of my trying this? No, no don’t. It’s just too upsetting.

Fortunately, the recipe:

This is for one person. You’ll have to do your own math if you want to feed others…

1/3 cup regular oats
3/4 cup almond milk
2 tablespoons chia seeds
1 tiny ripe banana, peeled and smashed
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Throw all of this into a bowl and cover and let sit overnight in the fridge.

I told the neighbor she would need to talk me through this one. She fixed me with that look of hers. “Jules. This is stupid-proof.”

Let’s talk tomorrow morning, shall we?

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