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?