Monday, September 22, 2014

Red Velvet Cake Overnight Oats

A few months ago I tried overnight oats and absolutely fell in love. They're so versatile, and they are a nutritious filling breakfast that keeps me full until lunch. I tried so many recipes I've found across the web - all of them delicious. But recently I've been thinking about trying my had at a few recipes of my own.

My birthday was a few weeks ago. My boyfriend and I spent the weekend going on random adventures. He made me a red velvet cake - my absolute favorite! It was Game of Thrones themed, which happens to be my favorite TV show. And made from scratch. So awesome! You done good, babe.

I've seen a lot of recipes for dessert-ish overnight oats. So, I figured, why not try to create a red velvet cake overnight oats recipe? After a few tries, here is what I came up with. The healthy way to have cake in the morning, these oats are packed with nutrients to get your day started off right.

Red Velvet Cake Overnight Oats

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~ Ingredients ~

1/2 c. rolled oats
1/2 c. unsweetened almond milk (or your milk of choice)
1 tsp. chia seed (optional)
1 tsp. flax seed (optional)
1/2 Tbsp. lemon juice
1/2 Tbsp. cacao powder
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. butter extract
1 packet stevia (or your sweetener of choice)
red food coloring*

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~ Instructions ~

  1. Mix the milk and lemon juice together in a bowl. Let sit for a few minutes. This will give your oats the buttermilk flavor you want for a red velvet cake.
  2. Meanwhile, in a separate bowl, combine all the dry ingredients (oats, chia seed, flax seed, and cacao powder).
  3. After the milk/lemon juice mixture has sat for about two minutes, add the vanilla and butter extract.
  4. Combine the wet and dry ingredients together in a bowl, mixing well. Once combined, add a few drops of red food coloring, until you have the "red velvet" look you want.
  5. Move to a mason jar and store in the fridge overnight. In the morning, top with cacao nibs or unsweetened coconut.

Grab your spoon and enjoy dessert for breakfast!

*A note about the red food coloring: I explored several possibilities for getting the red color in these oats, originally not wanting to use artificial coloring. Some mentioned having success with beet juice or cherry juice. I tried cherry juice without success. I looked into using beets, but everything I found was canned, and I've been trying to move away from consuming canned foods because of the preservatives. In the end, I just went with the red food coloring because it was easiest. But feel free to experiment and find what works for you.

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