This is my third and final recipe created for this year’s #WakeUpToOrganic campaign which goes live on the morning of the 15th June. The aim of the campaign is to highlight simple achievable ways to make the switch to organic products in your weekly shop. The campaign – encouraging us to make simple changes to organic products – is led by The Organic Trade Board.
The Organic Trade Board have been busy with small independent retailers around the UK explaining how to feed their customers with a free organic breakfast next week to highlight just how easy it can be to make the switch to organic. One of the recipes they are taking on board for this campaign is “overnight oats” which have become so popular in recent years. I created an overnight oats recipe that I demonstrated for them at this year’s NOPE (Natural & Organic Products of Europe exhibition) at the Excel centre.
Overnight oats may be more familiar to you as “Bircher muesli“, where oats are soaked overnight with apple juice, grated apple and whatever else you might like to add to this morning staple originally from Switzerland. The rise of the overnight oats can be seen all over the internet from Pinterest to You Tube to The Body coach. Some versions look more like a dessert than a breakfast item but if that’s what you want to have for your morning’s sustenance, who I am to judge you.
What I can say is that overnight oats do fill you up, especially if you add a few seeds, dried fruits and plenty of almond milk. I have no idea what the science behind this theory is but I do find them more filling than a straight up bowl of porridge. I also love to top my soaked oats with a scoop of home made fruit compote and a sprinkle of almonds or walnuts. You can even layer the oats with the compote and turn this into a more dessert like breakfast parfait.
Overnight oats do raise the point of how easy it can be to make the switch to organic on breakfast items. A bag of organic oats, some organic milk and an organic apple or two is a good place to start without raising the cost of your shop too drastically.
You can follow the #WakeUpToOrganic campaign on social media and if you know of a friendly local independent food retailer that might be interested in joining in, then tell them to get in touch for a promotional pack on how to run this event in-house.
The Organic Trade Board and The Soil Association will be tweeting about it @WakeuptoOrganic @organicukfood @soilassociation next Wednesday the 15th June so join in and share your breakfast photos with them.
Here are some more oaty breakfast ideas for you:
Overnight oats with figs & pistachios – Nicky’s Kitchen Sanctuary
Overnight oats with home made cashew butter – Natural Kitchen Adventures
Overnight oats with raisins & pumpkin seeds – Tin & Thyme
Peanut butter overnight oats – Nadia’s Healthy Kitchen
Simple overnight oats – Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen
Energy boosting overnight oats – Lucy & Lentils
Blueberry & banana overnight oats – The Flexitarian
*Working in assocation with The Organic Trade Board*
Overnight cinnamon apple oats for #WakeUpToOrganic
- 50 g oats
- 130 ml almond milk/whole milk
- A handful of sultanas
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 3 pitted dates roughly chopped
- 1/2 an apple grated
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste
- A pinch of salt
- Zest of half an organic lemon
- A pinch of chia seeds
- Apple compote
- Flaked almonds
- Chia seeds
- Toasted pumpkin & sunflower seeds
- Place all of the above ingredients into a jam jar, Kilner jar or plastic conatiner and leave in your fridge overnight.
- When you are ready to eat your breakfast, remove the oats from the fridge, place into a bowl and top with some of the suggested toppings.
If the overnight oats have become too thick, simply add a splash more milk before serving.
This mixture will keep in the fridge for up to 48 hours, so you can make a double batch to enjoy over a couple of days.