I have been introduced to overnight oats and oatmilk powder recently. Oats is low in Glycemic index (GI ) and its “may-reduce-weight” possibility attracted me.
A family member told me that her nutritionist recommended oatmilk powder as a dinner replacement if dinner time is after 8pm. Plus I remember an ex-colleague who had reduced her weight because she had oats for breakfast every morning. Too bad I didn’t get to ask the details of how she did it and we had no contacts since.
So I set off to google about overnight oats as my breakfast and searching for oatmilk powder as my dinner replacement. (Probably not daily but few times a week should help?)
There’s lots of recipes out there about overnight oats. I tried it and love it since. Now I don’t really follow any recipe. Just variations of how thick or diluted you want your oats to be. It is not restrictive and up to your creativity.
Coffee flavoured with chia seeds
I must say this overnight oats is much more interesting and yummy than the typical instant oats I had in the past. In the past, I just mixed instant oats with hot water, milk and honey. But I dislike the slimy aftertaste. Somehow I tasted less of the slimy aftertaste with overnight oats. Plus now I use rolled oat which is supposed to be better and less processed than instant oats.
To do the overnight oats, just combine oats, pinch of salt, raisins, dried cranberries or any nuts you can find in your pantry. When ready, just pour milk into the oats and mix. I have made varieties of this overnight oats including chocolate and mocca flavour. Just mix hot water with cocoa powder/coffee granules before adding into oats followed by milk. One day I should try macha flavour. (Yucky?) I even added chia seeds for the pudding feel. Overnight oats will taste better with some honey added though.
Getting ready to put them all together
Now about oats milk powder, it’s really expensive. Over here, a tin can sell for over $30 to $40. I like the taste. It has this beta glucan which is the fibre which makes it more expensive. The oatmilk should help to last thru my dinner but I found myself getting real hungry nearing midnight. (I don’t sleep that early u see…) So this didn’t last as being my dinner replacement. (I have in fact avoided carb at dinner time, see if it helps me)
Not willing to spend more on oatmilk powder, I started to explore and “d-i-y”. I thought maybe if I “process” the rolled oats in my blender into powder form, I should get similar oatmilk powder. Not exactly but similar. So yesterday I took out my
dusty blender, blitz thru the oats into powder. Mixed it into milk, just like overnight oats. It tasted as good too. Just don’t have the chewing part.
Coffee flavour oats (see the powder at the bottom?)
Then I read my rolled oats packaging, I realised it has beta glucan! My rolled oats cost me only $3 plus! No other addictives and chemicals if I processed them myself! The good thing is it still taste as good. Taste more like smoothie then oats. Hmm…. more varieties for my breakfast now.
Packaging of my rolled oats
I am so excited that I planned to blitz more of my oats into powder tonight. Maybe I will explore adding this “special” powder into my baked goods in future. 🙂
Spot the difference
Can you spot the difference? The one on the left is commercial oats milk powder (received some samples from someone) and the right is the oats that I blitz. Commercial oats is more refine and mine not. Other than that I am not sure what other ingredients are added to the commercials but I know mine is mainly oats.