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Overnight Oats and Hemp Protein

Posted Feb 19 2009 6:26pm

I’m sure you guys know this already, but food bloggers are extremely  intelligent and clever people, especially when it comes to oats! Overnight oats are the best thing since sliced bread! ;-) Ok, so that was incredibly nerdy to say, but you get the idea! Overnight oats are very easy to throw together the night before you plan to eat them, and simply popping them into the microwave makes the next morning a little less hectic. 

Makes 1 serving

How to:

  • 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup water (or milk)
  • 1/4 cup wheat berries (optional)  

Combine all ingredients, cover, and let sit in fridge overnight. In the morning, uncover bowl and stir-in fruit, nuts, canned pumpkin, brown sugar, etc. Cook in the microwave for 2 minutes.* Remove oats from microwave, stir, and allow to cool for a couple of minutes. Finally, garnish with additional toppings (granola, chocolate chips, nut butter, etc.), if desired.

* I’ve read on other people’s blogs that they eat their overnight oats cold, which potentially sounds like a delicious breakfast, especially in the summer, but I haven’t tried the cold version yet. Feel free to weigh-in if you have– I’m curious! 

After removing my oats from the fridge this morning, I added banana slices and hemp protein powder to the mix before cooking the whole bowl in the microwave for 2 minutes. 

When the oats finished cooking, they were soft and chewy, but not much different than regular microwavable oats. I used water this time, so I am wondering if soy milk or hemp milk would make a difference? All I know is that having the oats ready to go straight into the microwave saved me a few minutes this morning! ;-)

New Mix-In: Hemp Protein 

This morning, I added something a little different to my oats: Hemp Protein. Hemp protein is made from milling raw hemp seeds through a cold temperature processing method. 

The Goods:

  • High performance plant-based whole food
  • Comes in 3 delicious flavors
  • 100% certified organic, raw, gluten free and vegan
  • Contains all 10 Essential Amino Acids with 45%-50% protein per serving
  • A well-balanced ratio of Omega 3 and Omega 6 Essential Fatty Acids, and GLA
  • Excellent source of fiber

For some reason, the color of the hemp protein surprised me. The only hemp product that I have ever tried is hemp milk, which is a creamy white shade. The hemp protein powder, however, was a dark green-brown color. In my oats, it looked like little flecks of pepper! I’m not knocking the color– I was just surprised when I opened the package. As far as taste, I only added about a tablespoon of the hemp protein to my oats, so it wasn’t super strong, but a slightly nutty flavor came through. The hemp protein worked excellent in oatmeal, but I think it would also be great in smoothies and baking. 

Question of the Day

How does the appearance of food influence your opinion about it? Is there an “ugly” food that you love to eat?

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