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Cooking Challenge: Overnight Oats

Posted Jul 09 2010 4:46am
All week long I've been craving cold dinner foods because of how hot it's been, and I've been intrigued by Angela's overnight oats .

The idea behind overnight oats is to prepare traditional oatmeal the night before you plan to eat it and then put it in the fridge to chill. I wasn't sure how I'd feel about eating uncooked oats, but I thought I'd give it a try.

The night before I combine:

1/2 c. oats
3/4 c. milk
Generous sprinkle of coco powder
Splash of vanilla

I mixed it all up and put it in the fridge over night.

The next day, when I got home from work I made the last part of my overnight oats parfait: Strawberry banana soft serve, another idea I borrowed from Angela.

When you throw a frozen banana in the blender and run it for a few minutes, you end up with a soft serve similar to frozen yogurt. You can add all different thing to the banana for flavor. For example, one time I tried with strawberries, another time I used peanut butter.

For the record, I hate bananas, the taste and texture is gross, but I figured I could mask all that with the other flavors. After all, I like strawberry banana yogurt.

After blending the soft serve and giving the over night oats a good stir, I layered them in a tall glass sprinkling in some extra coco powder for a little sweetness.

In the end I loved the strawberry banana soft serve, but the texture of the overnight oats grossed me out. I barely ate half the first layer before passing the whole thing off to my roommate, who thought it was really good.

It was a fun experiment to try, and I think I'll keep playing with flavors for the banana soft serve, but I will not be going back to the overnight oats. They were just a little too weird for me.
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