Raspberry, Pear & Chocolate Overnight Oats

IMG_20170421_091924_883I tend to go through phases with breakfasts. The porridge phase (okay, that one never ends), the pancake phase, the eggs on toast phase, the shredded wheat phase…and the overnight oats phase. This is one of my favourite variations on overnight oats. You’ll find plenty of recipes for them under the food section of the blog, though the combination of sweet pear, bitter dark chocolateΒ (we’re using cacao, though if you really like things much sweeter you can either add maple syrup, or use a cocoa powder / hot chocolate mix instead), and juicy, sharp raspberries is amazing. Any overnight oats recipe is ideal for mornings when you know you’ll be in a rush, and short on time to make something.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1.5tsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup yoghurt
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • 2tsp cacao powder
  • 1 large pear, chopped into chunks
  • 1 small handful raspberries, fresh or frozen (frozen is my preference)
  • OPTIONAL: 1tsp maple syrup (if you have a sweet tooth, as cacao can be quite bitter. If you like dark chocolate, then you’ll be okay without)

Method:

  • First thing: place the pear into a microwavable mug or bowl, and microwave on full power for around 1 minute. This makes the pear tender, and the finished product ten times more amazing. Drain the excess juice from the pear chunks, and set to one side.
  • In a large bowl combine the oats, cinnamon, cacao, and chia seeds. To this add the water, Greek yoghurt, and sweetener if you’re adding it. Beat together until you have a batter-like texture.
  • Fold in the raspberries and the pear, then transfer everything into a smaller bowl, or a transportable tub, and place into the fridge overnight.
  • In the morning you can eitherΒ sit down to enjoy them, or grab the transportable tub version with a spoon and eat them on the bus- and still enjoy them.
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