Needing a boost of energy ? Try this Honey Strawberry Overnight oatmeal! A light and naturally sweetened overnight oatmeal that is gluten free, vegan, simple to make, and loaded with extra nourishment!
Happy Spring! Although it sure feels like almost Summer here. Yikes! I’m scared for Texas. We might melt before June. But for now, I’m gonna embrace the aroma of all things light and SPRING(Y)! Like strawberries, honey, and overnight oatmeal. COLD gluten free oatmeal, yet still comforting and refreshing. Yes, I said cold. Are we the only ones that eats overnight oatmeal cold? We don’t reheat it in the morning, more on that later because I can’t get off topic here. Where was I? Oh yes, this flavor combo. As mentioned above.. spring AROMA…. honey, strawberry, and creamy coconut milk all bundled together in soaked creamy gluten free oats.
I first started making overnight oatmeal for my husband (and myself) back in 2010. Man that seems long ago. But this is when he was knee deep in ironman training/racing. I was also training for half marathons and teaching. I look back at our activity and cringe. Whoa, how did we function? Why did we put yourself through that? Haha! Talk about biting off more than we could chew! Lesson learned! Regardless, it was a busy time and we needed all the extra energy we could get and FAST! Overnight oatmeal became a staple in our house because one, they could be prepared the night before which made 4:45 am wake up calls a little easier. And two, because allowing gluten free oats/seeds to soak made it easier for digestion and therefore nutrient absorption. By soaking or fermenting grains/seeds/legumes you help reduce and breakdown (somewhat) of the phytic acid; an anti-nutrient. It’s an anti-nutrient because it binds minerals in the digestive tract, making them less available for our bodies to absorb. That’s not something you want when are relying on FOOD as FUEL. Am I right?
We ALL need minerals, we all need vitamins, and if your immunity is weak or you are knee deep in some sort of athletic training, you need EXTRA! Now you see why soaking grains, like in overnight oatmeal, are not only a great meal prep, but also key for those having trouble digesting grains and for digestive health in general.
Does that make sense? Am I boring you yet? Nah, you like Corny Nerdy Cotter syndrome.
Stay with me here! Let’s take this overnight oatmeal. Look how pretty those strawberries and seeds are. Gah.. I love it! But more importantly, I love what this dish provides in regards to nourishment.
This honey sesame strawberry overnight oatmeal dish is filled with vitamins and minerals!
- Gluten Free Oats – Rich in B vitamins, plant based iron, and insoluble fiber!
- Both Sesame seed and Chia Seed are rich in copper, manganese, iron, phosphorus and more! Sesame seeds contain fatty acids which are believed to help balance hormones. Plus their lignans (plant compounds) help boost nutrient absorption of vitamin E and other phytonutrients (aka plant based antioxidants). (source)
- Almond Butter is rich in Vitamin E.
- Strawberries are packed with Vitamin C and fiber. And so pretty! 😉
- Honey is also rich in vitamins, minerals, amino acids, plus has antibacterial properties which help boost immunity.
NUTRITION –> This overnight oatmeal dish has anywhere between 340 to 475 calories, depending on your serving size and type of milk you use. It’s still relatively lower in sugar compared to most other packaged flavored oatmeals (12 -15 grams), has over 11 grams protein, and over 20% IRON per serving. YEA!
Plus allowing all these nutrient rich ingredients to soak can definitely do wonders with absorption. Soak in coconut milk, almond milk, buttermilk (fermentation health perks), cashew milk, or water. Although I highly recommend the coconut milk route. It’s delicious.
Now that’s I’ve gone off on a nerdy nutrition tangent, I’ll finish with some light hearted questions to ponder.
What’s your favorite Spring produce? Do you ever use sesame in sweet dishes?
Overnight oatmeal, are you a believer?
I expect answers for all below please. Kidding… kinda.