While my diet has been far healthier than the Average Joe’s for a while now, this year I have really kicked it up a notch. I’ve cut back big time on alcohol and sugar and have managed to lose a bunch of weight in the process. You can expect to see more posts about my healthier lifestyle in the future!
One of my favorite new (to me) health-focused, vegan blogs is Oh She Glows. After drooling over Angela’s food porn for months, I finally set out to make some of her recipes. Her vegan overnight oats parfaits looked particularly sexy, so off I went to Naturemart to get some chia seeds.
For my first attempt at vegan overnight oats (or VOO as they are affectionately known) I adapted Oh She Glows’ classic recipe. I mixed 1/3 cup regular oats (do not use quick oats!), 1/2 cup almond milk, 1 tablespoon of chia seeds, a splash of vanilla extract, and agave nectar to taste and then placed it in the fridge overnight. By morning, those amazing little chia seeds will have firmed everything up, leaving you with a delightful oatmeal-y pudding. If you prefer an even firmer texture, you should add another tablespoon of chia seeds. Personally I like it kinda runny.
I then whipped up some cherry-banana soft serve to layer with the oats. All I did was blend some frozen bananas with some frozen cherries in my mini food processor until they were nice and creamy. I layered the soft serve with the oats, topped it with a cherry, and voila–one parfait, comin’ up! This is basically the best breakfast ever. The icey soft serve is so refreshing with the creamy oats. After this first parfait, I officially became a VOO fiend.
Recently I have been addicted to Oh She Glow’s Pumpkin Pie version of VOO. Those of you who follow me on Twitter know that I have an unhealthy obsession with Halloween and fall in general, so I already had pumpkin on the brain. Needless to say, I was sooooo pumped to come across this recipe. I’ve been having this pumpkin oat concoction right out of the bowl for dessert at night, but on the weekends I’ll top them off with some plain banana soft serve. Pumpkin oats are the perfect dish for fall.
These parfaits are like a much healthier version of ice cream. That might sound a bit exaggerated to some, but I just can’t get enough of this cool and creamy treat! I can’t wait to make some new VOO concoctions. Let me know if you have any good flavor suggestions.
And stay tuned for my Eating Animals giveaway–coming up in the next couple days!