This delightful and nutritious overnight oats recipe offers a wholesome and refreshing way to begin your day. With the unique addition of sprouted oats, and a topping of pumpkin seeds, chia seed protein, mandarin slices, goji berries, and creamy coconut yogurt, you'll experience a burst of flavors and textures.
1 cup sprouted rolled oats
2 tablespoons chia seed protein powder
1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk (or your preferred milk)
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup goji berries
2 mandarins, peeled and segmented
1/2 cup coconut yogurt
1-2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup (optional, for added sweetness)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
A pinch of salt
Fresh mint leaves (optional, for garnish)
Prepare the Overnight Oats:
In a mixing bowl, combine the sprouted rolled oats, chia seed protein powder, almond milk, vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt. If you prefer a sweeter taste, you can add honey or maple syrup at this stage. Stir the ingredients thoroughly to ensure that the protein powder is fully incorporated.
Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a lid and place it in the refrigerator. Allow it to sit overnight or for at least 4 hours, allowing the oats to absorb the liquid and the chia protein to thicken the mixture. This will result in a creamy and nutrient-rich oat base.
Assemble the Toppings:
To begin, sprinkle the pumpkin seeds over the oats. These seeds provide a delightful crunch and a nutty flavor.
Next, layer on the goji berries. These tiny, vibrant berries are packed with antioxidants and offer a sweet-tart contrast to the oats.
Arrange the mandarin segments on top for a burst of citrusy freshness. The mandarins introduce a juicy and lively element to the dish.
Spoon generous dollops of coconut yogurt onto the oat mixture. The creaminess of the yogurt complements the other textures and contributes a rich, tropical flavor.