November 26, 2012

Overnight Pumpkin Oats

Oatmeal has been described as some as the Breakfast of Champions. Unlike my DH who thinks Oats are for horses, I actually like Oatmeal but have often avoided eating it for breakfast mainly because of the convenience of my green smoothie. This weekend, I decided that it was high time I got back to oats, if only for the weekends :) !!! Here's an excellent blog post about Oats and Avenanthramides - polyphenolic antioxidants found in oats which have been shown to have anti-inflammatory, anti-proliferative, and anti-itching activity, and have been implicated to provide additional protection against coronary heart disease, colon cancer, and skin irritation. Here's another peer-reviewed article which discusses the effect of avenanthramide on inhibition of vascular smooth muscle cell proliferation.

Here's a recipe that's been floating around the New Herbies Page on Facebook. Don't know who to credit for it, but its great!! 

Overnight Oats
Prep Time: 2 min

  1. 1/2 cup Rolled Oats
  2. 1 cup Non-Dairy Milk (unsweetened)
  3. 2-3 tbsp 100% Pure Pumpkin puree
  4. 1 banana
  5. 1/2 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix
  6. 1 tbsp Vegan Chocolate chips (optional)
  7. 1 tbsp Dried berries (blueberries, raisins, craisins) (optional)
Mix the first 3 ingredients and store overnight in the refrigerator. Next morning, mix well, add Pumpkin Pie spice mix and sliced banana. Add the chocolate chips and berries (optional). Enjoy!! 

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