You’ll never cook oatmeal again.
This whole “overnight oats” craze you may have noticed on social media, Pinterest, and cooking blogs (yup, even OUR blog) apparently isn’t just a flash in the pan. Unlike slap bracelets or scrunchies, some trends stick around for good reason. And this foodie trend is here to stay.
You can put away the box of steel cut oatmeal, save 45 minutes of precious getting-ready time, and even skip cooking altogether. It’s revolutionary and awesome. Plus it’s miles better than having nothing but a cup of coffee in the am or a simple carb that’s packed with sugar. Our mission, as always, is to give you cheap, easy, healthy, and addictive recipes that you can replicate over and over again.
There are a zillion different ingredients you can add to oats and we’ve had fun experimenting with different fruits, nuts, spices, and non-dairy milks. Something about the coconut and mango, however, make us feel like we’re on a warm tropical beach somewhere in the Caribbean.
Some fun facts about mango:
- Mangos contain over twenty different vitamins and minerals. They also contain phytochemicals, which help every function in the body work properly.
- 1 cup of mango is 35% of your daily serving of Vitamin A. This vitamin is important for healthy eyes, proper bone growth, and even sex drive.
- 1 cup of mango has 60mg of vitamin C, which is 80% of women’s RDA and 66% of men’s RDA. Vitamin C is super important for a healthy immune system, bones, skin, and blood vessels.
- Mangos act as a natural tenderizer, meaning they’re ideal for creating marinades for meat and poultry. A specific enzyme in mangoes called papin helps to break down the connective, fibrous tissues in meats or poultry.
- Mango is the national fruit of India, Pakistan, and the Philippines! (Turns out the U.S. does not have a national fruit!;)
Coconut Mango Muesli
2 T rolled oats
1 T chia seeds
1 T buckwheat groats
1 T shredded unsweetened coconut
1 T flax meal
1 T hemp seeds
1/2 t vanilla extract
A dash of cinnamon
1/2 cup chopped mango – fresh of frozen
1 cup of coconut milk (or another nondairy milk of choice)
Combine all of the ingredients in an 8 oz. mason jar or other container with a lid, mix well, and store in the fridge overnight. The oats and buckwheat should be soft and the chia seeds should have expanded. Mix again before serving.
*Optional to prepare several servings in different jars ahead of time and store in the fridge without adding the coconut milk, which you can add the night before.
*The ingredients can soften even in an hour or two, so if you forget to mix in the coconut milk over the night before, do it in the morning and you can still have your overnight oats as a snack.