I’m pretty sure there’s not many people left in the world who haven’t tried, or at least heard of, overnight oats. It may just be me but they seem to have been invented as part of the lean and clean movement of the last few years (I’m sure it is just me – no doubt the concept has been around forever!). So this post is not about how to make them but in keeping with the spirit of The Refine, how to elevate them.
I had a couple of apples going soft – they have to be crisp for me – and some blueberries that needed using up, and I figured I could make some kind of compote to top my oats.
This is so simple, it isn’t even a recipe – peel and chop the apples, put the chunks and the blueberries into a pan with around 100ml of water and simmer for a while. That’s it – and the smell when these are cooking is amazing.
You could add some sugar or honey if you wanted it sweeter, or maybe some cinnamon for a little something extra, but for me this is perfect as is, with the addition of some chia seeds and chopped almonds. But really, whatever works for you will work for this.
The creaminess of the oats, sweetness of the fruit and the bite of the almonds. A perfect start to the say now that the weather is getting a bit warmer (maybe?!) but I can imagine this would be amazing served warm when it’s cold and wintery outside. Best served with a cup of strong coffee, in your favourite cup. Everyone has a favourite cup, right – tell me it’s not just me…