Last Updated on January 2, 2022
What would happen if you mixed two of the world’s oldest and most beloved foods? Well, the outcome would have a very high likelihood of being dates mixed with oatmeal. These two foods have graced the pages of the world’s oldest stories, and yet still exist to deliver wonderful flavors for us today.
This simple date overnight oats recipe is very satisfying as well as incredibly easy to make.
And, dates are a nutritious fruit. They are a good source of fiber, potassium and vitamin B6. The sugar in dates is natural and does not cause a spike in blood sugar levels like refined sugars do. Dates also contain antioxidants that can help protect cells from damage.
Not only is this grouping of foods healthy, it also fits into the current trends for healthy food in that it’s also vegan and gluten free.
This recipe calls for a small amount of chia seeds, which are the edible seeds of a flowering plant from the mint family. There are many benefits to making these little seeds a part of your healthy diet.
They are small but pack a punch of vitamins and antioxidants, and can help fight free radicals in your body. Free radicals can cause cell damage, and when we can reduce them, we can help battle heart disease, certain types of cancer, and cognitive decline.
Note that although they offer a number of health benefits, feel free to eliminate them if you have difficulty swallowing. Dry chia seeds swell up to about 10 – 12 times their weight when put in liquid.
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Date Overnight Oats
- mason jar or covered bowl
- 1/2 cup rolled oats (not quick or instant)
- 1/2 cup almond milk or other plant based milk
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp chia seeds (optional)
- 1 Medjool date, pitted and chopped
- In a jar or container, combine the oats, almond milk, vanilla extract and chia seeds.
- Stir in the chopped date.
- Cover and refrigerate overnight or for at least 4 hours.
- Enjoy as is or top with your favorite toppings like nuts, seeds, fruit or jam.
Do you need some handy mason jars with lids? Or maybe you want to replenish your supply so you always have extra on hand for making overnight oats:
With simple and nutritious recipes like this, you never have to worry about what to make for breakfast. If you make a habit of keeping rolled oats in the pantry as well as a supply of dates, your date overnight oats will always be an option for a busy morning. Enjoy!
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