Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Easy Kiwi-Coconut Overnight Oatmeal with Homemade Coconut Milk!

What will you be doing to 'Revolt for Food'?
I'm in this phase where all my snacks should be additive-free, colorants-free, sugar substitutes-free, dairy-free, trans/hydrogenated fat free, with no added refined sugars, minimally processed, seriously healthy and yum! So I decided to challenge myself in making 100% healthier snacks this May, especially that on the 17th, it's Food Revolution Day! I'll be making my own homemade healthy snacks every weekend this month - all from scratch!

My first snack can be a filling breakfast or a good afternoon snack, my Kiwi-Coconut Overnight Oatmeal.

So given that I decided to blend kiwi with coconut in this snack, I can't use any nut milk, it
must be coconut coconut milk, but alas, all were canned with added stabilizers and emulsifiers. I'm not really familiar with coconut milk, but I've heard it's really good in desserts, hence I had no idea we did not have any non-canned, non-processed versions in this country. With the no processed food policy, I decided to make my own. This was pretty easy and took 10 minutes tops! I got unsweetened dried finely shredded coconut, pulsed them in my blender with warm-boiling water (to make sure the fats are extracted from the coconut shreds) and squeezed drained the coconut milk in a nut-milk bag! You can add pure vanilla extract, berries, cinnamon or coconut powder to the milk, but I wanted mine plain. Pretty easy & I got the 'how' part from Perry's Plate!

So now back to the overnight oatmeal. The whole concept behind overnight oatmeal is dedicated to people in a rush especially in the morning. They are usually prepared one day ahead & they're fluffier, thicker (because the oats and milk soak together overnight) and served cold.

  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned or rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 medium kiwi
  • 1 tsp unsweetened dried shredded coconut
  • 6 soaked almonds
  • The whole concept is to stir in all ingredients together and refrigerate overnight. However, my sister wanted a different 'flavor', so I only mixed the rolled oats with the coconut milk together and refrigerated them.
  • The next morning I mixed mine with kiwi slices, soaked almonds (just because I like how crunchy these are) and shredded coconut while my sister mixed hers with blackberries, bananas and raw cashews.

You can actually check lots of good overnight oatmeal recipes here, the base is kind of the same, oats with your choice of milk/yogurt but the rest differs! How to 'garnish' overnight oatmeal options is infinite between adding pure vanilla extract, cinnamon, chia seeds, flaxseeds, ginger, nutmeg, cocoa nibs, unsweetened cocoa powder, almonds, walnuts, cashews, peanut butter, macademia or dried shredded coconut with your choice of in-season dried or fresh fruit. Easy, quick, icy, healthy and delicious!

So what will you do to get involved in the upcoming Food Revolution Day??