Turbo-charge your day with an on-the-ready breakfast packed with stick to your ribs oats, nourishing chia seeds and warming spices. Devour Overnight Turmeric Chia Oats warm or chilled. Vegan + GF. Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Frontier Co-op.
I’m over the moon with make-ahead overnight breakfasts because when I wake up, I’m ready to eat. No way am I going to wait an hour or more to get breakfast into my belly. Otherwise, I get grumpy.
Not the way I want to start the day.
I’ll never understand how people can go without breakfast (!!).
As the new year begins to unfold, I’m keeping my goals and priorities front and center. One of my goals is to be a healthier me by implementing daily activities, no matter how small, to focus on my spiritual and physical health. This can include simple things like taking a walk, practicing gratitude, taking a few minutes to breathe deep and be still, or get my butt kicked by doing a 21 Day Fix workout! OMG.
But it also includes incorporating organic and good-for-me foods on a daily basis. Now, I’m not one to pass up a cookie or piece of chocolate cake, but if I can eat well most days, it makes the more indulgent treats a little easier on my conscience and thighs.
I’ve never done a detox, and I’m not sure I ever will. I’m afraid I’d be in a perpetual bad mood.
I already take steps to include a variety of foods in my diet, but this year I’m focusing on incorporating a wider variety of spices, fresh and ground, into my routine for their varied benefits. I’ve come to realize having a well-stocked spice cabinet brings a world of new and interesting flavors to my cooking as well as provide wellness benefits.
I regularly include it as a spice when I make smashed chickpea salad, curry or dal, but I’d never thought about adding it to overnight chia oats. Until last fall.
I started adding turmeric to warmed cashew milk, always including a good dose of it with a few other warming spices, sort of a turmeric latte (sans coffee). I love its pungent earthy notes and bright color.
Then I had an idea. I’d been making overnight chia pudding and chia oats with all kinds of different flavors and spices from chocolate to matcha to gingerbread. But I’d never tried the spices of my morning turmeric latte I’d grown to love. So I tried it in overnight oats and loved it!
Y’all know I love partnering with brands whose ingredients I use. Sharing about them in this space makes what I do even more meaningful. I use Frontier’s ground turmeric for my overnight oats, chia pudding, lattes and in savory recipes as well. It’s organic, nonGMO and has flavor notes of orange and pepper yet is slightly bitter. Incorporating it with other complementary spices and ingredients mutes its bitter notes but allows its earthy notes to shine.
Frontier’s turmeric is sourced from Sri Lanka and grown by small farmers in a 2,043-member cooperative. Frontier Co-op provided them with a $25,000 grant to build an organic training center where co-op farmers are educated on organic, sustainable growing techniques. Supporting brands that pay it forward and show responsibility towards people and our planet is one way I cook with purpose every day.
I’d love to hear how/if you incorporate turmeric into your diet. Please share below and drop a link to your favorite turmeric recipe!
Overnight Turmeric Chia Oats
Turbo-charge your day with an on-the-ready breakfast packed with stick to your ribs oats, nourishing chia seeds and warming spices. Make ahead in jars for individual portions and convenience. Devour Overnight Turmeric Chia Oats warm or chilled. Vegan + GF.
For the Oats:
Suggested Goodies to Add:
- Seasonal or frozen fruit
- Nuts such as hazelnuts, pecan or walnuts
- Hemp Hearts
- More Chia Seeds
- Cacao Nibs
In an eight oz (226g) or 16 oz (453g) lidded heat proof jar (I use canning jars), add the oats, chia seeds, turmeric, cinnamon, cardamom** (see notes below), milk and maple syrup. Add just a little maple syrup then adjust to taste before serving (sweetness can be such a personal thing.. add more or less, whatever you want! Additionally, nut milks have varying degrees of sweetness. Take this into account when adding maple syrup ). Place the lid on the jar and shake the jar vigorously to incorporate the ingredients. Let the jar rest for a few minutes and give it a good shake again to prevent clumping.
Store in the refrigerator and eat within three days. When you're ready to serve, enjoy chilled straight from the jar with desired toppings. Or, to warm the chia oats, bring a small pot of water to a low simmer. Turn to low and place the heatproof jar in the water to gently warm the chia oats, stirring occassionally for about five minutes. The water should come up to at least 1/2 way on the jar. Top with desired goodies.
*I use homemade cashew milk, diluted with 1/2 water.
**Spices can be adjusted to taste! If you prefer more cinnamon, go for it!