I’m Back!! Overnight Chai Oatmeal – Gluten-free, Vegan + Sugar-free

by tastyyummies

Feet on the dashboard, loving life.

I am finally back guys and I have never been happier to be home and sitting at my desk! We actually got home on Friday but it has taken a few days for us to get through mountains of mail, email, orders, voicemails and well, just life! I hope you enjoyed all the lovely guest bloggers that were kind enough to post here on Tasty Yummies while I was away. It was so fun for me!

Our Booth at Flatstock 33 at SXSW in Austin, Texas

Our Booth at Flatstock 33 at SXSW in Austin, Texas

Us at our Booth at Flatstock 33 at SXSW in Austin, Texas

Our road trip to SXSW was so wonderful, overall one of the best we have ever taken. It had a few bumps along the way, but it is always so nice to be on the open road with the person I love more than anything, to see our friends from all over the world, meeting and chatting with customers and clients new and old! Plus the insanely warm weather, delicious food and rowdy nights don’t hurt either. This yearly trip is by far one of my favorites. This year’s 4-day Rock Poster Convention, Flatstock, was our most successful one yet. All of our hard work in preparing our booth and products felt like it really paid off. Oh and in addition to all the awesome work goodness, we even got to attend a private party at Willie Nelson’s ranch with a client.

Hotel room yoga. Sirsha-asana.

In between all of the work and hangouts I was able to sneak in some yoga where I could either in hotel rooms or at a great little studio I found around the corner from our hotel in Austin, and we were able to stay on track with our eating both by enjoying all of the foods I made for us and a couple of trips to the Whole Foods flagship store. All in all a really great trip!

Celebrating Life

Unfortunately, on the way home from Austin, as we were making our way back to Louisville to spend time with my husband Mark’s family for a night before the last leg of the trip home to Buffalo, we got a phone call when we were just 5 hours away that his Grandmother, “Momo” had passed. We all knew this day was coming and although it was a sad one and she will be deeply missed, everyone was happy that she was no longer suffering. Mark and I were lucky enough to have stopped by the hospital on our way down to Austin, and we spent a few hours with her. She knew we were there and was able to speak with us, so we both feel insanely blessed for those precious moments. Thankfully we were able to extend our trip by a few days to attend the funeral, be with family and celebrate the life of one of the most amazing women I have ever met. It’s funny how life works.

Reunited with my Seri!!

So after two weeks on the road with many emotional ups and downs, when we pulled onto our street all I could think about was cuddling with my pets, who I missed dearly, getting back to my daily yoga practice, juicing, cooking in my kitchen, sleeping in my own bed and of course, all the amazing client projects we have lined up for the coming months. Even though I am doing a simple and quick cleanse this week to get my body back to feeling like itself after all of the traveling, I plan to finally have some recipes for you this week and next.

What is your favorite part of coming home after a long trip?

Overnight Chai Oatmeal - Gluten-free, Vegan + Sugar-free

This first recipe is something I thought up on one of our long stretches of driving when I was thinking of all the mornings I get home from yoga and I want to get right to my desk and get to working. Many times I will just grab a homemade bar of some sort or make some juice or a quick smoothie. I wanted to come up with another simple breakfast like my overnight cinnamon raisin chia pudding or my banana cream chia pudding (which can also be made overnight). I have seen many versions of overnight oats made in a similar way so I thought up this fun version. Overnight Chai Oatmeal.

This tasty breakfast treat can easily be put together the night before, popped into an airtight glass mason jar or a covered bowl and left to soak. By the time morning rolls around you will have a delicious breakfast that can be served chilled or warm. You can have fun with your toppings, adding dried fruit or nuts or maybe even some shredded coconut. I just added a small handful of raisins.

Play around with this spices and get it to your liking. I like my chai spicy, as I am sure you recall from my chai concentrate recipe. I add in a pinch of black pepper, but you can leave that out. Have fun with it and make it your own.

Much like the chia puddings I make, I cannot wait to make this again and play with different flavor combinations. Imagine sinful chocolate peanut butter overnight oats. Mmmm…

Have you ever made overnight oatmeal or chia pudding? What is your favorite flavor combo?

NuNaturals

When I arrived home from our trip, I came in to a large box of goodies from NuNaturals. They asked me to give their products a try, see what I think of them, develop some recipes with them, etc. I haven’t really done much official research and reading on stevia products yet, but I have been meaning to try them for sometime, as many bloggers who I follow love to cook and bake with it, so I am excited to get to experimenting with all of this. Look for more recipes in the coming weeks using NuNaturals products. I decided to use the Pure Liquid Clear Stevia for this overnight oatmeal, feel free to use whatever your favorite sweetener is, just add it to taste when mixing or when serving.

Overnight Chai Oatmeal - Gluten-free, Vegan + Sugar-free

 

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit March 27, 2012 at 9:23 pm

Yum! Chai… and breakfast… why have I not combined the two? I bet I could do this with my bowl of quinoa in the morning. Thanks for the great idea! Your booth looks totally awesome, you’re so talented! Glad to have you back :)

Reply

2 Cara March 28, 2012 at 9:25 pm

Okay, my head is reeling from this post–so many things I want to say!
Welcome back!
You are seriously some stinkin’ adorableness!
I want to scratch that pup’s head!
I got that same box of goodies from NuNatural and cannot wait to test it out!
I was JUST thinking about needing a recipe for overnight oats and…look at you–you took the work out for me! Trying tonight!
Do I have enough exclamations??? Just happy to see you are back, that’s all :)
Sorry to hear about Mark’s grandmother… xo

Reply

3 tastyyummies March 30, 2012 at 8:26 am

Cara, aww thank so much for your lovely comment and for your sympathies. All is very much appreciated!
I will definitely be scoped out your blog for some of your recipes using the goodies from NuNaturals. I can’t wait to play around! xoxo

Reply

4 Crysty March 29, 2012 at 2:37 am

Beautiful blog. Love your pics and your tattoos!
While I admire your non-processed ways, I admit I am not there yet.
I was recently diagnosed with celiac, so I am still in the mourning stage…
missing all my past favorite foods and trying to replicate them.
I think going gluten free AND going non processed all in the same year
would be too much to handle emotionally for me… :)
Hopefully I will be motivated to eat GF healthfully…

Thanks for the loveliness
Crysty

Reply

5 tastyyummies March 30, 2012 at 8:30 am

Hi Crysty! Thanks for your comment and all of your wonderful compliments, I am blushing over here :”>
It took me a while to get over the shock of switching to a fully gluten-free diet, but I can tell you that it does get easier. As you learn how to make things yourself, substitute flours and grains, etc – each day it gets easier. It is definitely a journey, that can be trying at times, but if you can do it with a smile on your face, knowing it is all for the better of you and your health, it can actually be fun. The way I look at it is, besides the blessing of getting my health back, it is a forced reason to try new foods, grains, flours, etc that I have never even heard of.
Thanks again for reading and good luck and have fun on your journey. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions, I’d love to help however I can.

Reply

6 Janelle (Gluten Freely Frugal) April 9, 2012 at 7:46 am

Looks sooooo delicious! Thanks for sharing on Allergy-Free Wednesday!

Reply

7 Hannah Rose April 14, 2013 at 10:48 am

Hi Beth, do you think you could add this all to a crock pot overnight? would that also work to be warm for the morning?

Thanks! Hannah

Reply

8 tastyyummies April 17, 2013 at 7:13 pm

Hannah, I have never done the overnight crock pot oats thing, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. Please let me know how it comes out if you do try it. Thanks!

Reply

Leave a Comment

{ 1 trackback }

Previous post:

Next post: