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Matcha Almond Overnight Oats (Vegan, Gluten-Free, Fruit-Sweetened, Naturally Colored, High-Protein)

THEY'RE BACK! Overnight oats are on The Dimpled Date again! This time it's Matcha Overnight Oats and these are so tasty, that it's not even fair that you get to eat these for breakfast. These overnight oats are vegan, gluten-free, fruit-sweetened, and naturally colored and are loaded with protein, fiber, and healthy carbs. I also provide an option for maple-sweetened overnight oats. These overnight oats make for an easy breakfast that requires no cooking and is as easy as stirring all the ingredients together. No lie! Stop what you're doing right now and treat yourself to some overnight oats that will be ready by the morning! Your taste buds and gut will thank you.



If you've been here a while, you've heard all about my Chocolate PB Overnight Oats, Almond Joy Overnight Oats, and Golden Milk Overnight Oats. Well now this new addition of Matcha Overnight Oats might just top the list! It's a close call between the OG Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats and these ones. Regardless, you'll love the earthy matcha flavor paired with the sweet almond and date paste. These are overnight oats like you've never had before.


These oats have all the nutrients you need to start your day with protein, complex carbs, fiber, a little bit of healthy fats, and a natural tea caffeine boost! And the color is fun and enticing, adding a pop of color to your otherwise groggy morning.



These matcha almond oats are infused with notes of cinnamon, vanilla, and coconut and there's nothing quite like the texture. It's a combination of creamy, soft oats, crunchy/chewy chia seeds, gooey date paste, and smooth coconut butter swirls. If you are a lover of oatmeal, but haven't tried overnight oats yet, you've gotta try these. It's a life changer, not only in terms of ease, quickness, and convenience, but also in terms of unique texture and flavor.


As previously mentioned, these overnight oats are 100% vegan, gluten-free, and fruit-sweetened (yes, you read that correctly). You may sweeten these overnight oats with either date paste (my preferred sweetener) or a very ripe mashed banana. Alternately, I also give an option for maple-sweetened oats. The green color comes naturally from the matcha.



For topping these oats, you can use fresh berries, sliced banana, shredded coconut, raw unsalted almonds, pumpkin seeds, hempseed, cinnamon, additional almond milk, or whatever you wish. And you can enjoy these oats warm (heated in the microwave) or cold straight from the fridge. You can eat them out of the jar or spoon them into bowl. Have your oats however you like!



Substitutions


The oats cannot be substituted. I HIGHLY recommend gluten-free rolled (AKA old-fashioned) oats, but you try using GF quick oats or GF plain unsweetened instant oats with mixed results. I DO NOT recommend using steel-cut oats, as steel-cut overnight oats require a whole different recipe (which I've experimented with and am trying to perfect). You may use any kind of unsweetened plant milk, homemade or store-bought. The chia seeds can't exactly be replaced, as they're a key ingredient in overnight oats to help them congeal/solidify. In place of the date paste, you can use 1 very ripe banana, mashed per jar of oats, but it will be a little less sweet than with the date paste. OR you can use 1 Tbsp 100% pure maple syrup per jar of oats in place of the date paste.


The vanilla can be replaced with sugar-free coconut extract (such as OliveNation's) or can be omitted (but I recommend using it). The almond extract is kinda key for the matcha almond flavor of these overnight oats, but if you must you may omit it or replaced it with coconut extract. The matcha cannot be substituted; these are matcha overnight oats. However you can use whatever brand you want, just please make sure it is pure matcha and not a blend. If you use a blend (such as Green Foods's Matcha Green Tea Energy Blend with brown rice solids), please add more matcha to taste, up to 1 additional tsp than what the recipe calls for per jar of oats. The cinnamon is optional but highly recommended. The coconut butter is optional, but you can replace it with unsweetened almond butter, unsweetened cashew butter, unsweetened tahini, or your unsweetened nut/seed butter of choice.


You may use whatever toppings you wish or eat the oats as is.



Stay Tuned for More Spring Treats


These matcha almond overnight oats are light and healthy, perfect for the transition into spring. Keep posted for more springtime goodies that taste good and make you feel good too.


Tried these oats and loved them? Be sure to like this post and leave a comment if you want!


As always,

Enjoy! <3

-K.



Matcha Almond Overnight Oats (Vegan, GF, Fruit-Sweetened, Naturally Colored, High Protein)


Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Chill/Soak Time: overnight or 8 hours

Total Time: abt 8 hours (this seems daunting, but it's mainly the time they are chilling in the fridge overnight)

Servings: 1 jar of oats


Ingredients:


-1/2 cup gluten-free rolled oats (AKA old-fashioned oats)

-3/4 cup unsweetened plant milk of choice (I used almond)

-1 Tbsp chia seeds

-1 1/2 Tbsp date paste (Detoxinista has a great date paste recipe!) OR 1 very ripe banana, mashed OR 1 Tbsp 100% pure maple syrup

-1/4 tsp vanilla extract

-1/4 tsp almond extract

-1/2 to 1 tsp pure matcha green tea powder (depending on how concentrated you want the flavor // I use Sencha Naturals)

-pinch ground cinnamon (optional)

-1 Tbsp softened coconut butter (AKA "coconut manna" // optional // can sub unsweetened almond butter OR unsweetened nut/seed butter of choice)


For topping (optional):


-fresh berries

-sliced banana

-unsweetened shredded coconut

-raw unsalted almonds

-raw pumpkin seeds (pepitas)

-hempseed

-cinnamon

-additional unsweetened plant milk


Directions:


1. Make sure the date paste is made ahead of time or the banana is mashed. Ensure the coconut butter is softened (if using). Grab one mason jar with a lid or a bowl.


2. Add all ingredients to the mason jar/bowl and stir to combine (stir less for swirls of date paste and coconut butter).


3.After stirring, lightly press down the oats with the backside of a spoon to fully submerge them so they can soak. Make sure all oats are submerged in the almond milk before putting on the lid and placing in the fridge overnight. If using a bowl, cover with plastic wrap before putting in the fridge.


4. Allow the oats to soak/chill overnight. Soaking the oats in the almond milk overnight softens them to an oatmeal-like consistency, which is why you don't need to cook these oats.


5. The next morning, remove the overnight oats from the fridge, add toppings, if desired, and enjoy! *


*Note if you want your overnight oats to be warm instead of cold, place your jar of oats in the microwave and heat for several seconds until warm. Also, if your mason jar has a screwable metal lid please remove the lid before putting the jar in the microwave, and/or if the jar has metal hinges, spoon the oats into a microwave-safe bowl before heating it in the microwave.


Nutrition Facts

Per Serving (1 jar of oats w/ date paste):

Calories: 485 Total Fat: 27 grams Saturated Fat: 17 grams

Sodium: 6% (DV) Total Carbohydrates: 57 grams Fiber: 19 grams

Sugar: 25 grams* Protein: 13 grams Vitamin D: 5% (DV)

Calcium: 25% (DV) Iron: 22% (DV) Potassium: 10% (DV)

Theine (tea caffeine): 50 mg (if using 1 tsp matcha)


*This sugar is all-natural and comes from fruit and therefore doesn't count towards the AHA's recommended daily sugar intake limit of 35 grams per day.


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