Oats and tea

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I have been reading quite a bit about this whole overnight soaked oats thing and decided to give the peanut butter one a try.  Nothing can go wrong with peanut butter, I love the stuff. Added the oats, milk, yoghurt and peanut butter….it was OK.  I was disappointed because I was expecting creamy yumminess and ended up with icky oat soup.

I understand it was my fault, and perhaps I should try again  with less liquid.  Please no one say chia seeds.  If you read the internet, you cannot make overnight oats without chia seeds.  It is like the miracle ingredient. I am not buying chia seeds, because I do not want to.
This morning I cooked my oats in the microwave, left it to cool and them added the frozen berries and yoghurt and the creamy yumminess I was expecting was there.  It was cold and fruity and lovely.  I think I am going to stick with my cooked version.  It is getting to winter and hot oats will probably be better.
Note, I used to hate oats, I would gag just at the smell.  I would never touch the stuff.  However, I have grown to have a peaceful relationship with oats.  I cannot, in good conscience, make Honeybear eat oats every morning if I refuse to touch the stuff myself.
I am hoping the oats will also work its miracles on me and drop my cholesterol a bit.  I seem to have genetically  predisposed high cholesterol.  Not dangerously high at this stage, but on its way there. All of my Dad’s side of the family have heart disease, every single one of them.  Looks like I may be joining the crowd.
On the oats, I also cannot eat it without something sweet.  Without the sweetness I struggle to get it down.  So I always end up adding fruit to make it nice.
On a  good note, I have managed to cut sugar completely out my tea (and other beverages).  It has been eight months.  Tea has always been my thing.  I love it.  If I am stressed, it makes me happy.  If I need to relax, I drink tea.  If something is wrong, I drink tea.  However, without the sugar I have been struggling, as I do not like it.  Eight months later, I have managed to like it again. I will not lie and say I love it, because I still miss the sugar, but I can like it and relax again.
Also, I now drink more rooibos than I used to.  Maybe because rooibos is better without milk and sugar in the first place.  But I think it is also, because rooibos is nothing like my normal tea and I can drink it without unhappy memories.
Yes I know I am a bit nuts.  Tea…..I love you.
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11 responses »

  1. I am also rediscovering my love for oats – just had some this morning, in fact – milk, butter, a bit of brown sugar…

      • Weirdly enough, even the diabetologists and dieticians allow brown sugar with oats! Reckon good enough for patients with diabetes, ok for me!

  2. I do my oats in the microwave and then smother them with sugar, not exactly a recipe for you who is trying to avoid sugar. I must admit though that I haven’t had oats since I find fly larvae crawling out of my tin. Now I eat Muesli mostly.
    I only have 1 sugar in both tea or coffee, but we aren’t big tea/coffee drinkers anyway. We have a cup of coffee in the mornings and then either tea or coffee in the evenings with dinner. During the day DH and I drink copious amounts of water. It’s not a health choice, it’s just a way of staying out of the work kitchen, which is sometimes a bit gross. We don’t even bring food to warm up in the microwave. The factory guys bring in some weird things 🙂

    • Larvae in your tin…I would be put off too. In this office, everyone has a delicious home cooked meal for lunch, I look odd with a lonely cheese sandwich.

  3. I do overnight oats for my kids like this: scoop of oats in a bowl, cover with milk (a bit more than to cover so there’s liquid to swell) and leave in fridge. The next morning we add a tad more milk and some cinnamon sugar/ syrup/ sliced bananas, microwave for 30 – 40 seconds and enjoy.

    • Good to know it actually works. I think my mistake was milk and yoghurt, and since it was home made yoghurt, it was a bit more runny than the store bought.

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