How does your breakfast look like? Does it look like a snack? Is it just a big black coffee? Or does it look like it’s the most important meal of the day? Breakfast is important because it kick-starts your metabolism, giving you the energy to go on with your day, but also because it offers you a great opportunity to eat as a family. Don’t worry! It doesn’t have to be anything fancy or time consuming! A great breakfast can be just about making good healthy choices. And the best part of this recipe is that there is no cooking involved. Still, the end result is so tasty and complex, that you (and everyone else, for that matter) will feel like you put in so much effort. Overnight oats are oats that are left to soak in milk, yogurt, orange juice or other liquid overnight. Then, you can play with the toppings as much as you like. Just keep in mind that you must keep your bowl of oats in the fridge overnight to prevent bacteria growth. So let’s start!
Lavender overnight oats
First off, why lavender?
Lavender essential oil contains a-pinene, limonene, 1,8-cineole, cis-ocimene, trans-ocimene, 3-octanone, camphor, linalool, linalyl acetate, caryophyllene, terpinen-4-ol and lavendulyl acetate as its major bioactive constituents that endow it with unparalleled healing powers. In aromatherapy, lavender essential oil is used as a nervine / calmative. Actually, according to the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy, Lavender essential oil is one of the most commonly used essential oils – for calming, reducing anxiety, wound healing, insect bites, burns and general skin care. It’s a wonderful natural product, incredibly versatile and with a remarkable number of beauty and health benefits.
WOW Lavender Essential Oil is a 100% pure and therapeutic grade essential oil steam-distilled from lavender (Lavandula augustifolia) flowers and carefully packaged to retain its holistically healing therapeutic qualities.
Gentle, safe for internal use and with an amazing fragrance, lavender is one of the most used essential oils for cooking. You can add it to ice cream, lemonades and cocktails, or you can try our amazing lavender cookies recipe:
DIY lavender cookies with essential oils
- ½ cup butter softened
- ½ cup shortening
- 1-1/4 cups sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- ½ tbsp almond extract
- 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
- 4 tbsp dried lavender flowers
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- ½ tbsp salt
- 3 drops Lavender Essential Oil
Preheat the oven to 375. Cream the butter, the shortening and the sugar until the mixture is fluffy. Add one egg at a time and beat well. Add the extracts.
In a separate bowl, whisk flour, lavender (buds and oil), baking powder and salt. Gradually add the dry ingredients into the liquid mixture. Create the shapes you want out of the batter. Bake them for 8-10 minutes. You can tie together 10 cookies with dry lavender branches and ribbons or twine. Or you can place the cookies in tin boxes and ornate them with lavender, cinnamon sticks and pine branches.
Going back to our lavender overnight oats, here is what you need:
To soak the oats:
- 50g of oats
- 100g of yogurt
- 3 tablespoons of milk
- One teaspoon of chia seeds
For the healthy topping:
- One handful of raspberries – you can also use blueberries, strawberries, etc.
- 2 tablespoons of raw hazelnuts, almonds or walnuts
- 1 drop of lavender essential oil
In a Mason jar mix the oats with the yogurt, milk and chia seeds. Put the lead on and leave it overnight (or for at least 6 hours) to absorb the liquid.
In a bowl, mix your fruits and nuts.
In the morning, just add your topping over your oats, add the lavender essential oil, give it a gentle mix and enjoy. If you want it to be sweeter, add a tablespoon of honey. Also, if you find that the consistency is too thick for your taste, add some more milk.
If you’re a vegan, you can use almond or soy milk. Or you can use banana milk. Check out this article for the recipe: Banana Milk – a simple, inexpensive and nutritious vegan alternative to cow milk
WOWtip: If you forget to soak your oats in the evening, you can do it first thing in the morning and then enjoy a healthy, fragrant brunch at work.
For more inspiration on how to use essential oils in the kitchen, also read:
5 delicious recipes with essential oils: a meal from A to Z
Homemade lemonade with essential oils
Improve golden milk by adding essential oils!