If you are looking for a change from traditional porridge, then how about this recipe for cardamom overnight oats? It's perfect for the warmer weather, and has a hint of spice from the cardamom and a lovely sweetness from the cooked apples.
I'm a big fan of oats for breakfast, and the apple pie oatmeal is on repeat in my house. But sometimes when it is hot and sunny warm oats feel a little much don't they.
There are lots of ways to still enjoy oats even when the sun is shining though. As well as these flavourful overnight oats, and my cinnamon overnight oats, the ginger brazil nut granola and chia seed granola are bursting with healthy ingredients to help you start you day right!
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Why you'll love this recipe
Perfect for summer. Love oats but porridge feels a bit too warm and heavy? Overnight oats are a great option for summer.
Full of flavour. The cardamom apple combination is so tasty.
Pantry staples: hopefully you won't have to run to the store as these oats are made with ingredients usually to hand.
Easy to make for meal prep. If you are able to meal prep, then this is a simple way to make breakfast ahead of time (my low histamine readers may like to read the notes below).
For this recipe you will need mostly pantry staples, as well as the apples:
- Oats: use gluten free if required.
- Coconut milk: the type that you pour from a carton rather than a can.
- Cardamom: the spice to flavour the oats and apples.
- Chia seeds: as well as being very healthy, these help thicken the overnight oats. Chia seeds are rich in health benefits, including being a source of plant-based protein, fibre, omega 3 fatty acids and other nutrients (Healthline). The Terrasoul organic chia seeds are good.
- Apple: for the fun topping, they add such a delicious flavour and feel perfect for fall especially.
- Maple syrup: for a touch of sweetness.
- Coconut oil: to warm the apples in.
You can use other forms of milk such as oat milk or almond milk if you aren't a fan of coconut milk.
A touch of cinnamon, if tolerated, brings even more flavour.
Make sure to see the recipe card below for the full ingredients and instructions!
Step by step instructions
Combine the oats, coconut milk, chia seeds, cardamom and maple syrup in a container that can be sealed. Stir very thoroughly and leave in the fridge, either overnight or for at least two hours. If possible, give it a stir after an hour (add a touch more milk if it seems too dry).
Melt the coconut oil in a pan and then add the diced apple and maple syrup. Cook until the apples have softened. If it becomes too dry then pour in a teaspoon of water.
Spoon the oat mixture into your bowl and then top with the apples. Add a sprinkle of desiccated coconut if you like, and then enjoy!
Cardamom overnight oats FAQ
Can these overnight oats be gluten free?
Yes, if you use certified gluten free oats such as the popular Bob's Red Mill organic gluten-free rolled oats, this recipe is gluten free.
Do I have to leave the oats overnight?
No, the longer the oats soak the better and at least two hours, but they don't have to be left overnight.
My low histamine readers may wish to leave the oats to soak for a shorter period of time. The SIGHI describes that leftovers (previously heated) should be allowed to 'cool quickly and freeze or store in the refrigerator for a maximum of 12 to 24 hours'. They don't advise on freshly made food in terms of storage time.
Can I change the toppings?
Yes of course! Top with the fruit, nuts or seeds you prefer.
More oat-based breakfast ideas to enjoy
Cardamom overnight oats
For the apple topping
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- 1 apple diced into small pieces
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon water
- 1 teaspoon desiccated coconut
- Combine the oats, coconut milk, chia seeds, cardamom and maple syrup in a container that can be sealed. Stir very thoroughly and leave in the fridge, either overnight or for at least two hours. If possible, give it a stir after an hour (add a touch more milk if it seems too dry).
- To make the apple topping, melt the coconut oil in a pan and then add the apple and maple syrup. Cook for 8-10 minutes or until softened. If it becomes too dry then pour in a teaspoon of water.
- Spoon your oat mixture into a glass, jar or bowl, then top with the apples. Sprinkle a little desiccated coconut on top. Enjoy!
- Add a touch more milk after about an hour if the oats seem too dry.
- Use rolled oats rather than very fine quick-cook oats. The latter will be too 'gloopy' and have no bite to them after being soaked in the milk.
- while cardamom scores 0, there is a note stating that some varieties may not be well tolerated.