Happy 4th of July! (And a vegan overnight oat parfait!)

Last week, I finally got around to experimenting with raw vegan overnight oats a la Angela at Oh She Glows. I was inspired by her beautiful layered parfaits. I mean, look at them. Aren't they gorgeous and tasty looking?

So, I made a basic version of her overnight oats and, in the morning, layered them in a pretty glass with sliced strawberries, fresh blueberries, and frozen banana slices. Once I stepped back to admire my creation, I realized it was rather patriotic! My strawberries, bananas and blueberries became the ubiquitous red, white and blue. Although I doubt that raw chia and oat slurry is destined to become America's next national breakfast dish, I had to laugh anyway.

These things can only happen by accident in my world.

My first attempt at overnight oats was okay, but the texture of soaked chia seeds is something I definitely need to get used to. It wasn't bad, though, so I decided to share my version of the recipe in case you'd like to try it.

Vegan Overnight Oats (adapted from Oh She Glows)
Yield: 1 serving

1/3 cup rolled oats
2 Tbsp chia seeds
1 cup unsweetened plain almond milk
1 1/2 Tbsp raw cocoa powder
2 tsp maple syrup (or more, to taste)
1 small banana, sliced
Fresh fruit of your choice
  1. Stir together in a bowl and refrigerate overnight. 
  2. Place banana in a small container and freeze overnight.
  3. In the morning, stir and layer with fruit of your choice. (The frozen banana really makes it!) 

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