Cinnamon Raisin Overnight Oats | Scarlett Morse
I’m spending some time in the Slovenian Alps right now and I’ve been out on some amazing (if slightly terrifying) hikes in the mountains; we’ve had 5 am starts and spent nights in unmanned mountains huts, so I’ve had to prepare some good breakfasts to provide my body with enough energy to do the distance. Oats are one of the best foods to prepare your body for exercise because they are high in fiber and complex carbs, and have a low glycemic index, which means they release energy slowly into the bloodstream. But I don’t particularly want to think about cooking porridge at silly-o’clock in the morning or carry milk up the mountain in my backpack lest it turn into yoghurt with all the sloshing around…
I happened to come across Scarlett Morse’s Instagram account recently and love her plant-based recipes! I noticed she had shared a recipe for these cinnamon and raisin overnight oats a few days before one of our hikes and decided to try it out. It took just minutes to prepare, and smelling the peanut butter and cinnamon was making me pretty excited to tuck into them during the car ride to Triglav National Park the next morning.
I fell asleep for the first hour of the journey and awoke to find that, to my horror, my bag had fallen over as we drove the windy mountain roads… You guessed it, there was a giant overnight-oat explosion and the milk had seeped through the backpacks’s zip all over the floor! Major fail!! Luckily the majority of the oats had actually remained in the tupperware and I was still able to enjoy what was left of my delicious breakfast! And it really was delicious - cinnamon is one of my favourite things to mix into oats (and pancake batter, and apple pie, and chilli con carne…) and the raisins add a natural sweetness that I just love! So, despite being constantly reminded of my mishap with wafts of cinnamon as I hiked for the rest of the day, I was very happy with this first go!
I learned from my mistake, though, and the following week we did a grueling two-day hike and slept in a mountain hut. I prepared these overnight oats again so that we didn’t have to carry extra water to cook breakfast up there (besides, oats are always WAY better with milk, right?). I sealed the lid of the tupperware with tape, determined not to lose any of the oats this time around, and it paid off - we heated them on our camping stove and they warmed us up whilst watching the sunrise.
From now on, I think this will be my go-to recipe when I need a quick and tasty breakfast!