Gluten Free, Sugar Free! If you haven’t noticed, I’ve been a little ginger crazy lately! First my Mango Carrot Ginger Smoothie and then my Pink Ginger Smoothie (my fave). I have always liked ginger, but I haven’t really used it much, besides in Asian cooking.
Since I’ve been working at Honeybee Juice Co. in downtown Aspen, I have been exposed to the many ways fresh ginger can be incorporated into your daily diet…smoothies, soups, juices, just to name a few.
I might sound like a broken record, but ginger is reallllly good for you! Do you ever drink ginger ale when you have an upset stomach? Well that’s because ginger alleviates gastrointestinal distress like nausea, motion sickness, and gas. Ginger is also a natural anti-inflammatory, is antioxidant and an immune booster. And to top it all off, ginger can protect you against some cancer cells!
Like ginger, chia seeds are another super-good-for-you-food! Chia seeds are one of nature’s highest source of complete protein. They contain omega-3 fatty acids, heart-healthy fats, and antioxidants. Chia seeds also help regulate your blood sugar and keep your energy levels high.
A lot of goodness going on here! The raisins plump up and the apples hold their crispness beautifully.
All the flavors marry wonderfully together overnight. In the morning, the fresh grated ginger still has its spice that hits the back of your throat, and the cinnamon adds more warmth and flavor so you don’t even need to add sugar!
I like to top mine off with fresh organic strawberries, but shredded coconut or nuts would be just as good. After a serving of these oats you will be energized and ready for your day!
- 2 cups gluten-free rolled oats, not quick cooking (like Bob's Red Mill)
- 1 medium organic apple, chopped into small pieces
- 1 ½ T. chia seeds
- ½ cup golden raisins
- 1 ½-2 tsp. freshly grated ginger root
- 1 ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
- 3-3 ½ cups milk of choice (I use unsweetened almond)
- Combine all the dry ingredients into a large bowl or tupperware and mix well.
- After you have mixed the dry ingredients together, add in the milk and stir again.
- Cover the bowl or tupperware and place in your refrigerator overnight.
- In the morning, stir the oat mixture. You can add more milk if you'd like.
- Serve in bowls and top with fresh fruit, shredded coconut, or nuts.