November 19, 2016 18

Basic Overnight Oats with Black Tea Soaked Raisins

Vegan, gluten-free basic overnight oats.

Basic Overnight Oats with Black Tea Soaked Raisins | A simple and classic basic overnight oats recipe with a flavor-packed topping of black tea soaked raisins. Naturally vegan, gluten and refined-sugar free.

For the past several weeks, I’ve been in a rut. One of the worst that I can remember. Likely stemming from the combination of the election results, and we’ve already covered this. The unseasonably warm eighty degree weather in November – I know this might sound wonderful, but really it’s strange and weird and definitely doesn’t make me wanna roast squash right now. And the general stress and pressure of the encroaching holidays, this part should be obvious.

There’s something about this specific combination that’s got the creative parts of my brain on lockdown. I’ve tried to set this rut free, but nothing seems to be helping. Maybe after I get these words out and this recipe into the universe I’ll relinquish all that’s been holding me back. After three recipe testing fails this week, I needed to lean on something that I new was already loved.

These black tea soaked raisins were a part of The Great Big Harvest menu. They are a punch of flavor, slightly sweet and a touch bitter, and the perfect topping for oats, rice pudding, yogurt, or any custard/ice cream/creamy dessert things. Also! These basic overnight oats are my go-to oats recipe. You can adjust the liquid, and spices to suit your needs.

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Basic Overnight Oats with Black Tea Soaked Raisins | A simple and classic basic overnight oats recipe with a flavor-packed topping of black tea soaked raisins. Naturally vegan, gluten and refined-sugar free.

Basic Overnight Oats with Black Tea Soaked Raisins | A simple and classic basic overnight oats recipe with a flavor-packed topping of black tea soaked raisins. Naturally vegan, gluten and refined-sugar free.

Basic Overnight Oats with Black Tea Soaked Raisins | A simple and classic basic overnight oats recipe with a flavor-packed topping of black tea soaked raisins. Naturally vegan, gluten and refined-sugar free.

Basic Overnight Oats with Black Tea Soaked Raisins | A simple and classic basic overnight oats recipe with a flavor-packed topping of black tea soaked raisins. Naturally vegan, gluten and refined-sugar free.

Basic Overnight Oats with Black Tea Soaked Raisins | A simple and classic basic overnight oats recipe with a flavor-packed topping of black tea soaked raisins. Naturally vegan, gluten and refined-sugar free.

Basic Overnight Oats

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hrs 5 mins
Serves 4 cozy bowls     adjust servings

This is my standard basic overnight oats recipe. It is on the looser side rather than the thicker, so you can adjust the liquid accordingly. Oats are gluten-free by nature, but if you have celiac disease be sure to buy gluten-free certified oats to avoid cross-contamination. The spices are optional. Extra oats can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 4 cups milk {any plant-based milk of your choice}
  • 1/4 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt {or sea salt}
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

Instructions

  1. In a glass bowl combine all of the ingredients together and stir. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  2. This makes 4 large bowls.
  3. You can enjoy these oats cold, after they've been soaking. Or you can warm them on the stove-top. Spoon the black tea soaked raisins on top {see recipe below}.

Black Tea Soaked Raisins

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 hours
Total Time 10 hrs 10 mins
Serves ½ cup raisins     adjust servings

If you didn't plan ahead and soak the raisins overnight, you can modify this on the stovetop by simply skipping the soaking period and simmering longer {about 15 - 20 minutes} or until they plump up. Hot tip: the tea will turn cloudy in the refrigerator, the cloudiness will dissipate once it is heated. Extra raisins can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Ingredients

  • 5 black tea bags {english breakfast, darjeeling, etc.}
  • 1 1/2 cups hot water
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/8 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup

Instructions

  1. Steep tea in hot water for 6 minutes, and then discard the tea bags. In a large mason jar combine the hot brewed tea, raisins and salt. Cover and refrigerator overnight.
  2. Before serving, simmer the raisins on the stove along with half the steeping liquid {reserve the other half to store leftover raisins}, and the maple syrup for 5 minutes or until heated through and slightly thickened.

The post is sponsored by Silk; all opinions are my own.

18 Responses to "Basic Overnight Oats with Black Tea Soaked Raisins"

  1. Reply

    ashley marti

    November 20, 2016 at 8:30 AM

    These photos are beautiful. And I am all overnight oats these days. Love it.

  2. Reply

    betty

    November 20, 2016 at 11:31 AM

    Oh my gosh, I saw this on Instagram and I fell in love. These look amazing and I can just imagine the versatility of these raisins. It seems like the perfect fall topping – so beautiful Sherrie!

    PS – about ruts, I feel ya. I’ve been the same way, going to my usual sources of inspiration (pinterest, IG), but nada. What got me out of it was when Carey came to visit, and we sat down with another photographer here in Boston and just talked shop, shared experiences, did NO shooting, but just… chatted. It was so great and inspiring.

  3. Reply

    Sophie - The Green Life

    November 20, 2016 at 1:59 PM

    I love these photos so much Sherrie!! So bright and beautiful. And I feel you about the creative rut. When that happens, I like to stick to super simple, go-to recipes. It helps relieve some of the pressure, and the creative juices usually start flowing again. xo

  4. Reply

    Sara @ Cake Over Steak

    November 20, 2016 at 3:05 PM

    Yesterday it was 68 here and now today it’s windy and flurrying. What is happening?! I love the idea for these tea-soaked raisins. Sounds perfect for overnight oats.

  5. Reply

    Carol

    November 20, 2016 at 3:32 PM

    I love the idea of tea infused raisins. I am thinking that earl grey tea would be lovely too. Thanks for the inspiration! X

  6. Reply

    Shelley

    November 21, 2016 at 6:49 AM

    Currently devouring a bowl of this, as I watch the first snow fall trickle down outside my window. The warm flavours of the raisins are just so perfect, and I’m totally loving the more liquid-y approach to oatmeal. Game changer. I feel you on the rut. I have been totally uninspired for blog content lately, and really questioning what its all for. Taking some time away from the screen and away from recipe testing has felt almost therapeutic. Hoping that we get out groove back soon, girl. xx

  7. Reply

    Jennifer Farley

    November 21, 2016 at 7:38 AM

    I’m going through the same emotions right now. What a terrible, uncertain time. We just need to pick up the pieces somehow. Self-care is important, and getting back into the kitchen is helpful. This recipe is beautiful. I love these raisins so much!

  8. Reply

    thalia @ buter and brioche

    November 21, 2016 at 3:59 PM

    Black tea soaked raisins sound insane! I adore everything about this post, definitely something I have to make…so perfect for the summer here in Australia. xx

  9. Reply

    Aysegul Sanford

    November 21, 2016 at 9:51 PM

    I feel the same about the current political situation right now. It is sad indeed. We are so divided, it is mind blowing. But I think the worst part is that it feels like hate is winning. Nowadays the only thing that makes me happy is food and cooking. I am so glad that I have a hobby/business to hold on to. I have only infused raisons in rum before. These black tea soaked raisins sound and look so SO good. I’ll give it a try over the weekend, cheers!

  10. Reply

    Claudia | The Brick Kitchen

    November 22, 2016 at 2:32 AM

    I love the sound of black tea soaked raisins! I’m an every-morning bircher eater, and am always looking for new toppings to change things up a bit. I find when I’m in a rut, or lacking inspiration, it’s usually when I’m tired and stressed, and trying to get too many things done at once in all areas of life – and once life calms down a bit and I catch up on sleep, it all comes back. Recipe testing fails are the worst though!

  11. Reply

    Patry from Sabores y Momentos

    November 22, 2016 at 8:49 AM

    So happy to have found your blog! I simply fell in love with your recipe, I’m definitely trying it. I totally feel that same creative rut as you do, I’ve been going through major stress with zillion of works to hand in by Christmas time, my online photography course with 40 attendants handing tons of photos, and if it wasn’t enough health check-ups for my upcoming surgery next January! But I’m thankful for what I do and keep enjoying every minute of it. Hugs from Spain.

  12. Reply

    Valentina @Hortus

    November 23, 2016 at 5:00 AM

    Hi Sherrie, hopefully your rut ends soon. I know times are tough. When you’re going through times like these keeping it simple is best. No need to push it, right? This porridge seems heavenly – a real bowl of comfort. Pinned!

  13. Reply

    Lisa

    November 27, 2016 at 10:28 PM

    I hear ya, Sherrie! I was definitely in a similar situation a few weeks ago. I’m not completely sure that I’m out of the rut yet, but I’m gradually moving forward, and I’m sure you are, too. What a lovely bowl of nourishing oats.

  14. Reply

    Phoebe @ Feed Me Phoebe

    December 1, 2016 at 9:42 AM

    I feel you lady. The election was a fog I couldn’t escape for weeks. I know a lot of people in the food community and other creatives who questioned their whole life path, myself included. Whenever I have a kitchen fail, and I’ve had a few as well this month, I try to take a step back and just cook for ME. Focusing on the self-care side of things and on nourishing myself helps me feel grounded again, and also reminds me that what I am doing with my life has a stronger purpose. That, and applying to be a planned parenthood volunteer has gotten me feeling better about life :)

  15. Reply

    Missy

    December 16, 2016 at 8:56 AM

    I love oats and raisins. I am excited to try this. Thank you!

    • Reply

      Sherrie

      December 16, 2016 at 9:27 AM

      I hope you love it – you’re welcome!

  16. Reply

    Emma

    March 11, 2017 at 11:31 AM

    Can’t wait to add these to my porridge tomorrow. So simple, but heart-warming and belly-filling.

    • Reply

      Sherrie

      March 12, 2017 at 4:17 PM

      Emma – I hope they made your morning. You made mine, xx!

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