I have always been an oatmeal addict, and so my daughter has been. With my son, it’s a different story. He only likes crunchy oats, like granola. He has a favorite brand, which unfortunately contains a lot of sugar. How could I convince him to eat Overnight-Oats? I had to change the color!
To be honest, I prefer pink oatmeal and my daughter too. One day I soaked my oatmeal in Butterfly Pea Flower tea, to bring some variation to our breakfast. This tea is made of the dark blue Butterfly Pea Flower, which is native to Indonesia and Malaysia.
When my son discovered the jar in the fridge, he immediately claimed it for himself. He loved it, and he asked me to prepare him these oats every day, in either blue or green. As easy as that!
There are three different possibilities to soak your oats in blue tea:
- Bring a cup of water to the boil and add a tea bag. Allow to steep for 10 minutes, then remove tea bag, squeezing it slightly. Add old-fashioned rolled oats.
- Bring a cup of unsweetened pant-based milk to the boil and add a teabag. Continue as described.
- Rip a Tea Bag and add the content to 1 cup of plant-based milk. Add Oatmeal.
For this recipe, I used method 2 and 3. The deepness of the blue color depends on how much tea you use. If you want a more intense color, add two tea bags instead of one.
Mango Puree matches finely with blue oats, but of course, you may add any fruits you want, fresh or defrosted. Red berries are beautiful; it’s my favorite combination. If you want your oats to be of a more liquidy consistency, just add a splash of plant-based milk. The effect is spectacular. I am sure your kids will love this recipe as well! Btw, by adding a splash of lemon juice, your oats will change color from blue to pink.
Butterfly Pea Flower (also known as wild hibiscus) is not only a beautiful flower but has a lot of health benefits too. It is known to have antioxidant properties and to lower inflammation; both properties help to prevent cancer and heart disease. Butterfly Pea Flower Tea might also prevent urinary infections and keep your skin and hair healthy and glowing.
You will probably find a lot of blue stuff on my blog since I am using Butterfly Pea Flower Tea quite often. I buy it at Amazon, because it’s not available in our supermarkets in Germany, at least not yet. Although this tea is all natural, blue food might look a bit weird. Would you give this blue tea a try? Let me know in the comments below – I’d love to hear from you 😘😘 .
Blue Overnight Oats with Mango Puree
Your kids will love these blue Overnight Oats.
- 3/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats gluten-free
- 3/4 cup oat milk unsweetened
- 1/2 cup soy yogurt
- 1/2 tbsp maple syrup
- 2 bags butterfly pea flower tea
- 4 tbsp mango puree
- 4 tbsp blueberries
Bring oat milk to the boil and add 1 teabag Butterfly Pea Flower Tea. Allow to steep for 10 minutes.
Remove teabag, squeezing it slighty.
Leave to stand for 15 minutes, until lukewarm.
Mix old-fashioned rolled oats with blue oat milk, maple syrup and coconut yoghurt and put in the fridge overnight.
Next morning, rip a bag of Butterfly Pea Flower tea open and add the content to your oats. Stir carefully.
Top with mango puree and blueberries.
Options: Substitute coconut yogurt with soy yogurt. Substitute mango puree with 1/2 cup of microvaved berries.