I am a sucker for all things gingerbread, especially during the holidays! This recipe delivers that wonderful warm and cozy festive flavour in an easy, make-ahead, gluten-free brekkie.
Better still, Gingerbread Adaptogen Oats are super satisfying since they are packed with protein, fibre, and healthy fats. Yup — we’re talking doctor-approved comfort food at its finest!
As the name implies, I have also added some natural adaptogens, including maca and medicinal mushrooms (optional). Herbal adaptogens are believed to strengthen the immune system and help the body deal with stress. Sound good to anyone this holiday season?!?
Native to Peru, maca has a slightly earthy, butterscotch taste and is rich in vitamins and minerals. Touted as the "Incan superfood", it has been used for millennia to increase stamina and endurance. Consumption may help to relieve anxiety while also boosting energy, concentration, and even libido and sexual function in both men and women.
Superfood Mushroom Blend, Reishi, Cordyceps or Chaga
I know it may sound funny to add ground-up mushrooms to your morning oats. However, they provide what I think is a pleasant earthy flavour along with a myriad of potential disease-fighting benefits. For this recipe, I typically use Four Sigmatic Superfood 10 Mushroom Blend or Sun Potion reishi, cordyceps, or chaga powder (not sponsored). Feel free to use your favourite adaptogen, adjusting the amounts accordingly.
Four Sigmatic Superfood Mushroom Blend combines 10 different culinary medicinal mushrooms, including reishi, chaga, cordyceps and lion's mane. These immune-boosting fungi are rich in B vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, and each species has its own unique health profile.
Lion's mane, for example, has been recognized for its nootropic effects and is believed to boost memory, concentration, and brain function. Chaga and cordyceps are considered energizing adaptogens because they can help improve stamina and endurance while reducing stress and anxiety. Studies also suggest they may have anti-cancer properties.
Gingerbread Overnight Oats Recipe
Ingredients for 2 servings:
2/3 cup gluten-free rolled oats
2 Tbsp Nuzest Clean Lean vanilla or natural vegan protein powder
2 Tbsp gluten-free flaxseed meal
2 Tbsp chia seeds
2 tsp gelatinized maca powder (optional)
1 tsp Four Sigmatic 10 mushroom blend or Sun Potion cordyceps, chaga or reishi powder (optional)
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger (or more to taste)
pinch or two each of ground cloves and nutmeg
1 cup unsweetened almond or nut-free milk
1/2 cup canned organic full-fat coconut milk
1 to 2 Tbsp molasses, adjusted to taste
optional toppings: diced banana and a drizzle of blackstrap molasses (here) and/or nuts, seeds, nut butter, dried fruit, bee pollen, toasted coconut, shelled hemp seeds, raw cacao nibs, maple syrup
Put all of the ingredients excluding toppings in a bowl or divide evenly into single-serving mason jars. Stir well to combine.
Cover and refrigerate overnight or for a minimum of 6 hours.
In the morning, stir and add additional milk as needed for desired consistency.
Gingerbread Adaptogen Overnight Oats can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Serve chilled or heated with your choice of toppings.