The title of this recipe is so long – technically, it should be “St. Patrick’s Day Apple and Whiskey Overnight Oats with homemade froyo/frogurt/whatever it’s called”. Uh, what a mouthful.
What do you think St. Patrick’s Day is all about? If you answered, “parades, booze and random green stuff” then I’m completely with you.
Considering it’s called “St. Patrick’s Day”, I assume there’s some religious component but I have no idea what. And I’m saying that as a Catholic. Well, a Catholic – like many in the world – who ticks the “Catholic” box in surveys but doesn’t attend church and, quite frankly, doesn’t know the first thing about Catholicism. Really, what on earth is a “rosary bead”?
Thinking of my understanding of St. Patrick’s Day, I knew these overnight oats had to include booze. But, not wanting to get drunk before 9am, I only added in a little bit of whiskey. Feel free to add in more if you wish. Alternatively, make this alcohol-free by either using brandy extract (I know, not Irish) or leave it out entirely.
And before you think that my oats have suffered from some kind of disease, it’s green only because of some spinach. But you definitely can’t taste the spinach! Ah, spinach, I love you so much. It’s delicious in savory dishes, but bland enough to be snuck into sweet delicious too. I was never a fan of Popeye, but am undoubtedly a lover of spinach.
The homemade froyo/frogurt was a bit of an experiment. By now, at least half the internet knows that frozen bananas can be made into ice cream. But I really wanted frozen yogurt! So I froze some yogurt in an ice-cube tray and threw the cubes into my Yonanas machine along with a frozen banana. Success! Any leftovers can be stored in the freezer, but allow it to thaw for 5 – 10 minutes before digging in.
One final thing, with the exception of the rainbow sprinkles, this is entirely sugar-free!
- For the Overnight Oats
- 1 cup spinach, stems removed
- ¼ cup milk of choice
- ¼ cup apple juice
- 1 green apple
- ⅔ cup rolled oats
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Pinch freshly grated or ground nutmeg (optional)
- ⅔ cup vanilla yogurt
- 1 tablespoon whiskey (or more)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the Frozen Yogurt Topping
- 1 frozen banana
- ¼ cup vanilla yogurt, frozen in an ice-cube tray
- Rainbow sprinkles (optional)
- Make the Overnight Oats: Use a blender to blitz together the spinach, milk and apple juice. Transfer to a bowl or container.
- Dice the apple, and add it to the bowl. Add the oats, cinnamon, nutmeg, yogurt, whisky and vanilla extract. Mix well.
- Cover the bowl with plastic wrap (or put the lid on the container) and leave in the fridge overnight.
- Make the Frozen Yogurt Topping (best made in the morning): Allow the banana to thaw for approximately 10 minutes.
- Use a food processor or Yonanas machine to process the banana and yogurt into a soft-serve ice cream consistency. If using a food processor, scrape down the sides regularly (it takes around 5 minutes to form frozen yogurt). For the best “frogurt” consistency, place the mixture in the freezer for about 10 minutes.
- Divide the overnight oats between two bowls (or Irish beer glasses). Top each bowl (or glass) with half of the frozen yogurt topping and some rainbow sprinkles. Enjoy!