Chocolate + Pear + Hazelnut Overnight Oats

January 7, 2016

Chocolate + Pear + Hazelnut Overnight Oats by Faring Well #vegan #recipe

The days are still short, but are slowly getting longer as we descend through winter and into spring. Last year it was around this time that my SAD kicked in (seasonal affective disorder). It was my first true winter, having only ever lived in sunny, tempered climates before moving here to Colorado over a year ago. My chronic illness last winter didn’t help much either (more on that in future posts) and I was unprepared in every way for the lack of sunlight and plant life I was about to encounter for three long months. This year I said heck no, that is not going to happen again. After recovering from my illness last summer my world here in Colorado has changed, and I’ve been thinking of how to combat the winter blues for the past few months. Those were dark times last year that I’d rather not relive, and am happy to say I am downright giddy as a bumble bee in a field of flowers right now on this cold, stark day in Denver. Why? I like to think its because of my cheery disposition (**wink face**) but I really know that the food I have been focused on consuming has played a major part in this “operation: defeat winter SAD”. Ever since the second week of December, when winter got real around here, I started pumping myself full of green juice, raw veggie salads, and a host of superfoods. My Amazon orders were made up of items you might find at a hippy health food shop (well, they always do, but did even more) and I signed up for a membership at our neighborhood gym to take shelter from running outside in the freezing cold (which I ran in all of last winter and don’t think that helped with my struggle). Then I received a case of these drinks from Bai and did a little happy dance.

I’m excited to share the stellar drinks made by Bai with you today in hopes that you will feel inspired to put down the sugary, artificially colored drinks that you might be tempted to grab this season – and offer you an alternative. Something made from real fruit, and an extra punch of goodness with their celebrated superfood – the coffeefruit. Filled with antioxidants, and oh so refreshing, Bai’s Antioxidant Infusion line is not only good for you but also tastes amazing. Mix it with a little club soda for a sparkling drink, add it to your morning smoothies, or use it in your overnight oats like I do in my recipe for you below. No matter what, make sure to take care of yourself this season. Fight off those winter blues with some extra nutritious meals to help keep those endorphins firing. Smile and give lots of hugs.

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Breakfast? Dessert? You can decide, all I have to say is a bowl of this goodness will keep you energized all morning if you choose to enjoy it in the AM. A mixture of Bai’s Congo Pear drink with hemp milk infuse the cocoa dusted oats with a creamy and sweet base. Adding chia seeds is great for thickening as well as getting in a dose of omegas. I love my toppings, and feel as if the crunchy and bright pomegranate seeds are the perfect neighbor to the spoonful of toasted hazelnut butter and soaked seeds. I soak the seeds the night before to activate their nutrients and break down those enzyme inhibitors, and even include a simple recipe at the bottom for my go-to toasted hazelnut butter. Any nut (or seed) butter that you love will work wonderfully here as well, and feel free to mix up the toppings depending on what you have on hand/the season. A quick, easy, delicious, and nutritious breakfast waiting in your fridge when you first wake up sounds like everything I need to get going in these darker, winter mornings. Plus the bright red pomegranate seeds look so cheery. Happy (and healthy) breakfasting folks!

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Makes 1 serving for breakfast, or dessert.

1/2 cup rolled oats (quick or steel cut work too)
1 teaspoon chia seeds
1 tablespoon raw cacao powder
1/4 cup plain hemp milk
1/4 cup Congo Pear by Bai

1 spoonful soaked pepita and sunflower seeds
1 spoonful pomegranate seeds
1 tablespoon toasted hazelnut butter

Begin the night before by combining the oats, chia seeds and cacao powder in an 16 ounce jar. Mix well, and then pour in the liquids. Place the lid on tightly and give it a good shake. Place in the refrigerator overnight. At the same time, place a few tablespoons of pepita and sunflower seeds in another small jar and fill with filtered water. Seal the jar with a lid and place in the refrigerator to soak overnight (activating the seeds and making them easier to digest).

In the morning, remove the lid from your oats. Give them a stir and top with a spoonful of soaked seeds, pomegranate seeds, and toasted hazelnut butter. Dig in and enjoy this lasting fuel all morning! (For the soaked seeds, drain and rinse well in the morning, storing any leftover seeds in an airtight jar in the refrigerator to sprinkle over additional breakfasts that week.)

make your own toasted hazelnut butter
2 cups raw hazelnuts
a few pinches of salt

Toast the hazelnuts on a parchment lined baking sheet in a 300F oven for 30 minutes. Remove and let slightly cool. While still warm, roll them between a folded cloth towel to remove as much of the skins as possible. Place the nuts, along with a few pinches of salt, in a food processor and blend until smooth (stopping to scrape down the sides as needed). Store in a 16 ounce glass jar, tightly sealed, in the refrigerator and use within 2 weeks.


Chocolate + Pear + Hazelnut Overnight Oats by Faring Well #vegan #recipe


  • Reply Jenny Hodges January 7, 2016 at 5:47 am

    This looks delicious. I’ll try it tomorrow morning!

    • Reply Faring Well January 12, 2016 at 9:00 am

      Aw yay! I hope you enjoy/enjoyed it Jenny!

  • Reply Emma {Emma's Little Kitchen} January 7, 2016 at 9:07 am

    This looks beautiful, chocolate + pear + hazelnuts are such a great trio. SAD is the worst, sending you love & light! XX

    • Reply Faring Well January 12, 2016 at 9:00 am

      Thank you Emma, so so sweet of you to say! <3

  • Reply Lauren Gaskill | Making Life Sweet January 7, 2016 at 10:47 am

    If you don’t mind me asking , how did you recover from your chronic illness? I have Ehlers-Danlos hypermobility type and have been battling chronic illness and pain for the past few years.

    I love this point of the year because even though it’s when winter is getting OLD, each day gets brighter and brighter. Each day is a promise that we’re not going to be stuck in winter forever! :) I love this recipe and will be making it tomorrow, seeing that I have all the ingredients at home. Pinning!

    • Reply Faring Well January 12, 2016 at 9:03 am

      Sheesh, its such a story, we still aren’t completely sure what I had (or have) but I’ll be hopefully writing about it in a future post coming up soon. So far it was a parasite cleanse along with the addition of iron and magnesium to my diet that got rid of my symptoms last June! They came back a little this past December so I did the cleanse again and am now feeling stellar once more. I might just do the cleanse every 6 months if thats what it takes to keep my body in a happy balance. They can’t figure out what is for sure causing it though. I’m so sorry to hear about your pain! Praying you find some healing soon, its no fun being in constant agony for so long – xo.

  • Reply genevieve @ gratitude & greens January 7, 2016 at 8:09 pm

    So glad to hear that your SAD isn’t as bad this winter! Winter can be tough, especially with less sunlight and the bitter cold. These overnight oats sound like dessert for breakfast- aka my kind of breakfast! May I add… your sweater looks REAL comfy :D

    • Reply Faring Well January 12, 2016 at 9:04 am

      Ah yes, especially when I’m use to sunshine year-round by body really freaked out last winter. So far I’m combatting it hardcore this winter and hope to stay strong! Thank you Genevieve! And I know right, totally desert worthy and make breakfast feel like such a treat! xo

  • Reply Christal@NutritionistInTheKitch January 7, 2016 at 9:01 pm

    Ooo SAD, I hear ya – here in Canada we get like 7-8 months of winter… it’s rough, but I do my best to look to the positives, pick out the beauty in it, sit in front of my happy light, exercise every day, etc. I haven’t thought of upping my greens intake though as I typically go to warming stews in the winter and cooked veggies, but what a great idea! This recipe looks delicious! Thanks for sharing! :)

    • Reply Faring Well January 12, 2016 at 9:06 am

      Thanks so much Christal! Way to go conquering those winter blues. We all have our ways of making it better and I think it is so important to know what those are! I think your methods are more traditional ;) I feel a little crazy over here in shorts and a t-shirt with the radiators cranking while enjoying a smoothie with 20F weather outside. Haha. But it works so HEY! <3

  • Reply Gen January 8, 2016 at 4:36 am

    Feel better, my dear. The dead of winter can take a big toll — even for a cold weather gal like me, it’s not always easy. These comforting oats look like they’ll help to lift your spirits for sure!

    • Reply Faring Well January 12, 2016 at 9:07 am

      Thank you tons Gena! And I agree, these yummy oats will brighten anyone’s day ;) hope you are staying warm and cheery over there! xo

  • Reply Jodi January 8, 2016 at 6:42 am

    Oh my goodness I just love that little crochet lace table cloth! It could brighten even the darkest of winter mornings. Oh Jessie winter can be long and hard, but I am such a firm believer that our bodies grown with the seasons – it’s natural. Hibernating under the covers, drinking so much tea and spoiling yourself with a good breakfast just to get you out of bed – I need it. I love it. Embrace it. Finding a way to move and get out there is so important too – I’m glad to hear this winter is better than the last. Keep it up, friend. Ps need to get my hands on some of this Bai goodness here in Canada – looks too good :) x

    • Reply Faring Well January 12, 2016 at 4:25 pm

      Aw thank you Jodi! I know, I was so happy the minute I took out that crochet table cloth – makes everything feel so special and bright! And you are so right, I’m a total newbie at all of this and still trying to figure out what my “balance” is in this new-to-me winter season ;). Thanks for the sweet encouragement friend! XO

  • Reply Caroline January 8, 2016 at 9:04 am

    Such gorgeous photography! Oats look delicious too :)

    • Reply Faring Well January 12, 2016 at 4:25 pm

      Thank you Caroline! So sweet of you to say. <3

  • Reply Kim@UnrefinedRD January 8, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    Gorgeous pics and the recipe looks delicious! I’m always looking for new oatmeal recipes to try! My family and I stayed in Denver for 3 months this past summer and it was love at first sight. Summers are great, but I can imagine winters are pretty harsh :/ I think SAD affects everyone in some shape or form, which makes nutrition all the more important this time of year. We’re all hanging in there with you!

    • Reply Faring Well January 13, 2016 at 9:06 am

      Thanks so much for the recipe love Kim! I’m glad this one speaks to your oatmeal loving heart too. And I know right, CO summers are something to behold – so beautiful! But the winters can be tough and it is so true what you, nutrition really takes on a whole other level of importance this time of year. Hope you are staying warm and cheery! <3

  • Reply KJ | Omnomherbivore January 8, 2016 at 11:09 pm

    Way to make overnight oats look appetizing!! They usually look pretty blah – but all dolled up in the cute mug it looks really good!! I’m sorry you had to suffer through SAD last year :( my Anxiety Disorder flares up something fierce between December and March. Every year is a struggle to keep it under control – I feel your struggle!! Apartment life can aid to those winter blues too – where’s the sunlight?!?! You got this Jessie! :)

    • Reply Faring Well January 13, 2016 at 9:07 am

      So sorry to hear about your anxiety KJ! I hope it gets better this year, apartment life can be so tough in the winter – I feel you. Sending you warm and happy vibes friend!

  • Reply Brooke @ Chocolate and Marrow January 9, 2016 at 10:38 am

    So my mom and I were having a conversation about overnight oats over the holidays. She swears by them, I’ve never tried them before. As an Xmas present, she wrapped some some steel cut oats and gifted them to me and I have been meaning to do some research into how the heck I can put together a beautiful bowl with these things and then you go and post this! It was meant to be. Love the combo of chocolate, pear and hazelnut too! Going to give them a try and will keep you posted :)

    In the meantime, you keep telling that SAD to stay far far away! xx

    • Reply Faring Well January 13, 2016 at 9:08 am

      YAY! Aw I hope you do give this one a try and love it as much as we do. That is too funny. There are so many ways to go, I’m sure you’ll soon find a new flavor combo you love that is revolutionary like all of your stunning recipes :). Keeping that SAD at bay this week (thank you Denver sunshine!) hope you are having a glorious winter so far too friend! Hugs!

  • Reply Emily | Gather & Dine January 9, 2016 at 11:33 am

    So happy to hear about you conquering (or at least improving) your SAD and facing your challenges with such determination. Food is such a powerful force in all that we do, isn’t it? I love overnight oats, especially in cute little jars, and those toppings are just the thing! Sending you warm hugs during this cold season!

    • Reply Faring Well January 13, 2016 at 9:10 am

      Thank you so much sweet Emily! It really does take a good amount of thought and intentionality to conquer, but is so doable. Really grateful for this better second go-around. Hope you and your family are finally getting some snow so your kids can play! Happy new year friend!

  • Reply Emilie @ The Clever Carrot January 11, 2016 at 8:05 am

    I love this combination here and your creative use of this antioxidant infusion drink! I didn’t know you had SAD. My grandpa had that and whenever he got sick (which was almost never!) we would slide him on his easy chair to the glass doors and let the sunshine come streaming in. He also had to have a hat on to ‘keep out the draft!”. We would call him Grumpy Bear in the winter. He was just so miserable without the sun!! Do you use those therapy lamps?
    Here’s to bringing on that vitamin D. Cheers!! xo

    • Reply Faring Well January 13, 2016 at 9:12 am

      Thank you so much for our kind words on this recipe Emilie! And aw your poor papa! That sounds much worse than mine. It was my first winter and I was also in the midst of battling what ended up being a terrible sickness for 8 months, so I’m sure I was in no place to battle the lack of sunshine and warmth. So far this year I’ve made some changes and am feeling loads better. We head to CA this weekend to stay for a week though, so maybe that is what is keeping my spirits so bright! Hehe. Hope you are having a great start to your new year Emilie! xo

  • Reply Molly January 11, 2016 at 8:52 am

    Beautiful and delicious! There’s definitely a shift during the cold, winter months around here. I try to exercise more, load up on mushroom tinctures and eat as many heavily mineral based meals as possible. Good luck!

    • Reply Faring Well January 13, 2016 at 9:13 am

      Those sound like brilliant remedies, hope you are keeping warm and cheery Molly! And Thank you <3

  • Reply betty January 11, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    SAD is real.. last winter I was definitely feeling lower with that crazy winter in New England! I’m glad to hear it’s better for you this year!!!! I used to eat overnight oats all the time, but then I had these huge mason jars and one serving was just too much, and I sort of fell out of it… but this post is making me want to revisit it!! Also, your sweater + bowl + color of your overnight oats is so perfect together! :)

    • Reply Faring Well January 13, 2016 at 9:14 am

      Haha I have totally had those I ATE WAY TOO MANY OVER NIGHT OATS mornings and have had to take breaks too! Not a good thing to overdose on ;). Thank you for your sweet recipe love (and sweater/colors compliments!) – it means tons coming from you Betty! Here is to a much cheerier winter this year for us. <3

  • Reply Virpi @ Vanelja January 12, 2016 at 7:01 am

    these overnight oats look sooooo good! awesome ingredients.
    and I so know what you’re talking about with that SAD thing, here in Finland the winter is so ruthless and the darkness feels like an eternity. luckily we have now lots of snow which brings light!
    anyways, nice to read that your diet has helped you with winter blues. <3
    lots of xxx and ooo to you lovely jessie!

    • Reply Faring Well January 13, 2016 at 9:16 am

      Aw thank you tons Virpi! You are so sweet. I adore you (and miss you!). Goodness I can hardly imagine how I would fair in Finland. Glad it is looking all fairy-like with your covering of snow now for you now, bringing light and glitter into your life! All the xxx and ooo right back at you friend! <3

  • Reply Nina January 12, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    I’m totally with you on eating extra much super foods and hippy style foods now, I almost don’t dare to write out the names I make up for my food on any posting in case because it all a bit schamanistic style :)
    This looks like really tasty and nourishing treat, I really like cacao and nut butter together so with oats which I love this must be the best breakfast for the winter blues. X nina

    • Reply Faring Well January 13, 2016 at 9:17 am

      YES – another hippie, raw food lover in the dead of winter. Glad to know I am not alone ;). Thank you for your sweet compliments on my recipe as well Nina! You are the best. Hope you are having a rejuvenating week while you wait for your camera to get repaired – xo

  • Reply Alana January 13, 2016 at 10:12 am

    INSPIRED. I used to eat overnight oats ALL the time. And I can’t remember for the life of me why I stopped. Your chocolate pear hazelnut overnight oats have convinced me that it’s time to start back up!! So sad to hear about your SAD + illness last year, but so glad to hear you’ve kept it at bay this year. Cheers to no SAD + staying healthy and happy this year. :D You’ve definitely added a little sunshine to my life!

    • Reply Faring Well January 13, 2016 at 10:49 pm

      You are the sweetest ray of sunshine Alana! So happy to have met you. Thank you tons for the recipe love friend! Wish I could trade you a jar for a few of your chunky monkey muffins ;).

  • Reply Carolyn January 14, 2016 at 6:27 am

    Hi Jessie!!! I WAS wondering if you can recommend a brand of hemp milk? The only ones I come across are heavily processed. Making my own seems too expensive also. Any suggestions? Thanks!

    • Reply Faring Well January 16, 2016 at 1:12 pm

      Hey Carolyn! Great question. Like most nut milks, its hard to find them pure at the store. I purchase the Living Harvest Original Hemp Milk, but the second I acquire a high speed blender I will be making it from scratch for sure! Its so so so easy. Hope this helped a bit!

  • Reply Angela - Patisserie Makes Perfect March 4, 2016 at 3:39 am

    This looks so good. I make a kind of smoothie every night and leave it in the fridge with oats and chia seeds inside to make it thick and filling for my breakfast.

    I will definitely have to add this to my collection as it looks so, so tasty.

    • Reply Faring Well March 4, 2016 at 6:46 am

      Thank you Angela! I do hope you make and love it too! <3

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