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Bacon Wrapped Mochi

Bacon Wrapped Mochi

I feel like the words “bacon wrapped” alone should be enough to get you running into your kitchen, but these Bacon Wrapped Mochi are truly the perfect snack. Salty, sweet, and savory hit all the right notes; ready in minutes with just a handful of read more

Daigaku Imo

Daigaku Imo

Sometimes you just want something fried. And maybe a little sweet too while you’re at it. Enter Japanese candied potatoes, known as Daigaku Imo.  These are flash fried to crispy perfection, and glazed with a sweet and tangy sauce. Daigaku Imo translates to College Potatoes. read more

Overnight Oats

Overnight Oats

How many times have you heard, “breakfast is the most important meal of the day”?  Now….how often do you actually eat breakfast? Yeah, me too. It’s just a lot to expect a person to get up and do everything they have to do to get ready for the day, AND make something worth eating. But I have found that if I have something ready to grab and go in the fridge, that I can quickly load with fun and yummy toppings, I not only will eat breakfast but I will actually look forward to it. These Overnight Oats fit the bill. They are jam packed with healthy ingredients like oats and chia seeds that energize me throughout my busy day, with a flavor that has taken a delightful detour through the tropics.

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Coconut Milk Overnight Oats

I’ve tried various overnight oats recipes over the years, but found them a little bland and boring. Using coconut milk as the dairy base was a game changer! It transforms the oats and chia into a lush, pudding like consistency. Let’s face it, oats are a blank canvas and they need to be infused with flavor to prevent them from tasting like cardboard, and coconut milk does the trick!

measuring cup overnight oats

Then I let the mixture sit for a few minutes, and stir again. Otherwise all the chia seeds sink to the bottom, but if you wait a few minutes they start to thicken and when you stir them again they will more evenly disperse. The chia seeds are what help overnight oats set, so you want to make sure they are well mixed.

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Now they just need to be covered and put in the refrigerator overnight. And then the fun can begin!

Overnight Oats Toppings!

Coconut chips, bananas, and chopped dates are my favorite toppings for these. The chips add crunch, the bananas continue the tropical island party, and the dates are fun and chewy.  Overnight Oats are perfect for any nuts or fruits you want to add, but this combo is hard to beat. I’ve seen some recipes that add the toppings the night before, but I prefer to have fruit that’s freshly cut for the best flavor, color, and texture. I like to really lean in to my toppings and add a generous amount to each serving. Go big or go home, right?

chopping bananas

Add a layer of dates on top of the bananas:

Finally I add a generous pinch of coconut chips:

chips

Enjoy your Overnight Oats right away, while the bananas are still in pristine form. Try these and let me know what you think, I want to hear if these cured your breakfast blues too. Leave a comment here or tag us @funkyasiankitchen!

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For some more quick and healthy breakfast ideas, check out our Green Smoothie and Halo Halo!

 

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Overnight Oats

  • Author: Funky Asian Kitchen
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes (plus chilling time)
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: serves 6
  • Category: breakfast
  • Cuisine: Pan-Asian

Ingredients

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For the oats:

  • 1 can (13.5 ounces) coconut milk or coconut cream
  • 14 ounces water 
  • 2 Tablespoons maple syrup or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅛ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup rolled oats (not instant)
  • ½ cup chia seeds

For the topping:

  • 3 bananas
  • 12 dates
  • 1 cup crunchy coconut chips, nuts, or anything crunchy

Instructions

  1. Combine the coconut milk, water, maple syrup, vanilla, and salt in a container.
  2. Stir with a fork.
  3. While stirring, add the chia seeds and the oats.
  4. Let the mixture sit for a couple minutes and stir again.
  5. Pour the mixture into 6 containers (the containers should only be filled half way since you will need space for the toppings).
  6. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  7. Pit the dates and chop them into small pieces.
  8. Peel and chop the bananas.
  9. Top with the dates, bananas, and coconut chips.
  10. Serve your Overnight Oats immediately.

Notes

*I like to put the overnight oats into plastic lidded containers and store them in the fridge. Top them with fruit only when ready to eat to keep the banana from turning brown.

Keywords: breakfast, chia, oats, overnight oats, gluten free, fruit, bananas, make ahead, snacks

Banana Cake

Banana Cake

This recipe sits somewhere between cake and bread. If I need a quick dessert, it’s Banana Cake; lusciously light and tender and baked in a Bundt pan so it’s automatically festive. When I have a hankering for something a little sweet at breakfast however, it read more

Avocado Fries

Avocado Fries

Welcome to another episode of OMG Air Fryers Are So Fun! I’m super late to the party; would you believe I held off on getting one all through quarantine?! I have been putting it through its paces the last few months though. And these Avocado read more

Spicy Guacamole

Spicy Guacamole

One of my favorite things to do is to take a classic dish and add an unexpected twist. This Spicy Guacamole is an especially fun one. It looks like the regular dip we all love, but one bite and you know this is no ordinary guac. My Asian twist is a little spicy from fresh Thai chilis, zesty with the scallions and cilantro, and lime juice adds citrusy pop. But it’s the dollop of fish sauce that adds a surprising blast of umami. It’s just as easy and fast to make as regular guacamole, but it’s so much more exciting, so let’s get into it.

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Making Spicy Guacamole

Great guac starts with great avocados. We are in the middle of our avocado season here in Florida, and I have access to really great ones from my friends at LNB Grovestand. I love how many different varieties they grow. Usually the season starts in July and if we’re lucky and there’s a long season, we’ll still have them in January.

Although Florida avocados have a bad rep for being watery and less dense than Haas avocados, I would say that not all Florida avocados are the same; some of them are just as creamy and rich as the Haas varietal. At the same time, I would encourage you to embrace the good with the bad. Sure some of them are watery, but they also have a sweet vegetal flavor that’s just as enjoyable in its own way. Plus they’re much fresher than imported avocados, offer great value, and have not been affected by the scorching heat waves in Mexico. Pick up some Florida avocados people ;)

Florida avocados are huge, so if you have access to them you’ll only need one. If using the Hass varietal, you’ll need 2-3 depending on the size. Pick avocados that are heavy and firm, ripening them on your kitchen counter for a couple days. If you buy already soft avocados from the grocery store, you run the risk that some will be overly ripe and brown inside.

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scallions spicy guacamole

Now I just mix it really well and season to taste with salt and pepper. This takes less salt normally than traditional guacamole because the fish sauce is salty, plus I factor in the salt level of the chips I will be serving with it.

This spicy guacamole LOVES being served with my Yuzu Margaritas or as a starter for these Smoked Wings! Let us know in the comments what you serve it with, and tag us in your pics @funkyasiankitchen, we love seeing your creations.

 

 

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Spicy Guacamole

  • Author: Funky Asian Kitchen
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: serves 3-4 1x
  • Category: small plates
  • Cuisine: Pan-Asian

Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 Florida avocado or 2 large haas avocados
  • 3 scallions
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large or 1 ½ small lime
  • 1 Tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 or 2 fresh thai bird chiles, minced (optional) 
  • 1 handful cilantro, chopped
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste 

Instructions

  1. Wash and halve the avocado. Scoop the flesh out with a spoon and place in a medium bowl. Discard the seed and skin.
  2. Mash the avocado coarsely with a potato masher or a fork.
  3. Cut the lime in half and juice it over the avocados.
  4. Trim the scallions and chop fine. Add it to the bowl along with the minced garlic, fish sauce, thai bird chiles, cilantro, and ground black pepper.  
  5. Combine with a fork and then taste. Adjust with a little salt or ground pepper as needed.
  6. Cover with plastic wrap pressed directly onto the surface of the guacamole. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  7. Serve spicy guacamole with tortilla chips, rice crackers, or shrimp chips.

Keywords: avocado, guacamole, spicy, appetizers, party food, pan asian