Lentil PB Fudge Overnight Oats [Guest Post]

[The following post and recipe was submitted by reader Helen.]

Oatmeal is the only thing which gets me out of bed in the morning. In the cold winter months, (we have 12 here in Scotland), a big bowl of porridge is the perfect antidote to the dreary weather outside. My only issue with oatmeal is that despite keeping me feeling full for much longer than cereal, I normally still get hungry around 11am unless I bulk it up with something. Normally I use sweet potato, as it thickens up overnight oats and for chocolatey porridges makes them taste rich and fudgy. However, recently I have including a new addition… Lentils!

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Like sweet potatoes, the lentils make your overnight oats thick and fudgy. They are also massively sustaining, containing three times the fibre and six times the protein of sweet potatoes! The best thing about the lentils is that they completely blend in with the other ingredients in the oatmeal in same way that the sweet potatoes do. You’d never know they were there!

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For reasons of laziness I normally boil a big batch at the start of the week, and then just scoop out what I need. The ratio I use is one cup of dry red lentils to three cups water, which lasts for a week or so in the fridge. The lentils are boiled for 20 minutes, until they form a thick paste. Some lentils may not have fully disintegrated, in which case you can grab a potato masher or blender to smooth the mixture out.

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The following recipe is a variation on Lauren’s Sweet Potato Fudge Oatmeal, but lentils could be used in place of the vegetable components of any other recipes!

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Lentil PB Fudge Overnight Oats [Guest Post]

Yield: serves 1

What you'll need:

  • 1/2 cup water or milk
  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup boiled red lentils
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp sugar or sweetener (I have a sweet tooth, so adjust to taste!)
  • 1 tsp peanut butter
  • For topping:
  • 2 tbsp greek yoghurt
  • Cocoa powder (optional)

How to make it:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Leave to thicken overnight.
  2. In the morning, top oatmeal with yogurt and sprinkle cocoa powder on top.

Just an FYI:

As a thickening agent, lentils work best in overnight oatmeal. The consistency becomes thinner when they are heated.


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About Lauren Smith

Lauren is a herbivore, Slytherin, and connoisseur of oats. She is a former teacher who is currently studying to earn a master's degree in curriculum development. You can follow her on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.

8 Responses to Lentil PB Fudge Overnight Oats [Guest Post]

  1. Cassie says:

    WTF?! Lentils in oats!! Well, this has probably got to be one of the most genius oatmeal ideas I’ve ever heard! This is a perfect vegan way for me to add protein into my oatmeal–I’m trying a plant-based diet over the summer and really needed this idea!! Thank you so much 🙂

  2. Kristin says:

    I happened to have some left over red lentils in my pantry from a recipe and wasn’t sure what to do with them, so I was excited to try this. For all of the doubters out there, it’s good! You would have to like chocolate (who doesn’t? Crazy people. ) because it tastes very fudgey even without the added sugar. I felt full for hours later!

  3. Lisa says:

    I’ve made this recipe the last two days and it’s really good! I’m a vegetarian and can’t eat soy as protein anymore. This is a great way to add more protein into my diet.

  4. Jas says:

    do you think this (and your other overnight oats recipes ) would work with rolled oats?

  5. Catherine says:

    Just made this for breakfast with water, rolled oats, brown lentils (pre-steamed from Troader Joe’s), cocoa, cinnamon, honey, and extra peanut butter. I’m so surprised at how well the texture of the lentils and oats work together! But, even with the honey, it came out a little more bitter than I would want (too much cocoa?) and even a little salty (probably because the lentils were packaged). Would make again with some adjustments!

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