Get your day off to a good start with this antioxidant packed baobab oatmeal recipe. It so delicious you’d be forgiven for not believing it’s super simple and no fuss to make-just mix the 5 ingredients and leave it overnight.

Baobab powder is made from the fruit of the baobab tree, which is native to Africa. The fruit is hand picked and dehydrates naturally, after which the fruit is scooped out of the hard shell and ground into a fine powder. Most brands are totally raw, organic and natural I used Aduna)!

Check out the picture of some beautiful baobab trees I took on a family holiday in Madagascar in 2013.baobab trees healthyandpsyched

Reasons to eat baobab

Baobab seems to be a super food nutritional powerhouse. It’s reported to have

  • Six times as much vitamin C as oranges
  • Six times as much potassium as bananas
  • Twice as much calcium as dairy milk
  • More antioxidants than acai or goji berries
  • 50% fiber (although, you should be careful not to eat too much because it is a natural laxative thanks to this high fiber content)

My experience with baoab

The good

Last week I made a creamy bowl of overnight oats using baobab powder. Baobab is quite tart so I paired it with vanilla to soften it a little bit. It turned out really well and I ate this two days in a row (once for brekkie and once for a pre-bed snack)!  Recipe below.

The Bad

I first tried baobab about 4 years ago. The packet told me I could add it to cereal so that’s what I did. But it went all weird and fizzy when it mixed with my bran flakes, milk, Greek yogurt and berries. It wasn’t nice and it put me off using it again until last week!! I don’t recommend you try eating it this way.

overnight oats vanilla and baobab

Serves 1
2 of your 5-a-day

Vanilla & Baobab overnight oats recipe


  • 1/2 cup oats (I used a mix of sprouted oats and rolled oats).
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 tsp baobab powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla powder or vanilla extract
  • Toppings
    • 2 portions of your favourite fruits
      1/2 mango (=1), I used I kiwi (.5), 1/4 cup blueberries and pomegranate arils (.5)


  1. Mix all of the ingredients, cover the bowl with cling film and leave over night.
  2. In the morning add 2 portions of your favourite fruits. It’s as easy as that!

Did you know….

You can only count each type of fruit as ONE of your 5 a day. So 2 bananas doesn’t count as 2 portions. But you can make up a portion with more than one kind of fruit. So half a banana + 1/2 an apple would be a portion.

Have you tried baobab? What was your experience?

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