What’s for Breakfast: Overnight Oats

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Oatmeal — you know, that mushy, bland, boring breakfast staple? The bowl of raw oats (also known as horse feed) that mom would cover with water and pop in the microwave? She’d pull the steaming bowl out of the microwave and add a spoonful of brown sugar on top, letting the one redeeming quality of oatmeal melt into the mush.

“Ouch, it’s hot!”

“Let it cool down first.”

“I don’t want it.”

“Oatmeal is good for you, eat it.”

“Mooooooom–”

“Eat your breakfast, Jimmy!”

Although annoying, mom was right. Mom is always right. (But why was she screaming at the top of her lungs at 7am? Where did all this hostile energy come from so early in the morning? Only over-stressed parents will have the answer to that.)  

Luckily, a well-balanced breakfast will keep Jimmy sustained throughout his morning and mom less #hangry. Oats alone are filled with fiber and whole grains — and, as the package of Quaker states, are good for your heart. And the best news? A nutritious bowl of oatmeal doesn’t have to taste nasty or burn the roof of Jimmy’s mouth.

Try a new recipe, swirl in some extras, and plop your bowl of prepared oats into a decorative bowl — make this breakfast an experience.  Because a healthy breakfast — one that you look dream about when your head hits the pillow the night before — will improve your day. It might even put a smile on your face at 7am, something you may never before have thought possible.

Here are 3 summery overnight oatmeal recipes to try out.

Maple Peach

Ingredients:

Toppings: Dash cinnamon, 1 tsp crushed walnuts

Method:

  1. Grab a mason jar or tuppaware & dump in all ingredients
  2. Give it a good stir or shake & place in fridge overnight
  3. The next morning, add toppings and dig in!

Cherry Garcia

Ingredients:

  • ⅓ cup oats, gluten-free if needed
  • ¾ cup dairy-free milk (my favorite is Silk cashew milk)
  • ½ cup halved dark cherries, fresh or frozen
  • 1 TBSP agave nectar
  • 1 TBSP cocoa powder
  • 1 TBSP chia seeds
  • ¼ tsp himalayan salt
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract

Toppings: 1 tsp vegan chocolate chips & 2 TBSP dairy-free yogurt

Method:

  1. Grab a mason jar or tuppaware & dump in all ingredients
  2. Give it a good stir or shake & place in fridge overnight
  3. The next morning, add toppings and dig in!

Banana Nut

Ingredients:

Toppings: Handful chopped almonds (or other nut of choice) & 1 tsp maple syrup

Method:

  1. Grab a mason jar or tuppaware & dump in all ingredients
  2. Give it a good stir or shake & place in fridge overnight
  3. The next morning, add toppings and dig in!

If you like these recipes, let me know in the comments! I’d be happy to do a part 2 with more flavors.

Until next time!

Gigi Nally
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