Friday, April 27, 2012

Overnight oats

I finally did it.  I finally set my alarm clock across the room so I physically have to get out of bed to shut it off.  For the past 3 weeks straight I've been rolling over and turning it off in my sleep and waking up 20 minutes later.  Whoops.  This little predicament was definitely not helping my breakfast situation.

So I took charge.  Alarm across the room.  And what do you know, it worked.  Yesterday I got up at 6, not 6:20.  I had time to do my hair, makeup, and eat breakfast.  Not in the car.

The last part is thanks to overnight oats.  There's lots of versions of these floating around the blogosphere, but this is my favorite.  I prefer my oats be chewy, with a little texture, not runny.  If you don't know what ON Oats are, you are in for a treat.  They are oats that you mix up the night before, put in the fridge, and eat cold the next morning.  There is no stove top or cooking involved.  

The secret behind this magic, chia seeds!  You could try to make these without the chia, but I don't think the texture will be the same.  The chia is the ingredient that breaks down the oats and creates a wonderfully creamy texture.  

If you're scared of cold oats, don't be.  Especially in the summer, cold oats are wonderful.  It's almost, almost, like eating ice cream.  

Overnight Oats

(makes 2 servings)

Ingredients - 
  • 1 c old fashioned oats
  • 1 container vanilla greek yogurt
  • 1 T chia seeds
  • 1/2 c milk (I used vanilla almond milk)
  • 1 t honey
  • pinch of cinnamon (optional)
Directions - 
-Mix everything up in bowl
-Cover with plastic wrap and place in fridge overnight
-In the morning, remove oats, stir in additional milk if desired
nice and chewy, just how I like it!
-Eat up!

I layered mine in a pretty little dish with sliced banana, peanut butter and cinnamon.  It was delicious.  I love that I can enjoy one of my favorite breakfasts on a weekday with pretty much no effort.

You could easily change up the flavor of this by using flavored greek yogurt, stirring in some cocoa powder, or adding different toppings.  

As much as I love eating toast in the car, this is much better.  After all, breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

Question of the day - 

Have you tried overnight oats?

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1 Comments:

At April 27, 2012 at 11:08 PM , OpenID thisthatandtheotherthang said...

Oh girl...I j'adore me some ON Oats! I made them for the first time a few weeks ago and fell in love at first bite! I've never tried almond milk before though so thanks for the suggestion :)

Fun fact that I just found out too: The chia seed is actually that same chia seed that you use to grow your Chia Pet's fuzzy hair haha (although the ones you eat are soaked and rehydrated). Who would have thunk?

 

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