Food, Home Chef

Overnight Oats

Like any good breakfast recipe post, I’ll start with the classic “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day” speech. Reality…I maybe have a grand total of 5 minutes to “prepare” something for breakfast in the morning after the hitting snooze a couple times, walking the dog, shower, hair, makeup, get dressed routine is complete. That five minutes is almost always going to be dedicated to coffee of some sort which leaves little to no room for breakfast food preparation. That comes in the form of something from Starbucks or Cherry Pop tarts. In an effort to have a little less Cherry pop tart in my life, I’ve tried various methods of night-before breakfast meal prep. Enter the Overnight Oats.

After hearing the boy sing the praise of the Overnight Oats and the ease with which they are thrown together, I figured I’d revisit the Pinterest boards to see just how easy this thing was. The boy was right. It’s ridiculously easy. Also…really yummy. You just grab some oats, fruits, yogurt of choice, milk if you want, and whatever else you wanna throw into the mason jars you  bought to drink smoothies that you never actually make out of. The base of the breakfast is simple: Oats, Yogurt, Milk, Chia Seeds. The rest is up to you. Here’s an idea of my go-to jars of early morning yumminess.

1/4 cup Old Fashioned Oats (not the quick five minute kind)
1/3 cup greek yogurt of your choosing
1/3 cup milk of your choosing
1 tbsp chia seeds of your choosing
*Little note…I didn’t think chia seeds were all that necessary so I omitted them, which is why you won’t see them in the pics in this post. But one day I figured what the hell and tossed them in and the texture the seeds added was a game-changer. Pretty sure there’s some health benefits to the seeds, but for the texture alone, just go with it.*

Strawberry Banana: Chop up a handful of strawberries and half a banana. Toss them in and call it done.

Chocolate Covered Strawberry: Handful of strawberries, chopped, and a handful of mini chocolate chips

Chocolate, Peanut Butter, Banana: Generous tbsp of peanut butter (or nut butter of your choice), half a banana, handful of mini chocolate chips.
*PB2 is optional*

Mixed Berries: Handful of strawberries, chopped, handful of blueberries

Seal up the jars and give them a good shake to mix everything up. Pop them in the fridge and the next morning, you can grab one on the way out the door.

 Check back on Sunday for the first of the Christmas Cookie posts for this year!