Mornings are such a struggle for us. Are they for you? I always like to start my day with a decent breakfast but that can be tough when I’m trying to get myself and our three year old out the door so I can drop him off at daycare and make it to work on time. Most mornings, except on the weekend, I’m eating breakfast while I drive into work. Needless to say, I’m looking for something quick and easy to transport and eat on the go. I would say most often my mornings consist of a variation of toast, but some days it’s just easier to grab a muffin. Not so great when you are trying to be healthy, and not get hungry an hour later. As much as I love and adore toast in all varieties, I do like to change it up. So I did, and I tried overnight oats. I will be honest, my first attempt was not great. I tried a banana bread overnight oats, which sounded great, but tasted too much like yogurt. I’ve tried a few variations since, and have been very pleased. What I particularly love is that you can just grab it and go, because eating it cold is perfectly acceptable and delicious. Or, you can heat it a bit, if you prefer to have it a warmer. I generally make mine on the more basic end of the scale, to start, so I can jazz it up with some mix-ins. Yes, I just said jazz it up. But let’s move onto the mix-ins. So many options. You can load it with nut butter, dried fruit, chocolate chips if you need a morning dose of chocolate, seeds, spices. For this particular recipe, I only slightly adapted a recipe I found on Hip Foodie Mom. By the way, this site is awesome. So many yummy and healthy recipes can be found here. But if you are looking to change up your breakfast routine, definitely give overnight oats a shot. It’s healthy and very minimal prep.
- Add ingredients to a mason jar and shake up to combine. Let sit in your refrigerator overnight. In the morning, place in a bow and add on your favorite mix-ins. For this I used sliced banana, a spoonful of almond butter and some crushed honey almond chex cereal.