I have a confession to make. For the last couple of months I have been skipping breakfast (eeek!). I know, I KNOW! I am typically the first person in a group to pull out the tired, but painfully true, fact that breakfast is THE most important meal of the day. I then will jump into a dialogue about how optimal brain function is actually impacted by proper nutrition.. blah.. blah… it is all true, and I have been feeling my energy levels slacking throughout the day.
When trying to problem solve, I decided to pull out my tried and true recipe for overnight oats. I can prep them ahead of time, throw a jar and a spoon in my work bag, and I’m off to work. Simple, easy, delicious, and somewhat health….ier than a bagel or a pastry, breakfast option. And definitely better than not eating anything at all. Having now collected eight, 8 oz jam jars I now am able to batch these little guys all at once for the week ahead. The recipe shared below is just for one serving, or one cutie little 8 oz jam jar.
What you’ll need:
- 1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats
- 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (I have made these with 1% cow’s milk before and they turn out a little less hearty and a little more wet.)
- 1/2 teaspoon chia seeds
- A few dashes of cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup (or your preferred natural sweetener)
- 1 scoop of your favorite nut butter (Joey prefers peanut butter, I prefer almond butter)
- 1/8 cup blueberries
- 2 strawberries, sliced
- 1 eight oz mason jar
How you do it:
First you will scoop your 1/2 cup of old fashioned rolled outs into the glass jar. Next, add 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk. After that (in no particular order) comes the 1/2 teaspoon of chia seeds, dash of cinnamon, and teaspoon of maple syrup. Stir to combine all ingredients until nicely mixed together. After this, add your nut butter. Stir again to combine (this will allow you to avoid one big cold blog of peanut or almond butter in the center of the oats). Last step, add your fruit.
Let these cuties chill overnight in the fridge and they will be ready to go the next morning. Enjoy!