Good Morning my dear readers…..
Yes, I’m trying to save you a little time as the Christmas Holiday draws near. Everyone is so busy especially if they are working a full time job and trying to care for family and get ready for the upcoming Holidays.
So, I’ve got your back…always thinking of ways to help during this busy season. 😉
So I got to thinking of ways to save time and still eat healthy. I am thinking of my beautiful, third grand daughter….she works all day and then runs home to help care for her fiance’s two little ones. This is a perfect solution for her busy mornings.
Perhaps you have heard of this method that I am about to explain. I actually didn’t hear about overnight oatmeal until early last year….almost a year ago, and when I first tried it, I thought it was the best thing since sliced bread.
I am sure you are wondering what I am jabbering about and even though I was reluctant to share at first…I decided to go for the gusto.
You see the hesitation is because number 1….not every one likes oatmeal. (Namely, Only daughter)
That is right, but I happen to like it and this “recipe”…if you want to call it a recipe, is so easy that anyone can make it.
So number 2….for those who do like oatmeal, they don’t necessarily like it cold.
Ok, now we are getting to the nitty gritty.
This is an overnight oatmeal recipe! Yes, you make it cold and eat it cold and you mix it together the night before, stick it in the fridge and the next morning as you are rushing off to work or to run errands….you have oatmeal! Albeit cold oatmeal.
The really cool thing about this overnight oatmeal is you can make it with anything you desire and any kind of milk or yogurt or coconut milk or even water!
AND…any fruit or honey or peanut butter or …well, you get the picture…the sky is the limit. The only requirement is rolled oats and liquid. I don’t particularly like too much sweetness in my oatmeal….usually the fruit is enough, but one can add the honey or maple syrup. You can use frozen or fresh berries….See, how simple is that?
The recipe calls for 1 part rolled oats (not instant oatmeal cuz that gets mushy) and 1 part liquid of your choice. You can use a container of your choice….a bowl, glass or even a Mason jar (pint sized for portion control) …slap a lid or foil on it (or as I sometimes do, sit it in a baggie) and put it in the fridge.
The next morning…eat it. However, if you prefer a little crunch to your oatmeal….when you remove it from the fridge, give it a quick stir, add a little more liquid if you want it to be not so thick and add sliced almonds or pecans or any seeds of your choice. Sunflower seeds? Yep! Go for it!
AND, you can heat in the microwave if you think you have to have it warmed up a bit, but I have found I love it cold.
AND, there are those nutritionists who claim that this method of eating oatmeal will aid in losing a few of those unwanted pounds. OK, I am all in on that one! 😉
My breakfast tomorrow will be overnight oatmeal with frozen blueberries and cranberries and almond slivers. I will use the rolled oats, a few berries, and my liquid will be almond milk and tomorrow, I will add a few sliced almonds.
Have you tried Overnight Oatmeal yet?
Blessings and Hugs….8 more days until Christmas!
- ½ cup rolled oats
- ½ coconut milk, plus a little extra
- 1/4 cup frozen blueberries
- 1/4 cup frozen sugared cranberries
- 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup or honey (optional)
- 1 tablespoon sliced almonds
- Place rolled oats, almond milk, blueberries, cranberries and maple syrup or honey in a pint size mason jar or a container of your choice.
- Stir until everything is mixed together and oats are covered in liquid.
- Place a top on or foil or a plastic bag and store in the refrigerator overnight, (or at least 5 hours)
- In the morning, stir in extra almond milk to loosen up the oats and to get the consistency you desire
- Stir in sliced almonds and enjoy
- For this particular recipe, I had made sugared cranberries a few days before and I just plopped a few of these sugared soft cranberries in with my blueberries. You can use bananas, mango or any fruit you desire.