I am a chronic snooze button pusher…like at least 4 times. I am one of those people who like to sleep until the last possible second. Due to my snooze button, I am usually cutting it close to getting out the door on time. This usually limits my time to have breakfast to nothing. I know, not good. Thank goodness for Overnight Oatmeal: Mixed Berry Oatmeal, Carrot Cake Oatmeal, and Chocolate Coconut Almond. These recipes changed my morning routine for the better. Now, I don’t have to sacrifice having a healthy breakfast whenever I get a few extra minutes in bed. This is one of my simplest recipes with the shortest prep time. The best part is no cooking required. It’s a win win!
Overnight Oatmeal Recipe
You will need:
2/3 cup rolled oats
1/3 cup plain greek yogurt
3 Tbsp. honey
1 ½ Tbsp. ground flax meal (optional)
½ tsp. vanilla extract
1/8 tsp. salt
¾ cup of milk (dairy, soy, or almond)
Stir all ingredients together in a medium sized mixing bowl. Divide among two 5 oz. canning jars with a tight lid. Refrigerate overnight and enjoy the next day. Oatmeal can be refrigerated up to 3 days.
Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Needs Overnight Chilling
Fills 2 Jars.
¼ cup sliced strawberries
¾ cup mixed blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries.
Mix all fruit in a separate small mixing bowl and set aside. Prepare Overnight Oatmeal Recipe above. Stir in ½ cup of mixed fruit into oatmeal mixture. Divide among two 5 oz. canning jars with a tight lid. Refrigerate oatmeal and remaining fruit in mixing bowl overnight. Top with remaining fruit before eating.
1 tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. cloves
½ tsp. nutmeg
½ cup of 1 inch carrot ribbons (To create ribbons: peal outer layer of carrot with vegetable peeler, then chop to 1 inch length)
½ cup dried cherries or raisins
½ cup granola
Prepare Overnight Oatmeal Recipe above and add first 5 ingredients. Divide among two 5 oz. canning jars with a tight lid and refrigerate overnight. Top with dried cherries and granola before eating.
Chocolate Coconut Almond
¼ cup of cocoa powder
1/2 cup of unsweetened coconut
¼ cup of crushed almonds
Prepare Overnight Oatmeal Recipe above reducing oatmeal to ½ cup. Add all ingredients. Divide among two 5 oz. canning jars with a tight lid and refrigerate overnight. Top with additional coconut and almonds if desired before eating.
Honestly, sometimes when I cross the smallest task off my list, even if it’s changing a light bulb, I feel like I just won a Nobel Peace Prize. I even have speech I say in my head. “I’d like to thank all the people who got me here and allowed me to light up this room.” Super corny, I know, but at least it is one thing off this list and one thing no one else has to worry about. Like I said, “It’s the little things that count,” and what better time to start than first thing in the morning with breakfast. Enjoy this recipe, friends.