By Claire Gallo
“Mixed Berry Oatmeal, Carrot Cake Oatmeal, and Chocolate Coconut Almond. They were all made using the same recipe and they all came out delicious.”
It’s the little things in life. I love that a “little thing” could be anything. It could be crossing a task off the to-do list, taking a midday stroll, or having a homemade delicious breakfast. One of my “little things” is to prep a meal the night before. I like to make sure I have a meal in the fridge ready to go, even better if its breakfast. Why is it better if its breakfast? “Hi, my name is Claire and 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. This recipe has 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!
“Flax Meal is packed with protein and offers an extra texture and health boost to the oatmeal.”
Before we get into the recipe, I need to share a couple things about oatmeal. Oatmeal comes in all different types and cuts. I found with this dish, Rolled oats work the best. They retain their shape and texture while absorbing the most liquid. Now, let’s talk liquid. For this recipe you want to have at least double the amount of wet ingredients to dry ingredients. For wet ingredients, I use a combination of milk and yogurt. Any type of milk (dairy, soy, or almond) will do. You can also add more milk to give your oatmeal a more “soupy” consistency. One optional ingredient that I like to add is ground flax meal. You can find this in the baking aisle or in the bulk food section of the grocery store. Flax Meal is packed with protein and offers an extra texture and health boost to the oatmeal. Also, you will notice that I use glass 5oz glass canning jars. One batch of oatmeal will adequately fill 2 jars and I feel like glass refrigerates better than traditional plastic ware. With a tight fighting lid, they are easy to grab and toss in your bag. Lastly, the toppings to these breakfast bombshells are endless. You can add fresh fruit for extra sweetness or granola/nuts for an extra crunch. I have made 3 different combinations; Mixed Berry Oatmeal, Carrot Cake Oatmeal, and Chocolate Coconut Almond. They were all made using the same recipe and they all came out delicious.
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.
Overnight Oatmeal Variations
Mixed Berry Oatmeal
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
Carrot Cake Oatmeal
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 Oatmeal
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.
“The moral of this article is not to just leave you with a delicious healthy breakfast but to remind you to stop and celebrate life’s little victories.”
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.
“It’s the little things in life.” That is one of my favorite sayings. I like to think that whoever thought of that saying took each day one step at time. They took a moment to acknowledge life’s little victories. Maybe they tried to do a bunch of little things each day or even just one thing. But at the end of the day they all added up and they had sense of accomplishment and purpose.