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Overnight Oats: A Sweet Treat in the Morning

I eat breakfast at my desk.  It has become a treasured routine.  I slowly settle into my morning with a large glass of water and a cup of coffee.  After a few emails and a quick meeting with my supervisor, I retreat to my office and construct what I believe to be the perfect breakfast.  A few large scoops of nonfat Greek yogurt (Fage is my favorite, always plain), a dollop of honey, and a hefty portion of homemade granola (my recipe).

But habits can be boring.  In the interest of shaking things up, I decided to test out a ubiquitous Pinterest go-to: overnight oats.  I even used a Mason jar. Hipsters beware. Here is my version, take it or leave it.

Note: this morning I did, in fact, shake up my routine.  I was so excited to taste them that I plopped my things down at the office and went straight for the oats! And now, five minutes later, I am staring contentedly at an empty breakfast jar and an inbox of unread emails.

Overnight Oats with Dark Chocolate and Mango

Ingredients:

1/3 cup rolled oats

1 cup almond milk (I like Original Blue Diamond Almond Breeze or Trader Joe’s Original Almondmilk)

1/2 teaspoon of Chia seeds*

1/2 sliced banana

Handful of chopped almonds

1 strip of sliced dried mango (I am addicted to Trader Joe’s Just Mango)

Semi-sweet chocolate chunks

A pinch of brown sugar and cinnamon (optional–I am excluding the brown sugar next time because of the sweetness)

*I added Chia seeds for the nutritional value.  You can easily swap with a spoonful of flax seed meal, or simply leave out altogether.

Oat ingreds

Directions:

Add all ingredients into a container (Tupperware or Mason jar), close tightly, and shake. Place in refrigerator overnight and enjoy in the morning. I prefer mine chilled but you can easily warm the oats for a few seconds in a microwave. 

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*The ratio of oats to milk is 1:2, but I like mine a bit smoother so I upped the amount of liquid. When using frozen blueberries, use exactly 1:2 oatmeal to milk (the ice from the blueberries adds to the liquid).

 

VARIATIONS:

oats+almond milk+1/2 tablespoon of cocoa powder+1 tablespoon of peanut butter+1/2 tablespoon of honey

oats+almond milk+10-12 frozen blueberries+pinch of cinnamon+1/2 tablespoon of brown sugar

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