Good morning! I hope everyone had a lovely Memorial Day weekend.
I ended up spending a low key afternoon over at my parents’ house. It was unusually overcast yesterday until about noon so I was able to enjoy a pleasant morning outdoor run which was great because I know that those will be few and far between over the next several months.
I followed my run with a trip to Starbucks for some iced coffee.
Pretty great way to kick off the day if I do say so myself.
Since it was just my parents and I (plus dogs), we kept the festivities pretty light and just tossed some veggies, tempeh and mango on the grill (my mom and dad also had steak).
My cocktail of choice.
Last night when I got home I was already contemplating breakfast (this is pretty typical for me) when I spied a near-empty jar of TJ’s sunflower butter in the fridge.
I decided to turn it in to myfirst ever jar of overnight oats.
Long before I came on the blogging scene, overnight oats was a staple in many a healthy living blogger’s kitchen. To make a batch of overnight oats, you basically combine oats, liquid of choice (almond milk, regular milk, yogurt) and your preferred mix-ins and allow the whole thing to sit overnight which gives the oats a softened texture akin to cooked oatmeal without actually having to cook them.
I’ve seen tons of tutorials floating around the web over the past couple years ( Kath has an extensive recipe and photo repertoire ) and, while I’ve been curious to try, I’ve never been able to bite the bullet. For starters, I’m a little weird about textures and I thought the soft oats would kind of freak me out. I’m also pretty routine so it’s tough for me to stray from my standard oats preparation. Well, last night I finally got brave enough to give it a whirl.
Into my waning sunflower butter jar, I added the following:
- 1/2 c Bob’s Red Mill rolled oats
- 1/2 c almond milk
- 1 small spoonful (maybe 1/2 Tbsp?) plain greek yogurt
- 1/2 banana, sliced
- 1/2 packet stevia
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- drizzle of honey
I gave it a stir and then popped the jar back in the fridge overnight.
This morning I enjoyed my already-prepped breakfast straight from the jar along with a hot cup of coffee.
The verdict? They were pretty amazing. The texture wasn’t offensive at all and they were so creamy and delicious. I especially loved incorporating the sunflower butter from the bottom of the jar into every bite. I can definitely see overnight oats becoming a summer staple over here.
I’m off to see what I can make of the day. I slept pretty miserably last night but luckily I have today off so there aren’t too many must-do’s on my list.
Here’s wishing you a quick and painless Tuesday!
Question: Have you ever tried overnight oats? If so, what’s your favorite combo? Now, can somebody please tell me how other bloggers get their jars of overnight oats to look so voluminous and pretty? (I feel like in some pictures the oats are practically overflowing from the jar – how much are they putting in there?) Mine tasted great but looked pretty sad….