As much as I love to cook, there is one meal hubby and I have never quite gotten the hang of–breakfast. For years, we skipped breakfast more often than we ate it, but in recent years we try hard to start our day with a decent breakfast.
Enter overnight oats. The base is easy–a half cup of each oats and milk or yogurt (non-dairy is fine, if you prefer). I usually add a tablespoon of flax-seed as well, just because it adds a little staying power. Mix everything together.
From there, add whatever toppings you want. Hubby loves peanut butter, strawberries, and a bit of jelly. I am a big fan of cooking some diced apples and cinnamon with a little honey for a few minutes and throwing them in with some walnuts.
As I kid, my favorite flavored oatmeal was Raisin, Date, and Walnut, and that translates well to overnight oats, too. Just top with a tablespoon of each. If you like it a little sweeter, a little brown sugar would be good, but I find it is pretty sweet without it.
Once your toppings are in, refrigerate overnight and breakfast is waiting for you in the morning. What something warm? Take off the lid (making sure to remove the metal ring as well), and put the glass jar in the microwave for 1 minute, making sure to keep an eye on it so it doesn’t overflow (not that I have ever done that). 😉
This recipe is for one jar, but I usually make 4-6 at a time. Sometimes, I make them all the same; sometimes I mix up the toppings for a little variety through the week. Either way, it is easy to set up a little assembly line of oatmeal jars. Yum!
Raisin, Date, and Pecan Overnight Oats
|1/2 cup||Rolled Oats|
|1/2 cup||Milk (I like 1-2 %, but almond milk works nicely, too)|
|1 Tbsp.||Ground Flax Seed|
|1 Tbsp.||Chopped Dates|
|1 Tbsp.||Chopped Pecans|
- Add Milk, Oats and Flax Seed to pint-sized canning jar. Stir well.
- Top with Raisins, Dates, and Pecans.
- Put lid on the jar and place in the jar in the refrigertor over night or for up to 3 days.
- Can be served cold, or put in the microwave for 1 minute (without metal lid or ring). If you prefer, add a splash of extra milk to make it even creamier.
Hubby likes this one cold, but I prefer to warm it up just a bit. Either way, it is great for a and early morning or any day you just don’t have time to make a fresh breakfast.
Are you an oatmeal fan? Have you tried overnight oats? If so, do you have a favorite flavor? Do you prefer them warm or cold?