Overnight Oats


In the past, my go to breakfast has always been a bowl of cereal.  Mornings are rushed with getting the boys to two different schools on time.  Cereal for breakfast is fast to prepare and requires minimal work, but many cereals have a lot of sugar in them making them not the best choice for breakfast.  When I started the 6 Week Fitnest Challenge by Zehra Alibhai a couple of years ago, I changed some of my eating habits.  That's when I started eating Overnight Oats.  I have been trying different recipes and finally settled on one that I really like.  Preparing a few jars ahead of time, makes it easy to make a healthy choice for breakfast.  I still haven't gotten my boys onto the Overnight Oats yet.  Also, if my husband needs to grab a quick breakfast, there is something prepared for him to eat.  I originally didn't add the chia seeds and one day I thought to toss some in and see how it turned out.  I loved the result, the oats were thick and it gave a nice creaminess to the oats.  You can have these with our without the chia seeds.

On a side note, the backdrop I used in the picture is the one I made for the Sweetographer Backdrop Challenge.  I had some struggles due to my spackle being old and dry but I like how it turned out.  Now that I've learned the technique, I will definitely be making more!  If you are looking to up your food photography, definitely checkout Sadra's Instagram account!

Overnight Oats

Makes 4 1-cup servings

1 banana, sliced
1 cup large flake oats/rolled oats
1 cup almond milk
1 cup greek yogurt
2 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp chia seeds (optional)

I make this in four 250 ml mason jars.  I like to use the wide mouth jars to make it easier to eat.

In each jar, put an equal portion of the sliced banana.

In a bowl combine all the remaining ingredients.  If you would like a thick oatmeal, add the chia seeds.  I find adding the chia seeds also gives it a more creamy texture.

Evenly spoon over the four jars with the bananas. If you like, you could top with fruits of your choice.  I like to top with blueberries and strawberries.  Put the lid on and leave in the refrigerator overnight.

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