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Overnight Oats

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As the days get longer and temperatures get colder, all we want to do is hit snooze and stay in bed. Not to mention cooking a filling, hearty breakfast in the morning – that’s the last think I want to do as I crawl out of bed into the cold with my eyes still half shut. Lucky for you, I’ve found the perfect solution that’ll make you jump out of bed every winter morning.

Overnight oats. Quick, convenient, beyond delicious. All you have to do is mix the ingredients together the night before, stick it in the fridge, and you have breakfast made and ready for you when you wake up the next morning. It’s that simple. Even better, there are so many variations that you can play with to make your overnight oats just how you like them.

Basic Oats

This basic overnight oats recipe includes staple ingredients I always have in my pantry, so I never have a reason to not make this.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • ¼ cup chopped almonds
  • 2 tbsp sunflower seeds
  • 2 tbsp pumpkin seeds
  • 3 tbsp chopped dark chocholate
  • 1 tbsp shredded coconut
  • ½ tbsp chia seeds
  • liquid of choice

Make it: Mix all dry ingredients in your container of choice (I always use mason jars), and add enough liquid to cover the top of the contents of the container. I usually use soy milk for this one, but you can use any liquid from milk and nut milk to water and juice. Refrigerate overnight and enjoy!

Fall Fest Oats

This one is great on autumn mornings, as the air gets cooler.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • ¼ cup chopped almonds
  • 2 tbsp sunflower seeds
  • 2 tbsp pumpkin seeds
  • ½ tbsp chia seeds
  • ½ apple, chopped
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • liquid of choice

Make it: Mix all dry ingredients, including the apple bits in your container and fill with whatever liquid you choose. Apple cider makes these oats encompass the full essence of autumn, but if that’s too much flavor for your liking, soy milk and almond milk work great too. Refrigerate overnight and enjoy!

Acai Bowl Oats

Summer in a jar – sweet, fruity, and always a classic.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • ¼ cup chopped almonds
  • 2 tbsp sunflower seeds
  • 3 tbsp chopped dark chocholate
  • 1 tbsp shredded coconut
  • ½ tbsp chia seeds
  • acai juice
  • 1/3 cup blueberries
  • ½ sliced banana

Make it: Mix all dry ingredients in your container, add in the blueberries and banana, and acai juice. Soy milk and almond milk are, again, perfect substitutions if you don’t always have acai juice on hand, like me. Refrigerate overnight and enjoy!

To prep this meal even more than it already is, I layer the dry ingredients in four or five jars in the beginning of the week. Not only does this make a nice kitchen counter decoration, but it minimizes prepping on weeknights. Each night of the week, just pop open the container, add the cold ingredients (liquid, fruit, etc.), stir, and put it in the fridge. Literally takes less than a minute. Your perfect morning routine in a jar, for all those who are guilty of hitting the snooze one time too many.

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