If you know me well, you probably know how much I love oatmeal. It pains Chris to hear me order oatmeal when we go out for breakfast, but hey – I know what I like! And oats, I sure like you. Here’s a peek into why & some of my favorites.
Steamy title, isn’t it? After a long run in the snowy cold, there’s nothing better than a hot shower followed by oatmeal and coffee. Mmmm I got cozier just thinking about it. I love that oatmeal is simple, easy to make, and easy to switch up. I also always feel like I’m off to a good, nutritious start to my day with some oats and fruit. Plus, most of my breakfasts end up being vegan, which is always a bonus for me.
I can’t use the word “recipes” because I don’t measure things and there’s zero cooking involved aside from actually cooking the oats (I sometimes slow cook steel-cut oats ahead of time, or I will use a microwave in a pinch). Please excuse my food photography and names — amateur hour over here.
Peanut Butter Raisin Time
- Peanut Butter
- Pumpkin seeds
- Apple crisp. Every fall I straight-up make healthy (low sugar and zero butter) apple crisp and put a dollop on my oatmeal every morning. It’s incredible.
- Extra cinnamon
- Pumpkin butter
- Banana slices
- Pumpkin seeds or chia seeds
Banana Apricot Almond (courtesy of Oat Shop Boston)
- Almond butter
- Apricot jam
- Banana slices
- Walnuts or chia seeds
- Frozen, fresh, or dried blueberries
- Banana slices
- Almond butter or almonds
- Fresh or frozen raspberries
You know that feeling when you walk into the middle of a conversation and you’re not quite sure what everyone is talking about? Those times where you laugh along, throw out lots of “totally”s and pretend you’re in the know? Well, that’s how I feel about overnight oats. How did I just discover these last summer?! Where have you BEEN all my life?
The basic premise is that you can refrigerate oats overnight with any combination of ingredients and as long as there’s something liquidy for the oats to absorb (water, milk, yogurt, cider, etc.), you’re going to wake up to a tasty breakfast.
As my schedule has picked up, I’ve gotten much more into meal planning. I realized that I was struggling with the gap between finishing a morning workout and actually eating breakfast at my desk. It’s pretty awful and not great recovery to work your butt off at 6:30am and then not eat anything until 9:30am. I also don’t handle my hanger very well, so I knew it was time to make breakfast easier. For me, and for those around me. 🙂
Enter: Overnight oats. Prep the night before, and then grab-and-go in the morning. Boom. This is especially great in the summer when steel-cut oats don’t exactly call to me post-run on a 95 degree day. Plus, I get to use my excess supply of mason jars to prep and that always makes me feel very Etsy-DIY-hipster-cool.
If You Like Pina Coladas
- Coconut milk
- Fresh or frozen mango
- Fresh or frozen pineapple
- Plain Greek Yogurt
- Frozen berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries)
Sweet Banana Nut (did that name make you uncomfortable too?)
- Peanut butter
Carrot Cake (courtesy of Lighter)
Non-dairy milk of choice
Fun fact: I was way too excited the first time I got out my mason jars and prepped two mornings worth of overnight oats. Chris found it all pretty funny. On the first morning that I went to grab a jar after a run, he said:
“So, how are the second-day oats?!”
I almost spit them out because “second-day oats” sounded so gross, but I didn’t because they were so delicious. In his defense, that’s a pretty accurate alternative name.
If you have more recipes you love, please share!