I'm just a busy wife and mom who loves to cook (and hates to clean up afterward), balancing the many hats I wear and trying to look cool, calm, and collected while doing it...

Oh, and I rarely measure anything when I cook, so consider yourself warned. Love good food. Try new things. Eat to your heart's content.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Overnight Oatmeal!

Mornings always come too soon in our house. Especially during the school year.

I always make sure my kids eat, but I don't always eat myself, and therefore become grumpy and easily irritated.

I'm like a walking Snickers commercial when I don't eat a good breakfast.

This make-ahead oatmeal is yummy and filling, and with the added fruit and yogurt, it's pretty darn healthy too! And it's ready pretty much as soon as you get up!

I like it cold, but it would be good heated as well. And really, the toppings are endless...
Peanut (or Sun, or almond, or cashew... or COOKIE) butter and jelly, Nutella, dried fruit, fresh fruit, chocolate chips, nuts, wheat germ or ground flax seed... do with it as you please!

Overnight Refrigerator Oatmeal

3/4 C. Old Fashioned Oats (not quick oats... they'll get too mushy)

1 Tbsp Agave Syrup (or Real Maple Syrup, or 2 Tbsp. Brown Sugar... or no sweetener if you aren't a fan of sweets. Whatevs.)

3/4 C. Milk (I use nonfat, but sub any kind you use, or water even, but milk makes it more rich and creamy)

A Sprinkle of Cinnamon (Optional)

After the oatmeal is ready...
1/2 C. Yogurt of your choice (optional)
Toppings of your choice. I used fresh mango, raspberries and blackberries.

In a container with a lid, combine the oats and the agave. Pour the milk over it so the oats are covered. Cover with the lid, and put in the fridge.

Go to bed. Sleep.

Get up.

In the morning, take it out.

(*If you want it hot, heat it now, before you put toppings on it. You know your microwave better than I do, so you can decide how long you need to heat it, but my guess is about a minute.)

Top with the yogurt, and whatever other toppings you like.




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