Well, after eating vegan Twixes nonstop for the last week, I decided to eat some whole grains or something.
I don’t love eating oatmeal in the morning because all that warm, sticky, cement-like substance (on top of like a gallon of hot coffee) just makes me want to go back to sleep. It also gives me flashbacks to childhood morning rituals at the counter with my brother, sister and those stupid unsatisfying packets of instant oatmeal. What do they put in there, like a tablespoon of oats? Come on.
Oddly enough, my oatmeal aversion has less to do with the quantity and more to do with the temperature. I love cold oatmeal–fills me up without wanting to get back in bed, keeps me full until lunch (NOTHING else does this) and is easy sleazy enough to make and store in bulk so that I don’t have to wash dishes every morning.
Call it muesli, overnight oats, cold oats, whatever… the story is the same: oats, fruit and spices soaked in milk and served chilled. You can make them vegan by omitting Greek yogurt (or using a nondairy version). This standard base recipe makes three servings and can be stored in the fridge until you’re ready to devour it. You can add addition or different fruits, nuts, spices and other mix ins.
- 1 cup oats
- 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1 cup almond milk (or milk of choice)
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/2 cup frozen or fresh berries (I used blueberries)
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup or agave nectar
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds (optional)
- 2 tablespoons dried coconut flakes (optional)
- Mix all ingredients together (adding more milk as needed to reach desired consistency)
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator overnight
- Makes three servings
I like to top my oats with peanut butter, and since it’s Halloween week I’m lucky to have access to a slew of pumpkin seeds I roasted after carving so I’ve also been adding pumpkin spiced pumpkin seeds. Wrap your head around that.
I did some heavy “from batch” food prep work for the week on Sunday (including these oats) that has made my life so much easier this week. I’ve added a “Batch” tag to the blog so keep an eye out of other bulk recipes you can make once and eat throughout the week. The only other tag really worth your time is, of course, the Cats tag.