an empty nut butter jar. Seriously. I kid you not.
Or more precisely, an almost empty nut butter jar. Because then you have a reason to make overnight oats. Which, by the way, is a win-win-win.
Breakfast is made the night before. Therefore, with your “extra” time, you can A. Sleep later the next morning. Or B. Curl your hair. Or C. Leisurely eat your breakfast while reading your favorite blog. I have done all three (not all on the same morning, mind you), and there is not a bad choice.
No dishes. Once you eat, rinse out the jar and toss in the recycling. You probably should wash your spoon, though. Just sayin’.
Overnight oats are so good. And so good for you. And so versatile. You can dress them up however you would like! There are some sure fire combos that I highly recommend. Peanut butter pairs well with banana, cacao, and chocolate. Almond butter, on the other hand, I prefer to pair with blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and cinnamon. I love an empty cashew butter jar. Everything goes well with cashew butter. And sun butter? Sun butter is especially tasty with more sun butter. Really.
Vegan Overnight Oats
1/2 c. old fashioned oats
1 T. chia seeds
1/2 banana chopped
1 c. almond milk
An “almost empty” nut butter jar
Put all ingredients in your “almost empty” nut butter jar. (Almost empty to me means about 2 T. of nut butter is still hiding in the jar.) Stir, scraping the nut butter into the mix. Place the jar in the refrigerator overnight. The next morning your breakfast is ready to eat! I always put mine in the microwave for a minute or two to take the chill off. Then, I add my toppings: fruit, nuts, coconut flakes, chocolate, cinnamon…the options are endless. If you are adding cacao powder or any other powder (matcha, maca, acai, etc.), add the night before…it’s easier to blend in.
And just in case you were wondering, you don’t need to have an empty nut butter jar. That’s just an excuse. I usually make my own nut butters. Simply put all ingredients into a container the night before, stick in the fridge, and add your nut butter of choice the next morning.
My kids love overnight oats! Whenever they are home, I find myself mixing up individual size servings for each of them quite frequently! I hope you are as enamored with them as we are!