Overnight Oats

Story by Alyssa
Overnight Oats
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I think brunch is one of those universal things that everyone can agree on. It’s always a good idea. There’s just something about breakfast food done right that cannot be beat. Extra thick and perfectly crisp bacon, fluffy omelettes filled with herbs and gooey cheeses, and of course pancakes. Oh, and waffles. Where would brunch be without waffles? As much as I love schlepping my crew of five into the city to some of Portland’s amazing brunch spots, I’ve come to enjoy throwing down my own brunch at home come the weekend. I love whipping up something delicious on Saturday or Sunday (or both!) and having a leisurely meal with my family at home. There’s always something sweet and something savory, because you know...balance.


The flavor possibilities are endless...

Overnight Oats

But, as much as I enjoy preparing elaborate breakfasts for my family, come Monday morning a switch is flipped. I want, no, I NEED to eek out every last minute of sleep that I possibly can, because I just know it’s going to be a long day.

With the new school year just days away, I realize I’m going to have to start “momming” again and letting my kids scavenge for crackers while watching cartoons for the first 90 minutes of their day while I enjoy just a little bit of solitude in bed alone is all about to end. The school year means routine. It means everyone has to be out of the house by 8:30 at the latest. That’s five people fed, brushed, and dressed all within the span of about an hour (because early risers we are not). The absolute last thing I want to do is set my alarm for 30 minutes earlier so I can prep and prepare breakfast, and then try to get my kids to choke it down as fast as possible. No thank you.

Overnight Oats

It didn’t take me long to realize that life with kids (or a job, or really just life in general) is about a million times easier to tackle with just the smallest amount of preparation and forethought. If I laid out our clothes the night before, I saved about 15 minutes the next morning (no more searching for that missing shoe), if I packed everyone’s lunches ahead of time, there’s another 10 minutes, BUT if I prepared breakfast ahead of time I found it provided the biggest payout and I was rewarded with the kind of easy mornings I had previously only dreamed of. Enter these overnight oats. They’re as simple as can be. Hearty, satisfying, flavorful, and healthy. The flavor possibilities are endless, but I love the combo of peaches and cream and blackberries with coconut. By taking five minutes right before I go to bed to assemble and mix the ingredients, then seal and let it sit for the night, my whole family wakes up to a breakfast they are looking forward to and I save myself some serious stress in the process. I can’t think of anything better.

Brunch? Absolutely! Bacon, eggs, pancakes...yes, you’re speaking my love language. Spending more than five minutes on breakfast mid-week? No thank you. I’ll stick with my overnight oats.

Overnight Oats

Serves 1

Peaches and Cream

3/4 cup rolled oats
1 cup coconut milk
1 tbsp vanilla protein powder
1/2 cup fresh peaches cubed, plus extra for topping
pinch of salt

Creamy Coconut Berry

3/4 cup oats
3/4 cup coconut milk
1/4 cup shredded coconut
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp berry jam
pinch of sea salt
1/4 cup fresh berries for topping

Method

Simply combine all ingredients in an airtight jar. Tighten the lid and shake until combined. Place in refrigerator overnight and enjoy in the morning topped with fresh fruits and/or nuts!