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My basic recipe, to which all sorts of accoutrements can be added, is as follows:
- 1/2 cup of fat-free or low-fat cottage cheese or plain greek yogurt
- 1/2 - 3/4 cup of original or vanilla unsweetened almond milk
- 1/4 cup of rolled oats
- 1/2 tablespoon of chia seeds
- 1 packet of Stevia
- 1 tablespoon of peanut or almond butter (the drippier the better)
I have included links to my favorite brands of most of the above items, but any brand is fine. Chia seeds can usually be found in the bulk bins at health food stores like Whole Foods or Central Market. For nut butters, I usually go with the store brand when available. I always look at the ingredients and try to find a nut butter with nuts and possibly salt being the only things on the list. That being said, the most important thing is that the nut butter be drippy for better mixing. Don't worry if there is no added sweetener in the nut butter since you will be adding plenty of sweetness with the Stevia.
Once you have all the ingredients on hand, the rest is simple. Just mix all the ingredients together in a plastic, bowl-sized, lidded container (I like to use old cottage cheese containers) and leave in the fridge overnight. If you are craving overnight oats in the morning and forgot to make them the night before, you can also mix everything together in the morning and let it sit in the fridge for 20-30 minutes before eating. The chia seeds and oats will soak up the almond milk and leave you with a delicious, custardy-textured breakfast that I promise is so, so good. If you are using the overnight method, use 3/4 cup almond milk. If you are using the 20-30 minute method, use 1/2 cup. If you make them the night before, try not to eat them before going to bed! I have definitely done that before and had to make another batch. Such is life.
Here is a picture of the final product from the batch I made this morning, as well as the container I made them in. Don't let their appearance fool you. There is an inverse relationship between how ugly they look and how delicious they taste. I think I downed these in less than five minutes.
Perfect balance of protein, whole grain carbs, and fat to keep you full until lunch time. I think this basic recipe is delicious, but you can definitely jazz it up with other ingredients: raisins, pureed pumpkin, jam/jelly, sliced banana, shaved coconut, cocoa powder, etc. Now I am wishing I added sliced banana to mine. Waah.
On a completely unrelated note, I just got this book in the mail (I love you, Amazon Prime) and will be reading it along with Julie at Peanut Butter Fingers as part of her December book club. I will post a review of the book on January 7th, as well as link to Julie's review. Oprah and over 100 people on Amazon recommend it, so I'm thinking it's gonna be good. I can't wait to start - just need to finish The Glass Castle first (also a goodie). Feel free to read along and we can discuss in January!
What's the best book you've read recently?