[Recipe] Breakfast in a Jar

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I feel I’m a little late to the party with these breakfast jars, but overnight oats are the beez-neez!! I must have recommended them hundreds of times to clients as a way to save on time in the morning, but never gave them a real go. Who doesn’t love a time saver, bomb meal in the morning?

I’m a big fan of oats, but have always gone the extra step and boiled them. However, this week I took my advice and explored different options for making overnight oats.

The process is simple. You are basically soaking the oats overnight in a type of liquid such as almond milk, coconut milk, or even water and the liquid breaks down the oats to the same consistency as if you were to cook them. The one ingredient that is important is to add some chia seeds or flax seeds. This thickens up the oats to a more pudding like consistency, plus you are getting in some real healthy Omega-3’s and quality proteins.

The fun part is there are endless combinations you can add to them from nuts, seeds, fruit, sweeteners, spices, and superfoods.

Who are these jars of love good for?

*That person who is in a rush out the door in the morning

*Kids who are normally cereal eaters and need a healthy option. They are fun to make and eat!

*People who work out in the morning and looking for a good post-workout meal

*Anyone looking to try something new for breakfast

Here are the two recipes I tried, but go ahead and throw your own twist on them

Coconut Mango Oats

Ingredients

1 c. rolled oats

1 c. of coconut milk or almond milk (my homemade almond milk recipe)

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1 banana, ripe

2 tbs. chia or flax seeds

1/2 mango chopped (I used frozen chunks)

2 tsp. shredded coconut

Directions

In a large bowl mash the banana. Then add in oats, milk, chia or flax, cinnamon and mix well together. If still too thick add more liquid.

Once well incorporated fold in chopped mango’s. Spoon mixture into mason jar or tupperware and store in fridge overnight.

In the morning, top off oatmeal with more mango and shredded coconut.

Banana Chocolate Oats

Ingredients

1 c. rolled oats

1 c. of coconut milk or almond milk (my homemade almond milk recipe)

1/2 banana, ripe

1/4 tsp. vanilla extract

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. cocoa powder

1 tsp. maple syrup

2 tbs, chia or flax seeds

(optional) chopped dark cherries

Directions

In a large bowl mash banana. Then add in oats, milk, and rest of ingredients and mix well together. Fold in chopped cherries if using.

Spoon into mason jars or tupperware and store in fridge overnight.

Enjoy!

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