All photos by Emma Van Riper '20
Many people overlook the benefits of consuming a filling meal for breakfast. Oatmeal has always been a staple in many people's kitchens due to long shelf life and simple ingredients, however the warm consistency and rather bland taste is hard to overcome. Overnight oats have been getting more popular as they are convenient to prepare the night before and have a variety of flavors. Each ingredient below will contribute to making a healthy and filling meal amidst the morning rush to get out the door.
Setting up your ingredients before starting will help keep everything reachable and organized while measuring.
- 1/2 cup oats
- 1 tbsp ground flax
- 2 tbsp pumpkin seeds
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 2 tbsp dried blueberries
- 2 tbsp chopped cashews
- 1 tbsp craisins
- 1 tsp maca powder
- Sea salt
- 1 single serving dairy free yogurt
- 1/2 cup dairy free milk
The first step is to combine the oats and ground flax in a medium sized bowl. This mixture will serve as the base for the overnight oats.
Second, combine the pumpkin seeds and chia seeds.
Next, mix together the dried blueberries, cashews and craisins.
Next, mix maca powder, a bit of sea salt and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
After the dry ingredients are put together, mix the dairy free yogurt, milk and maple syrup in a separate bowl.
Combine all wet and dry ingredients into your original medium sized bowl and thoroughly stir. Cover with plastic wrap and set in the fridge to absorb overnight.
In the morning, take your oats out of the fridge and give them a good stir. Add any toppings of your choice, I opted for fresh raspberries and blackberries in addition to peanuts for a little crunch.