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Spiced Overnight Oats

overnight oats and oatmeal with banana cinnamon dried fruit main

Yep.

That is a picture of oatmeal.

Exciting, right?

I know I know…you are doubting my credibility on this blog right about now…like, really, Brittany?!

I get it. I don’t blame you…but don’t blame the little oaty guys because they are pretty darn precious in that little bowl, and you know it.

….and they only took 3 minutes to make.

You got it!

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Your favorite bowl of oatmeal can be ready for you when you WAKE UP. Um…whaaa?! We have discussed how precise my morning routine is and how 10 minutes to put some hot oatmeal together in the morning, just isn’t in the cards.

But, hey, so I have a busy life?! Should I be deprived my lovely bowl of oats with all its yummy brown sugar and honey flavors swirled through with pops of berry colors and almonds for that craved texture?

The answer is: no.

Since I am certain I am not alone in the Oatmeal Lovers Club, I am sharing my secret with you guys!

Come on in a little closer guys…we can’t let this leak out.

There is no secret.

*GASPS ALL AROUND*

overnight oats and oatmeal with banana cinnamon dried fruit with milk

Exactly!! Oats do this magical little thing in your fridge when you put them in a container with milk, mashed banana and all the fixings! They soak up all the goodness and are as fluffy (is oatmeal fluffy?) and flavorful as if you made them over a hot stove that morning!

I have been doing this a while now and am completely hooked. With Fall almost here and Winter to follow, me thinks you need this in yo’ life.

Cold breakfasts have their place for sure…but I just CANNOT sip on an icy smoothie with frost on my windows. And since my office is about 60 degrees 100% of the time, popping this little container of oats in the microwave until heated perfection is a must.

Oh OH! Fun side note: I use dried berries in my oats and the next morning…they are all plump and delicious…magic! 😀

overnight oats and oatmeal with banana cinnamon dried fruit final

I did include my recipe below but obviously you have your own special concoction of oatmeal…so use this one as a guideline/ratio help! Check out the notes for some added tips 😉

BYE Friends and HApPy WARM Breakfast to ALL <3

Spiced Overnight Oats
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup regular oats
  • 1 (very) ripe banana
  • ½ - ¾ cup milk (I used unsweetened almond milk)
  • 1 tbsp. brown sugar
  • Dash of vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp. crushed or sliced almonds
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp. dried mixed berries or cranberries
  • Honey (to taste)
Instructions
  1. Add oats and banana to bowl and mash until banana is combined with oats.
  2. Add milk and stir to combine.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and stir once more.
  4. Place in refrigerator overnight and heat about 1 minute, stirring at 30 seconds.
Notes
I have also added chia seeds, protein powder and granola with success; however, I always add extra milk with add-ins, since they will soak up the liquid.

Try Chocolate almond milk instead of regular milk and a tsp of cocoa powder for a chocolate breakfast treat!

 

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