They say breakfast is the most important meal but for me personally I'm just not ready to throw down in the kitchen early in the morning.. That's overnight oats are a real breakfast hero in my home.
Breakfast is the one meal that I really don't like to put too much effort into. I like to be able to grab something light and healthy and move on with the rest of my super busy day which is why I love making overnight oats. If you've never tried overnight oats then let me tell you, you're really missing out. They are a quick and easy way to prep your breakfast. You can add just about anything that you want to them. Nuts, berries, seeds, almond butter etc. I always opt for berries. You make them buy mixing quick oats with non dairy milk in a jar or container and let it sit in your fridge overnight. When you wake up in the morning you just grab them and go. Super simple, right?
Luckily Planet Oat sent me some of their super delicious oat milk (If you haven't heard about the new oat milk craze let me tell you it's amazing and delicious) Oat milk is exactly what it sounds like...a dairy free milk alternative made from you guessed it...oats! The great thing about oat milk is that not only is it dairy free, it's also NUT free which is absolutely perfect for my household because my 12-year old is allergic to most nuts. Oat milk is light, smooth and in my opinion tastes better than most other non-dairy milks. Planet oat has 4 different flavor varieties original, vanilla, dark chocolate and extra creamy. My son and I and a great time in our kitchen tasting and critiquing them all. They all got pretty rave reviews. He's been using the vanilla in his cereal everyday and drinking several shot glasses of the dark chocolate throughout the day :). I love them all but the extra creamy is my favorite. It was perfect for my overnight oat recipe.....which featured a layer of yummy strawberry date syrup, creamy oats and topped with fresh berries which came out perfectly red, white and blue.
The Overnight Oats
2 cups of Planet Oat extra creamy oat milk
1 tbs of chia seeds
2 tbs of maple syrup or sugar
1 tsp of vanilla
1-1/2 cups of quick oats
The Strawberry Date Syrup
1 pint of fresh strawberries
The juice of 1 lemon
10 pitted medjool dates chopped
1 cups of fresh strawberries chopped (divided)
1 cup of fresh blueberries
I also like to put a cherry on top
First make the overnight oats by mixing together the oat milk, chia seeds, sugar and vanilla.
Once everything is mixed add in the quick oats and refrigerate until you finish making the remaining ingredients.
Now you can make the strawberry date syrup by adding the strawberries and lemon juice into a blender and blend until smooth. While the blender is still running carefully add in the dates just a few pieces at a time. Blend until smooth and creamy. Luckily you will have more than enough syrup to make the overnight oats. You can store any leftovers in a mason jar for later use.
Next you can begin assembling your overnight oats into two drinking glasses or mason jars by first adding in equal amounts of fresh chopped strawberries (make sure you reserve some for the top). Then add in your desired amount of strawberry date syrup.
Next add in a layer of the overnight oats and top with the fresh berries. The quick oats will become tender pretty quickly usually in about 15 minutes and will be ready to eat. You can also cover them and refrigerate them overnight and they will be perfect for your next morning breakfast.
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