Easiest Breakfast Ever: Overnight Oats

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Overnight Oats

Overnight oats are basically magic, literally. All you have to do is put together all of the "potion" ingredients in a jar, give it a good stir, and set it aside in the fridge. While you're in a deep slumber, something magical happens and that stuff is now a full hearty breakfast! Am I lame? Maybe, definitely yes.

I'm actually not a huge breakfast person, believe it or not. I sometimes like to go all out on amazing breakfasts, but other than that, most days I'm fine with just a cup of coffee. Yes, I know that's supposed to be bad for your health or whatever, but it's the truth. Matt, on the other hand, wakes up starving every single morning. Not like the cute "I'm hungry let's have breakfast!" kind of starving, either. I'm talking the "Don't talk to me until I've eaten - you won't like me when I'm hungry" kind of starving. It's honestly the worst, but I've figured out a way to deal with it!

On nights when I've got my life together and can plan for the next day, I just throw together a few jars of these overnight oats and he's got an immediate breakfast the next day that requires me doing basically nothing other than staying warm and in bed.  

The only tools you'll need for these guys are Mason jars, spoons, and of course, a fridge. I typically use 16 oz Mason jars because we're growing boys (is that still an OK excuse for eating a ton?), but if you want to have a bit smaller of a breakfast, split the recipe in half below and use an 8 oz Mason jar or a 12 oz jelly jar. Just be sure the jars have screw tops!

The recipe below is for Maple, Tahini, and Fig Overnight Oats; but I'll also give you some tips on making your own flavour varieties!
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Maple, Fig, & Tahini Overnight Oats

prep time: 5 minutes // inactive prep: 6 - 8 hours // makes 1
  • 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup 
  • 2 tablespoons tahini + more for garnish
  • 2 - 3 super ripe figs, chopped + more for garnish 
  • Pinch of salt
Combine all ingredients in a Mason jar in this order: oats, almond milk, maple syrup, tahini, pinch of salt, and stir really well before folding in the figs. Put a lid on it and refrigerate overnight or for 6 - 8 hours. Remove from the fridge, top with more figs and tahini if desired and enjoy! 

To make your own flavour variations: 

You can really make these oats any way you'd like, but I'd recommend keeping the proportions of oat : liquid : sweetener the same. So, you could substitute whole milk, water, or any other nut milk for the almond milk. Also, you could use honey or 2 tablespoons raw sugar in place of the maple syrup. If you don't like tahini or don't have access to it, you can easily remove it from the recipe entirely or exchange it for peanut butter or any other nut butter of your choosing. If figs are out of season or not your favourite fruit, a good substitution is a chopped up half of a banana or fresh or frozen berries. Have fun with it and try some stuff out - let me know if you come across any amazing flavour combos!
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