I am a creature of habit. I have almost the same thing for breakfast every morning. Sure I mix it up every so often, especially when I am with my family at our home in Davis where our pet chicken’s eggs make breakfast AMAZING…..
But most of the time its the same thing: Oatmeal. Its filling, nourishing, and just really makes me happy. I mix up the toppings often to keep things interesting. Typically I make my oatmeal the night before so it is ready to go in the morning for an easy, fast, and delicious breakfast. For me, breakfast has become an essential and special part of my day. Its a moment to pause before the craziness of the day begins and nourish myself. I don’t know if it’s the oatmeal or simply taking time out of the morning to relax, but breakfast has a magic in it. Won’t you join me for a bowl of goodness? Read on for my very special overnight growing oatmeal.
Growing Overnight Oatmeal Recipe (serves 1 happy breakfast babe)
- 1/2 Cup Bob’s Red Mill Extra Thick Gluten Free Oats
- 1 tbsp chia seeds (Chia seeds absorb water or milk, so they’re a great way to thicken up a bowl of oatmeal while also adding some filling fiber. Not only that but they are a nutritional POWER house offering essential fatty acids alpha-linolenic and linoleic acid, mucin, strontium, 30% protein, Vitamins A, B, E, and D, and minerals including calcium, phosphorus, potassium, sulphur, iron, iodine, copper, zinc, sodium, magnesium, manganese, niacin, thiamine, silicon, and anti-oxidants. WOA thats a whole lotta goodness! I buy mine from the bulk section at Whole Foods Market. An easy way to add some oomph to oatmeal 🙂
- 1 1/2 cups water or milk of choice
- 1/4 tsp salt
- preferred sweetener (I use Nunaturals brand)
- add-ins of choice
Place your oats and salt in a large pot with the liquid of choice. (You can use all water, but it’s MUCH creamier with milk. Often I use a combination of water and almond milk.) Bring water to a boil and simmer for 1 and 1/2 minutes. Turn off stove and add your chia seed. Stir, seal the lid of the pot, and then allow to sit and cook overnight. When you jump out of bed in the morning, the oatmeal will magically be thick and ready for your favorite add-ins! Its really amazing how much it grows overnight. Sometimes I even add another 1/2 cup liquid and heat it up a bit in the morning for a softer, warmer bowl of oats.
If you don’t want to wait overnight for the oats to grow, try the same recipe, cooking for 12-15 minutes stirring often. This should bring you to a very thick and creamy,bowl of oatmeal. Now for the fun part…. TOPPINGS!
Favorite oatmeal toppings:
- fresh fruit – could go bankrupt on berries at Whole Foods
- dried fruit: raisins, figs, apricots
- nuts: pecans, almonds, walnuts
- seeds: sunflower, pumpkin
- dried coconut
- Jam (when I had my wisdom teeth pulled and couldn’t eat solids, jam became an oatmeal favorite)
- almond or vanilla extract
- freeze dried fruit. Natures All is my favorite brand. I like all their flavors, but the mango is surprisingly addictive.
- Vanilla protein powder: sun warrior, jay rob, or natural factors from whole foods market.
After all is said and done, eat, enjoy, and smile a ton!
What is your go-to morning meal? Any favorite oatmeal combinations to share? Leave a comment below, I can’t wait to try one of your favorite oatmeal combos. And as always if you liked this post, please share with your friends on Facebook, twitter, or email. That way we can all share a universal bowl of oatmeal together 🙂
Till next time, keep smiling,
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