Around my house we are always looking for ways to make the morning rush easier. Between trying to feed everyone breakfast, make lunches, pack bags, find shoes and walk the dog I need all the time savers I can find. We all know we are supposed to eat a nutritious breakfast. And yet, how many of us actually manage to everyday? The excuses are many and valid: “I don’t have time in the morning. I’ll grab something on the way to work. My kids are picky eaters.” Cue the Overnight Oats recipe, one solution to all the excuses.
There are a number of recipes out there for this tasty time saver but after much trial and error I have come up with the best. It is nutritious thanks to the whole grains, berries and kefir. It is vitamin and mineral rich with the addition of chia and hemp seeds. High in protein, it provides lasting energy and the honey makes it tasty enough to look forward to. Best of all it is freezable so you can make up an assembly line one night and have weeks worth of instant breakfasts ready to go.
This recipe makes one serving but I recommend making multiples for the fridge or freezer
1 TLBⓒ Quail Bag
⅓ cup rolled oats
⅓ cup milk (your choice I use almond milk)
⅓ cup kefir (you can substitute yogurt here if you haven’t yet discovered the joy of kefir)
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 tablespoon hemp seeds
¼ cup frozen blueberries
¼ cup sliced almonds
1 teaspoon honey
Pour all of your ingredients into you TLBⓒ Quail Bag. Tie the bag shut taking care to leave as little airspace as possible. Use your hands to mix the ingredients together well. Refrigerate overnight or for up to 5 days.
That’s it. Super easy right?
At this point you can also freeze for up to 3 months. Place the bag in the fridge to thaw the night before you plan to eat. Or, if you prefer your oatmeal warm, bring a pot of water to a boil, remove from heat and simply place the oats in their Quail Bag in the water until warm. In this way overnight oats also make an amazing camping breakfast. Get creative with your own flavor combinations!