Oatmeal is a good nutritious food to keep in the kitchen cupboards. It makes a great breakfast blended with fruit and toast on the side. Serve it with or without milk.
Recently, a friend handed me a copy of a new popular oatmeal idea – Skinny Overnight Oats in a Jar! I hadn’t ever heard of it before. There’s no cooking required. It’s a breakfast loaded with fiber, vitamins, and nutrients. Families in a hurry every morning should take note of this idea. It’s quick and filling.
The recipe my friend gave me called for:
- 1/4 cup quick oats
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1/4 medium banana, sliced
- 1/2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1/2 cup blueberries
- 4-5 drops liquid vanilla stevia
- pinch of cinnamon
- 1 tbsp chopped nuts
Place ingredients in a jar, shake, cover and let set in the refrigerate overnight. Add nuts or granola when you take the jar out of the frig the next morning.
The recipe looked interesting so I thought I would try it. However, I didn’t have all the ingredients on hand. First of all, chia seeds haven’t made it into my kitchen yet. Apparently, they are among the most nutritious foods in the world. There’s one thing, though, that could be a not-so-pleasant experience for some people to eat these good-for-you-to-eat seeds. They are tiny! Have you ever had tiny things stuck in your teeth? It’s not so pleasant.
Overnight oats in a jar surely an taste just fine without chia seeds. What I had on hand were these ingredients:
- quick oats
- huge, juicy blackberries
- sweetened dark chocolate almond milk
- a packet of Stevia
- raw almonds
All but the raw almonds went into the jar. This is a test. I only ate oatmeal as a hot cereal when I was growing up. Eating it cold, fresh out of the refrigerator seems different than enjoying the comfort of hot, creamy oatmeal.
Oatmeal test results: one of the best chocolate breakfasts I’ve ever had!