Breakfast Again…Overnight Oats with Cranberries and Pecans

Overnight Oats with Cranberries and Pecans

Overnight Oats with Cranberries and Pecans

I have been in a breakfast rut and decided to branch out and make something I haven't eaten in a long time - overnight oats.  Do you know what those are?  They were all the rage in the blog world a few years ago and you still see them from time to time.  You mix oats with some flavorings and some milk and/or yogurt, put in the fridge overnight and in the morning you have a creamy, soft oatmeal. I love to eat this in the summer when it is hot and a cold breakfast is nice.  I had a couple of huge delicous pears and decided to make this to serve on top. It was delicious.  

This is really a technique more than a recipe.  Mix oats with dry ingredients.  Mix wet ingredients and then mix it all together. I usually use almond milk but this time I used regular ole 2 percent milk.  You can add all kinds of good for you add ins…..flax meal, chia seeds, hemp seeds, mashed banana, other nuts and seeds, dried fruits.  It is really up to you.  The amount of milk and oatmeal you use is also flexible.  My mom likes her oats soupy so she uses more milk that I do.  Chia and flax will soak up your milk so you will need more liquid if you add that in.  Chia will absorb 17 times its weight in liquid!  I forgot to add the flax that I usually use so this was a little soupy for my taste. I served it with the chopped pear, but I have also eaten this with chopped apples, berries, peaches and nectarines.  It is so good.  I ate this over two days.  You can scale up the amounts and eat it all week, or cut it down and eat it once. I think 1/3 cup of oats is enough for a serving but some people use 1/2 cup.  Just try it and see what you like! 

I know most of you all are suffering through cold weather even though it has been unseasonably warm here in Austin. Back in January there was a reading in my daily mediations that I thought worth sharing.  

Winter is an important season in our lives. It is more than a time of coldness and snow. It’s a time of going within. A time to rest from the work that’s been done, a time to prepare for the lessons ahead. Long for the sun on your shoulders, but let the frost and cold come. The ground has been left fallow in preparation for nourishing the seeds of new life. Honor winter’s lesson. …. The snow will melt. The sun will shine again. The time will come to remove your heavy garb and return to the activity of life. Cherish the winter. Cherish its quietness, the time of going within to rest and heal. Cherish this time of preparation that must come before new life. Cherish the hope that lies beneath the snow.
— Journey to the Heart by Melody Beattie

I hope you're able to stay inside, snuggle in, read books, watch movies.  I took advantage of 75 degree weather this weekend and took hikes both days with Beau and Tom.  Beautiful.  We are working on the Austin bucket list so we did the hikes, hit a food truck park for some ice cream,  and the Alamo Draft House for a beer and a movie.  A great weekend.  BTW, if you haven't seen American Sniper I highly recommend it.  Bradley Cooper is amazing.  Let go of the controversy of whether we should have been at war, and see the hard stuff our soldiers do and the impact their jobs have on their lives.  The close relationships, the hard work, the sacrifice, the difficulty of coming home and adjusting to a world seemingly unaware of the war - the movie does it exactly right.  Take kleenex!

Overnight Oats with Cranberries

by Catherine Craig

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: none

Keywords: breakfast gluten-free vegan vegetarian oats cranberries pecans

Ingredients (2 servings)

  • 2/3 cup thick cut rolled oats
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped, toasted pecans
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 cup of milk (your choice, almond, hemp, dairy, etc)

Instructions

Mix dry ingredients (oats through cranberries) in a bowl. In a separate bowl mix the wet ingredients stirring to combine well. Mix the wet into the dry. Cover and put in the refrigerator overnight. Stir and serve with chopped fruit.

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