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Something new for breakfast

Spring is rapidly approaching and I've been trying to use up some of the fruit from the freezer. When I saw this recipe recently I thought it would be a good one to try. I had never eaten Chia seeds before, but have since seen quite a few variations of this recipe which utilize them.

Overnight Oats

1 cup vanilla yogurt
1 1/2 cups milk
1 tsp. vanilla
about 1/3 cup all fruit jam (or sweetener of your choice)
1 cup dry oatmeal (I used instant oats)
2 Tbsps. chia seeds (I bought these at Aldi in the baking aisle)
about 1 1/2 cups chopped fruit
nuts, if desired

Combine yogurt, milk, vanilla, jam, oats, and seeds, then stir in fruit. I have made this using blueberries and blueberry fruit spread and strawberries with strawberry fruit spread. Aldi has a variety of these fruit spreads and I'm sure this would also work with regular jams or even maple syrup. Mix gently and then portion into jam jars or other containers of your choice. I usually get four full jars and a partial. Refrigerate overnight and enjoy the next morning.

This recipe is similar to Swiss Musli which was popular years ago. The "new" twist is the yogurt instead of cream and the chia seeds which are an added source of protein. Keep this in mind for a simple but tasty breakfast idea.

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Making oats more instant

picture of Instant Oat Ingredients

As my husband can tell you I am not much of a morning person. I don't really feel fully awake and alert until about 10 AM. So, I try to do everything I can ahead of time so there is minimal thinking required in the mornings. Rob eats oatmeal most mornings and I eat it from time to time so recently I started making pre-measured oatmeal packets in small plastic snack bags. I have been making them using instant oats, salt, and dried cranberries. You could use other dried fruits such as apricots, raisins, etc. Rob doesn't like milk on his oatmeal, but if you do you could also put in powdered milk or creamer and then all you would have to add to the mix is water. Here are the proportions I have been using in case you would like to try it:

Oatmeal Packets (these are the amounts per packet)

1/3 cup quick oats
pinch of salt
2 Tbsps. dried cranberries

I just line up several small plastic snack bags and then fill them assembly line style.

picture of Bags of Oatmeal

After the individual bags are filled I place them in a larger ziploc bag for convenient storage in a drawer. We save the empty bags and reuse them.

picture of Oatmeal Storage

To prepare add the packet to 3/4 cup water and then microwave for 1 minute on high. You can also cook this in a saucepan by adding the contents of the packet to the water and bringing it to a boil and then turning off the heat and letting it sit for a few minutes.

This technique will help you ease into the morning a bit more seamlessly if you are not a morning person. 🙂


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