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Strawberry Overnight Oats

You guys, I don’t know where the year went but I have 9 days left of maternity leave! I feel like it was just yesterday where I was telling myself that I had 9 months left of maternity leave! I’m excited and ready to go back to work, but I can’t help but feel wistful of the year that went by. I wish I could just rewind the year and relive it again, knowing what I know now.

So with my return to work date looming, one of the luxuries I’ll be giving up are the slow leisurely breakfasts with my baby, making avocado toast and eggs for the both of us, with HGTV playing in the background. Instead, I foresee frantic mornings where I’m rushing to do my hair and makeup (which I’ve done maybe a handful of times this entire mat leave), actually put together a decent outfit instead of just staying in sweats or rompers all day, grab a breakfast, and rush off to work.  I’ve been thinking of quick healthy breakfasts that I can make the night before to make my mornings a bit easier, and I thought I’d give overnight oats a try. I’ve seen a lot of Pinterest recipes about overnight oats but I’ve never really tried it before. I happened to have a spare mason jar at home, so I attempted a strawberry overnight oats recipe.

For my overnight oats, I used some quick oats as the base, maple syrup as the sweetener, vanilla as the flavour enhancer, almond milk as the dairy alternative, chia seeds as the healthy boost, strawberries as the fruit, and vanilla Greek yogourt as the dairy base. I didn’t have any plain Greek yogourt, but I thought the vanilla flavour would just enhance everything well.

I mixed everything except the strawberries into the mason jar and left it in the fridge overnight. I added sliced strawberries to it in the morning and ate it cold. It was definitely filling, just the right amount of sweetness, and so delicious. However, I think next time, I’ll top it with a spoonful of granola along with the strawberries just to add a bit of crunch to it. I like the fact that with this breakfast, I could either eat it quickly at home or take it with me to eat in the office.

This strawberry version is definitely a keeper for me, as I usually have strawberries in my fridge at all times. This weekend I’m making a pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving and I’ll have leftover pumpkin puree, so I’m going to attempt a pumpkin spice overnight oats recipe. I’ll keep you guys posted!

Strawberry Overnight Oats

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Serves: 1 Cooking Time: N/A

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 1/2 cup almond milk (or any dairy or dairy alternative)
  • 1/4 vanilla Greek yogourt
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/4 sliced strawberries

Instructions

1

Place all ingredients except for the strawberries in a mason jar. Stir and cover tightly with lid.

2

Refrigerate overnight.

3

When ready to eat, stir, then top with sliced strawberries and granola (optional).

Canadian Recipes/ Featured/ Meal Planning

Apple Cinnamon Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oats

Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oatmeal

I have a poor nutrition confession to make: We eat a lot of bacon in our household. I’d say we go through 2-3 packages of bacon a week, and that’s a lot considering there’s only two adults in our household! Baby E isn’t exactly old enough to eat her fair share yet. The reason for the bacon overload is that whenever my husband isn’t working, it is our routine to enjoy a big breakfast together, consisting of bacon, eggs, toast, sliced tomatoes, and coffee. My husband works shiftwork (roughly five days/nights on, five days off), so on his days off I enjoy 5 days of big breakfasts with him. On his five days on, I fend for myself for breakfast.

I’m starting to feel a bit guilty about my five day stretches of bacon & egg breakfasts, so I’ve decided that on the five days that I’m on my own, I will eat a super nutritious breakfast to counteract all the grease from the previous five days (I don’t know if that is scientifically/nutritionally possible, but just humour me).

Keep in mind that when the husband is working, I am also home alone taking care of the baby, so I don’t exactly have a ton of time to prepare myself an elaborate breakfast. I need something that is prepared ahead of time, or easy enough to prepare with one hand, if need be. This is where this amazingly healthy apple cinnamon slow cooker steel cut oatmeal recipe comes in. I prepare this in the slow cooker the day before my husband goes back to work, and it makes enough to last me the five days where I’m flying solo for breakfast. All I have to do in the mornings is take a portion out of the fridge, plunk it into a bowl, sprinkle a bit of almond milk on it, and reheat in the microwave!

All the ingredients, dumped into the slow cooker.

I use almond milk in my recipe, but you can use whatever your preferred type of milk is. I use almond milk because I just recently found out that Baby E has a dairy allergy. I’m exclusively breastfeeding her so every time I have dairy, she gets severe eczema on her beautiful little face, digestive issues, and congestion. So don’t expect to see anymore recipes containing dairy on this blog for awhile! We actually found out about her dairy allergy after the seafood chowder recipe I posted a few weeks ago that contained a cup of milk and a cup of cream.

Since the steel cut oats take 7 hours in the slow cooker, you can technically make this overnight and have it fresh in the morning. I have never made it overnight though, only because I don’t like the idea of having something plugged in and cooking while I sleep. I usually make it the afternoon before my husband goes back to work so that it is ready later that night. I portion out individual servings that night so that it is ready to reheat and eat the next few days.

Give this super healthy and convenient recipe a try and let me know what you think! The weather in Regina is supposed to be on the plus side this week, so I’m happy to have this quick breakfast before I take the baby out and about. We have been going stir crazy being cooped up during last week’s -47 degrees Celsius weather! Enjoy the warmer weather, everyone!

Slow Cooker Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oatmeal

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Serves: 5 Cooking Time: 7-8 hours

Ingredients

  • 2 apples, peeled, cored, and chopped into little pieces (1/2 inch cubes)
  • 1 1/2 cups of almond milk
  • 1 1/2 cups of water
  • 1 cup uncooked steel cut oats
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 1/2 tbsp salted butter, cut into 5 little squares

Instructions

1

Coat the inside of your slow cooker with cooking spray or vegetable oil.

2

Add all the ingredients to your slow cooker (except for the butter) and stir.

3

Distribute the butter pieces evenly on top of the other ingredients, cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours.

4

Store leftovers in refrigerator.

5

To reheat single servings: Put desired portion in microwaveable bowl. Add a couple tablespoons of almond milk (or preferred type of milk), and reheat on high for about a minute. Stir, and reheat for another minute if necessary.