In college, you end up taking on a certain schedule that you repeat every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Tuesday/Thursday. One of those routines is food, and trying to eat a healthy breakfast at a dining hall leaves you with little diversity. Needless to say, having the same omelet every day got old REAL fast. Branching out, I started to eat breakfast in my room, where I could add a little more excitement to my day while staying completely vegan. One of my favorite breakfasts that I have done and still have yet to get tired of is overnight oats. They are perfect for when you know you won’t have time in the morning or will want to sleep in a little, and it is nice now that the weather is warming up to have a cold breakfast. They take 10 minutes tops (plus clean up time!) to prepare and the only equipment you need is a mini fridge (or a regular one if you have that too) a fork and a bowl, cup, or mason jar–my favorite. The reason I haven’t gotten tired of this breakfast yet is because they are so easy to change up! This recipe is for the type I have been eating lately. The basic recipe I have been using recently is this: Ingredients:
1/4 cup of gluten free oats (regular oats would work just as well here too if you don’t mind the gluten)
~1/2 cup of almond milk (you could easily replace this with another nut milk, or regular milk, or even add some water instead)
Proteins/Fats: 1 Tbs. of Chia seeds
1 Tbs. Hemp hearts Almonds (I use between 5-10, depending on how many chia seeds or hemp hearts I use)
Protein powder (optional)
1-2 tsp. Cinnamon!
Handful of berries (frozen or fresh)
Honey (if you like your oats sweet)
Directions: Mash up the banana first, then add the rest of the ingredients! I like to just add the berries and almonds on top and not stir them in (personal preference). I usually have the chia seeds in there because they soak up the almond milk and make the combination a little bit thicker. If you like your oatmeal thinner, I would add more almond milk or water, it is okay to mix the two!
Even though oats on their own do not have much protein and will not hold you for very long, I decided that I would add as much protein as possible to make sure there was something from stopping my blood-sugar from spiking too much. So with the proteins/fats section, you can mix and match any combination that you like.
I hope you at least give them a try so that you can love these oats as much as much as I do! Have a wonderful day!