Thursday, July 12, 2012

Raspberry Vanilla Overnight Oats in a Jar

This summer has been unusually hot and humid. But I am not complaining one bit. I'm one of those people who would rather be dripping sweat instantly upon walking out the door than chilled to the bone in cold, frigid weather. In Layman's terms: I'm a freeze baby.

One can't go wrong with a beach and palm trees!

There are some mornings that a hot bowl of oatmeal just is not going to cut it. I need something that is chilled to hit my taste buds. My cousin Julia thinks so too which is what inspired me to attempt an overnight oats in a jar recipe.

I found this great site which had multiple OOIAJ recipes. I was instantly hooked and just had to create a masterpiece of oats.

Raspberry Vanilla OOIAJ

This recipe is definitely a winner in my books. Not only is it simple to assemble, it's also very filling which is great to curb those cravings that usually hit an hour or two after breakfast. OOIAJ is also perfect if you're in a time crunch and need to get out of the door quickly! Just grab a spoon and you're off!

So thank you Julia for requesting that I make a version of cold oats. It is definitely a keeper in my books!

Raspberry Vanilla Overnight Oats in a Jar
¼ cup uncooked Old Fashioned oats
1/3 cup milk of choice (I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
¼ cup low-fat Greek yogurt
¼ tsp pure vanilla extract
1 Tbsp raspberry preserves (I used sugar-free preserves)
¼ -1/3 cup raspberries, or enough to fill jar, cut in half
Optional: 1 tsp dried chia seeds

The ingredients!

-In a half pint (1 cup) jar, add the oats, milk, yogurt, vanilla, and preserves.
-Put lid on jar and shake until well combined.
-Remove lid, add raspberries and stir until mixed throughout.
-Return lid to jar and refrigerate overnight or up to 2 days, adding optional chia seeds right before consumption.
-Eat chilled.

Nutritious, delicious, and scrumptious.

So whether you're in a hurry or want to beat the heat eating something chilled, overnight oats may be just the ticket for you!

Question of the Day:

What is your favorite season of the year?

Every season has its pros and cons but I think Spring would have to be my favorite. I love watching everything blossom and smelling the scents of the various flowers. It's simply the best.

Raspberry Vanilla Overnight Oats in a Jar!

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