May 04, 2016

marzipan overnight oats

having a baby makes it hard to have time for much of anything, especially when it comes to preparing a meal for yourself. by the time you realize you're hungry, you're actually hangry and then it's no good for anyone. when i had joseph and my husband went back to work full-time, i was stuck at home by myself trying to figure out how i was going to eat anything substantial and healthy without having to prepare anything right then and there. it was a struggle-until i discovered overnight oats.

i started out pretty simple, just using almond milk, oats, some vanilla extract, but i got pretty bored of that and decided to experiment with flavors and ingredients. what i love so much about overnight oats is that it takes maybe five minutes to prepare the night before (after all the kids are in bed and before you sit down to watch the walking dead) and is ready for you to eat in the morning, right out of the jar. top it with some nuts or fruit (or both!) and you have a hearty breakfast or snack that is healthy and giving you enough energy to get through the (next hour?) day.

in my experimenting, i discovered my almond extract sitting in the back of the cupboard, lonely, and just waiting for me to use it again to make marzipan, and that's when i thought, 'oh. em. gee... marzipan overnight oats!'.


typically for overnight oats, the ratio is 1:1 of milk to oats. for this recipe i am using 1/2 cup ratios, but you could use more if you have larger mason jars or containers that you would like to make these in. you can also adjust the ratio if you like thicker oats or more liquid. this recipe calls for rolled oats, which has a minimum of four hours soaking time. if you are in a hurry to try this yummy recipe out, you can opt for the instant oats and just refrigerate for half an hour. however you prefer, you are sure to like it!

marzipan overnight oats
one serving
for printable recipe, click here

ingredients

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup almond milk, unsweetened
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • shaved almonds, pecans, and/or fruit (topping)
instructions
  1. combine almond milk, almond extract, honey, and chia seeds in a mason jar
  2. add in rolled oats and mix
  3. cover with lid and place in refrigerator for a minimum of four hours (or overnight)
  4. top with shaved almonds, pecans (my favorite!), or fruit









five minutes to prepare and you have something to look forward to in the morning or as a snack in the middle of the day!






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