It’s that time again! Recipe ReDux kicks off the New Year with a fresh start. Nothing helps to start the day off right than a filling breakfast. I don’t know about you, but I usually have very little time in the morning to actually sit down for breakfast. Sure, I could get up earlier, but most of the time I eat breakfast at my desk or in the car on the way to the office from the gym. It’s not perfect but that’s just where breakfast falls in my life. I love nothing more than lazy sundays complete with scrambles, pancakes, and fruit- but that’s not happening on a weekday.
I’ve loved oatmeal for as long as I can remember. In high school, trying to get creative with meat-free sandwiches, I would make oatmeal ones. Oatmeal bread, jam, and a sprinkling of raisins and rolled oats. Weird, but true. Once I graduated to college, I started making this to take with me to those early 8AM classes.
Try this recipe as an alternative to instant oatmeal packets and cereal. With only 1 tsp. of sugar per serving and full of whole grains, it rivals as a ready-prepared, flavorful breakfast.
Prepare all the ingredients the night before and breakfast prep takes no time at all. I usually eat this cold but feel free to heat it up if you like your oatmeal warm.
Vanilla Chai Overnight Oats
Ingredients: (per 2 servings)
1 cup rolled oats (not the instant kind)
1 cup unsweetened, vanilla flavored almond milk
1/4 tsp. cardamom
1/8 tsp. allspice
1/8 tsp. cloves
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. ginger
dash of fresh nutmeg
1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
2 tsp. agave nectar or other sweetener
Combine all ingredients from rolled oats to vanilla extract in a bowl and stir to combine. Cover and place into the refrigerator overnight or for at least 6 hours.
When ready to serve, stir in agave nectar. If you prefer your oatmeal warm, zap it in the microwave or heat it on the stove for 2 minutes. I actually prefer this cold! Top with raisins and almonds.
Per serving: 212 calories, 5.8g fat, 34g CHO, 5.5g fiber, 6.7g protein
Please check out my other re-duxers to see their breakfast creations.
What’s your favorite weeknight breakfast?