Weekends are busy; and we are usually on the go. Around here, running errands (beyond the grocery store basics), means a drive down from the mountain. That means a fast and easy breakfast is in order. No, not the drive through!
My standard travel breakfast of peanut butter on whole wheat toast was getting old. I’ve had “Oats In A Jar” in the back of my mind for a while now and, finally, I gave them a try. With our daily peanut butter habit, we produce a lot of (almost) empty peanut butter jars. Overnight Oats, or Oats In A Jar, makes use of the peanut butter jars and provides a yummy travel breakfast, too (travel is not required, though). Easy Peasy and better than plain old toast any day!
This recipe for Oats In A Jar is wonderful and it was the first that I tried, actually. Most days, however, I make my favorite go-to oatmeal recipe (below).
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1/4 cup organic thick rolled oats
1/2 to 3/4 cup coconut milk (depending upon how thick you like your oats)
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 Tablespoons dried fruit (raisins, goji berries, cranberries, etc.)
2 Tablespoons nuts (sliced almonds, chopped almonds, chopped pecans, etc.)
1 small organic apple, peeled (optional) and diced
1 to 2 heaping Tablespoons peanut butter or almond butter
Place all the ingredients in an empty 16-ounce peanut butter jar (do not rinse!). If you don’t have an empty peanut butter jar handy, use a pint Mason jar with a secure lid. Shake well and store in the refrigerator overnight.
The next morning, give the jar another shake or a good stir before eating*.
* On cold mornings, I microwave my jar of oats for about 60 seconds to take the chill off.
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I feel I should update this draft post from a month ago. My new favorite “to go” breakfast is now green juice!
I received a Champion juicer and a wheatgrass juicer for Mother’s Day and I have used them both every morning since. In fact, wheatgrass juice has replaced my morning cup of Joe. After 25 years, give or take, the monkey named “Joe” is finally off my back!
The juicer now sits on the kitchen counter where the coffeemaker once was and the coffeemaker is now collecting dust in the basement. And my Starbucks travel cup has been re-purposed. A higher and greener purpose, most definitely!