Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Oats Rock

Oats are awesome.  I used to think they were boring or mushy, but I'm a grown up now and I realize that I never gave oats much of a chance.
Instant oats have come along way and they have some pretty delectable flavors.
But I really like to make my oats with whatever flavor comes to mind, so I keep giant containers of quick oats and old fashioned oats on hand to do just that.

Oh, and I must mention that oats are really good for you and have lots of health benefits.  Here's more on that if you are into it.

Here are 2 of my favorite oat-y recipes lately:

Cocoa, Peanut Butter Oats
1/2 cup quick oats
1/2 cup almond milk
1 spoonful of cocoa
1 sweetener packet

Combine and cook in the microwave for 2 minutes.  Add more almond milk if needed.
Top with 1/2 of a sliced banana and a spoonful of peanut butter (I used crunchy) & stir it up.
Ewww-not a pretty picture.  But you get the idea.

Overnight Oats in a Jar 
I was like abnormally excited when my almond butter got low enough to make oats in the jar.  It's the little things, I guess.
This is so awesome to make, because when you get up in the morning, your breakfast is already made!
Here's how you make it.
When you have a jar of peanut butter, almond butter or Nutella that is down to less than a tablespoon, it is the optimal time to make this (you could also make it in a bowl, but it's less awesome that way).

Into the jar goes:
2/3 cup quick or old fashioned oats
2/3 cup almond milk
1 sweetener packet or a squirt of honey

Mix it in the jar with a spoon or put on the top and shake it shake it shake it.
Then, in the morning, stir it up and if you need a little more milk, add a little more milk.
I like to finish it off with fruit and/or nuts.  In this particular jar, I added slivered almonds and half of a banana (are you sensing a trend here?).

And, come on~no dishes to wash!  Sounds like a winner to me!

Here's some oat recipes I've bookmarked to try:

Yes, it is clear that I like peanut butter and bananas in my oats!
Have an oat filled day, ya'll.

1 comment:

Kelley @ said...

Yum!! I havent tried it with the peanut butter.. just the cocoa and the banana. Ill throw in some peanut butter next time :)