I devour the opportunity to get fancy and creative in the kitchen, and love nothing more than to host gatherings and spoil my loved ones with over-the-top food. But, make no mistake, my day-to-day meals are not always picture perfect. They are, however, always nourishing and satisfying.
And while I so enjoy dreaming up novel flavor combinations and pushing the limits of what works together in a dish, it's important to me to stay true to my roots here of sharing simple, good, and good-for-you food. To stay connected to what has always been my intention with this space: sharing what is sustaining me (food and otherwise) in the hopes that it will inspire you to live and eat more consciously, as well.
So today, I'm sharing the simple, real-life, no-fuss recipe I lean on most mornings: overnight oats. To me, nothing is better than the relief of knowing breakfast is ready and waiting for me in the fridge. One less thing to stress about at 7 am. I make a large batch of oats on a Sunday night, divide them into airtight single-serving jars (these are my absolute favorite), and pop everything in the refrigerator. It's as simple as that.
Many times I do opt to keep it fancy-free with just the oats, chia seeds, plant milk, and maybe some fresh fruit thrown on top. But, when time is on my side, there are a few variations I gravitate towards for an additional boost in nutrients and flavor. I've shared those recipes below, as well. I've dubbed these renditions lazy-fancy, because they are just that. Impressive, but still simple. Just like food should be.
CHOCOLATE COCONUT + ALMOND BUTTER OATS
PREPARATION | Add all ingredients to a jar, stirring until well combined. Seal, place in the refrigerator, and allow to set overnight. Option to garnish with cacao nibs, coconut flakes, and an additional drizzle of almond butter.
LAVENDER ROSE OATS
PREPARATION | In a small saucepan, bring your milk to an almost-boil. Add in a tea bag, turn off heat, cover and allow to infuse for at least 20 minutes.
Add all other ingredients to a jar, top with infused milk, and stir together until well combined. Seal, place in the refrigerator, and allow to set overnight. Option to garnish with dried roses, lavender buds, and an additional drizzle of honey.
VANILLA BERRY COMPOTE OATS
PREPARATION | In a small saucepan, add berries, 2 teaspoons honey, and a splash of water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and allow to simmer for about 15 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla and 2 teaspoons of chia seeds, and allow to sit for at least 20 minutes. This compote can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge.
Add all other ingredients to a jar and stir together until well combined. Mix in a few spoonfuls of compote. Seal, place in the refrigerator, and allow to set overnight.
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