With my dreams of 7am FlyBarre this morning dashed by my hurt ankle, I decided to do another thing I love. Make food. I was really excited to get back to Miami just to cook in my own kitchen. I grew up watching my dad cook but I was never really interested in what he was making - mainly because it had meat or butter or something I wasn't crazy about. It's a shame too, because he studied with Julia Child. I guess it's true that we all come to things at our own time. When Mike and I moved in together six years ago, I started giving a shit about cooking. Took some cooking classes, watched some youtube videos, started playing around. Bought kitchen accessories I don't use - like an avocado slicer. I mean, come on - I can just use a knife. We have dabbled with vegan, dairy-free, paleo. Thank god Mike is always open to anything food related, because I have made all sorts of weird stuff.
So since I can't really walk much today (double ugh) I opted to make one of my favorite easy breakfasts - overnight chia oatmeal. This has the added bonus of being eaten with a spoon. Another one of my cook-y purchases back in the day was little mason jars for making things like this, but nowadays I just use old peanut butter and ghee glass jars for added ambiance. This recipe is also great because you make it the night before - perfect for impressing parents with your food planning skills or times when you have to get out of the house early. And it's healthy, delicious and vegan. Score.
- 1/4 cup oats (I use Whole Foods quick oats)
- 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1/2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1/4 medium banana (optional)
- Berries as topping (optional)
- 1 tsp almond butter (optional)
- Honey or agave as desired
I used an 8 ounce mason jar (or this time I used a leftover peanut butter jar from True Loaf Bakery - love that place). Add oats, almond milk and chia to the jar - close it tightly and shake it up. Make sure all the little chias get some liquid or else they will stick together. Let sit overnight in the fridge. Or probably 2 hours is good if you're in a rush. The longer the milk can soak into the oats, the better though in my opinion. In the morning, just take the container out of the fridge, let it sit for a few minutes, slice up some banana and berries and toss it into the mix. Spoon in some almond butter, or sliced almonds would be delish, too. Drizzle with sweetener if you're into that sort of thing. Mix it up and rock it out. You could also add greek yogurt if you wanted some extra protein. Super yum!