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Not really cooking - overnight oatmeal

 
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I can't take credit for this.  I saw a co-worker eating it a while back and asked him what it was.  He calls it "overnight oatmeal".  I've since decided it is my ultimate breakfast.  It's gives you lots of energy, easy to digest, tastes great, it very satisfying, doesn't bloat my stomach at all, and takes almost no time to make.  There is almost no clean-up.  I make it in a mason jar, so after eating, I just fill the jar half-full (cuz I'm an optimist) of water, put in a drop of dish soap, put the lid on, shake, and rinse.  It takes less time than it took me to type that :)

The variations of this are probably endless, but here is the way I'm currently making it.
1/2 cup uncooked oatmeal
1 cup of almond milk.  Coconut works well too.
1 spoonful of chia seed
1 heaping spoonful of powdered peanut butter
half a banana sliced
some blueberries

All ingredients are approximations.  Dump them all in a mason jar, stir a little, put the lid on, and throw it in the refrigerator overnight.  It's good for 3 or 4 days if you make extra jars, but after that, the bananas might get gross.  I like the taste best if I let it warm up close to room temperature before eating, but it's okay cold right of the fridge too.
 
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I have often heard of overnight oats, but for me the downside is that it is cold out of the fridge.

Great if it works for you, but for me I go the opposite way:
Put oats and some crushed linseeds in a bowl, pour with boiling water (which I have anyway as I make tea in the morning).
Cover up a bit, prepare lunchboxes for the kids etc., add two tablespoons of mixed crushed nuts (I grind them myself every two weeks or so), cut up some fresh fruit (if I have) or add some apple sauce when there is one in the fridge I have to eat anyway, add a dollop of homemade jam (a good sweetener and a perfect use for my jams as I love to make them but hardly eat them on bread).

By the time the kids leave the house, the oats are perfectly soaked and still lukewarm and I can sit down with my second cup of tea and my oats.
No bloating as I had before when I ate "raw" cereals. It keeps me satisfied for several hours.
I have dairy in my tea and can have a yoghurt later, so the setup with boiling water works for me.
This is actually a cross between a traditional Muesli (which was also soaked overnight) and a porridge.
 
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Swiss Bircher muesli is the original/traditional method for soaking oats overnight.  I used to make various combinations of this and think this suits itself to summer.
 
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My daily breakfast is this Muesli / Overnight Oats too.
Probably the difference is: traditional Bircher-Benner Muesli was soaked overnight in water and then the next morning condensed milk was added. Overnight Oats is soaked in (plant-based or cow's) milk.
I soak my Muesli in water and add thick yoghurt in the morning.
I was used to put it in the fridge at night, but then a therapist said it wasn't OK for me to eat it that cold in the morning. So I let it stay in the kitchen overnight, outside the fridge, and eat it at room temperature.
 
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