Have you heard of “overnight oats?” It’s when you put your oatmeal together and then let the concoction sit in your fridge during the night. You wake up to a creamy, flavorful cereal ready to eat! You can heat it up or eat it cold. I love the idea of making something ahead of time for crazy or lazy mornings. I am trying to limit oats, so I usually make my own cereal with golden flaxmeal alone, but for the kids I make it with half oats and half flax.
The addition of chia seeds really thickens the cereal. Chia is a great little seed. It is flavorless, and when combined with liquid, it gels up and takes on the flavor of whatever it is soaked in. This takes anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour, depending on how soft you want your seeds to get. Chia seeds are full of omegas, antioxidants, protein, iron, fiber and calcium.
I am also loving coconut oil. I’ve been cooking with it for a year now, but have recently discovered that I can get even more health benefits by increasing my daily consumption, so I add some to this breakfast every day. Dr. Davis suggests including a healthy oil at every meal. In addition to being good for you, it also acts as an appetite suppressant.
The flavor variations of this breakfast are endless. Sometimes I’ll add a dollop of blackberry jelly instead of strawberry. Or I’ll include different extracts. Or I’ll top with a little peanut butter, shredded coconut or cinnamon. Feel free to experiment! And enjoy!
Easy make-ahead breakfast. Gluten-free, wheat-free, grain-free, low carb.
- 2 tablespoons oats (quick or regular)
- 2 tablespoons golden flaxseed meal
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds*
- 1/8 teaspoon stevia glycerite (or sweetener equal to 2T sugar)
- 1/2 cup milk of choice (I like unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon sugar-free strawberry jelly
- sliced strawberries
- 2-3 teaspoons coconut oil
Combine all the ingredients except for the jelly, strawberries, and coconut oil. Stir well. Put in the refrigerator overnight.
When ready to eat, add the strawberry jelly and microwave. I usually microwave for 30 seconds, stir, then microwave again. When finished heating, add the coconut oil, mix in until completely melted, then top with strawberries.
*If you don't want to (or forget to) make your cereal the night before and want to make it to eat right away, combine everything as directed above, but omit the chia seeds.