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Cherry and Almond Overnight Oats

What are overnight oats?
1. Overnight oats are awesome. They take just a few minutes to assemble and are ready with zero fuss in the morning. You can even make them a couple of days at a time.
2. Overnight oats are really healthy. This oatmeal is soaked in milk and yogurt, which break down —- and makes the oats more digestible.
3. Overnight oats are totally customizable. There’s a flavor (or ten) for everyone. Get your kids to make their own if they’re old enough to measure and pour – it’s a great way to get kids involved in the kitchen.
4. If you’re out the door early in the morning, these are totally ready when you are and they’re portable.

Why Full Fat?
I’m a big believer in full-fat dairy products and use whole milk and whole milk yogurt in this recipe. Adding some fat to your oatmeal helps prevent a big carb sugar spike and will keep you feeling full much longer. That said, this recipe will still work with reduced fat dairy or alternative milk and yogurt products.

What are all of the add ins? Chia, Hemp, and Flax
Chia, hemp hearts (shelled hemp seeds), and ground flax seeds might be new to you. They’ve all had their moment in the trendy food limelight and should be easily found at grocery stores (but are always cheaper in bulk food bins). You can omit some or all of them if you don’t have them on hand or prefer to just add a bit of one and not the others.

Chia, hemp, and flax all add some great nutrition: omega-3s, healthy fat, fiber, and protein. They take a healthy oatmeal breakfast and make it even better.

Prep Time: just a few minutes

Cook Time: overnight

Cherry and Almond Overnight Oats

A delicious, lightly sweetened, fruity breakfast for people on the go!

Ingredients:

Grown-Up Size (in a pint-sized jar)
1/3 c. rolled oats
1 t. chia seeds
1 t. hemp
1 t. ground flax seeds (whole flax seeds aren't really digestible)
1/3 c. + 1 T. milk
3 T. yogurt (I use whole milk)
2 t. real maple syrup (or more to taste)
1/3 c. pitted fresh or frozen cherries
about 10 raw almonds, whole or chopped

Half-Pint Size for Half-Pint Kiddos
1/8 c. rolled oats
1/2 t. chia seeds
1/2 t. hemp
1/2 t. ground flax seeds
3 1/2 T. milk
1 1/2 T. yogurt
1 t. maple syrup
small handful of fresh or frozen pitted cherries
a few almonds, chopped well

Directions:

1. Toss everything in a pint-sized mason jar (or half-pint size for little kids). I like to layer yogurt on the bottom followed by the dry ingredients, the fruit, and then the milk.

2. Put a lid on it. Shake the jar and leave it in the fridge overnight.

These can be made ahead and kept in the fridge. I prefer to eat them within 3 days, so I make 9 at a time for my family.

   

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