Current Breakfast Obsession: The Simplest Overnight Oats

I’m well aware that posting a cold breakfast recipe in October, when it’s 45° and raining and you’re really craving warm comfort foods, is totally nonsensical but just hear me out.  I fell in love with this breakfast this summer when we started half marathon training because, when you have to squeeze in 5 mile runs between sunrise and leaving on time for work, there’s actually NO TIME for any breakfasts that take longer than two minutes to prepare.  The time it took for me to pull overnight oats from the fridge and throw some granola and peanut butter on top took less than two minutes, so it fit the bill.  Post-half marathon training, I find myself still craving this breakfast because it’s so dang simple, delicious and customizable that the fact that it’s cold is a total non-issue.

If I had to guess how many times I have eaten this for breakfast between the start of summer and now, I’d say it’s around the one million mark.

IMG_9184

A moment of silence for flip flop weather and the summertime vibes present in this picture.

I’ve been eating overnight oats in some form since 2010 (is this what we call a long term relationship??) and while I’ve done the whole vegan with chia seeds thing and the non-vegan with Greek yogurt thing, it wasn’t until I saw one of my Bon Appétit Magazine Instagram follows post a version that was just straight up oats and milk that I realized that was even an option.  Turns out this version is my favorite of all!  No slimy chia seed texture and no tangy yogurt taste.  Total win.

My standard is 1/3 cup rolled oats + 1/3 cup unsweetened cashew milk + 1/2 a sliced banana, stirred and refrigerated overnight.  In the morning I add a little extra milk or water and mix it all up before topping it with granola and peanut butter.

For a fun fall rendition add 1/3 cup pumpkin and a generous drizzle of maple syrup!

Weekend Things & My Third Half Marathon

Yesterday, I ran 13.1 miles.  Whoa!  That sounds so surreal.  But in a too-good-to-be-true, I’m-so-proud, couldn’t-be-happier kind of way.  I’ll get to all the race details by the end of this post, but for now, let me just say that yesterday was perfect and I could not have asked for better weather, a more supportive cheering section or an easier going running partner.  I’m feeling very heart-eyed emoji today!

IMG_0046

But back to Friday, when I was winning the award for Best Wife, by asking Joey if we could get breakfast burritos for the THIRD FRIDAY IN A ROW.  I guess I’m just in a breakfast burrito mood lately.  And also, I hadn’t been to Onefold in like a month and that’s an entirely unacceptable amount of time to go without my #1 favorite breakfast burrito.  I forewent my usual Vietnamese Iced Coffee for a regular cup of black coffee, so that I could still feel semi-sane later in the day.

IMG_0083

IMG_0054

IMG_0084

Yelp hooked a girl up with free tickets to If/Then at the Buell that night and even though I knew nothing about the plot, I was pretty excited to hear Idina Menzel’s beautiful made-for-Broadway voice and see Maureen and Mark on stage together.  (If you understood that RENT reference, let’s be friends for life, okay?!)  It was such a nice night, so we sat out on the patio until show time and shared breakfast burrito rankings.  The show was okay.  I thought the songs were a bit boring, the plot was a little strange and the humor was pretty cheesy, but Joey put it perfectly when he said, “the best part was just hearing Idina sing.”  Amen!Read More »