I'm certainly not the first to suggest this substantial cereal substitute. It's an oldie, but one that I think warrants recirculating into the breakfast cycle. For those weeks when you feel like your to-do lists are multiplying and you are perpetually behind, the small act of making this meal the night before a busy day might just be the reset button you need. It takes less time than actually cooking oatmeal, but it will empower your morning milieu with confidence that you can carry with you . . . at least until your second coffee run . . . Fake it till you make it!
1 cup of rolled oats
1 cup of milk or almond milk
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla or almond extract (your choice, and this is altogether optional)
2 teaspoons of sugar, maple syrup, or other sweetener
A handful of your favorite toppings (fresh or dried fruit, sweetened coconut flakes, nuts,
chocolate chips, a spoonful of preserves, etc.)
1. The night before, add all the ingredients (except the toppings) into a bowl or mason jar. Stir, cover, refrigerate, and go to bed!
2. Wake up remembering that because you are amazing, you've already made breakfast. Grab said breakfast, add toppings, enjoy! (At this point you can add additional sweetener if you like, and you could microwave the oatmeal if you prefer it warm.)
Serves 2 -3.
Busy Girl's Bonus If, like me, you don't actually eat breakfast at home on most weekdays, make this for takeaway! The night before, just mix the ingredients directly into a travel mug or any portable container with a secure lid. And, unless you are using bananas or another topping that won't do well overnight, you can stir in your toppings the night before as well, so you can truly just throw this into your bag on your way out the door!