I’ve been so busy!!!
I thought I would have more time to cook once I got back to school and I wasn’t trying to spend every waking second with friends or family back home, but boy was I wrong! Turns out taking 3 computer science classes is a LOT more work that I had anticipated!
My one gen-ed I’m taking this semester to keep me sane with all the computer science is a karate class. It’s so interesting and I’m having a lot of fun with it, only the class is waaaay on the other side of campus and it’s at 8:30 in the morning. Yuck!
Now I am NOT a morning person at all. It’s all I can do to get out of bed in the morning, let alone make and eat breakfast. Luckily I have an hour break between karate and my next class so the first week of class I set out to find something I could make ahead and bring with me to eat then.
That’s when I discovered overnight oats. I had no idea what I’ve been missing all these years of barely eating breakfast cause I’m too tired/lazy in the mornings, these things are so good and sooo easy to make the night before! They’ve saved my mornings!
So for my first post after being back at school for over a month of the busiest semester ever is one of my favorite ways to make overnight oats. I give you, Strawberry Overnight Oats with Chia Seeds!
Start by cutting up your strawberries. I bought a thing of strawberries about a week ago and I’ve been sooo happy I did, having fresh fruit in my breakfast every morning has been amazing. I like to cut them up really small so they mix in well and you get some in each bite.
Start adding ingredients to a mason jar or something of the sort that can close up good and be put in the fridge. I’ve got a couple smaller sized mason jars I save for this. I love how nice it looks with just the dry ingredients in the jar! I’m drooling already.
For the milk, I like to use almond milk, not just because that’s what I always use but also it gives it a little extra flavor. But that’s just me, use whatever your favorite variety of milk is. I use 1/3 cup and a full tablespoon of chia seeds and the texture comes out kinda like lumpy oatmeal. However, I know I’m weird and most people don’t like lumpy oatmeal so for the recipe I reduced the chia seeds to 3/4 tbsp (but not in the pictures). Since chia soaks up liquid just like the oats do this should make it a little runnier but play around with the milk and chia amounts to get it how you like it. I also don’t like to tell people how to use their vanilla, mostly because I pretty much ignore any vanilla measurement ever and put like double in. I start with about a teaspoon, but play around with that too!
Once you have everything in there, you gotta mix it up. What I’ve found easiest (and also the funnest) (yes I know funnest is not a word) is to just put the cap on and shake. Keep shaking until everything seems good and mixed up. It might get all over the sides and top and everything but it’ll settle while it sets. After it’s mixed stick it in the fridge for a good 4-5 hours at least, although overnight usually gets you the best results. I like to make mine just before bed and it’s all ready to go when I leave then next morning. Enjoy!