Don’t ya just love Wednesday’s on a short week!? Two days into work and you’re already on the downhill slide to the weekend! One of the things that is on my to-do list, pretty much every weekend, is meal prep! You guys have heard me talk about this…Instagram about this…are you sick of hearing about this? Don’t answer that! Meal prep is one of the best ways to guarantee healthy eating during the week. BUT, say you don’t have time on the weekend and you’re in a scramble during the week. Overnight oats to the rescue!
If you’ve never tried overnight oats, I highly suggest giving it a go! It is an easy way to make a healthy and quick breakfast the night before, so you can grab and go in the morning. So…confession…the appeal of overnight oats was sort of lost on me for awhile. I used to think, “Cold soggy oatmeal? No thanks!” And then one day I actually tried it (funny how that can change your opinion), and I am a total convert! Especially when you throw in some toasted almonds and dried tart cherries. I mean, how can you say no to that? And yes it is cold oatmeal, but it tastes ah-mazing with all those add-ins and delicious chewy crunchy bits. Give it a try and tell me what you think!
An easy gluten-free and dairy-free overnight oat recipe full of crunchy toasted almonds and dried tart cherries. The perfect breakfast to have ready for busy mornings.
1 ½ cups rolled oats
1 ½ cups non-dairy milk – almond, cashew, hemp
1 Tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp ground cinnamon
½ cup toasted almonds*, chopped
¼ cup chopped dried cherries
1 Tbsp cherry jam (my favorite is Bonne Maman)
splash of vanilla extract
pinch of Himalayan pink salt
In a small bowl, combine all of the ingredients except for the cherry jam, and mix well. Add to a mason jar, or small container, layering with the cherry jam. Cover in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours, or ideally overnight.
Best if enjoyed within the first 24-36 hours after making.
To toast the almonds, roast raw almonds on a baking sheet at 350 degrees until fragrant and lightly toasted. About 10 minutes.