Many of you have asked about vegan / zero waste recipes that don’t take too long to make, so I thought I’d start with one of our favorite go-to summer breakfasts: Overnight Oats.
There are SO many things I love about Overnight Oats: They’re crazy delicious. They’re very nutritious. They’re quick and easy to make. There are endless varieties of flavors and combinations. They’re perfect right out of the fridge for those hot summer mornings! They are great for travel. Grab your mason jar out of the fridge and enjoy on the go!
The basic ingredients for Overnight Oats (serving per person) are:
- 1/2 – 3/4 cup of rolled oats
- 1 cup of non-dairy milk or water
- 1 tablespoon of maple syrup
- Dash of sea salt
At home, we like to mix it up and experiment with different flavors/ combinations. Some staples include: chia seeds, peanut/ almond butter, walnuts, almonds, hemp seeds, superfood cereal, strawberries, blueberries, apples and bananas… Depending on what I’m going for that day, I might also add a splash of vanilla and cinnamon.
There are so many variations of Overnight Oats so get creative!
Combine all of your ingredients *minus the rolled oats* into the mason jar and stir/ shake well. Add the rolled oats slowly to make sure they are stirred in well. Make sure that all of the oats are underneath the liquid mixture so that they can absorb the water/ non dairy milk overnight. Also – the oats and chia seeds will expand so don’t fill the jar past the 3/4 mark.
Then, pop it in the fridge. Make sure it sits in there at least 6 hours, and when you wake up you’ll have delicious Overnight Oats ready to go!
Make It Zero Waste
Bring your mason jars to your nearest coop/ Whole Foods for your rolled oats and get your fruit at the farmers market, and voila! At my local coop, I can also get maple syrup, chia seeds, peanut butter and all the other fix-ins without packaging.
Happy healthy eating, happy healthy planet 🙂