Mornings. What can be said about week-day mornings at your house? It’s back to school season and I know it’s left many of you with mornings of chaos. Maybe the adjectives that come to mind include hectic, stressful, rushed, tired, or hungry. I know this is the reality for so many of us, having a hectic morning trying to rush out the door or start our day on time. Maybe you have kids that you’re trying to get off to school with the right shoes on each foot. Maybe it’s you that you’ve hit the alarm button one too many times and have decided to spray in the dry shampoo instead of actually washing your hair. Whether you are a kid going to elementary school, student in college, a mom working two jobs, or dad who tends to skip breakfast because it’s, “too time consuming and I’ll just stop and pick up some donuts,” – this recipe is going to change your life in the mornings.
Overnight oats have been popular for a while now, but I think we all tend to forget about making them until it’s morning time and we haven’t prepped anything. For me and my current pregnancy, I am so hungry in the mornings I tend to grab the first thing my eyes set focus on, whether that be something healthy or not I am not too proud to say. So in defense of meal prep for back to school, the prepping doesn’t have to stop at dinner time, nor lunch time, but if you struggle with what to grab in the mornings that remains satiable, healthy, and full of fiber and omega-3’s I highly recommend this breakfast trick.
Peach Pie Overnight Oats. Yes, it really does taste as good as it sounds, especially right now with the peach season bringing us endless amounts of delicious fruits. I originally wanted to make a peach pie when I saw the amount of fresh and juicy peaches at the local grocery store but I knew breakfast was a main priority for me, prepping some breakfast meals that I could grab on the go and feel good about. Marrying the two, peach pie and breakfast made me even more excited to get in the kitchen and start working on a recipe.
To begin, I used eight 8oz mason jars as my storage containers. These are essential because they travel well, they are easy to re-heat (after taking off the lid), the material is glass instead of plastic, they are reusable, recyclable, and washable, and they hold the perfect amount of breakfast oatmeal. You can find them pretty much anywhere these days, I went up to our local grocery store and they have them for sale next to the rest of the food storage items. You can find them at Walmart, Amazon, Target, or any other big box store.
Next, I would determine what type of fruit you are wanting to incorporate into your breakfast. The peach pie is a must and one of my favorites but you can really use any fruit of choice to mix it up a bit. Eating eight prepped breakfasts in a row can get pretty boring and mundane so try switching it up a bit and using different flavors. I used pitted dark cherries as my second choice, which turned out just as tasty as the peaches. Although a bit messy, you have to peel the big seed out from the center before assembling. Other ideas include strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and bananas.
Peach Pie Overnight Oats
Sweet and healthy overnight oats to grab in the mornings when your time is rushed. Tastes like dessert for breakfast but you know you're getting plenty of fiber, omega-3's, and calcium when you choose to grab these pre-prepped breakfast cups.
- 1/3 cup Rolled Oats
- 1 tsp Chia Seeds
- 1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
- 1/4 cup Chopped fruit pieces peaches
- 1/2 cup Almond Milk or dairy milk
- 1 tsp Sweetener honey, brown sugar, or agave nectar
In a pre-washed 8 oz mason jar, dump the rolled oats at the bottom. Add the chia seeds, ground cinnamon, and chopped fruit pieces on top.
In a mixing cup, combine the milk with the sweetener of choice. Mix well and pour on top of the fruit. Cover tightly with mason jar lid and shake well until contents are evenly distributed.
Repeat these steps until all 8 mason jars are prepped. Set in the fridge to soak overnight.
In the morning, grab and eat cold or simply warm up in the microwave for 40-60 seconds (make sure to take the lid off or transfer to small bowl).
This recipe is an original Healthy Chew recipe, all rights reserved.
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