Back at it…Overnight Maple Banana-Nut Oats

oats3So it has been many months since my last blog post—turns out having a baby takes up more time than I expected :). Luckily, I was still able to cook but writing and taking pictures had to take a back seat for a while. I actually thought about just stopping the blog all together, but much to my surprise (and excitement!) so many people were asking me to continue, which was just the motivation I needed to start again. I mean, I need to give the people what they want-right?

For those of you who have followed me, you may notice some changes on the blog (and in my life!). We are happily back in NY and I am enjoying motherhood to a 10 month beautiful little girl. Juggling motherhood and work responsibilities is not easy but I am trying to continue doing what I love. You will find that many of my new recipes are even easier and quicker to make and most are baby/child friendly. I have tried to cook things that the whole family can eat, including my daughter. We have experimented with many new foods with her and she now eats whatever we eat. I am shocked at how many things she is willing to taste and am crossing my fingers that this will continue and set the foundation for a lifetime of healthy eating.

This post is an ode to my new favorite breakfast—Oatmeal! I never had oatmeal growing up and I was definitely missing out! These overnight oats are so easy to put together. Pour it all into a container, and stick in the fridge. The next morning, top with sliced fruit and nuts and that’s it–truly a grab and go breakfast. It is a no-brainer! Did I mention that oatmeal will definitely keep you full till lunchtime? Enjoy!!

Overnight Maple Banana-Nut Oats

Ingredients (Serves 1-2):

1 Cup Almond Milk (I use Silk Pure –feel free to use regular milk/Coconut milk if you prefer)

1 Cup Rolled Oats

1 Tablespoon Pure Maple

1 Teaspoon Cinnamon

1 Teaspoon Chia seeds (optional)

1 Teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract

Toppings

1 Banana

1-2 Tablespoons Walnuts or Pecans

**Feel free to be creative-you can top with berries, extra maple, and a variety of nuts***

Directions:

In a small container with a lid, combine the milk, oats, maple, cinnamon, chia seeds and vanilla. Cover and shake well. Place in refrigerator overnight. In the morning, top with sliced banana, nuts and other toppings you may like. Enjoy!

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**If you forget to do this at night, you can always make this on the stove top. Just heat the milk, maple, cinnamon and vanilla in a saucepan on medium heat, stirring frequently. Once warmed, add the oats and continue to cook until the liquid is absorbed, about 10 minutes. Make sure to stir frequently so it does not burn. Pour into a bowl, add toppings and enjoy!

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