Just a heads up - this recipe is for STAGES 2 and 3 ONLY - sorry Stage 1 peeps...but, if this is something that would work well for your family feel free to go ahead and run with it.
I’m testing ‘grab and go’ or make-ahead items for those who want a good breakfast but don’t always have time to make them. This recipe is a simple 'stop, drop and scoop' and then out the door.
This was pretty good but Bubba (my hubby) and I thought the lemon zest was a little heavy, so I’ve scaled that back for you. And feel free to use whatever fruit you would like, peaches, apples, bananas, berries, etc. The original recipe says ‘serves 4’ – which in real life terms is 6 normal people or 2 teenage boys. This fills you up fast!
I didn’t have rolled oats; I used steel cut oats and it was a little chewy and nutty tasting but we liked that better than soft mushy oatmeal. I think you would too.
This affordable, healthy breakfast provides protein, whole grains and fruit to help you start your morning right. The twist is that it virtually prepares itself while you’re sleeping — simply serve in the morning, straight from the fridge or warmed if you prefer.
2 cups uncooked rolled oats (not instant or quick cooking)
2 cups unsweetened almond milk
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
chopped pecans, walnuts or almonds
Your choice of fruit, peeled and chopped
Combine oats, milk, vanilla and zest in a bowl, cover and refrigerate overnight.
The next morning, scoop oatmeal into bowls and top with nuts and fruit. Add butter or a drizzle of agave nectar if you’d like. You can eat this hot or cold.
1/2 cup of this oatmeal is 1 serving of grains and 1/2 serving of fat. Remember to count whatever toppings you use as well.