Always Worth The Trouble

April 25, 2012

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Another nightly debate…should I take 2 minutes to make overnight oats?

YES.

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Always worth it. My favorite breakfast!!

1/3 cup oats, milk, greek yogurt, 1 whole small banana, 2 tsp chia seeds, cinnamon, pinch salt.

This AM: Clusters!! And some Wild Squirrel.

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Sippin’ on lime H2O

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Have a good one!

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1 Andrea April 25, 2012 at 7:37 am

I have seriously got to try overnight oats!

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2 Valeriekw April 25, 2012 at 11:06 am

Yes, yes you do. And I have found that if you forget the night before, as long as it sits in the frig for a couple hours, the texture is almost the same as sitting overnight. I usually make mine at 7 AM, and then eat it at work around 9 – still delicious!!!

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3 Liz April 25, 2012 at 7:38 am

Looks yummi!!!

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4 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table April 25, 2012 at 7:38 am

I have like 1 more day before I get overnight oats in a empty PB jar and I am beyond pumped. Always well worth the trouble… except I get so excited about it at times (like when I had an empty Biscoff jar) that I have trouble falling asleep. :)

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5 The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh April 25, 2012 at 7:39 am

Is it weird I love it when you use that spoon? I always keep my eye out at antique shows for a similar one but no luck yet. Enjoy your Hump Day!

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6 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio April 25, 2012 at 7:39 am

Yummy! Now that it’s getting warmer out (or at least it was), OIAJ just sounds fantastic to me! Happy Wednesday.

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7 Catalina @ Cake with Love April 25, 2012 at 7:40 am

You spoon is so long and so convenient to eat from a jar, where did you get it?

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8 KathEats April 25, 2012 at 7:48 am

From my grandmother.. It’s an iced tea spoon

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9 Catalina @ Cake with Love April 25, 2012 at 9:50 am

ok, thank you, I want to find one too, it is so pretty and convenient!

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10 Mom April 25, 2012 at 10:31 am

This is your mother speaking: SILVER POLISH!!

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11 KathEats April 25, 2012 at 10:46 am

OK, OK, I’ll go look for it

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12 Mom April 25, 2012 at 10:48 am

Yes, you’ll be happy when it’s done. And the baby needs his first bite of solid food from a silver spoon. Gram insisted you have your first cereal on a spoon. She was there when I gave it to you.

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13 Cathy April 25, 2012 at 10:57 am

I noticed you still had not polished the silver. LOL

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14 Kathy W. April 25, 2012 at 12:53 pm

I hate using regular silver polish, but this sounds like an easy alternative to the chemically stuff:

http://www.thedailygreen.com/living-green/blogs/organic-parenting/nontoxic-silver-polish-55070602

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15 Janelle April 25, 2012 at 7:42 am

Good morning kath that looks fabulous !!! I made some last night to can’t wait to dig into them :-D

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16 Alyssa (factsandflax) April 25, 2012 at 7:43 am

mmm looks delicious! have a great day!

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17 chris April 25, 2012 at 7:45 am

Hope today finds you warmer! Jess is feeling lots of baby kicks after she eats salad these days, and very early in the morning. I think you are at a big growth spurt :-))

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18 Björg April 25, 2012 at 7:49 am

I did that too ;)

It is so worth it, knowing its ready and the chia seeds are thick and delicious makes me get up :]

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19 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count April 25, 2012 at 7:54 am

Overnight oats are ALWAYS worth the effort!

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20 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat April 25, 2012 at 7:57 am

Wish I took the time to make them last night! I’m having straight greek yogurt instead. :)

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21 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope April 25, 2012 at 7:59 am

I want to make overnight oats and then I always forget to prepare them the night before. You are right. It only takes a few seconds to make.

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22 Becca April 25, 2012 at 7:59 am

Looks good!! I love adding lime to my water, I am constantly drinking hot water with lime. Perfect way to up my water in take :)

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23 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats April 25, 2012 at 8:01 am

I’m having overnight oats today! But that’s because I had to leave at 7am to get to class… my teacher realized he hadn’t been teaching us anything all semester and decided to make us come in early every day this week so he could cover everything… at least I have my oats during it.

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24 Justeen @ Blissful Baking April 25, 2012 at 8:02 am

I may have to agree with you that overnight oats are my favorite breakfast ever! Especially in an almost empty Barney Butter or sunflower seed butter jar. I tried vegan overnight oats this morning (no Greek yogurt – just coconut milk, oats, and chia seeds) and it just wasn’t the same!!

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25 Molly @ RDexposed April 25, 2012 at 8:03 am

Truth be told about the 2 minute nightly struggle! It seems like it’ll take 2 years when it’s 10 pm and you’re lying on the couch!

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26 Angel7 April 25, 2012 at 8:09 am

I really like that cheery :) tablecloth! It matches the baby’s room :)

http://faithfulsolutions.blogspot.com/

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27 Cait @ Beyond Bananas April 25, 2012 at 8:17 am

I agree .. any pre-prep for food is well worth the time! I prep most things I need for lunches during the week on Sundays. For things I can’t do on Sunday .. I do the night before. Well worth it!

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28 donna April 25, 2012 at 8:19 am

How much milk do you use? Does it matter if it’s regular oatmeal or the 1-minute quick cooking kind? I really want to prepare this the night before. I tried it the other night and must’ve done something wrong, because it tasted like paste! What am I doing wrong?
Do you add any sweetener?

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29 KathEats April 25, 2012 at 9:12 am

The texture is thick like a paste, but add a few more tbsp of milk next time. I use old fashioned rolled oats, no sweetener

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30 kathleen @ the daily crumb April 25, 2012 at 8:22 am

i feel the same way about overnight oats! seems annoying at night when all i want to do is have the kitchen clean and go to bed, but i’m always glad i have them in the morning!! (same thing with a batch of iced coffee)

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31 Sarah @ Fresh Living April 25, 2012 at 8:28 am

It’s interesting how we debate over these things, even though they give us great pleasure. I always do the same when it comes to food. In the end, we’re always so much happier once we do it :)

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32 Allison April 25, 2012 at 8:31 am

What kind of oats do you use?

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33 KathEats April 25, 2012 at 9:10 am

Bulk rolled oats

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34 Liz April 25, 2012 at 8:35 am

Hi Kath, May I ask you what chia seeds brand do you use? Might buy them on Amazon. Just not sure if I should look for something on the brand. Or any would be good.

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35 KathEats April 25, 2012 at 9:10 am

Any are good! I bought mine from chia seeds direct. com

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36 Liz April 25, 2012 at 9:31 am

Thanks!

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37 Monica April 26, 2012 at 1:31 pm

I get my chia seeds from either my local sprouts or whole foods. At whole foods they are located by the vitamins.

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38 Liz April 26, 2012 at 1:50 pm

Thanks Monica!
Im not from USA, Im in South America and we don’t have Whole Foods. But I found the seeds originate here so I found them yesterday in the place I go for lunch every day!. Can’t beleive I didn’t look for them before. But as always Kath’s blog gives you lot of nutriotional ideas!

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39 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles April 25, 2012 at 8:57 am

Having a favourite breakfast sure helps getting up in the morning…don’t you think? Oatmeal in the morning just feels right…perfect way to start the day! Enjoy!

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40 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) April 25, 2012 at 8:59 am

I never think about making overnight oats. You always remind me when it’s too late! Have a great day Kath!

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41 Cait's Plate April 25, 2012 at 9:09 am

It’s been too long since I’ve had overnight oats (and by “long” I mean, over a week). This may just need to be breakfast for tomorrow :)

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42 Khushboo April 25, 2012 at 9:15 am

Agreed about overnight oats- always worth the all of 5 minutes it takes to make :)

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43 Caroline @ After Dinner Dance April 25, 2012 at 9:28 am

I say that to myself every night. Most of the time I just want to go to bed and have to force myself to remember I’ll be happy I made them in the morning!

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44 Kel@thekelshow April 25, 2012 at 9:36 am

I am not sure if it was the “Clusters” post of the “Husband is a Baker” post, but I dreamt about you and Matt last night!

Apparently I was renting a beach cottage that you and Matt owned somewhere in North Carolina. (I am headed to NC this weekend.) There was a bread drawer full of bread, granola and kale! We had a wonderful conversation about pregnancies, food and Great Harvest.

Just had to let you know you are making an impression – even in my sleep!

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45 KathEats April 25, 2012 at 10:48 am

Haha love it!

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46 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More April 25, 2012 at 10:10 am

Have a fabulous day! :)

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47 Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning April 25, 2012 at 10:13 am

Here’s a question for ya: Do you know if overnight oats will last more than one night? I often contemplate making them the night before, but think that I might change my mind in the morning and want something else instead. Just wondering if they would last an extra night….
(Real deep thoughts in my head this morning!) :)

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48 KathEats April 25, 2012 at 10:48 am

I think 2 days would work… Max

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49 Candice April 26, 2012 at 10:59 am

I’ve made 5 batches on a sunday evening for every morning of the work week. They are fine as long as they are refrigerated.

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50 KathEats April 26, 2012 at 12:56 pm

Great to hear that!

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51 Tracy April 25, 2012 at 11:22 am

I’ve eaten 3 day old overnight oats…no problem! I usually make 2 batches at once for convenience sake.

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52 Annette @FitnessPerks April 25, 2012 at 10:13 am

Overnight oats are tasty!! I need to think ahead more often :)

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53 Averie @ Averie Cooks April 25, 2012 at 10:15 am

You’re right, some things are worth the wait (or trouble)! :)

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54 Megan @ Megan's Munchies April 25, 2012 at 10:17 am

Yum!! I really need to drink more water! Maybe adding lime will help me!

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55 Hannah @ Eat, Drink and Save Money April 25, 2012 at 10:24 am

Just last night my husband told me it had been a while since I made overnight oats. This is a great reminder that I should go back to it. I get in breakfast ruts. I do the same thing over and over again for a few months and then get tired of it for a while. Time to go back to overnight oats!

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56 KathEats April 25, 2012 at 10:47 am

Haha love that the hubs noticed!

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57 April April 25, 2012 at 10:51 am

I read some articles about the Wild Squirrel crew and had no idea that you helped them get their name out there! I have some Oregon love for them (home state) and think it is great that you support the small businesses out there.

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58 Kris April 25, 2012 at 10:59 am

are the Wild Squirrel peanut butters really that good? i’m hesitating spending almost $50 on 5 jars to sample all of them (of course I’d want them all!). i’ve only recently started liking almond butter in my oatmeal, and I want to branch out even more. would you recommend certain kinds over the others?

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59 KathEats April 25, 2012 at 11:47 am

I like them a lot :) I like the cocoa-nut and the pretzel the best, and I haven’t had the almond butters yet.

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60 Em (Wine and Butter) April 25, 2012 at 11:44 am

My only problem with overnight oats is that sometimes if I make them I cant sleep because I keep waking up excited for breakfast. Very obsessive. :)

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61 Ellie@Fit for the Soul April 25, 2012 at 12:01 pm

totally agree~it’s always worth it, especially is the next morning you have a busy start. :)

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62 Zoe @ loseweightandgainhealth April 25, 2012 at 2:56 pm

I am making these tonight. I try to make breakfast to take to work and so these are perfect – thanks for the reminder. I am wondering about the banana though – if you add it the night before, does it go black and mushy?

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63 KathEats April 25, 2012 at 3:06 pm

Nope!

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64 Maura @ My Healthy 'Ohana April 25, 2012 at 5:55 pm

Do you think it would still come out if I didn’t use the chia seeds? I’ve been thinking about buying some, but haven’t gotten around to it yet. I love Oikos Greek yogurt, the vanilla is the best one I’ve had so far :)

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65 KathEats April 25, 2012 at 6:01 pm

Yup, definitely! Chias just help it gel together more

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66 jojo April 25, 2012 at 10:11 pm

I made ovrnight oats for the first time recently, the recipe was inspired by yours.
DIdn’t have chia seeds though, I heard that makes a huge difference so I’ll try it with next time!!

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