Red, White, Blue + Chia

July 4, 2012


Happy Red, White + Blue! Hope you have the day off to enjoy, picnic and firework.


We are out of yogurt, yet we have a lot of food in the fridge so I haven’t wanted to go to the store just for one thing. I was craving overnight oats last night so I made a yogurtless version – much like the vegan overnight oats that float around the blogworld. Mine wasn’t vegan because I used organic milk, but I upped the chia seed ratio and enjoyed this very much. It doesn’t have that doughy, sticky texture that I love so much with the yogurt version (I still prefer that), but the fluffy chia seeds were fun to eat and this still was delicious!


PM Mix:

  • 1/4 cup oats (because I knew I was going to top off with granola)
  • 1 cup organic 2% milk
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds (I normally use about 1/2-1 tbsp in my overnight oats)
  • Pinch salt
  • Splash vanilla
  • 1 nectarine, diced

AM Toppings:

  • Granola
  • TJ’s sunflower butter


On the side – some iced coffee! Making the overnight kind is so easy. I use 1/4 cup decaf grounds and about 20 ounces of water for 1 mug. Stir them together at night and put in fridge overnight. French press in the AM and you have cold brewed coffee!


[Thankful to be an American woman!]


Happy Birthday America!


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1 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries July 4, 2012 at 9:18 am

beautiful photos!! i like the yogurt-y version of overnight oats better too, but i’ve tried it with milk + more chia seeds and it’s not bad! happy 4th of july kath!


2 Patty July 4, 2012 at 9:21 am

Beautiful post! Thanks Kath!


3 Khushboo July 4, 2012 at 9:25 am

Love how patriotic the backdrops of your pics are in this post!


4 Becca July 4, 2012 at 9:25 am

What a patriotic spread! Very pretty. Now if only you had had blueberries and raspberries in those oats instead of the nectarine 😛


5 Erin Motz July 4, 2012 at 9:34 am

Woo-hoo! Hope you have a fantastic, warm, sunshiny day! :)


6 Mom July 4, 2012 at 9:37 am

Love the colors! Happy Fourth everyone!


7 Mandy July 4, 2012 at 9:38 am

That spread looks incredible. I can’t wait to try overnight oats myself. Have a great Fourth!


8 Sarah @ Learning to Feed Yourself July 4, 2012 at 9:39 am

I am on the lookout for chia seeds! I really want to try making these oats!

Have a great Fourth of July!


9 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat July 4, 2012 at 9:41 am

Looking super patriotic today Kath! I hope you enjoy the 4th.. and just think, next year will be BERF’s first 4th!


10 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) July 4, 2012 at 9:50 am

Love the quilt! Such a pretty backdrop! Chias are a favorite of mine! I suggest them to everyone. Most people think I’m crazy when I say it, but I really do love them! Have a great day Kath!


11 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats July 4, 2012 at 10:23 am

I’ve been meaning to make Chia seed pudding and those sound similar, and delicious! I’ll have to try it!


12 Emily July 4, 2012 at 10:26 am

I am thankful to be a woman in America too! Just two more years until being a woman is no longer considered a pre-existing condition!


13 Cait's Plate July 4, 2012 at 10:27 am

Love the patriotic breakfast :)

And good to know that overnight oats work without yogurt! I’ve been in that exact predicament before and now I have a solution :)

Happy 4th Kath!


14 kristen @ verbs and vignettes July 4, 2012 at 10:39 am

way too fitting with the American flag background. I love your votes for women mug!!! happy red, white, and blue. I’ll be enjoying poolside with my family. though no one’s been able to find official fireworks for me. I guess we’ll have to resort to something sparkly in the backyard. 😉


15 Ashley @ Hudson on the Potomac July 4, 2012 at 10:48 am

Happy 4th, Kath!


16 Randy July 4, 2012 at 10:50 am

Wishing everyone a happy Fourth of July!


17 Amanda M July 4, 2012 at 11:33 am

Definitely don’t have the day off today (boo!) but I guess us military folks gotta hold the fort down – pun intended.


18 Karen July 4, 2012 at 1:05 pm

You military folks are awesome, Randy. Thank you for all that you do to keep us safe and proud to be an American today and everyday!! :)


19 Stephanie @ Legally Blinde July 4, 2012 at 11:35 am

Ooh, love your iced coffee technique!! I’ll have to try that out! Happy Fourth :)


20 Elisabeth July 4, 2012 at 11:37 am

Happy 4th of July! Hope you’ve got fun holiday plans :)


21 Angel7 July 4, 2012 at 11:45 am

Wow!!! … There are a lot of chia seeds in there :)


22 Averie @ Averie Cooks July 4, 2012 at 12:06 pm

Cold brewed coffee is all the rage right now…was just reading about it in Bon Appetit’s latest issue. I agree, easy…but I honestly just save all my leftover hot coffee, pour it into a container, and refrigerate. That way I have an endless supply of cold coffee ready to go.


23 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles July 4, 2012 at 12:15 pm

Happy Fourth of July! I will be watching all the fireworks across the lake…I am currently visiting my hometown which is a bordertown to the U.S.A!


24 Karen July 4, 2012 at 1:10 pm

I expected a patriotic breakfast from you, Kath, and you didn’t disappoint…love the celebratory spirit (and the quilt!)

Happy Fourth!!


25 Michelle @ July 4, 2012 at 2:34 pm

I am addicted to chia. I put it in everything! It even makes a good “pudding” with some simple vanilla extract, cinnamon and water added in! YUM


26 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count July 4, 2012 at 5:56 pm

Overnight oats with the extra chia seeds sounds interesting. I’ll have to try that way to make iced coffee.


27 Julia H. @ Going Gulia July 4, 2012 at 7:14 pm

Loving how patriotic all these photos are. So Americana! I actually found a similar overnight oats recipe recently that I want to try. I usually do the version you do (with yogurt), but I’m curious about this one with just milk!


28 Chelsea July 4, 2012 at 9:19 pm

This looks amazing! I only recently discovered chia seeds, and wish I had sooner! Can’t wait to make this… tomorrow, since my overnight oats for the AM are already “cooking” in the fridge! Thanks for sharing! Happy 4th!


29 Rhapsody July 5, 2012 at 7:51 pm

It was my birthday yesterday — fortunately America is a lot older than I am!


30 KathEats July 5, 2012 at 7:57 pm

Happy B-day!


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