Red, White, Blue + Chia

July 4, 2012

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

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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!

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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

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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!

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[Thankful to be an American woman!]

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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!

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2 Patty July 4, 2012 at 9:21 am

Beautiful post! Thanks Kath!

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3 Khushboo July 4, 2012 at 9:25 am

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

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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 :P

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

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

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6 Mom July 4, 2012 at 9:37 am

Love the colors! Happy Fourth everyone!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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. ;-)

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

Happy 4th, Kath!

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16 Randy July 4, 2012 at 10:50 am

Wishing everyone a happy Fourth of July!

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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.

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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!! :)

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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 :)

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20 Elisabeth July 4, 2012 at 11:37 am

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

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21 Angel7 July 4, 2012 at 11:45 am

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

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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.

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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!

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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!!

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25 Michelle @ gloriouseats.com 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

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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.

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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!

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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!

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29 Rhapsody July 5, 2012 at 7:51 pm

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

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30 KathEats July 5, 2012 at 7:57 pm

Happy B-day!

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