The weather has started to be a bit nicer where I’m at, and I have noticed that a lot of the bloggers I read have been eating some summery meals. One of these is overnight oatmeal. I thought it sounded interesting and wanted to give it a try.
First of all, I don’t like milk, of any kind (cow’s milk, almond, rice, soy, etc.) although I can handle a little bit on my cereal to soften it a bit (unsweetened vanilla almond milk is my choice for that) as long as it is mixed with cinnamon. But it gives my oatmeal a funky taste, so I don’t make my oatmeal with milk. And I didn’t want to use yogurt because that is what I eat on the side of my oatmeal. I am pretty much stuck with using water sweetened with cinnamon, stevia, and my fruit of choice.
I kept reading that you shouldn’t add fruit until you are ready to eat it, so I left that out to be added the next day. I wasn’t sure how much water to put because I usually use half as much liquid as oats (because I like them thick and chewy) but I wasn’t sure if that would work for this. To experiment, I did one bowl of 1/2 cup (40 grams) of oats and 1/2 cup of water and then I did another bowl with 1/2 cup (40 grams) of oats with 1/4 cup of water. I added a packet of stevia and half a teaspoon of cinnamon to both bowls.
I made them up right before bed and planned to eat them for lunch the next day after work. When I got home from work I found them looking like this:
The bowl with a 1/2 cup of water was all mushy and a ton of liquid was left over. The bowl with a 1/4 cup of water had shrunk down to about half of its size or about…maybe a few bites of oatmeal? I was super bummed! But then maybe it looked so tiny because I usually have a bunch of fruit in there.
My husband combined both bowls and instead of eating it cold, heated them up in the microwave until they reached a consistency he liked.
I decided to grab another 1/2 cup of oats, stevia, cinnamon, and half a banana. Cooked it all up the microwave and topped it with a tablespoon of peanut butter.
On the side I decided on 3.5 ounces of strawberries and some Chobani greek yogurt.
Speaking of strawberries, you know what is awesome in the summer? Chocolate covered strawberries of course. We have been searching grocery stores for some pea protein (which I am excited to try and will talk about when we actually find it), and we saw some chocolate-covered strawberries at Fred Meyer. I didn’t realize until we got home that the four we bought were HUGE.
They had varying sizes on the plate, but the bakery clerk must have picked the biggest ones for us. Which I guess is nice, but I certainly wasn’t planning on eating THAT much chocolate. Ahh if only it had been white chocolate. My true weakness.
I’m trying to not eat as much ice cream as I used to, which will definitely be hard once summer hits. So tell me, what is your favorite summer treat?