Overnight Oats with Coconut and Chocolate

Overnight Oats

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  Some say that eating breakfast is almost as important as exercising.  I am not sure how people get away with not eating breakfast in the morning, but I know it is common.  I have a hard time eating before I exercise in the morning, but when I am done – I am usually famished.  I also know that the better night sleep I get, the hungrier I am in the morning.  If I don’t get lot of sleep the night before, I am not usually very hungry, but then throughout the day I feel like I need to eat – just to get a little extra bit of energy.

So what do I eat for breakfast?  It definitely varies – I love a good bowl of cold cereal in the morning, or a nice bowl of hot oatmeal – and lately I have been adding a delicious hard-boiled egg to the mix – and with a bowl of cereal, that really gets me through the morning well.  On Friday I was walking by someone’s office, and happened to notice she was eating something out of a mason jar.  I didn’t mean to be nosy, but when it comes to food, I usually can’t hold back – so I asked her what she was eating.  Overnight Oats.  She quickly explained what she had done – and I was in awe.  Basically you just need a base of quick oats and milk (coconut milk works perfectly), and the rest of all up to what you like.  You can add fruit, yogurt, sweeteners, spices – the sky is the limit.

I did a quick search on Bing to see what I could find – and wow, this is all over the food blogs.  I had no idea!  I tried hard to get it out of my head until after work – I had way too much to do on Friday to be distracted, but it made my day knowing I had this to look forward to.  On my way home that day, I was spent.  It was a long week – too long – all I wanted to do was sit on the bus and do nothing.  Then I remembered my little project – and I created a great recipe in my head – the focus was on coconut and chocolate.

I whipped this up in less than 5 minutes, and on Saturday morning, I couldn’t wait to dig in.  It was better than I could have imagined – and since I prefer my oatmeal to be warm, I just stuck it in the microwave for a minute, and it was perfect.  I have a new favorite breakfast treat – thank goodness I walked down that hallway on Friday.  Which leads me to wonder…what other breakfast treats are hiding in the hallways at work?  I may have just found a new way to get a little exercise on Friday mornings, while focusing on the most important meal of the day…

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 1/2 cup vanilla flavored coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon shredded coconut
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean seeds
  • 1 ounce grated dark chocolate

Preparation

Add all ingredients to a 1/2 pint canning jar. Shake the jar, and place in fridge overnight. In the morning you will have a healthy breakfast waiting for you!
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