Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Pumpkin Applebutter Over Night Oatmeal

Big things are happening around here! My house has been torn apart for months really and it has been driving me CRAZY! But this is what was going on around here last night.....
Which is why I did not cook or post anything! This has been a long time coming! I don't know why anyone in Minnesota should have carpet right when you walk in the door. Winter lasts almost 6 months around here. That is a lot of snow and mud!

So I quickly threw together a salad for Miles and myself and some sandwiches and veggies for the kids who ate in front of the TV so I could keep them out of the way! Before you judge, know that we eat breakfast and dinner together almost everyday at the table and before school started we ate lunch together too. Now it is just me and Miles at lunch! So a little TV and dinner together sometimes is perfectly fine!

I decided at 8:30 last night that I should make our breakfast for the morning. We needed something that would fill us up after such a light dinner. Plus I think I burned off every calorie I ate yesterday, not only running, but pulling out carpet, tack strip, and staples, as well as moving furniture. Our backs were hurting!

Overnight oatmeal it was! I think if you haven't tried this yet from my previous post that you really must. It is so filling and you can make it so many different ways.

It is very simple. Add 1/2 cup old fashioned oats to a bowl and toss in 1/3 cup of milk of your choice. We like to put vanilla soy in ours. Then add 1/3 cup yogurt. We like Greek yogurt. If you want to skip the yogurt then add more milk.

The rest is all optional! I stirred in a packet of Stevia and 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice. Then I added a couple heaping spoonfuls each of pumpkin and my homemade apple butter and mixed it all up and put it in the fridge.

I really like to add a little crunch to this oatmeal so after heating in the microwave for about 30 seconds I added some sliced almonds, and crumbled up a leftover vegan apple strudel bar I made for our Sunday night feasting. Then of course I drizzled it with agave because I am addicted to that stuff!

It was good to the last drop and I am totally stuffed! It is a good thing because I woke up at 11:30 last night after being asleep for about an hour and a half totally starving!

Just a few tips on this overnight oatmeal:
* Make sure you have a liquid for the oats to soak up.
* Save the crunchy things for the morning. Don't mix those in at night. Puffed wheat, oatmeal, granola, chia seeds, and nuts are all yummy!
* Warm it up a little in the microwave since it is getting colder outside now!
* Be creative. I also like bananas or blueberries and nut butter or jam mixed in. Sometimes I mix those in at night and sometimes I put them in in the morning.
* Experiment. I have found that sometimes it is good to mix things in and sometimes it is better to just put a dollop on top and not mix it in. Example: I should not have mixed in the apple butter. I sort of lost the flavor in there. I will just dollop it on top next time with some chopped apples, walnuts, and agave I think.
* It is also good blended. Mix the overnight oats in a blender and put the blender in the fridge overnight. Then just add a little more milk (1/4 cup) in the morning and give it a whirl. Top with your favorite things.

It becomes like an oatmeal smoothie in a bowl, very creamy, yet still more filling then just drinking a smoothie. Plus you can add in other healthy things like wheat germ, flax, or chia seeds or anything else your little heart desires! I double the recipe when I do it in the blender so there will be enough for both Miles and me.

* Finally, I learned all of this from one of my favorite blogs  http://www.katheats.com/ so if you want more ideas and recipes you can find them on her site.

I know I have posted about his before, but have you tried it yet? That is what I thought. You must do this tonight and let me know your combinations. Plus it was such a delicious breakfast after such a busy day yesterday that I had to share.

I am working on some more lunch posts because I feel like I haven't shared enough of that. I usually keep it pretty simple and as quick as I can so stay tuned for lunch ideas!

Have a happy fall day!


Jenny said...

Congrats on getting new flooring. We have been thinking about getting new flooring downstairs because our feet are already freezing on our concrete floors this fall.

I'll try your oatmeal smoothie sometime.

And we're not big believers in "family must sit together at every single meal." At least not for us. I think that's more important for people who have a hard time (or are just too busy) spending quality time with their children, and of course, then it's important. I'm sure you guys spend plenty of time together as a family away from meals.

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Jenn said...

You will love love love the floors! After one week of seeing what I sweep up, I vowed to never have carpet in my mine living area again.

Overnight oats are on the menu for tomorrow night w/ crumbs from Costoc's Pecan Clusters mixed in!

Pam Rohde said...

Yay! I am so glad you are trying the over night oats. My mom loved that pecan stuff from Costco! Sounds good!

Jenn said...

I put the overnight oats in empty peanut butter jars and YUMMO!!! Kadin especially loved loved loved them!

Pam Rohde said...

Hooray for Kadin loving the oatmeal. I am going to make my kids try it soon! I have been trying to get to the endo of my nut butter jars for the very same reason. They will fit in the fridge better.