Monday, May 6, 2013

Raise the Jar: Overnight Oats

Lei Chic's no-cook recipe for overnight oatmeal

Overnight Oats

Today marks the launch of a new DIY series exploring the many ways to use one of our favorite household objects, the mason jar, which you can pick up at most grocery and drugstores.

Here in the office, we've coined a new term: hangry, the condition of an editor when she skips a meal and transforms into a total drama queen (hungry+angry=hangry).

Symptoms tend to appear mid-morning and are typically preceded by an alarm malfunction, misplaced keys, and/or fussy kids. So, we developed our own overnight oats: a simple, no-cook breakfast that can be prepared in a jar the night before and snatched out of the fridge on our way out the door. The recipe is arguably tastier than regular oatmeal (less mushy, more hearty), and today, we're sharing it with you.

It's all part of our mission to end world hanger, one jar at a time.

Lei Chic's Overnight Oats

  • 1/3 cup plain or Greek yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup milk (regular, soy, or almond)
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/8 cup finely chopped nuts
  • 1/4 cup berries and/or sliced bananas

Combine yogurt, honey and vanilla extract in a mason jar. Stir in milk until smooth. Add oats and nuts. Cover and leave in fridge overnight. If oatmeal is too thick the next morning, add a splash of milk. Top with fresh fruit and a drizzle of honey (optional, to taste).

Note: Feel free to play with the recipe - use whatever fruit you have on hand, substitute maple syrup for honey, add a sprinkle of cinnamon, flax or chia seeds. If using frozen berries, add them the night before so they can thaw.

Overnight Oats

Posted on Monday, May 6, 2013 in Permalink

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Lei Chic is a daily email and shopping blog that plugs you into Hawaii's newest and hottest boutiques, designers, trends, spas and salons, and more. You'll also discover all the cool events, dinners and sales happening around town in our Weekend Picks every Thursday. With Lei Chic, you'll get the inside scoop on what everyone will be talking about tomorrow – in your inbox today.

Lei Chic associate editor Natalie Schack has been a cultural anthropology student,museum worker bee and dabbler in graphic design. When she isn't scouting new fashion, compiling to-do lists or crafting puns, Natalie spends her free time dreaming up elaborate picnic ideas; "researching" via YouTube tutorials, blogs and Instagram; and dusting off her pith helmet for the next adventure life throws her way.

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