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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Breakfast in a Jar

Have you seen or heard of these recipes?  Breakfast in a jar?  Overnight oatmeal?  They're basically the same.  They take a yogurt base and add some fruit, fiber, and protein.  The overnight period in the refrigerator thickens it up.

Here is my version -

1 cup plain, whole milk yogurt
1/2 very ripe banana, mashed
1/4 cup rolled oats (not quick)
2 tablespoons ground almonds (I ground some up in my Cuisinart and keep them in a jar for this recipe)
1 tablespoon chia seeds
honey, to taste - I probably drizzle in about a tablespoon

I stir all this together in a bowl and then scoop into the jar.  Do this the night before and let it sit overnight in the fridge.

It tastes great!  It thickens up to a greek yogurt-like consistency.  I am fairly new to chia seeds and really wasn't sure if I would like this, but I do.  I don't taste the chia.

It's very handy for busy mornings, when you're short on time.  Just grab and go.

A lot of the recipes call for greek yogurt, but they also call for a liquid.  Greek yogurt is just regular yogurt that has had the whey drained out of it.  So I figured I could just use my regular yogurt and omit any additional liquid called for in the recipe.

Instead of using banana, you can try a variety of fruits.  You may have to adjust the sweetener a bit.  Bananas are sweeter than most fruit.  I heard of a lady that uses raisins in her recipe and doesn't need a sweetener.  You could also try a few drops of stevia instead of honey.

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  1. Once again, another great idea ~ Love it!!

  2. Lately I've been making blueberry or strawberry and they are really yummy!

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