Overnight Oats

My grandmother used to tell me stories about how she’d do her sisters chores in return for Aunt Cass not ratting her out to her mom (my great-grandmother a fearsome woman named, Barbara) for flushing her disgusting oatmeal down the toilet. It was the depression and you just didn’t waste food. Everytime I sit down with a bowl of oatmeal, I think of this story of my gran’mas. It makes me laugh.

I love oatmeal. I’ve always eaten it hot because that’s how it’s done. Recently, I was bopping around the world-wide webs and found yet another blogger talking about healthy ways to eat yummy foods and I snagged her recipe for overnight oats.

I’m not gonna bother with the “how to”s for this one because I’m linking her page and it’s pretty simple and pretty straight forward. Here was the bowl I ate this morning while I sat outside watching the sun come up as the girls romped in the back yard before work.

Sorry for the flash...it was 5:45a

Comments on the dish from the food critics in my life

I’m the critic again on this one. I think it’s flipping fantastic. It’s pretty fool-proof, amazingly simple, and keeps me going so I don’t fall face first into the vending machine and its contraband. (Do you notice I never “eat” I only fall face first into things? It’s not a pretty sight, me eating, that is…LOL).

Banola Bars

I don’t even plead originality. I was bopping around the internet a few months back looking for ideas to eat good stuffs and happened across the blog: Raw is Sexy. The raw food diet isn’t for me but it follows the clean eating approach so I took a gander at some recipes and I fell upon one for Granola Bars.

Now, I had stopped eating granola bars a year or so ago because regardless of the low-calorie, high fiber benefits…I wasn’t comfortable with how sweet and sticky they were. I was positive that was stuff I just didn’t need. But I love granola bars and they are really a pretty fantastic snack. So when I found this recipe, I committed it to memory and I make a batch every few weeks or so.

I’ve actually really bare bones’d my version because I’m lazy but it works for me.

Bare Bones Ingredients

2 bananas

1 heaping tablespoon of your nut butter of choice (cashew, for me)

2 c. old-fashioned rolled oats

1 tbsp cinnamon

1 tsp salt

The Rest o’ the Ingredients

Whate’er the hell you want

I’ve added chocolate morsels, sunflower seeds, kiwi, fresh coconut, almonds, honey, or drizzled ’em with white chocolate. Whatever I had in the kitchen and felt like putting in. You will see Lauren’s ingredients are more daring and she makes her protein bars.

What to do with it all

Mash bananas, mix in nut butter, stir in oats, salt, cinnamon, and whatever else you want. Place mixture in a square container lined with plastic wrap and flatten with a fork. Harden in freezer for about 30 minutes. Cut, wrap, enjoy!

Topped with Kiwi

Comments on the dish from the food critics in my life

I make them all the time and I think they are pretty damn fantastic!!