I was never a big fan of granola and cereals in general. It almost felt like eating a dessert, lol. Until I adapted this recipe from Smitten Kitchen to my taste and then it kind of evolved into this vegan version. Needless to say its totally modifiable and adaptable. And most important, super, super easy.
Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. I try to pack as many nutrients in it as I possibly can. Just in case I get caught up during the day and don't get the chance to plan the rest of my meals properly. So here is my Ultimate Overnight Oats that is a staple in the house. I have a Huge jar of this mix in the freezer at all times. Why freezer? you might ask because I add loads of seeds, nuts, and dried fruit in it, and as you know those are best kept in the freezer. Who wants a bite of a stale nut in the morning?! lol
Pretty much every ingredient in this list is optional. You can omit or substitute any of them. I always try to maximize the nutritional value of my meals. So with these ingredients in the mix, your breakfast will become a great source of daily requirements of healthy fats, complex carbohydrates, proteins, omega 3, dietary fiber and other nutrients and minerals. Not to mention the deliciousness of it...!
You can soak this mix in any plant milk (almond, soy, rice, oat, hazelnut) or even water. If I soak it in the water I usually add a spoon of nut butter in the morning for extra creamy texture and flavor.
You can prepare it few days in advance. (If you’re forgetful and want to avoid disappointment in the morning...)lol. Soak it in few small jars or one large whatever’s more convenient. It lasts up to 4, 5 days in the fridge.
If you have a little extra time in the morning you can take your overnight oats to a next level. Add orange or lemon zest, spice it up with either nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamom, pumpkin spice. Sweeten with maple, brown rice or date syrup. Load it with any fresh seasonal fruits and berries and dig in!!!
A spicy and sweet salad shake up, this salad jar recipe will hit all your tastebuds! Not only that, but it's got your protein, good fats and fiber covered for a meal. If you can't handle too much spice, opt for another tablespoon of lemon juice in your dressing instead of using the jalapeño juice.