Strawberry Mango Overnight Oats

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Happy Monday everyone!  As awkward as it may sound, I love Mondays.  I love getting back into the routine of the week.  My daughter has special-ed pre-k Monday-Thursday.  She has her afternoon class Monday-Friday.  My son has school everyday of the week.  Our schedules are predictable.  I enjoy hustle of getting the kids out the door knowing that there is some quiet for me after they are onto their schooling.  Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE my kids.  I just also like knowing that someone else is busy teaching them.  Someone else is getting paid to instill knowledge in them.  I enjoy having a little kid-free time that comes with the start of the week.

Today is Meatless Monday here at Eat, Drink & DIY.  Today I’m bringing you my version of the newly popular “Overnight Oats.”   (Seriously, these things kinda came out of nowhere a couple years ago, and I’m sure we have another food blogger to thank for this idea).  There are several versions/flavors of overnights oats out there.  I like to try to keep things simple whenever possible, so for today’s recipe I didn’t include any chia seeds in the mix to showcase the simplicity of these fun mason jar breakfasts.  I am planning on bringing this recipe back in the next month or so with another version that includes chia seeds and has a little longer ingredient list, so keep a lookout!

This awesome breakfast can be made in a mere couple minutes the night before to help speed up your morning.  You can also stir this up the night before and bring it with to work for lunch.  Yogurt, milk, oatmeal, and fruit.  Just think about it for a second before you get hypocritical, it’s a great lunch!  It’s also cheap, convenient, healthy, fun, quick, and delicious!  You can’t go wrong!

I actually saved a a little today for my son to try at dinner tonight.  I am curious if he would eat an overnight oats “meal” if I packed it for his lunch some day.  He likes to bring his lunch everyday and I’m constantly on the lookout for easy things that are quick to eat to switch up his meals a bit. I’ll post later about the outcome.  (I can see a fun blog post in my future about a kid’s lunch with overnight oats as the main course)…

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For mine today, I used vanilla Greek yogurt.  Please feel free to switch up ingredients to better suit you and your tastes.  The possibilities are endless with the simple base.  Oatmeal, milk, yogurt, fruit.  Mix and match the yogurt flavors with different combinations of fruit for some fun varieties.  Blueberry yogurt with blueberries and crushed graham crackers, strawberry banana yogurt with strawberries and granola, raspberry yogurt with strawberries and blueberries, vanilla yogurt with sliced banana and honey drizzle, key lime yogurt with pineapple and coconut flakes, vanilla yogurt with bananas and peanut butter, etc…  Like I said, the options are endless!

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Strawberry Mango Overnight Oats
Ingredients:

1/2 cup instant oatmeal
1/2 cup milk of your choice
1 individual container yogurt (about 1/2 a cup, I used vanilla Greek yogurt)
Strawberries (about 5), Mango (about 1/4 cup chopped) or other fruit of choice

Directions:
1. In a mason jar (or other container of your liking), mix oatmeal, milk, and yogurt.
2. Place lid on jar and set in refrigerator overnight.
3. In the morning, add chopped fruit of your choice to the top. 

Enjoy as is, or add granola, chopped nuts, coconut flakes, chocolate chips, drizzle of honey, etc.. the extra toppings are only limited by your preferences!

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Do you have any overnight oats recipes that you love?  What ingredients do you like to use in yours?  Please comment below, I’d love to hear about different ideas!

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