The past few days I was in Montreal doing paperwork. It was such a silly trip, for on my first day I signed all my documents and was freed from bureaucracy for the remaining four. But, it's always nice to pop in to that city (my favourite city) no matter how short the visit is.
In my MTL apartment now we have no TV (well, that’s pretty normal for me), but also no internet. I read three books and about 4 chapters of a macroeconomics textbook in four days. I did lots of yoga. I saw a few friends and my grandma. Simple and nice.
I also was TOTALLY spoiled because in Canada (unlike ANYWHERE I’ve found in France), we have ***INSTANT OATMEAL PACKETS***.
And oh my goodness did I instant oatmeal. They have endless varieties of GF, vegan, whole wheat, shmee shmee goodness. And when you look at the back of some brands, they’re actually pretty legitimate with their ingredients. No crazy preservatives or chemicals to speak of. Since I was smuggling an entire queen sheet set in to my sister, along with a jumbo bag of Raisin Bran (another mysterious missing product from the French groceries’ shelves…) I didn’t have much room to pack in instant oatmeal. This kinda made me sad… BUT it did give me the idea to look into more easy oats recipes. And here we have it: the overnight oat.
Overnight Oats - What you need:
1/3 cup oats
1/3 to 1/2 cup almond milk (less milk for a thicker oat, I used closer to the 1/2 cup level)
pinch of cinnamon
1 tablespoon maple syrup OR honey
+ toppings: fresh berries, chia seeds, bananas, crushed nuts... whatever you like to add in your oats!
Overnight Oats - What you do:
In a sealable jar, stir together (or shake up) the oats, milk, and maple syrup.
Close the lid and place in the fridge overnight.
In the morning your oats will be soft, sweet, and delicious. The texture of the oats is incredible... not gooey like over heated oats, but instead they melt in your mouth.
I topped mine off with fresh raspberries and blackberries, along with a tablespoon of chia seeds and another pinch of cinnamon.
It's such an easy way to make oatmeal, and as long as you take the minute to make these easy oats the night before, it's such a convenient breakfast. Plus - they're healthy AND really delicious.
Oats are typically gluten free, but double check to make sure your oats are certified GF if you’re opting to make a GF version.
AND A HUGE NOTE/REMINDER!!!
My Old Fashion macarons are in the final top 5 for a reader's choice for best citrus recipe over at The Chalkboard Magazine. This is one of my favourite reads, so it's a HUGE honour for me to be apart of this competition. PLEASE vote for BAKECETERA and the Old Fashion macaron! Thanks!!
(Photo from The Chalkboard Mag)
Baking soundtrack - Tunes to inspire your inner baker:
My Montreal homeboys are super awesome and they are going on tour SOON. You should check them out if they come to your city. I've been to a Sonic Avenues show... and I can vouch that it will be a really good time. Plus, they're all total babes!
This is one of their tunes :D ... Sonic Avenues - Automatic