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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Overnight Soaked Oats

We bit the bullet and booked a spontaneous family trip to visit Charleston, South Carolina during the last week of February. From all reports, it's a charming southern city with beautiful architecture, enough fried chicken, pimento cheese, and grits to sink a ship, and lots to do (did I mention it should be in the 60s - practically flip flop weather if I'm concerned). The idea of walking along a snow-free sidewalk gives me goosebumps.

But back to the food. Charleston's local food scene is already impressive and I haven't even set foot in the city yet. Nick and I are eagerly planning every meal and I'm sure we still won't fit in all the recommended spots. So no, this trip is not going to be a light eating experience but will be a memorable one. Before we hit the road, I'm packing in as much work and chores as possible. These overnight soaked oats are my new favorite breakfast for busy weeks- so simple to prepare and perfect for a quick breakfast, the lunchbox, baby's meal, or after school snack. If you have a sweet tooth, drizzle a little maple syrup over the top before digging in. The best part - you don't cook anything, just stir all the ingredients together and you're done.

Overnight Soaked Oats
from Green Kitchen Stories
makes 1 jar, simply multiply for multiple breakfasts

1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
a pinch of ground sweet spice (vanilla, cinnamon, cardamom or mixed spice)
a few drops of vanilla extract
1 tablespoon seeds (chia, flax, sesame etc.)
3/4 cup unsweetened plant milk (almond, oat, coconut etc.)
2 tablespoons fresh or frozen fruit (berries, mango etc.)

Combine all the dry ingredients in a small jar and stir. Pour over chosen liquid and stir again then top with fruit. Screw on the lid and place the jarred oats in the refrigerator for a few hours or overnight.

PS. If you are under feet and feet of snow and craving a warm breakfast you can certainly heat the soaked oats up before digging in.


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  2. I'm so excited that you guys booked that trip because we just booked a trip to Charleston in early June! I can't wait to hear your reviews! Oh, maybe you weren't planning on reviewing on the blog. Hmmm. Are you staying inside the city or outside? I am already planning meals - I hope I can see your list and verdicts!!!

  3. Oh Megan so fun! Your trip will really feel like summer and I've heard the beaches are amazing. Yes I'll definitely share some trip highlights. We are staying downtown (after winter on an island I'm craving some action!). Xo


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