For forever, the husband and I have been talking about taking a little trip to Monterey. Originally, it was before Octavian was born and was going to serve as our "babymoon", but, to save money, the trip never happened (What were we thinking? It would have been so easy!). Now, nearly three years later, we have been waiting for Octavian to get old enough to enjoy the aquarium and get the courage to make it a day trip (6 hours round trip) since hotels in the Monterey area are SO EXPENSIVE. I'm sorry, I can't justify spending $250 on a hotel room for one night when our house is 3 hours away and the hotel isn't that great to begin with; but, I digress.
Well, as you can guess, the talks are over. We are on our way! I don't know who is more excited, me or Octavian. Of course there is a lot more to Monterey then the aquarium, but for a 2-year-old who is obsessed with Nemo and penguins, nothing else really matters. And even though I am well aware that I will spend most of the day chasing him around (the reptile exhibit at the zoo gave me a small taste the other afternoon), seeing the JOY on his face makes it all worth it.
As you can imagine, we wanted to get out the door as early and as fast as as possible this morning. A little forethought (seriously, the hardest part) and 5 minutes before bed, helped make the sprint for the bay a little faster and with full tummies. A few minutes before bed and ingredients you probably already have in your refrigerator and you, too, could wake up to this blueberry + almond overnight oats with honey- a healthy, filling, and perfect on-the-go breakfast.
Since my husband love love LOVES overnight oats, I often make two different jars on Sunday night so that we have breakfast set, and ready to go for Monday and Tuesday morning. And, since I would always forget to do this on Sunday night, I started setting an alarm. Just a tip. You're welcome :)
Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
Blueberry Almond Overnight Oats
Prep Time: 5 minutes / Cook Time: 4 hours to Overnight
Yield: 2 servings
1 cup old fashioned oats
1 cup blueberry yogurt
1 cup milk (almond, soy, cow, etc)
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
2 tablespoons chia seeds
1/4 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
2 tablespoons slivered almonds
honey (to taste)
Add oats, yogurt, milk, almond extract, and chia seeds to a large mason jar and mix well- I usually stir with a spoon and (with lid attached) shake well. Once chia seeds are evenly combined with the remaining ingredients, place oats in the refrigerator for at least 4-6 hours. When ready to eat, stir well and top with blueberries, almonds and honey (or sweetener of choice).