Oatmeal Envy.

I have an intense love and passion for overnight oats.

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Those cool creamy oats topped with sliced fresh fruit and a dollop of vanilla Greek yogurt make the absolute perfect breakfast… that is until October rolls around.  Then I want nothing to do with anything cold and EVERYTHING to do with all things warm and gooey.

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In the chilly months, I keep a jumbo tub of quick oats in my desk at work.  Every day when 10am rolls around I cook up a serving of oats in the microwave and garnish with a teaspoon of brown sugar and some ground cinnamon… which I also conveniently keep in my desk.  Don’t judge.

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These microwaved oats satisfy my cravings for warm and gooey, but they always leave a bit to be desired on the palate.  The microwave seems to zap out all that oaty texture I love and leave you with a bowl of pasty porridge.

Then I had this BRILLIANT idea.

Sunday night, I cooked up a big owl batch of oats on the stove, where any decent bowl of oatmeal should be birthed.

For each serving of oatmeal, I tossed a 1/4 cup of fresh blueberries into a 2 cup pyrex glass bowl.

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Am I the only one who is obsessed with these little bowls?  They are the perfect size for portioning.

Gosh, I love fractions*… errrr I mean portions.  I love portions.

*I wasn’t kidding.  I love fractions… and algebra… 

Once the oatmeal was cooked (I like mine just a little runny), I poured the oats evenly into the bowls right overtop of the blubes.

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Mmmmmm…..  Doesn’t that look delicious?!

I know.  It looks like crap.  Bare with me.

At this point, I let the oats cool off a bit while I clean up whatever disaster I’ve created in my kitchen.  I sprinkle the cooled oats with my go-to-combo:  ground cinnamon, 1 tsp brown sugar, and 10 grams of Trader Joes Unsalted Dry Toasted Sliced Almonds.

Geeze that’s a mouthful.

Yes, I weigh all my ingredients.

No, officer that’s not a drug scale.  It’s for my oatmeal fractions I mean portions.  Portions, sir.

Feast your eyes on this GLORIOUSNESS:

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At this point all you do is pop some lids on these beauties.  DO NOT STIR.  When you’re ready to feast the next day pop the oats into the microwave for 1 minute 15 seconds.  Did I mention not to stir them?

As the oats warm up, the moisture will help to steam the blueberries and they’ll burst along the bottom of the dish.  Once nuked (then and only then) you can give them a good stir.  Trust me.  Waiting to stir til the end is key.  You’ll actually be able to taste the itty bit of brown sugar rather than it getting lost in the oaty wilderness.

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These are my new favorite oats because they retain that oaty texture I adore and because they are friggin delicious.  I think that’s reason enough.

I like to make 2-3 servings of these oats at a time for grab-and-go breakfasts throughout the work week.  They release a glorious smell when reheated that I guarantee will waft out of the kitchen and make your coworkers jealous.

Promise.

Stats:  250 calories, 39g carbs, 8g fat, 7g protein, 6g fiber

(1/2 cup quick oats, 1/4 cup blueberries, 1tsp brown sugar, 10 grams TJ’s unsalted dry toasted slice almonds)

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24 Comments

  1. If you have a little crock pot, you can do them that way too. 🙂 Tons of great crock pot recipes for oats that are hot and ready in the morning. This sounds like a great idea too, I will have to give it a try.

      1. I don’t use my crockpot a ton and just have a cheap Hamilton from walmart. My crock slips out of the plastic base which makes it a heck of a lot easier to clean, and the base has handles which is nice for transporting without burning the crap out of your hands!

  2. I think you put as much thought into your oats as I do! And I didn’t think that was possible. I am obsessed with oatmeal and I seriously think I have had oatmeal for breakfast every day for the past couple years. I can’t seem to get away from it and eat something different. Your method sounds like it would make some delicious oatmeal!

  3. Love the almond addition! I don’t like hot oats in the summer but they become my morning staple once fall hits. I’m always looking for new ways to jazz up my bowl and just happen to have a bag of those sliced TJ almonds in my cupboard! 🙂

  4. i love oatmeal, too! I usually have it with some kind of fresh or frozen berry and raw nuts/seeds(almonds, walnuts, and/or sunflower seeds), a drizzle of honey, cinnamon and for a creamier mix, I add in some almond or coconut milk (I stay away from cow’s milk, although having some trouble cutting out dairy entirely b/c it’s so tasty)…also add some ground flax in there to get some omega’s! mmm!

    1. Hahaha.. actually I happen to be missing a lid for one of my little pyrex bowls. When I unpacked after the move I had four bowls, three lids… You wouldn’t happen to know anything about that, WOULD YOU?!