Vanilla Chia Overnight Oats

Image of coffee cup, jar filled with oats sitting on table

If you are anything like me, the idea of sitting down and eating a full breakfast makes you cringe.  Yes, I know, breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  But for some reason, my stomach can only handle a cup of coffee before 9 a.m.

Fortunately, I LOVE having a meal replacement shake every morning, so, at the very least, I am not missing out on any key nutrients.  I am a diehard Advocare fan, because, I swear, their chocolate meal replacement shakes taste exactly like a Wendy's Frosty.  No joke.

But when the budget doesn't allow for the higher end shakes, I am perfectly content whipping up a Slimfast or Kroger meal replacement drink.

As I was cleaning up after dinner last night, I went to throw away a small empty jar of pesto, but stopped just shy of the trash can when I realized how I could re-purpose it.  Overnight oats!

I have made overnight oats before and they taste fantastic.  Since I am not a breakfast eater, having something chilled for breakfast is a bit easier on my stomach.  However, typically they are made in mason jars and I never end up finishing a full batch in time.

Luckily, my pesto jar was the perfect size to try this out again. I popped in into the dishwasher for a quick rinse to make sure there would be no pesto aftertaste and got to work.

I happened to have some chia seeds in my pantry and felt they would be a great addition to this dish.  Not only am I one of those weird people who love the slimy, gooey texture of puffed up chia seeds, but they host a plethora of different health benefits.  By adding one tbs of these babies I was able to increase my protein content, added some healthy antioxidants and some much needed fiber to keep me fuller longer.

Note: Because I didn't follow any recipe, please keep in mind these measurements are an estimation.  Feel free to be a little more lax or strict depending on your own taste preferences.

This really is the simplest recipe ever!  All you need to do is combine all of the ingredients, pour into your jar and refrigerate overnight.  In the morning you will be pleasantly surprised with this deliciously healthy and filling breakfast.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Completed jar before sitting in the fridge overnight

Finished product along with my ever important mug of coffee
Breakfast fits right in my palm--the perfect size!


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