Overnight Oats

My favorite breakfast on a cold morning is steel-cut oatmeal with fruit and nuts mixed in. I have struggled to find a great slow-cooker recipe that does not make a sticky mess of the pot and a lot of scrubbing the next day.  Until I read about overnight oats in a jar. It is so fast and easy!  There are two ways to do this.  You can cook the oats, water, and salt in a pot until boiling, turn off heat, cover pot, and leave on stove until the morning. In the morning you will find perfectly creamy, not too mushy, oats. They are ready for a healthy shake of cinnamon, a handful of nuts, dried or fresh fruit, and a drizzle of honey or agave syrup. I also like a teaspoon or two of almond butter and a splash of almond milk on mine.  (Fresh berries are extra good but hard to find decent ones in the winter.)  They need a minute or two in the microwave and they are ready to go. Another way to make overnight oats is to put your oats, hot water or almond milk, a tablespoon of chia seeds or flax meal, a handful of dried fruit, and a drizzle of honey or agave into a mason jar (or any glass jar with tight fitting lid) and leave in the fridge overnight. This makes for a chewier oatmeal that is equally as yummy in my opinion.  For some reason I add my extras to the jar in the morning, but you could add them at night as well. Either way, a very quick way to a super healthy breakfast that will stick with you until lunch time.