We’ve got an infant at home. Baby Eve. We are all in love with her and she returns the sentiment by being a sweet baby, a good eater and even a decent sleeper for her age. But like any 7 week old, she sleeps all the time and seemingly never. So I am up, sometimes, at 1:30 am, 2:30 am, 4:30 am and again at 5:45 am when the big kids decide to come downstairs with breakfast requests inexplicably early. Of course. Last night was one of those nights. I found myself awake at all of the above mentioned hours as well as at 3:30 am (while Eve was sleeping! Why????) when I found myself craving cold oatmeal more than sleep (crazy) and wishing I had overnight oats in the fridge. More puns. Overnight Oats. An actual name that feels more like a taunt. Not much I can do about its name, or the lack of sleep, but I can refuse to let my 3:30 am craving go unsatisfied again. So today I prepared three days/nights worth of overnight oats.
I won’t pretend there is a recipe for this. I happened to organize my kitchen cupboards yesterday, thank you maternity leave, and IKEA, so I actually knew what was in there and what needed to be used. I got out three mason jars and set to work.
For these, I threw together the following in unknown quantities:
Steel cut oats - for chewiness
Quick cooking oats - for softness
Unsweetened grated coconut - for texture and sweetness
Chia seeds - for “superfood-ness”
Hazelnuts - for fat and protein
Pepitas - see above
Spices - Cinnamon, Cardamom, Allspice, Nutmeg
Kosher salt, a pinch
Maple syrup, to taste
Milk, enough to cover and absorb all the oaty goodness
Once everything was in the jars, I stirred them up and put them back in the fridge, for a day or three.
In the morning(s) I stirred in some plain yogurt and fresh fruit and enjoyed my oats cold, summer style. I wonder what my father-in-law would think?