Ease into your morning routine with a jar full of tasty and satisfying Almond Joy Overnight Oats.
During the weekday mornings, I leave my house at 6 AM to head for the office — the best thing about leaving this early is there really isn’t much traffic. So my 14-mile commute only takes me about 20 minutes. I love going to the office early, especially when I get a jump ahead of the dreaded bumper to bumper traffic.
There is something about this time of the morning that I really love. Not sure if it’s that the sun is just about to rise, but everything seems peaceful. With no distractions, I can reflect on the day ahead, unwind and have a clear mind when I start my day. I enjoy the quiet before the storm — as when I walk into my office, my day is filled with the hustle and bustle of unending projects and meetings.
However, it seems lately the crazy drivers have come out of the woodwork and have firmly planted themselves and their cars into my serene commute. Now, I am not a slow-poke driver, but these days if I am not going at least 80 MPH on the freeway, I might as well get off the road! And even on the surface streets, these fools are pushing 50 MPH in a 35 MPH zone! Really — at 6 AM, do you absolutely need to go that fast, and for that matter, get right up on my bumper with your brights on if I don’t instantly get into the other lane?
Oh, crazy early morning commuters — take a chill pill! Maybe you had too much coffee and that is why you are ruining my once calm and delightful drive. Or maybe you should just leave a bit earlier so you don’t have to rush to get to wherever you are trying to get to in such a hurry! To top it off, now when I get to the office, I feel like I have just gotten off of the Autobahn or a NASCAR racetrack and feel stressed before my day really begins.
These drivers are ruining my mornings! So what do I do? Well, it’s kinda hard to ignore them, with their flashy bright lights and swerving in and out of the few cars on the road, but that’s pretty much what I try to do. Just breathe knowing that it will soon be over!
I try to focus on other things, such as my amazing Almond Joy Overnight Oats, which were quickly prepared night before and are nestled securely in my lunch bag — ready to consume when I reach my destination. They take no-time to whip up and the outcome is creamy almond soaked oats dotted with semi-sweet chocolate bits and topped with coconut and sliced almonds — which just about makes my heart sing. And, there is no stress involved here!
And if you have never prepared overnight oats before, they are a must-try! You mix all the ingredients in a mason jar, stick it in the fridge and in the morning you just grab and go. You can either eat them cold or zap it in the microwave for a minute and voila, you’ve got a great, delicious breakfast.
Almond Joy Overnight Oats
1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup almond milk
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon light brown sugar
dash of cinnamon
1 teaspoon semi-sweet mini chocolate chips
Topping: semi-sweet mini chocolate chips, unsweetened coconut, sliced almonds
Into an 8 oz. mason jar, add all the ingredients (but not the toppings) and stir to combine. Screw on lid and place in refrigerator overnight.
These can be eaten cold or hot. For cold, just remove the lid and add your toppings. To serve hot, remove lid and place in microwave for 30-60 seconds, stir then add toppings.