Cinnamon Raisin Overnight Oats

Cinnamon Raisin Overnight Oats topped with Strawberries

Woof. Talk about a slow start to the week. As our flight home from Scottsdale was about to take off Sunday evening, I began to feel nauseous. Brushing it off as motion sickness, I didn’t think much of it … I threw up at least twelve times. Basically a living nightmare when you’re on a redeye sitting middle seat between two sleeping people. I couldn’t eat, drink or move from my bed all day yesterday. Another girl on our flight was ill and actually passed out in the aisle (this plane was a full-blown disaster), so I’m assuming I got some nasty bug that was going around. I’m exhausted this morning but able to keep down food so things are looking up!

Probably not the best choice to start a recipe post with a story about barfing but errr here we are …

Cinnamon Raisin Overnight Oats topped with Strawberries Cinnamon Raisin Overnight Oats topped with Strawberries

I’ve been queen of the mason jar breakfasts lately between overnight oats and chia seed puddings. I wake up at 5AM most mornings and book it out of the apartment to teach so I’m LOVING breakfasts I can prepare the night before and grab the next day.

Cinnamon Raisin Overnight Oats topped with Strawberries Cinnamon Raisin Overnight Oats topped with Strawberries

You can top this cinnamon raisin overnight oats recipe with whatever fresh fruit you want (or none at all). If I don’t do strawberries, I’ll typically go for blueberries. But get creative!

Cinnamon Raisin Overnight Oats topped with Strawberries

Cinnamon Raisin Overnight Oats

Yield: 2 servings

Cinnamon Raisin Overnight Oats

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup almond milk (unsweetened)
  • 1 med banana, mashed
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp raisins
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • Fresh fruit for topping (optional)

Instructions

  1. Mix the dry ingredients together and then add in the wet. Refrigerate at least a couple hours or overnight. Enjoy cold.
http://pumpsandiron.com/2016/05/24/cinnamon-raisin-overnight-oats/

Cinnamon Raisin Overnight Oats topped with Strawberries

Got any favorite overnight oats recipes? Share them in the comments!

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Almond Butter Banana Chia Seed Pudding

Almond Butter Banana Chia Seed PuddingThis might sound weird, but I go through phases where I’m completely disgusted by eggs–can’t even smell them cooking without gagging–and I’m in one now. My mom says it’s because of a heightening consciousness (veganism is part of her faith), and that makes me sound super cool so let’s go with that. 😉

Regardless of reasoning, I’ve been in need of easy eggless breakfast options lately. Chia seed pudding is awesome because you prepare it the night before and then in the morning have it ready to go. This almond butter banana chia seed pudding recipe is SO GOOD. It makes for a great breakfast but could also satisfy a sweet tooth craving at night if you’re looking for healthy dessert options.  Almond Butter Banana Chia Seed Pudding Almond Butter Banana Chia Seed Pudding

Almond Butter Banana Chia Seed Pudding

Yield: 2 small servings or 1 large

Almond Butter Banana Chia Seed Pudding

Ingredients

  • 1 very ripe banana
  • 1 c almond milk
  • 1/4 c almond butter
  • 3 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • Optional: extra banana for slicing and topping (recommended)

Instructions

  1. Put all the ingredients except the chia seeds into a blender. Blend until smooth.
  2. Transfer to a mason jar or other sealable container and stir in the chia seeds.
  3. Let sit in the refrigerator over night (or at least 8 hours).
  4. Slice up some banana for a topping and enjoy as a breakfast or healthy dessert!
http://pumpsandiron.com/2016/04/03/almond-butter-banana-chia-seed-pudding/

Almond Butter Banana Chia Seed Pudding Almond Butter Banana Chia Seed Pudding

Prep this tonight and kick your week off right by enjoying it for breakfast tomorrow morning!

Are you a chia seed pudding fan? What are some of your favorite flavor combos? And anyone else get weird temporary food revulsions? Happens to me with eggs, melted cheese and fish. Maybe my body is telling me to be a vegan …

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Strawberry Date Smoothie

Strawberry Date Smoothie - just four ingredients!Happy Labor Day! I hope you all are enjoying the long weekend.

This smoothie is made up of just four ingredients and is so delicious. If I have leftover dates (usually from making protein bars or some other snack recipe), I’ll put them in my smoothies as a natural sweetener. They’re especially handy if you’re using unsweetened acai in your smoothies, which can be a little blah without some fruit (or dates!) to compliment it. Strawberry Date Smoothie - just four ingredients!

Strawberry Date Smoothie

Yield: 1 glass

Strawberry Date Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 10 strawberries, stems removed
  • 5 pitted dates
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk (I use unsweetened)
  • 1 pack frozen acai OR 1/2 cup of frozen berry of your choice (I use Sambazon acai smoothie packs)

Instructions

  1. Put the dates and coconut milk in a blender until fully combined.
  2. Add in the strawberries and acai (or frozen berry of choice) and continue to blend until smooth.
http://pumpsandiron.com/2015/09/07/strawberry-date-smoothie/

Strawberry Date Smoothie - just four ingredients!

Have you ever tried putting dates in a smoothie?

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