Strawberry Chocolate Chip Oatmeal

Mornings can be tough, especially when you are in a rush…so these make-ahead oats come in handy because you can prep them the night before to ensure a healthy breakfast the next morning. I never understand when people say “I don’t have time for breakfast”. We all have time for breakfast, you just need to make the time… These oats are gluten-free, dairy-free, and just about sugar free. What a perfect way to start the day!  They literally only take about 10 minutes to whip up, so get cooking in the kitchen!

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Strawberry Chocolate Chip Oatmeal

Strawberry Chocolate Chip Oatmeal

Chocolatey and sweet, without the guilt! Every bite is bursting with fresh strawberries.

Ingredients

1 cup of almond milk; unsweetened

1/2 cup old fashioned oatmeal

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 Tbsp honey

1/2 cup fresh strawberries; chopped

2 Tbsp mini dark chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. In a small to medium sized sauce-pan, bring almond milk to a light boil.
  2. Add in the oats, honey, and cinnamon and mix until oats are fully cooked...about 5-8 minutes.
  3. Once oats are cooked, mix in chopped strawberries and top with mini chocolate chips. Enjoy! 🙂
http://kathrynskitchenblog.com/2015/06/strawberry-chocolate-chip-oatmeal/

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Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Dough Energy Bites

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When 3:00PM rolls around…I need a snack. My snacks are usually always pretty healthy and involve a granola bar or fruit. These energy bites make the perfect little snack wherever you may be. These little tasty bites taste like oatmeal raisin cookie dough–except they are healthy and loaded with energy and protein to get you through the day! You also have nothing to feel guilty so fill up on this healthy treat the next time your in need of a snack. I also like to top mine off with some sprinkles because why not?!

Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Dough Energy Bites

35 minutes

Yield: 12 pieces

These little tasty bites taste like oatmeal raisin cookie dough–except they are healthy and loaded with energy and protein to get you through the day!

Ingredients

1/3 cup almond butter

2 Tbsp honey

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 cup oats

2 Tbsp raisins

Sprinkles (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a medium sized bowl, combine almond butter, honey, and vanilla extract. Mix with a spoon until combined.
  2. 2. Add in cinnamon and oats and mix until it is combined. Refrigerate for 30 minutes and then roll into bite size pieces. Mix in some sprinkles if you want to make it look extra delicious 🙂
  3. Place back in refrigerator until you want to snack on em’. ENJOY!
http://kathrynskitchenblog.com/2015/03/oatmeal-raisin-cookie-dough-energy-bites/

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Banana Maple Chia Overnight Oats

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Overnights are my new favorite thing these days! Eating healthy is also a favorite of mine too. I run at least 3 miles everyday right when I wake up..I’ve noticed it really keeps me energized and refreshed all throughout the day. It also motivates me to fuel my body with fresh and nutritious foods throughout the day. Since breakfast is such a quick ‘grab-n-go’ kinda thing for me, these oats make it easy to eat healthy on the run. There is tons of fiber to keep ya feeling full until lunch–there is also NO sugar, so these little oats are naturally sweet 🙂
I also love mason jars and this is one of the many reasons why. They are just so cute and convenient. If you don’t have mason jars you could also use simple containers or even bowls.

Ingredients:
1 cup of uncooked oats
2 Tbsp chia seeds
1 cup almond milk
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 Tbsp honey
1 Tbsp sugar free maple syrup
1/2 banana; sliced

Steps:
1. Combine all ingredients and mix with a wooden spoon. Spoon oatmeal into mason jars and top with favorite fruit and/or nuts. Let sit overnight in fridge and enjoy the next morning!
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Over Night Peanut Butter Brownie Oatmeal

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If you haven’t heard of Quest Bars or tried Quest Bars I highly suggest you do! They are an all-natural protein bar and they are simply amazing. They come in all kinds of delicious  flavors and one of my favorites is chocolate brownie, because well…it tastes like a chocolate brownie. Why wouldn’t anyone love that?! You won’t realize what all the hype about these little bars is until you actually try them. I love putting 1/2 of a bar in my overnight oatmeal, plus you get extra protein.

Yield: 1

Ingredients:
1/4 cup oats
1/2 cup almond milk (vanilla flavored)
1 Tbsp peanut butter
1 tsp honey (for an extra sweet kick)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 Chocolate Brownie Quest Bar; chopped (or rolled into pieces)
1 Tbsp almonds
Sprinkles (optional)

Steps:
1. Mix all ingredients together and place in refrigerator overnight. Top with sprinkles in the morning and waaahlaaaa! What a healthy and delicious way to start a day without any guilt.
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Vanilla, Honey, and Almond Granola with Dates

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I am a huuuuggge granola/granola bar junkie! I try to opt for the healthier granola bars so that’s exactly why I decided to whip up my own batch myself. Granola and granola bars (especially all of the good tasting ones) that you buy from the store tend to be extremely high in fat and sugar..it’s almost as bad as eating a candy bar in some instances.  Granola is extremely easy to make and you can add all of your favorite flavors and fruits. I love granola as a quick snack..I love putting it in my yogurt or even on peanut butter and apples. There will definitely be more granola recipes to come so stay tuned! 🙂

Ingredients:
4 tbsp. creamy peanut butter
4 tbsp. honey
½ tsp. ground cinnamon
½ tsp. vanilla extract
1 Tbsp sesame seeds
6 dates; chopped
1/4 cup almonds; chopped
2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

2. In a large bowl, combine peanut butter and honey and microwave for about 30-45 seconds until the peanut butter and honey have melted together. Stir together and then add in the cinnamon and vanilla extract. Add in the almonds and oats and stir until everything is coated evenly.

3. Spread on baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes…every oven varies so you will know when granola is ready when it’s golden brown. *I would recommend flipping granola every 5 minutes with a spatula for an extra crunch Enjoy!
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