If you like to be organised in the mornings and out the door with minimum fuss, try making a prepare ahead breakfast like my apple almond overnight oats. A nourishing and delicious way to begin the day and easily made portable when you need something on the run.
I have found my life changing in the past few months.
I seem to be more conscious about acknowledging what is working and what isn’t and then doing something about it. As my children get older and more independent, it feels natural to be taking stock, reflecting and taking steps to make life more simple but also more meaningful. Choosing to do the things that are important to me and that allow me to move closer to achieving my goals.
But what has this got to do with breakfast I hear you asking?
I have a new job.
I have been working sporadically as an emergency teacher over the years my children have been small and despite the anxiety of anticipating an early morning phone call each day, it suited me. Having a partner with an unpredictable work schedule and never quite knowing if he would be at home or at sea gave me reason to hold back, to choose not to commit because of the kids. I don’t regret my choices one bit, however, all my children are at school now and I’d say, reasonably well adjusted.
I feel like it’s my time. Finally.
Having really thought long and hard about my goals and dreams, it will come as no surprise to you to hear that what I want to do more than anything is to write a book about food and cooking, perhaps even one day about Italian cooking and my family roots. And so, to align myself with my goals, I have found myself (and I can hardly believe my luck) with a job at our beautiful, boutique, local book shop.
People who know me well will understand how perfect this job is for me and how it will hardly be work at all.
Needless to say, getting all of us out of the house actually dressed (I have been known to go to the bus stop in my pyjamas) with hair done and lipstick on will require some pretty refined organisational and crowd control skills.
Which is why I love the make ahead breakfast and specifically, my apple, almond overnight oats.
How to make apple almond overnight oats
My recipe for apple almond overnight oats is a guide at best. I have added measurements but I usually just wing it. Feel free to use the flavours you love and make this prepare ahead breakfast your own.
Serves 2-4 depending on how hungry (or greedy) you are.
1 cup of rolled oats
2 green apples, grated
1/4 cup of sultanas
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/2 cup of almonds, roughly chopped
Almond milk to cover, around 1 1/2 cups
More almond milk, natural yoghurt, fresh fruit and toasted coconut, nuts and seeds to up nourish if desired.
What to do:
In a medium sized bowl, add the oats, grated apple, sultanas, cinnamon and almonds and stir to combine.
Add the almond milk. You want to add enough to just cover your oat mixture as it will soak in and swell overnight.
Cover with a lid (or divide between individual jars with lids for a portable breakfast) and place in the fridge overnight.
In the morning, add a bit more almond milk and stir well to loosen the mixture before topping with your choice of yoghurt, fresh fruit like berries, toasted coconut, nuts and seeds.
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