Mr. Judy used to think he didn’t like oatmeal. Until I introduced him to the ways I eat oatmeal. I’m not sure he’s really a fan, but he eats what I give him without complaint. Occasionally we have actual oatmeal, but more often oatmeal appears in different forms in our house.
I might actually have to write another post on this, because there are lots more ways I enjoy oatmeal!
I was not a huge fan of overnight oats the first time I tried them. And I didn’t understand the whole overnights oats in a peanut butter jar, either.
It took some recipe trying, some tweaking, and some experimenting, but now overnight oats — especially in a used almond butter jar — is my preferred pre long run/race meal.
I like my oatmeal thick, so I tend to add less liquid. I’ve come to find that although I love greek yogurt, I don’t like it in my overnight oats. And the very best thing about overnight oats? The versatility: they can be eaten warm or cold.
I brought two almost empty almond butter jars to my last half. I brought a small tetra container of coconut milk (usually I use almond milk, but I couldn’t find small tetra containers of it — tetra are those small containers like milk cartons that don’t need to be refrigerated until opened). And finally I brought a couple of ziplocs with the ingredients for my overnight oats.
Our room had a mini fridge. Put the ziploc contents in the almond butter jars, add the coconut milk, stir, and let sit in the fridge over night. Worked like a charm.
It doesn’t take a whole lot to throw together a breakfast cookie the night before. Basically it’s pretty much overnight oats but in cookie form. And then I pan fry them in the morning.
Who doesn’t want cookies for breakfast?
There are so many recipes for oatmeal pancakes, and I may just have tried them all. I don’t eat pancakes as often as I used to, and now rarely have them before a long run/race. Sometimes I find myself craving some after a long run/race. They’re super simple to whip up.
I often make simple cookies out of oatmeal, bananas, and some chocolate chips. Unlike the Freihofers chocolate chip cookies, I can refrain myself to a just a few (and there’s no added sugar). They satisfy my sweet tooth without creating cravings.
But sometimes I get a little more creative with my cookies, too. I might try a recipe and send the rest into work with Mr. Judy. Because sometimes you just need to bake (or you do if you’re CRJ).
Most of the protein balls I’ve been making lately don’t have any oatmeal in them. I find I do better if I don’t go overboard with oatmeal, and since I am most likely to reach for a ball after a run (or swim!), I need the protein more than I really need carbs. Usually I’ll have a banana with a couple of balls after exercise — so I get my carbs from the banana.
Tell me in the comments:
Are you an oatmeal lover?
What’s your favorite way to eat oatmeal?
What’s your favorite thing to bake or favorite baked good?