I absolutely love oatmeal.  It’s filling, it’s sweet, it’s delicious and it’s healthy.  So jumping on this Overnight Oatmeal craze was a true no-brainer for me.

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With just a couple of minutes of prep time the night before, you can have a healthy, hearty breakfast ready to go  when you get up in the morning.  I would think these would be great for kids before school, or to grab on your way out the door to work.  They last several days in the fridge, so you can make a few days worth at a time.

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Today I made 4 of these, 2 for me and 2 for my hubby.  Tuesday’s and Thursday’s are oatmeal-for-breakfast days.

Into some cute little mason jars,  I first added 1 tablespoon of Flaxseed Meal (make sure it’s ground and not whole).  This stuff is so good for you!  Flaxseed packs a big punch in just a small amount.  It contains lots of fiber, Omega-3’s and antioxidants, which all have been linked to all kinds of health benefits.

Then I added 1/2 cup each of old-fashioned rolled oats (don’t use quick oats) and 1/2 cup of unsweetened almond milk.

Top it off with 1/2 of a banana all diced up.

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It all JUST fits.  Cram it all in there and throw on the lid.

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Put it in the fridge and VOILA! you’ll have this all ready to eat in the morning.

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(OK, no judging.  I KNOW the Godiva Liqueur isn’t exactly a healthy, clean part of my diet, but c’mon . . . everything in moderation as my Grandpa used to say.)

Now, when you take this out in the morning, you can eat it just like this out of the jar.  Or you can heat it in the microwave and then just eat it.  The banana and almond milk make it plenty sweet, so there’s no need for adding any sweeteners.  Get creative with it: you can add fruit and/or nuts to keep it healthy.  We like to dump it into a bowl, heat it up and add fresh fruit to it.

But if you want a really, really decadent (yet still healthy) treat . . . try this:

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Oh yeah, that’s right.  It’s a teaspoon of no sugar added fruit preserves and a teaspoon of peanut butter.  Pop this whole bowl of decadence back into the microwave to warm it and then just swirl your spoon through it – don’t overstir.  This is what you end up with.

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You’re welcome.

Written by Jennifer Cartledge

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Amanda B.

Just the motivation I needed today. I have all the ingredients and put this together for tomorrow’s breakfast. I am always looking for something to alternate with my protein shakes after my workout.

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