pumpkin pie ONOs

Originally I had only planned five recipes for ONO week, but on a whim I tried out another recipe that turned out so well, I just had to include it! Although it isn’t pumpkin season, I personally love pumpkin anything, any time of year (you may remember this from my pumpkin pie recipe). So if you’re a lover of pumpkin, as I am, this one is a must try!

Ingredients

1/3 cup oats

3 Tbsp pumpkin puree

1 Tbsp ground flax

1/4 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

2/3 cup coconut milk

1 Tbsp pecans

coconut whipped cream (optional)

Directions

Add oats, pumpkin puree, flax, maple vanilla, pumpkin pie spice and milk to mason jar. Stir well until thoroughly mixed, and refrigerate overnight. Top with a small swirl of coconut whipped cream (if so desired) and pecans in the am and enjoy!

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chocolate covered strawberry ONOs

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If you’re a lover of chocolate, here’s your excuse to eat it for breakfast! And really, what better way to start off the morning than with the delicious flavours of chocolate and strawberries?!

 

 

Ingredients

1/3 cup quick oats

1 Tbsp chia seeds

1 Tbsp cocoa powder

1/2 tsp maple syrup

2/3 cup almond milk

1/2 cup (or more) strawberries

shaved dark chocolate

Directions

Add oats, chia seeds, cocoa powder, maple syrup and almond milk to mason jar and stir well until thoroughly mixed. Top off with strawberries and refrigerate overnight. Sprinkle with some shaved dark chocolate in the am and enjoy!

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cocoberry ONOs

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Introducing ONO recipe #4, a delicious combo of coconut and berries! Including berries, which are rich in vitamin C, helps in the absorption of the non-heme iron found in oatmeal, and adding coconut is a good way to incorporate healthy fats and protein. In this recipe I’ve used pre-cut frozen berries, but fresh berries will work just as well!

 

 

 

Ingredients

1/3 cup quick oats

1 Tbsp chia seeds

1 Tbsp shredded, unsweetened coconut

1/2 tsp maple syrup

2/3 cup coconut milk

1/2 cup (or more) strawberries and blueberries (or any combination of berries)

Directions

Add oats, chia seeds, coconut, maple syrup and coconut milk to mason jar and stir well until thoroughly mixed. Add strawberries and blueberries and refrigerate overnight. Sprinkle with some additional shredded coconut in the am if desired! Enjoy!

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banana split ONOs

The banana split – such a wonderful combination of some amazing flavours, so why not enjoy this combo for breakfast?! Although this is clearly a “healthified” version, the flavour combination is pretty impressive!

Ingredients

1/3 cup quick oats

1 Tbsp ground flax

1/2 Tbsp peanut butter

2/3 cup almond milk

1/2 cup (or more) strawberries

1/2 sliced banana

coconut whipped cream

shredded dark chocolate

Directions

Add oats, flax, peanut butter and milk to mason jar and stir well until thoroughly mixed. Top with strawberries and banana and refrigerate overnight. Add a small swirl of whipped cream and shaved dark chocolate in the morning and enjoy!

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strawberry shortcake ONOs

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Strawberries, vanilla, cream, sugar – delicious, but not the best choice for a go-to breakfast. This version of strawberry shortcake however, delicious AND nutritious!

 

 

 

Ingredients

1/3 cup quick oats

1 Tbsp chia seeds

1/2 tsp honey

1/8 tsp vanilla

2/3 cup coconut milk

1/2 cup (or more) strawberries

coconut whipped cream

Directions

Add oats, chia seeds, honey, vanilla and coconut milk to mason jar and stir well until thoroughly mixed. Add strawberries and refrigerate over night. Add a small swirl of coconut whipped cream in the morning and enjoy!

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pb & j ONOs

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It’s true, I even have the shirt to prove it, peanut butter is my spirit animal! So naturally, I decided to begin ONO week with pb and j overnight oats, a healthier alternative to pb and j on toast. If you’re a pb lover like me, this may become a morning staple!

Ingredients

1/3 cup quick oats

1 1/2  tsp ground flax

1 tsp pure maple syrup

1 Tbsp natural peanut butter

2/3 cup almond milk

1/2 cup fresh raspberries

crushed walnuts

Directions

Add oats, flax, syrup, peanut butter and milk to mason jar and stir well until thoroughly mixed. Add raspberries and refrigerate over night. Add crushed walnuts in the morning before enjoying!

Tips: Stir the oats well in the morning before consuming in order to break up the raspberries. This will ensure you get that pb & j flavour in every bite! Also, as with all of the ONO recipes, by doubling the batch you can make breakfast for two mornings instead of just one!

Let me know how you like this one, and stay tuned tomorrow for ONOs #2!

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oh yes, it’s ONO week!

IMG_3115If there’s one thing that makes my morning happy, it’s a delicious bowl of oatmeal to get the day started. If you’re anything like me though, having the time each morning to make that delicious bowl of oatmeal is often hard to come by. So how to make a happy morning even happier? Have that bowl of oatmeal already made, ready to be eaten by my busy, hungry self! I have to be honest, I was a little skeptical of the ONOs (overnight oats) craze, until a friend insisted I try them (thanks friend – you know who you are). I wasn’t sure how I truly felt about a cold bowl of oatmeal, but in all honesty, I was over it after the first bite. Convenience and deliciousness aside, the health benefits of this little whole grain can make more than just a happy morning! 🙂

First of all, research shows that those who eat more whole grains (such as oats) tend to have a lower risk of developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer and digestive issues! If that isn’t reason enough to try ALL of my recipes, I’ll give you more!

Oats provide a source of soluble fibre, which is important in controlling blood sugar levels and improving blood cholesterol. Oats are also a good source of iron, an important mineral that helps to carry oxygen in your bloodstream. If you need it, there’s still more!

Because oats are a source of soluble fibre, they will keep you fuller for longer by slowing down the digestion of carbohydrates. This will give you a good start to your day, by providing you a steady source of energy for your body and brain!

So because oats are so amazingly extraordinary, I’ve decided to fill your week with five delicious (and yes, nutritious) ONO recipes so that you can experience a week full of happy mornings. Each night (starting tonight), I will post an ONO recipe for you to try. All you need to do is set aside a few minutes that night to put the oats together, and in the morning, enjoy!

Without giving it all away, here’s a sneak peak of the ingredients you will need for the week ahead:

  • Oats (possibly a given, but you never know)
  • Almond milk and Coconut milk (you could choose just one, but this will change the flavours of each recipe)
  • Peanut butter (yes please!)
  • Strawberries, bananas, raspberries, blueberries (I’ve used fresh, but frozen will work as well)
  • Unsweetened, shredded coconut
  • Ground flax
  • Chia seeds
  • Walnuts
  • Vanilla
  • Honey
  • Maple syrup
  • Cocoa powder
  • Dark or unsweetened chocolate (optional, but who are we kidding)
  • Coconut whipped cream (again, optional, but really?!)
  • Mason jar (optional – really, any container will suffice!)

I can’t wait to share these recipes! I’ve had fun coming up with such delicious combos, and my husband has thoroughly enjoyed being a test subject/taster!

Stay tuned for the first recipe to be posted later on this evening. Trust me, this is one you don’t want to miss!

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References: EatRight OntarioDietitians of Canada