I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate one year of The Happy Hungry Yogi than by recognizing how it all started. Who would have guessed that by being bombarded by requests for my overnight oat recipes that here I’d be just a short time later with a blog, a gazillion more recipes behind me and having had some wonderful opportunities arise from it all in the meantime. A simple thing like overnight oats really can become more than just a healthy and delicious breakfast.
Case in point, over the past year I’ve been through a little bit of everything…kind of like the overnight oats recipe of life. You start with the basics, oatmeal, banana, liquid, etc. and then toss in more specific ingredients like chocolate, berries or pumpkin to give it its own unique flavor. My life this past year has been just that, full of unique flavors from a new career, to moving, to a divorce, to making new friends, to creating this blog and everything in between. It’s not necessarily the exact overnight oats combo I would have chosen for myself (chocolate sprinkled with a million bucks would have been preferable) but I’ve learned that you make do with the ingredients you have on hand. So often we end up focusing on the negative that little do we realize we have a pretty kick ass combination already in front of us. I mean sure I wasn’t able to make my extra rich (get it? Ha) chocolate oats but what I was able to make was a combination that was unique and perfect for me at that very moment. I combined a little bit of strength, life lessons, courage and support to create the prefect breakfast to kick off the new year with. Whether it be a life changing event or creating a new recipe it’s really all same in that it all begins with never losing trust in your own abilities. If you believe that you can get through anything with what you have to work with then you will. It’s just as simple as that, toss in the oats and have faith that you’re making an epic new combination you’ll be proud of.
So with a food blog anniversary and what I envision to be one heck of a great year, I can’t even begin to thank you all enough for being the backbone to The Happy Hungry Yogi. Without those of you who read, follow, comment, write, like, retweet, share and any other social media interaction that can take place this blog would be just a diary for my own use of recipes and life thoughts. I love that I can share both my passion for food, love of creation and random ideas on life with all of you. In honor of that I’m giving away some of my favorite gluten-free products from Bob’s Red Mill that I hope you’ll use to create some exciting dishes with! To enter, just follow my upcoming post next week on Instagram where you’ll find the detailed instructions.
Happy New (and deliciously exciting) Year to all of my THHY readers and here’s to a year of the best overnight oat combos yet! xo
Overnight Chocolate Almond Protein Overnight Oats
Serves: 1/Prep time: overnight/Cook time: 2 minutes
- 1/2 c Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-free Oats
- 1/4 c Bob’s Red Mill Chocolate Protein & Fiber Nutritional Booster
- 3/4 c water
- 1 tbsp raw cacao powder
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tbsp almond butter
- In a mason jar or glass container, combine the oats, protein, water, cacao powder and cinnamon and cover tightly. Give a little shake to mix up the ingredients before placing in the fridge overnight.
- In the morning, remove the cover of the and microwave the jar/container on high for about 2 minutes to warm.
- Stir in the maple syrup and almond butter just before serving.
Nutrition: (per serving) 450 calories/ 14g fat/ 60g carbs/ 25g protein/ 15g sugar