Kneads and Cravings: Overnight oats for back to work breakfast on the go

As the vaccine has become increasingly available to the public, many folks are celebrating how things are beginning to open back up.

Well, work-from-home pals, it also means that soon some of us will be heading back to the office, which means we won’t be able to do a few of the things that I have come to enjoy during the pandemic, like wearing fuzzy sweatpants during business meetings, or having my dog camp out on my lap while I click away at the computer.

It also means that many of us will have to swing back into our old morning routines, which for me means getting up earlier and contemplating my life choices, as I debate whether I want to grab a granola bar or pick up a bagel on my way to the office.

While I’m actually looking forward to eventually heading back to office and seeing my coworkers in person (and not over a screen), I’m not mentally prepared to go back to getting up early. I’ve also fallen into the habit of actually eating a healthy breakfast while I work from home, and I’m not quite ready to relinquish that new found habit yet.

In an attempt to remedy this problem, I’ve decided to start thinking about my breakfast plans now, which led me to try out a few overnight oats recipes. This way, I can have a nutritious breakfast that is travel-friendly while I head to the office. Of course, I get bored easily, so here are four different overnight oats recipes for you and your family to enjoy now or once we get back to the regular office grind.

Overnight Oats

1/2 cup oats

1/2 cup milk

1/4 cup greek yogurt

1/4 cup chia seeds (optional)

1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup

Combine all of the ingredients and stir until smooth. Cover or seal the oats (I placed mine in jars) and let the mix sit for at least two hours or overnight in the fridge.



1/4 cup fresh cut strawberries

1 tbsp peanut butter

1 tsp strawberry jelly/jam

Apple pie

1/4 cup diced apples

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/8 cup pecans (optional)

1 tsp maple syrup

Almond coconut

1/4 cup shredded coconut

1/8 cup chocolate chips

1/8 cup sliced almonds

Berry blitz

1/2 cup sliced mixed berries (of whatever combination you choose)

1 tbsp strawberry or blueberry jam

Add desired toppings to oats in the morning before serving. Typically overnight oats are served cold, but if you’ve got a hankering for warm oatmeal, heat up the oats in the microwave for one minute before adding the toppings.