Waking up to breakfast already done is amazing.

Waking up to a healthy breakfast already done is even better!

I love anything maple and these Blueberry Maple Overnight Oats are no exception. These are super simple…even I can whip them together after a loooong day wrangling five kiddos. You can too!

Most refrigerated oatmeal recipes I have seen use yogurt. I wanted to make these dairy-free so I just increased the typical milk amount a bit (with almond milk). I also added some chia seeds for a texture and nutrition boost.

Breakfast. Done.

Blueberry Maple Overnight Oats
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Author: Becky Bakes
A quick, nutritious breakfast!
Ingredients
  • 2 cups oats
  • 2 1/2 cups almond milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon maple extract (optional, but good)
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • pinch of salt
  • fresh blueberries
  • maple syrup
Instructions
  1. Combine oats, almond milk, extract, chia seeds and salt. Stir. Spoon into dishes. Layer with blueberries if you like. Refrigerate overnight. Serve garnished with blueberries and drizzled with maple syrup.

 

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It is strawberry season…finally! This might be old news for some of you. But here in Minnesota, summer is fleeting. It comes later than we’d like and leaves sooner than we’d like. While a little sad, it also makes us savor summer more. But I’m getting sidetracked….what I am trying to say is that it’s prime strawberry picking time! One of my favorite times of the year. I intended to pick strawberries this weekend, but a last minute change in plans meant I needed to be home with my littles. I was able to send my faithful mother-in-law and my oldest children off to pick though. They had a great time and arrived back home with 2 big flats of berries in no time!

One of my favorite things to make with fresh strawberries is jam. I mentioned on Facebook that I wanted to try a new healthier recipe. My usual recipe has LOTS of sugar and since my kids love it so much I want to feel good about them eating it…even if they overindulge:-) My sister-in-law and I tinkered with a couple of different versions and they were great. Different, but still very good. My kids gave the new jam two thumbs up! Which was the whole point, so I call that a success! If you’re curious we referenced recipes from Oh My Veggies and Two Peas and Their Pod to make our jam. They both have the same concept of using chia seeds to thicken the jam. Check them out!

There are so many great ways to use strawberries. Besides just popping them, fresh from the patch, into your mouth until your stomach aches. Not that I would know anything about that.

How about some more strawberry recipes? Time to get our creative strawberry juices flowing…..here are 10 recipes to get you started!

 Strawberry Rhubarb Sauce (pictured above). I can hardly think of fresh strawberries without wanting rhubarb too! This sauce is easy and delicious. Use it over anything from ice cream to pancakes. Or straight from the jar. I’ll never tell.

Dessert Tacos. What?! This is genius. What a fun 4th of July dessert!

Fresh Mango and Strawberry Popsicle. My kids are going to LOVE these.

Red, White, and Blue Berry Pudding Pops. Another fun 4th dessert!

Fresh Strawberry Cake. Beautiful!

5-minute Healthy  Strawberry Frozen Yogurt. I want a dish of this right now!

Strawberry Lemonade. Refreshing!

Frozen Strawberries and Cream Dessert. These look delicious!

O.k.  let’s end on a slightly less sweet note. Fruit on salads is a fairly recent love for me. My tastebuds are loving it! The contrast in texture and flavor is awesome. This Strawberry Fields Salad from Iowa Girl Eats looks delish!

Looking for even more strawberry goodness? Check out my “Fruity” Pinterest board!

What is your favorite strawberry recipe?

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Hello friends….those of you that are still out there?! It’s been so long that I’ve almost forgotten how to post! I’ve been wanting to pop back in for awhile to give a little update and say hi. I guess today is that day. Hi!  Time will tell if this is a one-hit-wonder or if I’m [...]

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Hi blog friends! How have you been?!  What started out as short (and unintended!) break from blogging turned into a rather exteeeeeeended blogging break. So, here’s the low-down on what is going on at Becky Bakes. Good news. The first trimester is over and I can actually consume food like a (relatively) normal human being [...]

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