Making a list, checking it twice, and I have Sticky Toffee Pudding Overnight Oats on repeat, so good it seems naughty to eat them for breakfast but they’re oh so nice!
These were all over my Instagram Stories last week as I couldn’t help but share since these have been on repeat.
As mentioned before when things get crazy I need quick and easy eats or I end up just grabbing stuff or getting hangry. Mornings have always been crazy and often when I would struggle the most without a plan and why I love overnight oats! If it weren’t for these I would just be eating cookies we have sitting around from all the recipe testing and baking for the holidays. Which isn’t always bad because I have some delicious cookies coming next week that are a heathy twist on a classic that are so good, and good for you, they’re perfectly acceptable for breakfast. In fact I had a few yesterday with my coffee before running out the door to church because I was running around and lost track of time.
A couple months ago my love for dates was reunited after a little break-up because I was burnt out on them. My obsession with them turned into my recent obsessions for these Sticky Toffee Pudding Overnight Oats, and more so the Sticky Date Caramel I use in them. Last week I was craving it so hard in the afternoon after already having these oats for breakfast that I made Sticky Toffee Pudding Gnocchi. Finally almost out of all the bag I stocked up on before I got pregnant last year and then could stomach them.
Not only do they cure my cravings and taste delicious but they’re packed with all the good stuff to have my feeling good and energized far past lunch! Not to mention getting all the things done because they’re packed with energizing dates and health carbs, aka oats.
Bonus for my fellow mamas out there that are breastfeeding these are good for that too! Just one of the many reasons to love oats and I add in optional ground flaxseed and sometimes brewers yeast. Looking for another way to enjoy your collagen you can add in a scoop of that too, or plant-based protein, and if needed add just a little more dairy free milk/nog to reach your desired consistency.
Don’t get me wrong I LOVE my warm oats too and last week I forgot to prep my Sticky Toffee Pudding Overnight Oats so I just made a warm bowl of oatmeal and topped it with Sticky Date Caramel and some Candied Maple Pecans, SO GOOD!
Simple healthy ingredients make overnight oats so easy, you only need 3 ingredients and 5 minutes to make overnight oats, well the way I make them. Dairy free milk (in this case dairy free Nog or a spiced vanilla protein milk, see recipe notes), oats, and ground flaxseed or chia seeds. If you want to add collagen, protein, adaptogens or other boosts the option is yours. The Sticky Date Caramel takes less than 10 minutes to make and can be made ahead of time. The smallest batch makes enough for 2-3 servings of Sticky Toffee Pudding Overnight Oats. If you want to make a double batch, which can be made in a Vitamix for a creamier texture, you have enough for the week.
Using what I have on hand and our favorites I’ve made batches with Califia Nog (nut based, dairy free egg not) or REBBL Spiced Vanilla Protein Elixir. In a pinch I even made it with half So Delicious Snickerdoodle Creamer and Ripple Vanilla Plant-based Milk. I use one of these 3 non dairy beverages to make the Sticky Date Caramel along with a few other kitchen staples (maple syrup, coconut palm sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla) along with dates. If you’re dates are fresh you can skip soaking them but if they aren’t fresh or you store them in the refrigerator you’ll want to soak them so they blend up nice and easy.
I’m going to try to switch things up a little this week but I’m pretty sure my breakfasts will still be inspired by my love for dates and Sticky Toffee Pudding. It’s working for me and I have more important things to focus on as Christmas, and vacation, are fast approaching and I need to have energy to get things done and keep up with life.
I hope you’re all enjoying the holiday season! Remember don’t stress over things that really don’t matter and bring you joy and try to enjoy this most wonderful time of the year!
It’s Meatless Monday and there are more great recipes linked up below and as always Deborah and I hope you join us and look forward to what’s cooking in your kitchen!
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