Two of the days in my school week begin at 1PM and end at 8PM. My one hour commute means that I have to leave before lunch, and I come home so late that my appetite is gone. I’ve taken to bringing lunch, but nothing too complicated – fried rice made out of whatever was left over from dinner the night before is filling, easy, and super convenient.
A couple of weeks into the semester, I realized that I was going to need more food than that single packed lunch. There I was, sitting in my evening classes with a stomach so grumpy, I could barely concentrate on the lectures! Being a broke college student, my food fund was also rather limited. I don’t really like sandwiches (I know, I know), and salads haven’t gone too well with me, so I wanted something that I could prepare the night before and just grab out of the fridge before leaving. I was also quite certain I didn’t want rice for that second meal/snack; a girl’s gotta have some variety!
This list of Overnight Oats from Buzzfeed gave me some much-needed gastronomic inspiration. I’ve now been bringing oatmeal as a snack for the past week and it is the perfect food to tide me over because it doesn’t need to be heated and it’s a breeze to change up!
This is my current favourite way of making overnight oats:
- 1 banana, mashed
- 1/3 cup oats
- 1/3 cup of milk
- a dash of cinnamon
- a dash of brown sugar
- 1/2 of an apple, diced
- Slice the banana into little rings, then mash them with a fork to whatever consistency you prefer. I like mine with little chunks – it makes for a mini flavour-bomb in my mouth while eating. Place the mashed banana first into an empty jam jar (or tupperware container!) so that it goes in the bottom.
- Pour in the oats, then the milk.
- Sprinkle cinnamon and brown sugar on top of the banana-oats-milk mixture. The amount depends on how sweet you like your oatmeal. Personally, I find that the banana sweetens it enough, but a little brown sugar gives it an interesting layer of flavour.
- Sprinkle the diced apple on top – go crazy with your toppoings! You can add berries and nuts on top, or maybe even halved grapes!
- Make sure the lid is tightly closed, then stick it in the fridge overnight to let them spend quality time with each other. 4-5 hours together really makes those ingredients play nice.
- Wake up the next day and be happy, for you have made yummy, yummy overnight oats! Enjoy!